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Winston-Salem is the home of Krispy Kreme, so we take our sweets and coffee very seriously. But there are plenty of options for people who prefer baked treats that are less sugary. Here are some recommendations to help fill your cravings:
Ardmore Coffee (formerly Cafe Roche)
1316 S. Hawthorne Rd (Ardmore)
129 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
For 20 years, the no-frills Bagel Station has been turning out delicious bagels. Other stores have come and gone but the Bagel Station survives on its quality, simple menu and friendly service. You’ll find what you need here in terms or bagels and spreads and it’s all extremely fresh.
Bubbling Well Bead & Tea Bar
612 Trade St., Winston-Salem (Arts District Downtown)
This serene tea and tonic bar has over 90 loose teas available as well as health tonics, but there best-kept secret is perhaps their yummy superfood smoothies and raw chocolate drinks.
845 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem (West End/West Highlands)
Cafe Gelato is an adorable little gelato shop along “antique row” across from Hanes Park on Reynolda Road serving up fresh handmade gelato and sorbets often with local ingredients. Note that it is only open Thursdays – Sundays.
330 N. Broad St. & Fourth St. (Downtown/West End)
A caffe with European flair, this venue has a lot to offer: wine and beer bar, daily roasted coffees and espresso drinks and baked goods, but they are probably most famous for their daily handmade gelato and sorbets.
211 E. Third St. (Downtown)
Camino Bakery is an artisan bakery in the hub of Downtown Winston-Salem that sources most of its ingredients from local and organic farms. Fresh-baked baguettes, almond brioche, cakes, and vegetarian sandwiches are just a few delicacies they serve up with Krankies coffee, beer or wine and they have a mini-grocery of essentials. Each night they offer a La Boheme special: 2 glasses of the featured wine, a demi-baguette, and a piece of gourmet cheese for $11.95.
Dewey’s Bakery & Blue Ridge Ice Creams
- 262 S. Stratford Road (Thruway), 336-725-8321
- 2820 Reynolda Road (Wake Forest University), 336-724-0559
Dewey’s Bakery has been a Winston-Salem tradition since 1930. Notable sweets include their pink lemonade cake in the spring and summer, and with options including cake squares, éclairs and turnovers, there’s something for about any appetite. You can also order birthday and wedding cakes here. The Thruway Shopping Center location now offers handmade Blue Ridge Ice Creams as well, with signature flavors like Dewey’s pink lemonade cake ice cream with actual chunks of the frosted cake, and Dewey’s Moravian spice cookie dough swirl.
Flashback Smoothies & Grill
1003 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem (Downtown/West End)
Flashback Smoothies & Grill offers Angus burgers and all-beef, turkey or smoked sausage hot dogs on toasted buns, wings and sub sandwiches, as well as their healthy smoothies, with health supplement options. Too many to choose from? Try the “Marvtastic” berry smoothy, a word coined by Winston-Salem’s annual National Black Theatre Festival’s late founder, Leon Hamlin, combining the words “marvelous” and “fantastic”.
916 Burke St., Winston-Salem (Burke St./Downtown)
Winston-Salem’s first chocolatier, Jiliana serves up amazing truffles and cupcakes in fun flavors.
Kilwins Ice Cream & Chocolates
Thruway Shopping Center
308 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
211 E. 3rd St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
Krankies roasts their own coffee beans on-site daily in their “warehouse” location and often host music and art events. Treats from Camino Bakery are available as well as specialty drinks and beers.
Krankies Airstream & Coffee Park
1208 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem
This fun Krankies Airstream offers drive-up service on both sides & their friendly baristas serve up the tastiest cup in town as well as teas, sandwiches & baked goods from Camino Bakery. Can’t go wrong with their lattés. Tip: Bring your own commuter mug to get a regular coffee for only $1.25. Now take a seat at Coffee Park just behind the Krankies Airstream, where you’ll find local goodies to go with that cuppa!
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Company
259 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford)
We’ll make an exception to focus on independents over chains when it comes to Krispy Kreme, which is headquartered in Winston-Salem. If you’ve only tried Krispy Kremes from a grocery or convenience store, you haven’t had the true doughnut experience. Stop when the “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign is lit to watch behind glass as doughnuts come off a conveyor, float through hot oil and travel through the glazing machine.
Midtown Cafe & Dessertery
151 S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem (Stratford Road area)
A favorite for brunch, Midtown Cafe also offers 25 dessert choices (drool at their cake display over choices like Italian cream cake, macadamia nut carrot cake and their seasonal 5-flavor poundcake with fresh strawberries.
- Midtown Cafe & Dessertery menu
300 Marshall St. South, Winston-Salem (Downtown)
Locals swear by the artisan breads baked at Ollie’s. It is a true bakery, offering breads, pastries and dessert with the freshest ingredients. The selection of breads available depends on the day of the week; go early for the most choices. Ollie’s also offers baking classes.
3216 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
This locally owned popcorn shop gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With over __ flavors on a given day. Popcorn Fanatic offers flavors from sweet to savory with flavors like Dill Pickle, Cinnamon Toast, and my favorite when it’s hot: Chicago Mix. The “candy” flavors come in an array of colors, making a mix of the colors of your favorite Super Bowl team or favors in your wedding colors an easy tasty gift!
Raven’s Roost Coffee
(mobile unit) corner of Hawthorne Rd & Trenwest
Beside Forsyth Hospital
Winkler Bakery – Old Salem
527 S. Main St., Winston-Salem (Old Salem)
A visit to Winkler Bakery brings history to life and plenty of mouth-watering choices to fill your tummy. Bakers in period dress explain how the bakery operated when Old Salem was an outpost in the wilderness. Choose from impossibly thin Moravian ginger or sugar cookies, Moravian sugar cakes and breads. You can also pick up packaged mixes of your favorites to bake at home.
Wolfies Gourmet Frozen Custard
420 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
Part of a tiny chain (mother location in Northport New York), Wolfies is Winston-Salem’s first custard creamery located in the heart of downtown. We’ve never had a custard we didn’t like, but we are partial to the “Southern Sundae”: vanilla custard with pecans, maple syrup and whipped cream! Wolfies also serves up frozen custard cookie sandwiches, custard pies and locally roasted Krankies Coffee.
More Winston-Salem Bakeries, Coffee & Ice Cream Shops
Brynn’s Frozen Yogurt
Stratforrd Tower Shopping Center
205 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
Chelsea’s Coffee Shop & More
533 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
Simplyummy – NOW CLOSED
122 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Village)