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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.