Carbs and desserts, we love you. And where can you get both carbs AND desserts at the same time? Bakeries of course! Whether you need to pick up a custom cake for a loved one, are looking to cater an office event, or are just looking to good old fashion treat yoself we've got the bakery for you!
Dulce de Leche
In the hub of Central Ave, this family-owned bakery is a must try. Dulce de Leche is more than just a bakery serving up traditional Argentinian pastries, custom cakes, and some life-changing Nutella churros. It's also a cafe with breakfast and lunch served daily until 3pm. Dulce de Leche has some amazing and decently priced coffee and pressed juices. Their mini pastries and fruit tarts are the perfect favors for a party or a quick snack for yourself. 376 Central Ave.
This French bakery and café is a Hudson County staple, with two locations in Jersey City and two in Hoboken. This "house of carbs" pumps out baguettes, 5-grains sourdough, pain paillasse, and flaky croissants. Doubling as a café, breakfast, lunch, and coffee are served, as well as some great macaroons by Thierry Atlan, flourless chocolate heaven cake, lemon pistachio cake, and assorted tarts to satisfy a sweet tooth. 330 Palisade Ave., 530 Jersey Ave.
The home of the "cake ball," a delightfully doughy confection in assorted flavors like red velvet and oreo truffle. Need a custom cake for a special occasion? They do that, too. The menu, which includes vegan options, switches up every day. The cake balls aren't the only treats here worth a try. Whoopie pies and cupcakes galore, enough to send you into sensory overload. Cute and quaint vibes for sure, grab a coffee or a dirty chai and enjoy your cheat day. 275 Grand St.
You've probably seen the "Antique Bakery" while passing through Newark Ave. From the moment you walk in, it's a bread wonderland, an entire wall full of it. Like many other bakeries in town Antique has been around for quite awhile. Their breads are baked in a brick oven and they have breads infused with mozz and spinach, eggplant parm, and more. 279 Newark Ave.
Another Italian bakery makes the list, but Prato specializes in Tuscan tradition. Try the "cantuccini" which is like a softer biscotti. The "brutti buoni" are similar, baked at a low temperature and covered in almond paste to ensure a crispy exterior and soft interior. FYI: The cantuccini is baked daily, and doesn't contain oil, butter, or preservatives. While this is mainly a breakfast, lunch, and snack place, they do host traditional Italian dinners on Thursday nights, perfect for a date night. 371 4th St.
This Heights hot spot serves up some monster cookies that are—surprise—all organic. Gooey soft-baked cookies, that you can get delivered to you! Although their insta-worthy store is totally worth a trip, too, if only to snap a pic of your treat in front of the "I Got Banged in Jersey City" sign. Stuffed cookies are available, as well as booze-infused ones. In my opinion, you gotta go for the "Kitchen Sink." Whatever flavor you pick beware, as customers claim these cookies are addictive. 1183 Summit Ave.
Carmen Rosa Bakery
If you're looking for an over-the-top decorative cake, Carmen Rosa is your bakery. Need some credentials? Just check the Instagram feed @crb_cakes. All cakes are made from scratch, so the taste is fresh. Fillings include dulce de leche, banana, pineapple, and more. This is yet another family-owned and run bakery. Email or call for inquiries. 37 Coles St.
Philippine Bread House
The Philippine Bread House is yet another bakery that has been around for decades. This bread powerhouse refers to their products as "sinfully delicious." Serving up traditional Filipino delicacies like The Pan de Sal and Ensaymadas, which can be filled with purple yam, coconut, or pork to name a few. 530 Newark Ave.
Elio's Bakery and Deli
It's desserts galore at Elio's. Traditional Italian cookies, cheesecakes, danishes, cinnamon raisin bagel bites—you name it, they probably have it. If you like your bagels soft and thick, Eilo's is the place for you. Many people on Yelp refer to this place as a "best kept secret" in Jersey City, a secret that's definitely worth investigating. 442 West Side Ave.
Nonna knows best. Rizzo's is a neighborhood Italian bakery that has been around for over 3 decades. Here you can find "lobster tails," a flaky bread pastry filled with a creamy custard. Rizzo's offers a variety of fresh Italian cookies and biscotti. Another big-ticket item here is their $2 grandiose slice. Pizza and a pastry, anyone? 208 Central Ave.
Written by Kaitlyn De Leonardis
Jersey City born, Kait loves how the city has flourished since her childhood, and the fact that she can now enjoy it as an adult. She can often be found running by the waterfront, in the local vintage shops or killing it on the foosball table at South House. Her hobbies include brunch, shopping, and Instagram. What like those aren't hobbies? Follow her outfits and antics @outfittedand_about!