Sometimes in life, you need a sweet pick me up. And what’s better than travelling and dessert? It’s nice to stop and smell the roses but it’s even nicer to cruise through crystal blue Bahamian waters and savor sweet macarons or luscious chocolate mousse upon arrival back to port. If you’re cruising out of the Port of Norfolk, you’re in for a treat. Whether you live in this charming harbor city or decide to stay an extra day before or after your cruise, there are some scrumptious dessert venues your sweet tooth must acquaint itself with. Here are five.
Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts
501 Botetourt St
Norfolk, VA 23510
This sumptuously sweet boutique bakery and dessert caterer specializes in handmade macarons that come in a mix of seasonal flavors. For example, Fall/Winter flavors include Vanilla Birthday, Nutella, Pumpkin Maple Spice, Holiday Mint, Red Velvet, Rosewater and many more. They also bake beautiful cakes, tarts and whip up silky mousses, often incorporating their macarons into their desserts. The bakery caters to all occasions, from graduations to weddings, but customers can pick up personal-sized orders whenever they please.
2019 Colley Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517
The cupcake craze is far from over (will it ever be? Who doesn’t like cake?!) and Carolina Cupcakery, just 10 minutes from the Port of Norfolk, is a pioneer in baking gourmet cupcakes. The owner, Dawn Eskins, has even appeared on the popular Food Network show, Cupcake Wars. Every morning at 6 a.m., her and her family members begin baking new cakes made with real butter, local produce, fair trade chocolate and no GMOs or chemical preservatives. The cupcakes last no longer than a couple days which is a good thing, attesting to their freshness. They come in over 250 flavors, including Chocolate Coma, Lemon Lush, Hot Buttered Rum and Twinkie. The cupcakery also specializes in custom, amazing cakes for weddings and other special occasions. In addition, customers can order online or visit their wheat and nut-free bakery which offers gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free and Crazy 8 products.
Sassi Cakes and Sweets
330 W 22nd St Suite 104
Norfolk, VA 23517
Walking into Sassi Cakes and Sweets is like opening a Valentine’s Day card. They tout themselves as a dessert bar and lounge and feature dark pink walls, red velvet chairs and bouquets of white roses in shimmery vases. Cakes can be customized by type, filling, icing and size. So you might be in the mood for an almond cake with Chantilly cream filling and white ganache icing. Or maybe you’d like to try a chocolate cake with Cannoli cream filling and chocolate whip cream icing. It’s up to you!
Sweet Temptations Dessert Café and Bakery
4725 Virginia Beach Beach Blvd Suite 160
VA Beach, VA 23462
Sweet Temptations does not specialize in one type of dessert but rather offers a variety of delectables, like crème brulee, cheesecake, tiramisu, brownies and bars, cookies and more. Stop in for a soft, gooey chocolate chip cookie or thick, rich chocolate and vanilla dessert cup. The 15 minute drive from the Port of Norfolk is worth it.
Flour Child Bakery
1716 Pleasure House Road # 104
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Like the name suggests, the Flour Child Bakery is an old fashioned bakery making sweet treats from scratch like Grandma does! They serve a number of sweets including muffins, whoopee pies, jumbo cookies, ice box desserts, fudge and more and their specialty is pies with hand-rolled crusts, fresh made fillings and real whipped cream. With pie flavors like strawberry rhubarb, coconut cream and southern pecan, you can’t go wrong!
So come to the Port of Norfolk for the vacation, and then stick around for the sweet treats!