Sweetness! A Local’s Guide to Finding that Sugar Fix in Grand Rapids

Posted on March 29th, 2018

If you’re trying to shop locally more often, this list is for you.

If you love dessert, this list is for you, too!

Experience Grand Rapids polled their followers on social media to find out which sugar shops in town are the sweetest. Here’s what locals came with:

Le Bon Macaron
Le Bon Macaron is a family owned business, and its French ambience stems from the family’s love for France! 
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Le Bon Macaron

For a taste of Paris in Grand Rapids, Le Bon Macaron Cafe on Cherry Street is a must-try. Scones, Rowster’s coffee, cream puffs, and of course, macarons, round out the menu.

Make a reservation for afternoon tea and enjoy tea, macarons, scones, and cheese and crackers for $25 a person. When asked about must-have sweet shops in Grand Rapids, Le Bon was highly recommended by Instagram user @bringbackthescrunchie:

@lebonmacaron 💕best cream puffs and macarons in GR. Paired with a delicious lavender latte, of course. ☕👌”

Rise Grand Rapids

If you have any dietary restrictions that make feeding your sweet tooth tricky, Rise Grand Rapids will make your day. On Instagram, @kelly_conrad says Rise Grand Rapids has “yummy gluten free treats!” In fact, all of Rise Grand Rapids’ baked goods are gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan!

Rise Grand Rapids’ products are sold at 11 local coffee shops and they take custom orders. You can choose from doughnuts, breakfast pastries, cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookie creations, and more.

Sweetland CandiesFact: Sweetland’s candies and sweets can be delivered all over the country! Stop into the store to reserve your shipment. 
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Sweetland’s

A long-standing community staple, Sweetland’s (which turns 100 in 2019) is a wonderful place to build a gift basket filled with chocolates, assorted nuts, brittles, and truffles. Facebook follower Mary Ysseldyke Pearson says: “Sweetlands! Dark chocolate seafoam!”, which does look incredible, and Instagram user @atrodriguez says “Sweetlands! A long time chocolate and candy store in GR, it’s a family tradition to get the chocolate turtles to celebrate Valentine’s Day! 💝🍫”

Cakabakery

When asked about her favorite shop for sweet treats, Instagram user @erineldridge1 may have said it best: “@thecakabakery unbelievably delicious cupcakes, cookies, bars, cinnamon rolls, cake pops, etc. Check them out!”

Cakabakery has been providing sweet treats (including vegan and gluten-free options) to the Grand Rapids and Holland areas for nearly eight years.

Fun Fact: Cakabakery owner Jason Kakabaker appeared on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2013.

MokayaClick here to check out Mokaya’s expansive list of truffles, confections, and cheesecakes flavors – It’s sure to make your mouth water!
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Mokaya

Since 2016, Mokaya has been creating truffles, confections, cheesecakes, and so much more. Their unique flavors such as Sundried Tomato Jelly with Lemon Thyme Balsamic Truffle makes Mokaya one of the sweetest, and most unique, shops in Grand Rapids. Mokaya even pays tribute to Grand Rapids’ award-winning craft beer by including local beers in some recipes. Check out their “beer flight” featuring assorted chocolates and caramels made with craft beer, and let us know what you think!

Instagram user @lindamgoulet says “@mokayagr is my go to place. I love them so much we gave them to guests at our wedding 👰 🎩”

Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe in the Downtown MarketWith a name like Sweetie-Licious, their sweet treats are sure to fix your sweet cravings!
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Sweetie-Licious Bake Shoppe

A common fan-favorite, Sweetie-Licious, is well-known for their pies, handmade cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and muffins.

Sweetie-Licious is located in the Downtown Market, and serves a full lunch menu.

The bakery comes highly recommended from Instagram user @3422sarah: “@sweetieliciousbakery in the downtown market for their snickerdoodle cookies sent straight down [from] heaven!”

The Salted CupcakeTo stay up to date on The Salted Cupcake’s daily cupcake offerings, visit their Facebook page!
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The Salted Cupcake

If you’ve never heard of The Salted Cupcake, Instagram user @and_she_loved can tell you all you need to know:

“O B S E S S E D with @thesaltedcupcake. They put things like cookies, brownies, and pancakes ON TOP of cupcakes and those are just the kinds of things a girl needs in her life.”

The Salted Cupcake releases five to seven different cupcake flavors per day to keep customers wanting more! Click here to see what’s on The Salted Cupcake’s menu today.

Brown Butter Creperie and Cafe

Brown Butter Creperie and Cafe opened in 2017 and is making deliciously sweet and savory crepes. This sweet stop is a sit-down restaurant so make sure you have time to savor the sweetness before you go!

Instagram user @aberkenpas exclaims “Brown Butter Creperie and Cafe! Their cinnamon roll crepe is amazing and the coffee is so good too! @brownbuttercrepes”.

Let’s face it: We all deserve some sweet treats.

Are there any other sweet shops you frequent to satisfy your sweet tooth in Grand Rapids? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: experience