9 Healdsburg Spots for Dessert Lovers

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  • on JANUARY 13, 2016
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When you’re craving something sweet, Healdsburg is a great place to be. After your adventures in the vineyards, you may find yourself in need of a slice of pie or a decadent dessert. Culinary gem Healdsburg surely offers a destination to satisfy your dessert whim and here are our top picks.

A Holiday Walking Tour

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Savor Healdsburg Food Tours
Healdsburg Town Square
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 385-9811
TripAdvisor: 118 reviews, 5 stars

In Healdsburg around the holidays? Spend a couple of hours meandering the shops and restaurants to enjoy the festivities. Sign up for Savor Healdsburg’s seasonal Holiday Dessert Tour to enjoy a guided tour of five stops for sweet treats such as hot chocolate, holiday desserts, and specialty tea. It’s a great way to celebrate the season and enjoy a taste of Healdsburg’s finest holiday treats.

Insider tip: Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket. You’ll be touring the area on foot.

Hand-Crafted Cocktails and Cuisine

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219 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7222
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 289 reviews

After a day of tasting fantastic wines, Spoonbar beckons with its menu of fantastic market-driven cuisine, craft cocktails, and inventive desserts. The restaurant, located on the ground-floor of eco-friendly h2Hotel, is a cool and contemporary destination for guests seeking an elevated, but serene dining experience. The food is seasonally-selected and crafted by married co-Executive Chefs, Patrick Van Voorhis and his wife, Casey Van Voorhis. Favorite past desserts have included seasonal sorbets, pumpkin chocolate flan, and the sinfully decadent S’Mores—a concoction of chocolate ganache, cinnamon meringue, and caramel.

Insider tip: The plates and bowls are crafted by local artist Jared Nelson (who calls himself an “International Clayboy”). If you like what you see, the collection is available for purchase through the restaurant.

Creative Craft Cupcakes

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Moustache Baked Goods
381 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 395-4111
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 71 reviews

Moustache Baked Goods was founded by Sonoma-grown twenty-somethings Osvaldo Jimenez and Christian Sullberg. This bakery prides itself on its use of locally sourced ingredients coming from within a 30-mile radius. Serving up small-batch cakes, cupcakes, seasonal French macaroons, and ice cream sandwiches, Moustache Baked Goods  is the perfect spot to satisfy your craving for something sweet and unique. Locals favor the whimsically-named artisan cupcakes such as “The Butcher”, a concoction of maple, spice, and crispy bacon. Caffeine lovers’ rejoice—they serve San Francisco’s Four Barrel coffee to accompany whichever treat does call your name.

Insider tip: Moustache Baked Goods is just off the Healdsburg Plaza. Take your treats on the road and walk the square.

Modern Comfort Food

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Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar
116 Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 395-4426
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 52 reviews

Visit Jimenez and Sullberg’s newest shop, Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar, for an updated twist on an old-fashioned combo—pie and ice cream. Jimenez and Sullberg decided to combine their French pastry chef training with Scandinavian and Japanese flavors. These two aren’t afraid to take risks when it comes to concocting new flavors, knowing the payoff will result in one-of-a-kind results such as Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake pie or Strawberry Sage ice cream. In their newest endeavor, Jimenez and Sullberg continue to uphold their commitment to supporting the community with their seasonal menu featuring ingredients sourced from local farms. The pie and ice cream menus change daily, and servers are happy to help with selecting the most delectable flavor combinations.

Insider tip: Smaller appetites who don’t want to miss out on the many choices may order a “split”, two flavors combined into one scoop size.

French Classics

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Costeaux French Bakery and Cafe
417 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-1913
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 434 reviews

When Costeaux French Bakery and Cafe was founded by its original owners in 1923, the bakery served up fresh bread on a limited weekly basis. Today, the charming open-air cafe is owned and operated by the Seppi family, who continue to serve up award-winning specialty breads as well as many sweet treats. The perfect place to find French specialties such as fruit tarts and chocolate tortes, they also offer seasonal specialities, decadent cakes, and hand-decorated shortbread cookies. Try the small-batch French macaroon cookies, “Best of Show” winner at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Craving chocolate? The French Tuxedo cake has five layers of chocolate truffle and Bavarian crème.

Insider tip: The patio is dog-friendly, so bring along your best furry friend.

Artistic Plates and Dessert Wines

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344 Center St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 473-0946
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 90 reviews

Valette was founded by Healdsburg brothers Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini who had the dream of opening up their own restaurant featuring Sonoma’s best small production wines and fresh, local food. Valette features California cuisine and wine-country chic ambiance—choose a glass of wine from their list of boutique California producers. The dessert list features inventively decadent treats such as “The Chocolate Bloc”, a mousse with crispy cocoa, meringue, and sea salt.

Insider tip: For something sweet and spicy, order the “Red Wine Poached Quince”, an almond tart of mulled-wine soaked quince and spiced pecans served à la mode with Crème Fraiche ice cream.

Old-Fashioned Treats

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Downtown Bakery and Creamery
308 Center St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-2719
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 90 reviews

Founded in 1987 by three colleagues from famed Chez Panisse, Downtown Bakery and Creamery offers fresh, daily-made desserts from local ingredients. With a focus on sustainable practices and only the finest local ingredients, Downtown Bakery prides itself on seasonal inviting flavors. Whether you’re craving pie, cookies, or cheesecake, Downtown Bakery and Creamery can satisfy your need. On a hot day, try a scoop of the housemade seasonal sherbert.

Insider tip: Torn between donuts and muffins? Take home a donut muffin, the best of both pastry worlds.

A Cozy Italian Cafe

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Baci Cafe & Wine Bar
336 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-8111
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 439 reviews

Baci Cafe & Wine Bar serves up Italian treats and sweets. Named after the Italian word for “kisses”, Baci Cafe & Wine Bar offers some love to its patrons in the form of desserts just like Nonna used to make! This cozy, casual spot is the perfect place to have a glass of dessert wine and an after-dinner treat after spending a fun-filled day in Healdsburg. Try the Grilled Peach Dessert, served with fresh Vanilla Bean ice cream and drizzled in dark chocolate.

Insider tip: After a day of tasting, why not continue the trend with the gelato tasting—four gelatos on mini cones?

Portuguese Treats

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Café Lucia
235 Healdsburg Ave, Ste 105
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-1113
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 171 reviews

Located just off of the Healdsburg Plaza, Café Lucia is a favorite among locals for their modern spin on Portuguese cuisine. This New Portuguese pioneer combines the traditional style of dishes from Portugal with modern touches to highlight the fresh, local ingredients of Sonoma County. Sweet offerings include traditional Portuguese treats such as Arroz doce (rice pudding) with Madeira-soaked figs as well as sorbets and chocolate mousse.

Insider tip: Order the “Caramel”, caramel done three ways. Taste cinnamon-vanilla bean crème brulée, beside cobblestone ice cream with coffee glaze, and caramelized apple in a pecan boat.

After you’ve had your fill of savory, Healdsburg is a great town in which to seek out something satisfyingly sweet. Used this list to find the perfect dessert destination to suit your mood.


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