These local bakeshops will have you craving for more
My favorite days are those where I get to spend an hour or two with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a pastry in a cozy bakery. There is nothing quite like a homemade baked good, and these Virginia bakeries have the best sweets, pastries, pies, and cakes that will have you coming back for more.
Sugar Plum Bakery
1353 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Sugar Plum Bakery was created with a mission to serve the needs of people living with disabilities by providing opportunities for employment, education, and training. While the bakery creates a safe space for the development of the people who work there, the baked goods are second to none in the Virginia Beach area and will have you coming back for seconds.
901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
Buzz Bakeshop is a local favorite. Known for their cupcakes and custom cakes for weddings and events, they are the perfect place to stop by for a pick-me-up in Old Town Alexandria. They also have a selection of savory foods in-store to enjoy, such as sandwiches. Buzz Bakeshop’s cakes are a must-eat when in Old Town Alexandria.
188 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, VA 24101
When you walk in Blackbird Bakery, it feels like you are walking into someone’s home. You are welcomed with smiles from the staff and made to feel comfortable – it’s reminiscent of the days when people were not rushing around and had time to stop and ask for strangers’ names. Blackbird’s specialty is doughnuts, but all of the locals know that the baked goods here are so irresistible that you come in for the doughnuts and leave with a variety of other delicious pastries and desserts as well. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find a table because the small space fills up quickly!
Red Truck Bakery
8368 W. Main St., Marshall, Virginia
Red Truck Bakery is one of those places that people come from far and wide to visit, and it truly is worth it. One of President Obama’s and Oprah Winfrey’s favorite bakeries, this spot has two locations, one in Warrenton and one in Marshall, and offers up a variety of baked goods. They are, however, best known for their pies. Pro-tip, the Marshall location is located near quite a few wineries, so it’s a great pitstop on the way home from a day in wine country!
201 Davis Drive, Unit K, Sterling, VA 20164
For all of our gluten-free readers, this bakery is the place for you! Rise Bakery was opened specifically to serve those who live gluten-free lives and to make a gluten-free diet easier and more enjoyable. The menu features a variety of delightful breads, bagels, and pastries and a beautiful, welcoming space to enjoy your food. The bakery takes allergens seriously: They label everything clearly with allergen markers so that those with other allergies also feel safe eating at Rise.
Proper Pie Co.
2505 East Broad St., #100, Richmond, Virginia 23223
Proper Pie Co. serves customers a menu of New Zealand-style pies, both savory and sweet. This quaint bakery is well-known across Richmond. While their sweet pies are worth going for, don’t shy away from their savory pies. Their pies have flaky crusts and are stuffed with fillings, including inventive flavors such as steak and cheese, lamb, and gumbo.
2708 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Located adjacent to the Virginia Beach shoreline, this locally owned bakery and café serves fresh pastries as well as a number of savory items to enjoy, perhaps with a cup of coffee. The café has a relaxing atmosphere and is the perfect place to enjoy a snack while you take a break from enjoying the ocean. You won’t regret checking out this local favorite on your next visit to Virginia Beach!