Looking for a little something special to bring to the Thanksgiving table or pre-dinner party? From Calaveras bakeries, to artisan ice cream, a 100 year old candy shop, historic grocery stores, Calaveras coffee shops, tasting rooms and more; no matter where you are in Calaveras County, there’s almost always someplace nearby to grab something sweet. Whether looking for holiday pies, tarts, turnovers, cinnamon rolls, or scones, explore the top 10 Calaveras bakeries and coffee shops below!
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1. Calaveras Bakeries – Aria Bakery
Aria Bakery – Historic Downtown Murphys, CA
HOURS: Open 5 days a week from 6am-4pm; open to 5pm weekends; closed Monday and Tuesday I 458 Main St. Murphys, CA 95247 I 1-209-728-9250
Specializing in french-style desserts, pastries, and artisanal breads made from scratch daily; as well as espresso drinks served hot or cold. Looking to purchase an Aria pie for the holidays? Make sure to reserve your pie order before heading in. Call ahead for special orders or to ask about their savory plant-based (V) and sweet gluten free (GF) options* at Aria Bakery.
Looking for more vegan and/or gluten-free options? *Look for the (V) or (GF) symbol throughout this guide to inquire about plant-based (V) and/or gluten-free (GF) offerings.
Near Murphys? Did you know that Sierra Hills Natural Foods grocery store on Hwy 4 in Murphys specializes in organic animal products, as well as organic and conventional vegan and gluten free offerings? Swing by to find ingredients and treats to make your next gathering that much more giving.
2. Calaveras Coffee Shops – Arnold Bistro Espresso
Arnold Bistro Espresso – Arnold, CA
HOURS: Open 7 days a week I 1255 Oak Circle, Arnold, CA 95223 I 1-209-795-5656
Arnold’s coffee shop and café, Arnold Bistro Espresso features gourmet, handcrafted coffees and teas, smoothies, sandwiches and wraps, free wi-fi, friendly service, lunch and brunch offerings as well as a limited selection of baked goods. Check out their new location in the heart of Arnold, a cozy coffee shop you won’t want to miss.
3. Calaveras Bakeries – Bolin Barbeque and Baking Company
Bolin Barbeque and Baking Company – Arnold, CA
Location: 1131 Highway 4 Arnold, CA 95223 I Call for Hours: 1-415-815-8535
Featuring on-premises hand-smoked meats, southern style sides, breakfast biscuits, freshly baked breads and pastries, and multiple vegetarian options, the brand new Arnold restaurant Bolin Barbeque and Baking Company, has something to please everyone.
4. Calaveras Coffee Shops – Common Grounds
Common Grounds – Valley Springs, CA
Location: 1900 Vista del Lago Drive Valley Springs, CA 95252 I Call for Hours: 1-209-772-9000
Common Grounds in Valley Springs is a much loved independent coffee shop serving specialty coffees and teas, breakfast burritos, bagels, pastries, paninis and gelato. Come on in and enjoy Common Grounds‘ comfy leather sofas, or sit at a chess table and enjoy a book or play a game, or grab your sweets to go along with your next holiday gathering.
5. Calaveras Coffee Shops – Gold Country Roasters
Gold Country Roasters – Murphys, CA
HOURS: Open 7 days a week I 78 Scott Street Murphys, CA 95247 I 1-209-728-8634
Locally owned and operated, Gold Country Roasters is not only affordably priced, but this artisan coffee shop has won regional and national awards for their fabulous roasts. One of the top two most sustainable coffee roasters in California, you can get a limited amount of baked goods sourced from local Sugar Bakery here as well. Call a few days ahead for large or special baked goods orders. Ask about their plant-based and/or gluten free options. (V) (GF)
6. Calaveras Bakeries – Lila and Sage Cupcakes and Catering
Lila and Sage Cupcakes and Catering – Historic Downtown Murphys, CA
HOURS: Open 5 days a week at 11am; closed Monday and Tuesday I 219 Main Street, Murphys, CA 95247 I 1-209-728-2604
Winner of The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Lila and Sage specializes in imaginative artisan cupcakes, macarons, additional sweets, espresso, specialty drinks, treats and gifts. Stop in early or call ahead for Lila and Sage’s plant-based and gluten free cupcake options, they fly early! (V) (GF)
7. Calaveras Coffee Shops – Roasters Coffee Corner
Roasters Coffee Corner – Copperopolis, CA
HOURS: Open 7 days a week I 240 Town Square Road Copperopolis, CA 95228 I 1-209-785-5282
Located in the charming Copperopolis Town Square, Roasters Coffee Corner offers a limited selection of baked goods, while specializing in espresso beverages, coffee, tea, smoothies, wine and beer. Looking for something more substantial? Try this charming coffee shop’s hot breakfast and lunch offerings as well. (V) (GF)
8. Calaveras Bakeries – Star Donuts
Star Donuts – San Andreas, CA
HOURS: Open 7 days a week Monday-Friday 5:30am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 6am-2pm I 37 W Saint Charles Street San Andreas, CA 95249 I 1-209-754-5600
Specializing in classic, American donuts, with a friendly staff. Star Donuts has a large selection of all the traditional flavors. Stop in for donuts and coffee, you won’t be disappointed.
