Bakeries in Fruit Cove

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Heather Jackson helms Aperitif Catering, where she and her staff whip up made-to-order goodies in the form of cupcakes, chicken pot pies, turkey and goat-cheese sandwiches, and gourmet cheese platters. Whether they’re catering small weddings or whisking lunches to corporate meetings inside of boxes—one of the hardest places to hold a corporate meeting—they pride themselves on their professionalism and fresh cuisine.

2356 West Beaver Street
Jacksonville,
FL
US

The Hyppo Cart, which hangs out in the St. John’s Town Shopping Center, is a spinoff of the original Hyppo in Saint Augustine. This gourmet popsicle truck got its start from simple fresh fruit, cane sugar and other freshly-made, interesting ingredients. Fashioned after paletas, which are Latin American ice pops made from fresh fruit and spices, flavors are as diverse as cucumber lemon mint, melon and cracked pepper. Fully-realized iterations like the Elvis combine peanut butter, honey and banana, while a Mexican Hot Chocolate version uses cocoa, cinnamon and cayenne. The Hyppo cart also offers gourmet sandwiches and salads, Bold Bean coffees and espresso, tea, agave sodas and baked goods. From its humble beginnings, the pops have gained a loyal following and bring about arguments of favorite flavors among its fans.

4663 River City Drive
Jacksonville,
FL
US

Without a job, single mother Gwen Willhite was facing a difficult situation. But a sweet solution relieved her tough times: she assembled homemade cookies into a more sugary version of the bouquet, an idea she thought would be perfect for gift-giving. The concept was a hit, and within a few years, the business she called Cookie Bouquet had become a franchise. Willhite's company, now called Cookies By Design, continues to churn out edible bouquets, alongside cookie cakes and cookies in flavors such as white-chocolate pecan, snickerdoodles, and oatmeal raisin. Cookies By Design has expanded to many locations across the US, where staffers at each hub freshly bake and hand-decorate each creation.

4327 Southside Boulevard
Jacksonville,
FL
US

Rifle through the pages of the menu at Nirvana Cafe, and you'll see dishes inspired by cuisines from across the globe—there's tender gyros and kebabs from the Mediterranean, plump perogi from Eastern Europe, and tangy Korean-style carrot salad. But there's also a variety of American favorites, such as chicken salad wraps and creamy new york cheesecake. As chefs bring these dishes to life in the kitchen, diners lounge on banquettes amid the bold red walls of the bright dining room, sipping freshly squeezed juices and imported Russian beers.

1910 Wells Road
Orange Park,
FL
US

Jacksonville locals love to talk about The French Pantry. There’s the bread, the European feel – and the long lines. This Southside establishment takes their pantry moniker seriously, with a paltry square footage that offers no more than a counter and some wooden communal dining tables, perfect for rubbing elbows with strangers. The cozy hole-in-the-wall bakes fresh bread daily, served with seasonal olive oil, or piled up as a sandwich. Try the rare roast beef and boursin, with fresh greens, tomatoes, and a tomato-mayo spread. Or head for the turkey, pesto and goat cheese, which remains a local favorite. The quaintly decorated but decidedly diminutive storefront is only open for weekday lunches from 11 a.m. to-2 p.m., and is really only recognizable by its faded green awning. Servers will help find you a seat if one is available, but expect a wait regardless.

6301 Powers Ave
Jacksonville,
FL
US

As one of Jacksonville’s original cupcakeries, Cami Cakes in the Tinseltown shopping area is a sweet delight. The small storefront, complete with pink lettering, houses a couch and several scattered tables for in-house eating, but the real draw is choosing which flavor to enjoy. At any given time, more than a dozen cupcake options peek back from behind the glass counter, while the only thing more beautiful might just be the perfect pink box, wrapped with a bow, that’s used to carry them out. As patrons enter Cami Cakes, their senses are assaulted with a lovely perfume of lemon and sweet icing, while longtime locals make a beeline for popular favorites like red velvet, carrot cake and chocolate raspberry almond. Offered right in the heart of Jacksonville, these sweet treats have been known to rival anything made in New York City or San Francisco.

9734 Deer Lake Ct
Jacksonville,
FL
US