COVA’s Guilty Pleasures

Whether you are a romantic or not, this Valentine’s day we can all agree that these desserts are delicious. Coastal Virginia has an array of dessert shops that won’t let you down, even if your romantic interests don’t pan out.

Here are 7 ways to indulge this Valentine’s Day in COVA:

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Newport News

There are few better places to indulge those guilty pleasures than Indulge Bakery itself in Newport News, where you will find a lovely European inspired bakery in the beautiful Historic Hilton Village. The delectable menu features breakfast, lunch and baked goods made from scratch. A few doors down from Indulge Bakery, you’ll find Couture Cakes by Nika, which specialize in delicious, hand-crafted cakes that are perfect for any special occasion. If you are craving a gourmet cupcake, head over to Smallcakes right off of Jefferson Ave. There you will find inspired cupcakes with unique recipes that change daily. To top it off, they offer homemade ice cream that can stand alone or be paired with a delicious cupcake! Last, but certainly not least, Nothing Bundt Cakes came to Newport News last year, and our sweet tooth is so glad they did. From specialty Bundt cake flavors such as chocolate turtle to your classic lemon, you won’t want to pass by this delectable establishment without giving it a try! LEARN MORE

Glazed Doughnuts


Glazed Doughnuts is the place to go in downtown Hampton for a sweet treat this Valentine’s Day. The bakery offers up a wide variety of specialty doughnuts made fresh daily. In addition, Glazed serves up delicious Rogue Elephant coffee, roasted in small batches every few days. LEARN MORE

The Royal Chocolate

Virginia Beach

In the month containing the Valentine’s Day holiday, we have one thing on our minds here in Virginia Beach – CHOCOLATE! The Royal Chocolate Shop in Virginia Beach’s Town Center is dishing out the highest quality Belgian chocolate in all of its glorious forms. With chocolate covered apples and strawberries, truffles and even a delectable chocolate fondue, The Royal Chocolate has exactly what you need to treat your sweetheart, or yourself, this winter. LEARN MORE

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Franklin Southampton

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Franklin. Dive in to delectable desserts from cheesecake to brownie sundaes, the Back Porch & Grille Restaurant will easily satisfy any sweet tooth. With a rotating dessert menu there is something for everyone on the menu all year round. LEARN MORE Hummingbird Macarons


Stop by Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts, located in the historic Freemason District for macaron ice cream sandwich. Also located in the Freemason District is Chocollage where you’ll homemade lemon bars, chocolate praline cakes, cinnamon rolls, brownies and more. Or stop by the newly opened Bonbonnier chocolate shop, an old-fashioned candy and bake shop in the heart of Norfolk’s Ghent District. LEARN MORE

Brownie bites


If your guilty pleasure is sweet or chocolaty, Williamsburg has got you covered! Enjoy decadent chocolate creations from MAD about Chocolate, complete with an art gallery inside the café featuring amazing local artists! If you’re a cupcake fanatic, check out Smallcakes Cupcakery and their fresh, signature flavor cupcakes such as Hot Fudge Sundae or their famous Red Velvet! LEARN MORE


If you have ever visited Smithfield’s award-winning Farmers Market, then you are no doubt familiar with Yummaries Bakery and their mouth-watering creations. Long a favorite at the market, Yummaries will soon be opening a storefront on Main Street in downtown Smithfield. But – just to tempt our taste buds a bit – while the bakery is being completed – they are offering their goodies at pop-up shops throughout the winter months at the bakery’s location. So make sure you check in on their Facebook page often. You won’t want to miss out on these sweet treats! Yummaries Bakery (opening in the Spring of 2017) is located at 213 Main Street in downtown Smithfield and can be reached at LEARN MORE

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