While you can find a fine cake, sufficient brownies and passable cookies at nearly any grocery store — and even on the snack aisle at most convenience stores — sometimes nothing but fresh-baked goodness will satisfy your culinary cravings. And in the Daytona Beach area, there is no shortage of local shops baking up delicious Danishes, quintessential crullers, tempting turnovers and a whole lot more — with many of the shops even specializing in international delicacies.
So, the next time you’re craving fresh-baked goodies in the Daytona Beach area, head for one of these eight local “hot spots” for some fresh-from-the-oven awesomeness:
Herbert’s Bistro & Bakery
3781 South Nova Road, Port Orange
Specializing in authentic homemade pastries and artisan breads, this Port Orange bakery was started by a Hungarian husband-and-wife duo who ventured to the area from Budapest in 2014 to fulfill their dream of introducing Americans to the delights of a sunny European café. A wide variety of pastries and desserts is available here, along with full breakfast and lunch menus.
La Gourmandise French Bakery & Pastry Shop
359 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
This award-winning bakery operated by a French couple serves up a selection of fresh, made-from scratch breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, quiches and miniature fruit tarts, all prepared using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. It’s been treating the locals to authentic European baked goods since 1984.
Mon Delice French Bakery
557 East Third Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Serving authentic French flavors to its guests since 1976, this bakery specializes in artisan breads, pastries, croissants, pies and custom cakes, all prepared under the guidance of a native of the Provence Region of Southern France. Mon Delice also offers a selection of French cheeses, pâtés, and cornichons (a variety of French dill pickle).
Rosie’s Italian Bakery & Café
168 North Beach Street, Daytona Beach
This Daytona Beach original offers a variety of desserts and breads, including Italian specialties such as cannoli, Napoleons and tiramisu, as well as cookies, tarts, cakes and parfaits, all baked fresh daily. Rosie’s also serves a selection of hot breakfast items, and is well-known for its award-winning sandwiches.
Vittoria’s Italian Coffee & Pastry
3106 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
This coffee/pastry shop offers a range of fresh-made Italian pastries and desserts such as biscotti, tiramisu, cannoli, Napoleons, cakes, pies, cookies and more, as well as Italian gelato.
11 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
A winner on Food Network’s Cake Wars, this bakery and cupcake shop specializes in wedding cakes, specialty cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and candy/dessert tables for any event or special occasion.
200 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
Famous for its Maple Bacon Donut, this donut shop fries up vintage donuts with modern charm, along with a long list of creative creations such as the Banana Pudding Donut, the Strawberry Shortcake Donut and the Cinnamon Bun Donut.
150 North Nova Road, Ormond Beach
While this restaurant serves a full menu of delicious Greek dishes, it belongs on this list thanks to its decadent dessert offerings, such as its authentic Greek baklava (stacked layers of phyllo dough with honey and nuts), sokolatina (chocolate cake with pudding), bougatsa (cream-filled phyllo pastries) and ambrosia (Greek fruit salad).
With such a wide range of delicious (and culturally diverse) bakery and cakery offerings, the Daytona Beach area is definitely a sweet destination for treats that’ll keep a smile on your face. Start planning your trip today — and don’t forget to pack your sweet tooth!