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GoNOLA Tops: Holiday Sweets and Treats

Indulge in the best sweets and treats this holiday season in New Orleans.

Delight in all the treats that Sucre has to offer this December. Photo: Zack Smith

The Holidays in New Orleans sure are something special. From the white lights, garland, and red bows strung up along Canal Street, to the winter wonderland lobby at the Roosevelt Hotel and on Fulton Street, it’s safe to say that the festive holiday decor is sure to get anyone in the spirit. But perhaps you best appreciate the magic of the season not with your eyes, but with a fork and knife (or spoon!). If a little sugar is what makes the season bright for you, then you’ll love this list of where you can find delicious holiday sweet treats that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Photo: Paul Broussard

Piccola Gelateria

Having just celebrated their one year anniversary, Ria and Ross Turnbull’s spectacular gelato shop on Freret Street has lots of wonderful things in store for us this holiday season. In addition to season flavors of gelato like mint chocolate chip, gingerbread cookie, eggnog, bourbon pecan, and sugar cookie with cranberries, they are offering made-to-order gelato cakes featuring these holiday flavors (and more). But what might be most exciting is their new gelato hot chocolate with marshmallows – doesn’t that sound heavenly? 

Photo: Rebecca Todd

Bakery Bar

Currently decked out in holiday decor, this cute cocktail and sweets shop has some new items on their ever-changing menu. Try the peanut butter and chocolate parfait with layers of chocolate cookie crumbs, chocolate pudding, peanut butter mousse, shopped salted peanuts and whipped cream, topped off with candied peanuts and a mini sandwich cookie. And be sure to check out their over 40 rotating flavors of Debbie Does Doberge cake, like carrot cake, chocolate coconut, and pistachio, to name a few. 

Delight in all the treats that Sucre has to offer this December. Photo: Zack Smith


The perfect place to stop in for last minute desserts to bring to a party, hostess gifts, or stocking stuffers. Grab your peppermint bark, yule logs, holiday macaroons and confections, peppermint marshmallows, and cakes at one of their three locations in Uptown, Metairie or the French Quarter. And keep and eye out for their pop ups at malls at the airport. 

Photo: Paul Broussard

Angelo Brocato’s 

If you love sweets and live in New Orleans then you’ve probably visited this hundred year old Italian gelato shop and bakery a time or two. Between the spumoni, cannolis, and Italian-style gelato, you really can’t go wrong. 

Photo: Paul Broussard

Beth Biundo Sweets

Formerly the pastry chef at Lilette on Magazine, Beth Biundo has opened her own sweets shop on Baronne Street near Martin’s Wine Cellar. Her order ahead Christmas menu is filled with items that are sure to impress your guests, like a citrus olive oil cake with mascarpone and candied kumquats, chocolate peppermint cake, holiday decorated sugar cookies, caramel almond tarts, and eggnog ice cream. 

Photo: Rebecca Todd

Bittersweet Confections 

Located on Magazine near Julia Street in the Warehouse District, this adorable bakery is ready to be your holiday hero this season. For Christmas dinner, the yule log or Bûche de Noël (vanilla cake with chocolate pastry cream) can be ordered online for pickup, or stop in and grab one of their many holiday tins filled with items like peppermint bark, truffles, pralines, and more.

Photo: Paul Broussard

Gracious Bakery

Now with two locations on St. Charles Avenue and Prytania (in the former Manhattan Jack spot), Executive Pastry Chef Megan Forman has put together a wonderful holiday menu for us this year that satisfies the need for sweet and savory. Sweet options include a chocolate peppermint layer cake, eggnog cheesecake, apple and brown butter tart and gingerbread Bûche de Noël.  View their Christmas menu here.

Willa Jean has cookies, croissants, tarts to grab and go (safely behind glass), and during the carnival season leading up to Mardi Gras — a very famous and decadent Bananas Foster King Cake unlike any other you’ll try is for sale by the slice and whole (if ordered online for pick-up.)

Willa Jean

If you’re in the South Market District then look no further than Willa Jean for your holiday grab and go’s. Assorted pastries, chocolate peppermint pop tarts, and holiday pies like chocolate bourbon pecan and coconut cream plus cinnamon rolls and coffee cakes for Christmas morning. Take the baking stress away and order online today.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found snapping food photos, taking long walks along Magazine Street, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Voted one of the Best New Orleans-based Instagrammers by Thrillist, Where Y'at Magazine, and Paste Magazine. Please feel free to follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola and ask for food advice!

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