For Sweets Lovers
Curated by Jess Turner, Owner of Capital Kitchen
From hand-crafted chocolates to show-stopping cakes to the flakiest croissants you’ve ever tasted, Montpelier has truly become a hub of artisanal desserts. Take a tour of Montpelier’s best bakeries and sweet shops, all within walking proximity of one another, all guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Discover Montpelier series is sponsored by Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.
Birchgrove Baking, 279 Elm Street: Owners Jennifer Toce and John Belding hand craft daily cookies, cakes, tarts and breakfast pastries from locally sourced ingredients. Fancy a cappuccino or a maple latte with your scone or almond tea cake? Birchgrove’s café has a full menu of coffee drinks, including delectable seasonal specialties like a malted cardamom latte and a dulce de leche latte made of their from-scratch dulce de leche. Don’t miss doughnut day on Sundays, when loyal fans line up for the browned butter doughnuts, and be sure to pay them a visit around the holidays so you can marvel over the intricate gingerbread villages that pastry chef Toce spends weeks creating.
Bohemian Bakery, 78 Barre Street: Specializing in beautiful French pastries like croissants, Kouign Amann, and financiers along with a breathtaking assortments of cakes, tarts and Danish pastries, Bohemian has built a loyal following amongst both local and visiting pastry lovers. The escargot aux chocolat (chocolate swirl) and custard danish are not to be missed, and the almond croissants will make you think you’ve wandered into a Parisian bakery. Say hello to owners Annie Bakst and Robert Hunt if you want to special order a chocolate bombe cake or a lemon tart to take home.
La Brioche Bakery & Café, 118 Main Street: New England Culinary Institute students create the muffins, cookies and cakes that fill the pastry cases of La Brioche, as well as the artisan breads that are both sold by the loaf and used to make their daily sandwich specials. Enjoy a freshly made waffle with berries or an espresso chip muffin for a morning treat, and hopefully you’ll be there when a warm batch of chocolate chip cookies comes out the oven!
The Manghi’s Bread, 28 School Street: Located in a charming old converted house, this family owned bakery has been a favorite of locals for over 35 years. Their freshly baked loaves of honey bran, oatmeal and rye bread can be purchased warm from the oven, and their sweet treats are not to be missed. Try the maple buns, the almond twist or the raspberry cheese twist and see why elementary school kids line up for the glazed cinnamon rolls after school on Friday afternoons.
Cocoa Bean, 30 State Street: A mini chocolate factory located right here in our capital city! Owners and chocolatiers Wally and Jane Delia use Vermont dairy cream as well as locally produced jams, honey and maple syrup along with premium Belgian chocolate to make their delicious confections. Every treat at Cocoa Bean is truly produced by hand in small batches. Try the toasted maple walnut truffle or the olive oil, orange and honey truffle for an extra special indulgence.
Delish, 5 State Street: Owner and Montpelier native Mary Kay Blouin has packed a lot of sweetness into her little shop! Offering everything from locally-produced chocolates like Lake Champlain Truffles and Birnn Chocolates to retro favorites like Mary Janes and Swedish Fish, Delish’s dazzling selection will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. Enjoy the wall of Jelly Belly Jellybeans or the dark chocolate sea salt caramels from the chocolate case.
Rabble Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., 64 Main Street: Montpelier’s newest sweet treat destination serves as the factory outlet and chocolate store for locally-produced favorite, Nutty Steph’s Chocolates. The hip, lounge-like setting also offers a full bar and a large menu of CBD beverages and chocolate drinks, including a delightful flight of drinking chocolates for the devoted chocoholic. Indulge in a few chocolate samples (all created with sustainably-sourced ingredients) and don’t even consider passing up their most popular confection, the maple toffee with pistachios.
Chill Vermont Gelato, 32 State Street: Chill’s gelato is made using Vermont dairy, natural cane sugar and local, seasonal ingredients. The lovely selection is ever-changing since owner Nora Fitzgibbon-Kennedy crafts every gelato from scratch in small batches. Be sure to try the sweet and herbaceous MINTpelier, the Salted Caramel and the Fruiti di Bosco, a delicious blend of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry. More adventurous gelato fans will be dazzled by the vibrant Beetiful, a gorgeous, magenta colored gelato made of beets and the Rose gelato, a floral favorite! If you’re planning a special occasion, ask about their gelato cakes.