One of New York City’s less-explored boroughs, the Bronx is home to a wide variety of locally-owned spots in which to grab a fresh cannoli, crunchy biscotti and decadent cakes and pastries. We explore 10 of the best places to indulge your sweet tooth in the Bronx.
Nestled in the Little Italy of the Bronx, Arutso Pastry has long been regarded as a neighborhood staple. Well known for their wide selection of cookies, cakes and pastries, Artuso is the place for classic Italian desserts. Upon entering the shop, that all-too-familiar smell of cappuccino brewing and fresh pastries baking will nearly overwhelm you, making it impossible to walk out of this home-grown establishment without buying at least one pignoli or tricolor cookie. You won’t regret a trip to this little slice of Italy.
Artuso Pastry, 670 East 187th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 718 367 2515
Looking for the perfect birthday, wedding, or holiday cake? Then Valencia Bakery is the place for you. Located in the heart of the Bronx for over six decades, this respected bakery has built up a fine reputation by serving its customers the most exceptional, freshly made products daily. Valencia Bakery offers the option of selecting a traditional cake in store, or pre-ordering a specialized cake for an event. Whichever you choose, Valencia Bakery is sure to make your occasion special and delicious.
Valencia Bakery, 499 East 138th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 718 585 7062
Terranova Bakery’s has been a family-owned and operated establishment since day one, which adds to the authenticity and character of the shop. Boasting a wide assortment of breads, from baguettes to classic rolls alongside a variety of Italian biscuits, Terranova offers loyal customers their usual favorites and continues to expand their menu to accommodate a growing customer base.
Terranova Bakery, 691 East 187th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 718 367 6985
Since 1912, Egidio Pastry Shop has been serving loyal customers the finest Italian pastries straight from the original recipes. Using only wholesome and natural ingredients, Egidio offers everything from traditional cannolis to almond-infused biscotti, paired with freshly-brewed espresso and gourmet coffee. With ample seating space and an inviting atmosphere, it’s no wonder Egidio Pastry Shop has been in business this long.
Egidio Pastry Shop, 622 East 187th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 718 295 6077
Established over 90 years ago as one of the premiere pastry shops in the Bronx, Conti’s Pastry Shoppe continues to serve its guests year-round. Recently purchased by new owners, Conti’s has retained its culinary authenticity and interior design. Maintaining a loyal customer base with exceptional products such as their signature Boston Cream Pie, Conti’s Pastry Shoppe has become something of a Bronx tradition.
Conti’s Pastry Shoppe, 786 Morris Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 718 239 9339
Famously known for their freshly-baked bread, Madonia Brother’s Bakery is an Arthur Avenue sweet spot. It may be one of several bakeries in this area of the Bronx, but it’s been well established and has received recognition from publications such as New York Magazine, which raved: ‘with all due respect to the almond contucci cookies and meringues, Madonia’s cannoli…could inspire a cult.’
Madonia Brothers Bakery, 2348 Arthur Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 718 295 5573
With one of the most extensive dessert menus in the Bronx, Sal and Dom’s Pastry Shop has been happily serving its loyal customers since 1956. Presently located on Allerton Avenue, Sal and Dom’s offers everything from warm danishes to rainbow cookies and expertly decorated wedding cakes.
Also located on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, Palombo Bakery has proven to be a worthy addition to the neighborhood with pastries linings its display shelves with bright colors and delicious fragrances. Palombo’s is constantly raved about by locals and tourists alike; and its no surprise given their wide assortment of desserts, gelato section and coffee menu.
Palombo Bakery, 2400 Arthur Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 718 329 8800
Priding themselves on serving specialty cakes and baked goods, E and L Bakery provides their customers with the finest products to fit any special occasion. From birthdays to showers, E and L will cater to your dessert desires. They even offer the option of edible party favors and a wide array of designer prints, ensuring that your event will be remembered for a lifetime.
E and L Bakery, 4202 White Plains Road, New York, NY, USA +1 718 324 8152