Coffee & Treats in Cromwell

Half Off Coffee or Ice Cream at Harvest Country Store

West Hartford

$30 $15

Organic and fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with vegan-friendly syrup, pairs with ice cream from a local supplier

54% Off Gift Basket from MamaLicious Market

West Hartford

$150 $69

Baskets overflow with medicinal mushroom coffee and tea, an organic body care product sampler, raw chocolate and more

Up to 48% Off Italian Meals and Pastries at Avventura Deli

Waterbury

$20 $11

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New York Times-lauded shop serves thick lasagna in homemade sauce, paninis, and gelato made fresh daily

50% Off Tea

Branford

$30 $15

Guests can stop in for a sip of South African rooibos tea, a caffeine-free variety chock-full of vitamins and minerals

Up to 50% Off Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies at Go Greenly

Downtown

$10 $5

Ecofriendly eatery makes fro-yo with organic Stonyfield yogurt in flavors such as simply taro, strawberry-banana, pomegranate and watermelon

Up to 60% Off Hot or Iced Coffees at Kupz Frozen Yogurt & Coffee

East Haven

$24.90 $9.99

House-roasted blends of hot and iced coffee made with beans from a local distributor and served at an iPad bar equipped with free WiFi

Up to 50% Off Afternoon Tea with Food at Tea with Tracy

Seymour

$27 $18.50

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More than 100 flavors of tea fill pots alongside fresh-baked scones, tea sandwiches, and soup

45% Off Ice Cream at S&S Sweet Treats

Torrington

$10 $5.50

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Sundaes feature ice-cream flavors such as cappuccino crunch, moose tracks, and oatmeal cookie, alongside a menu of soups and sandwiches

45% Off Frozen Yogurt at Frogeez Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

More than 50 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt pair with toppings such as fresh fruit, nuts, candies, and syrups

Half Off One Dozen Cakepops at Lizzy's Lollicakes

Trumbull

$30 $15

Dozen cakepops; flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo

Select Local Merchants

Stillanos Pikos has gone from watching stock prices fall on Wall Street to watching cakes rise in the ovens at Fusion Bakery & Patisserie. The bakery owner—who is originally from the Greek island of Rhodes—found his original career in finance to be less than fulfilling. After resisting the urge to follow in the footsteps of his family's food business, Pikos decided to enroll in the Connecticut Culinary School. He worked at an exclusive hotel restaurant before assisting friends with their bakeries, which gave rise to the development of Fusion Bakery & Patisserie. Jeff Mill of The Middletown Press notes that the name represents "a combination of European and American desserts,” and that the establishment "is a throwback to a time not so long ago when every town had a bakery, and often more than one."

Pikos and fellow pastry chef Jen McGuinness bake cinnamon rolls, brownies, danishes, baklava, and scones from scratch every morning. They prepare decadent wedding and specialty cakes, including The Very Best Carrot Cake with cream-cheese frosting and optional nuts. As reported by Cassandra Day of Middletown Patch, the bakery ran a "Where's Ginger?" holiday promotion in which patrons guessed the location of a gingerbread man shown in photos around town to win a free pound of cookies and a year of icing-based vinyl siding repairs.

100 Riverview Center, Ste 135
Middletown,
CT
US

Sanremo Bakery conquers appetites with traditional Italian dishes and pastries. The family-owned business opens at 7 a.m. every day of the week, powering up morning customers with its breakfast pizza composed of eggs, home fries, bacon, and cheddar. Chefs prepare more than 10 other specialty pizzas for lunch and dinner, as well as pasta trays of lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and ravioli that are large enough to feed 15–25 people or one Italian lumberjack.

1130 Farmington Ave
Berlin,
CT
US

The New York Times featured Chimirri's Pastry Shop, and three Citysearchers award it a 4.7-star average:

1075 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield,
CT
US

Jitters Café deftly intermixes locally grown, organic ingredients whenever possible to fill empty stomachs with a toothsome menu of soups, salads, and baked goods. Lavish neglected spice yens with a pungent bowl of veggie or meat chili flanked with stacks of crispy tortilla chips ($3.75/cup, $5.75/bowl), or spoon up savory destiny with a cup of the rotating soup of the day ($3.50/cup, $5.50/bowl). A vitamin-kissed mixed greens and spinach salad laced with candied walnuts, grape tomatoes, and judicious sprinkles of feta cheese ($6.75) hones jaw muscles and rabbit impressions. Guests can opt to eschew greenery entirely for the primal chew of cheese, pepperoni, or veggie pizza by the slice ($4–$5). Congo lines of freshly whipped desserts fill sweet teeth with bites of strawberry-topped cheesecake ($5.50), vegan cookies ($2.50), and frosty glasses of ice-cream-kissed frozen coffee ($3.50).

1273 Queen St
Southington,
CT
US

Alexandra and Romeo fell in love in France over cups of flour and sugar as Romeo completed his professional boulanger and patissier training. Today, the couple recreates quintessential French flavors in their West Hartford bakery-café, where the menu kicks off with breakfasts of pain au chocolat and almond croissants. For lunch, chefs build sandwiches such as Le Brie with cheese and butter, and the Eiffel, whose roasted chicken breast, carrots, and cucumber stands 324 meters tall. Desserts such as macarons and chocolate-hazelnut mousse cake pair with a cappuccino or café au lait to round out each meal.

La Petite France also rolls out its portable crepe cart to special events throughout the area, where French-speaking chefs (upon request) whip up sweet or savory crepes for parties of 20 or more.

967 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford,
CT
US

My Fit Mommy owner and director Mary Damato is passionate about giving moms a place to get fit while they spend quality time with their kids. A mother of three herself, she saw a need for a laid-back, mom-focused workout space, where moms could interact with other adults while still participating in an intense workout. Each outdoor, boot-camp-style class is led by a certified instructor and focuses on burning calories through circuit training and toning the body using small weights.

1134 New Britain Ave
West Hartford,
CT
US