This baked-to-order cookie shop opened in 2014 in the heart of campus to satisfy the late night sweet tooth. We recommend their signature cookie, which is red velvet and espresso flavored.
A Richmond favorite nestled among a ton of galleries on Broad Street. Offering an assortment of vegan and non-vegan flavors, Charm School Social Club offers a fun atmosphere. Be sure to pop in during First Fridays or after a campus tour to cool down with a cone or cup. We recommend getting the toasted fluff on top! Ⓥ
Inspired by the taste of paletas (experienced on a trip around Latin America), and pushed by a corporate lay off, brothers Nick and Steven began making popsicles from fresh fruit and natural ingredients. Since then King of Pops has grown from a kitchen, to a cart, to a fleet of carts and a brick-n- mortar location in Scott’s Addition. Visit their site to find some pops near you today!
This neighborhood bakery is located in the Church Hill North Historic District in a turn-of-the-last-century building. The building was a confectionary and restaurant for much of the 20th century and this history has carried over to WPA (Well-made Pastry Alliance) which serves not only local customers coming in for all kinds of pies, cakes, sticky buns and more, but also some of Richmond’s staple restaurants such as Ipanema, Garnett’s and The Roosevelt. So you can stop into Garnett’s for a delicious sandwich and also try a slice of WPA’s Peanut Butter Pie! WPA also offers a large variety of vegan and gluten free deserts. Ⓥ
Rocket Fizz has a retro atmosphere and wacky flavored sweets, from candies to sodas. Be on the look out for the pirate statue on Cary Street – he guards the store front! Once you see him you will know you are close to a treasure trove of weird and wonderful sweets.
Sub Rosa is a wood-fired bakery, famous for having delicious, well-baked goods! This operation once suffered awful damage in a fire, but through the help of the community, this brother-sister baking duo was able to rebuild their business to continue to supply visitors with amazing breads, scones, croissants and more.
Specializing in creative, all natural cupcakes made lovingly by “Team Buttercream”, Carytown Cupcakes makes fresh batches of sweets centered around a new theme each week. In the summer of 2014, they started serving local craft brews, wine and local cider. On top of all that, the arrival of the weekend at Carytown Cupcakes means that bite sized savory goodies are being made fresh, ready to be paired with an awesome craft beer! Ⓥ
Started by a VCUarts alum, Early Bird Biscuit Co. is small but mighty and has drummed up a lot of attention since its opening. Stop by Early Bird for a variety of amazing biscuits, sandwiches (often made with a big biscuit instead of regular bread), coffee and interesting pastries. An RVA favorite is a buttermilk biscuit topped with blackstrap molasses butter (an old family recipe).
With its massive variety of candies from chocolates to gummies, including items that are vegan, kosher, organic and fairly traded, For the Love of Chocolate is not messing around. If you are looking for something unusual, like a chocolate covered cricket or a bacon flavored soda, this place has you covered.
With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, Proper Pie Co. opened its doors in Church Hill, where it serves amazing pies ranging from savory to sweet (there are vegan options, too). In addition to pies, there is a different soup each day. Proper Pie will surely warm your heart, especially during the snowy winters. Ⓥ
Bev’s Homemade is home to seriously delicious ice cream, sorbet, sherbet and more! There are the classic flavors, available all the time, and the special flavors that change every few days. These special flavors are really unique and great for the adventurous eater. Check out their Facebook page to see what’s being scooped that day.
This amazing donut shop was recently rated by USA Today as the top doughnut place in the US! Our fave is the Salted Caramel doughnut.