In addition to the numerous savory restaurants and trendy watering holes scattered around the Richmond Region, the area is stocked plentifully with shops for the traveler wanting a sugar rush.  Treat yourself to a confection of happiness good for all ages at any of these top 5 destinations for someone with a sweet tooth!


sugar shack richmond

 Sugar Shack

Three Words:  Maple.  Bacon.  Glaze.  This doughnut shop has developed a ravenous fan base because of unique flavor combinations, fresh ingredients, and well, just some of the best doughnuts in town.  With multiple locations in the Richmond Region (the Fan, West End), this rapidly expanding shop is growing to Midlothian as well!

pearls cupcakes richmond

 Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe

Friendly, classy and yes, they deliver, Pearl’s is quickly becoming a go-to option for miniature cake lovers in the Richmond Region. Co-founded by two baker friends, this quaint shop off Patterson Avenue boasts over 120 flavors of freshly baked cupcakes, including having gluten free, vegan, and sugar free options!





shyndigz richmond


Recently relocated from the West End of Richmond to the heart of the Fan district near Virginia Commonwealth University, Shyndigz is a full service, from-scratch bakery with a constantly rotating menu. The physical location allows you to dine in or order freshly baked cakes, pies and other delicious treats that you can wash down with a glass of wine or a pint of beer. This wildly popular dessert-only stop is quickly becoming a Fan favorite!

Rocket Fizz

Want to travel back in time?  Just visit this old-school-cool candy shop in Carytown. The colorful store impresses with thousands of candy options, hundreds of rare sodas from around the world, and an eclectic vibe that one can only really get from a vintage shop like Rocket Fizz.


For The Love of Chocolate

Also located in Carytown, this sweet shop has something for everyone and a lot of one thing: Chocolate!  International chocolate treats, wedding gifts, baby sweets, seasonal items, unusual candies, kosher and vegan options, as well as local Virginia made confectioneries; this nougat nirvana can satisfy any chocoholic traveling in the Richmond Region.


Michael J. Hippchen is a freelance writer based out of Richmond, VA.  Michael has a passion for good bourbon, a firm cigar, live music, and copious amounts of black coffee.