Calorie Worthy Treats in Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia pastry chefs are getting creative with desserts and coming up with delectable, sugary innovations the likes of tres leches cakes with passion fruit sauce or Nutella and marshmallow pizza. If you’re looking for delicious, beautiful desserts to choose from locally; bakeries, pastry shops, and specialty dessert retailers are plentiful in Northern Virginia.

Here are some of the best along the Route 7 corridor and nearby:

Amphora Bakery
Herndon (703-964-0500) and Vienna (703-281-5631)
This European-style patisserie is well-known for its desserts, cakes, pies, cookies, and pastries for every occasion. Whatever the reason or holiday (anything from Thanksgiving or Christmas to Easter, Mardi Gras, or Fourth of July), Amphora has created something for it.

Buzz Bakeshop
Alexandria (703-600-2899) and Arlington (703-650-9676)
A beloved neighborhood bakery with locations in both Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia, they offer sweet pastries, cakes, creamfilled pumpkin muffins, and more!

Cenan’s Baked Goods
Vienna (703-242-0070)
This Turkish bakery offers homemade goods including cakes, meringues, and authentic dishes, such as Turkish delight and baklava. Other dessert options include mousse, tiramisu, and pastries.

Chantel’s Bakery
Sterling (703-709-1488)
Chantel’s provides made-to-order cakes, pies, and pastries to please everyone. A big plus: it’s “allergy-friendly,” and they can make tasty cakes to suit special dietary needs, including diabetic, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, no egg, non-dairy, and even nickel-free options.

Cheesecake Factory
Tysons Corner (703-506-9311), Fairfax (703-273-6600), and Dulles (703-444-9002)
This chain restaurant offers more than 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts, which you can buy to-go. Fun varieties of cheesecake include Red Velvet, Toasted Marshmallow S’mores, Pumpkin, Mango Key Lime, Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Dulce de Leche, among others.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe
Arlington (703-527-8394)
Bring a box of Heidelberg treats, and you’re bound to be popular at the party. This German bakery, founded in 1975, specializes in custom cakes and offers many other sweets, including marzipan, hamantaschen, cookies, pies, and Bavarian treats.

La Madeline
Country French Café
Tysons Corner (703-962-1264), Reston (703-707-0704), and other locations
French-style treats at this national chain include cakes, cookies, tarts, tortes, Crème Brulée, parfaits, and more, all made fresh daily.

Layered Cake Patisserie
Leesburg (703-777-7690)
Though its specialty is wedding and other special-occasion cakes, Layered Cake Patisserie also offers a nice selection of French-influenced pastries. Treats include tarts, éclairs, macarons, pies, and pastries.

Mediterranean Bakery & Café
Alexandria (703-751-0030)
Craving a taste of the Mediterranean? This beloved bakery and shop boasts all kinds of fresh desserts and pastries from the region: cakes, tarts, cannoli, hamantaschen, marzipan, Turkish delight, and an incredible selection of baklava.

Mom’s Apple Pie Company
Leesburg (703-771-8590)
This shop, loved by locals, has been on a “best of” list by Southern Living magazine. The company makes fresh pies using Shenandoah Valley apples and grows as many of its other fruits as possible: strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, and pumpkins. It also makes cookies and macaroons.

The Pie Gourmet
Vienna (703-281-7437)
Using locally grown apples, this shop makes all kinds of apple and other fruit pies, plus cream and other sweet pies—in all, about 18 varieties. They make cheesecakes and seasonal pies (such as lemon meringue and strawberry-rhubarb), brownies, and pumpkin bars too.

Shilla Bakery
Centreville, Tysons Corner, Annandale and Fairfax (703-333-2001)
Blending “traditional Korean concepts with Asian and European influences,” this bakery offers cakes, pastries, and specialty desserts.

Silva’s Patisserie
Vienna (703-255-6880)
Here you can order just about any cake— there are 30 choices just for the fillings!— plus pastries and handmade marzipan. Its fall and winter seasonal specials include pies (pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, apple, chocolate, and more) and a yule log cake.

Sweet City Desserts
Vienna (703-938-8188)
This boutique dessert shop makes European cakes and Filipino desserts, such as ube purple yam cake and kalamansi pie, made from the Philippine lime. Pastries and other treats include mousse cakes, éclairs, cheesecakes, French macarons, cookies, and cupcakes.

Swiss Bakery
Burke (703-569-3670) and Springfield
Treats at this full-service bakery include cakes, French pastries, and European-style desserts. During the holidays, this is a great place to find traditional Swiss Christmas cookies.

Tysons Cakes
Falls Church (703-743-0003)
Variety rules here, with a good selection of specialty flavors, fillings, and icings. They also make cupcakes, cookies, and pies. Vegans will find a half-dozen vegan cake options here as well.

Victoria’s Cakery
Fairfax (703-273-0800)
Family-owned since 1984, Victoria’s Cakery in the heart of Fairfax City specializes in cakes but also offers cheesecakes and other sweets.

Yas Bakery
Vienna (703-242-4050)
This Persian bakery and grocery store, in business since 1986, receives great reviews for the variety it offers and the quality of its sweets. Goodies include Persian cookies and cakes, fruit cakes, cake rolls, baklava, cream puffs, and more.