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World-Class, Splurge-Worthy Spots in The Heights

World-Class, Splurge-Worthy Spots in The Heights

If you are going to indulge, it better be worth it, right?  This trio of beloved bakeries make delicious desserts that are worth every single calorie…

Dulce De Leche, 376 Central Ave.


Fans of the original Dulce De Leche Bakery in West New York were eagerly awaiting the grand opening of the Central Ave. location last September.  Fast forward a year, and  the popularity of this  family-owned Argentinian bakery shows no sign of waning.

On any given morning, this bright, open cafe fills up quickly.   If you have never been, be like a local.  Grab a seat and linger over a cafe con leche and sample a couple of facturas (a mix of savory and sweet traditional Argentine pastries).   If you’re in a rush, don’t worry – the line is constant, but it moves quickly. The lunch scene is also non-stop, with delicious soups, sandwiches, salads and freshly baked empanadas and Argentinian-style quiches.

No discussion of Dulce De Leche would be complete without mention of their showstopping, truly beautiful display of pastries, tarts and elaborately decorated cakes.  The dulce de leche used in many of the traditional cakes is imported directly from Argentina, and chocolate lovers can choose from delectable mini cups filled with cream and fruit, mousse cakes, tiramisu and cannolis.

Choc-O-Pain, 330 Palisade Ave.

The hugely popular French patisserie with outposts in Hoboken and downtown JC, opened up shop here in July.   Native Parisian and owner Clemence Danko is a stickler for authentic French methods.  Everything is baked fresh daily, and all breads are sourdough based, made in the traditional European way – slowly, with a long fermentation process.  The croissants,  sweet and sticky Pain d’Autrefois, and quiche are equally delicious.



Cocoa Bakery,  475 Central Ave.

Since opening on Grand St. in 2012, this cafe and bakery has enjoyed a devoted, cult-like following.   Rising rents and the need for more space prompted the move, says Eric Fleming, whose wife, Former Nobu Pastry Chef Jessica Isaacs, owns Cocoa Bakery; “We were turning down over 20 custom cake orders a week, because we just didn’t have the space downtown to accommodate all of these orders. And, of course downtown rents are increasing, which impacts both business owners and residents. So I am pretty sure some of our customers will eventually be moving to the Heights as well.”  The Central Ave. location is triple in size to their previous location.

Be sure to check out the whoopie pies and cake truffles, which are Cocoa Bakery’s most popular items. There’s also a full array of cookies, cakes, custom wedding cakes, and pastries.



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