San Andreas local tip:Visiting San Andreas during the week? Don’t miss out on Pickle Patch Deli for lunch or brunch. Regularly voted one of the best restaurants in the Motherlode, stop in early for their breakfast grab and go options including delicious fresh bakes.
9. Calaveras Bakeries – Sugar Bakery
Sugar Bakery – Historic Downtown Angels Camp
HOURS: Open 6 days a week 7am-3pm; closed Tuesday I 1257 S Main Street
Angels Camp, CA 95222 I 1-209-736-9511
Sugar Bakery specializes in breakfast pastries, fresh, artisan breads made daily, tarts, sweet treats, pie, and savory snacks. Selections vary daily. Looking for sweet plant-based options? Call a few days ahead for special orders and receive a discount. (V)
10. Calaveras Bakeries – The Red Apple
The Red Apple Est. 1890 – Hwy 4 Murphys, CA
HOURS: Open 5 days a week at 5am; closed Tuesday and Wednesday I 4950 Highway 4 Murphys, CA 95247 I 1-209-728-8906
The oldest apple stand in California, The Red Apple has been a popular landmark for both tourists and locals since it was established by the Darby family in 1890. Garnering rave reviews year round, especially for their apple cider donuts, pies and turnovers, The Red Apple is a multi-generational crowd pleaser sure to become your family’s next holiday favorite. Learn more about this historic California apple stand and bakery via California Dream Eater’s visit at The Red Apple here.
Looking to enjoy a little holiday shopping? Check out our hygge-filled 2018 Calaveras Holiday Shopping Guide today. You can find a digital copy of the 2018 Calaveras Holiday Shopping Guide here, or pick up a copy at the Calaveras Visitors Bureau today.
BONUS: Butter and Cream Catering
Butter and Cream Bakery is your go to for catered whimsical bakes. From cakes, to cookies, and cupcakes to classic party favorites, Butter and Cream Bakery is available to cater parties, weddings, birthdays and special events.
EXTRA BONUS: Sweet Like Sugar
Order fresh baked sweets including coffee cakes and loaf cakes, sugar cookies, cupcakes, classic pies and speciality pies like brownie pie and peanut and jelly pie, plus mini baked donuts for the holidays from this Valley Springs based bakery. Check out their Sweet Like Sugar facebook page for details. Place orders by December 17th for Christmas and pick up by December 23rd. Call 408-483-4530 for more information.
Find More Calaveras Sweets
Nelson’s Candy Kitchen – 5th Generation Family Owned Sweets
Nelson’s Candy Kitchen Est. late 1800s – Murphys, CA Location
HOURS: Open weekdays 10:00 am-5:00 pm and weekends 10am-5:30 pm I 380 Main Street Murphys, CA 95247 I 1-209-728-2820
Nelson’s Candy Kitchen features candies made by five generations of the Nelson family, delighting visitors with the finest handmade candies & confections in the Sierra Foothills. Fresh ingredients are cooked in bright copper kettles and cooled on marble tables that are over 100 years old using recipes dating from the 1800s. Learn more about the historic location where the majority of their candy is made (20 minutes away) at the Columbia State Park Nelson’s Candy Kitchen location here.
Calaveras Wineries Offering Sweet Treats
Did you know you can grab holiday treats from local wineries? Explore Calaveras Winery food and wine offerings such as Lavender Ridge‘s artisan market offering specialty cheeses, jams and gorgeous lollipops, or Coppermine Winery‘s decadent chocolates, gifts, and more. Checkout our Calaveras winery directory here for the full list of all that Calaveras tasting rooms have on offer, or for personalized assistance, check in with the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance in person or over the phone for assistance today. Prefer to explore on foot? Get a head start with our directory for exploring downtown Murphys tasting rooms here. (V) (GF)
Calaveras Ice Cream Parlors
JoMa’s Artisan Ice Cream – Murphys, CA
HOURS: Open 7 days a week 12pm-6pm; open late Friday and Saturday 12pm-8pm I 386 Main Street Murphys, CA 95247 I 1-209-728-8655
JoMa’s Artisan Ice Cream specializes in small-batch, handcrafted creations made with love and care with the goal of serving “the most uniquely handcrafted and delicious ice cream” guests have ever tasted. With handmade waffle cones and bowls made on site, 16 flavors of ice cream and 4 flavors of sorbet, and rotating one-of-a-kind creations, we think they’ve succeeded. Ask for plant-based options daily. (V) (GF)
Yummy Ha! Ha! Ice Cream – Historic Downtown Angels Camp, CA
HOURS: Open 6 days a week from 12pm-7pm, open early Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am; closed Tuesdays | 1225 S. Main Street Angels Camp, CA 95222 I 1-209-890-7596
Yummy Ha! Ha! Ice Cream‘s newest location for delicious, handcrafted artisanal ice cream at in historic downtown Angels Camp is right across from our charming historic downtown Angels 6 movie theatre. Be sure to hop over to indulge in some sweet deliciousness before or after your next holiday movie. (GF)
Yummy Ha! Ha! Ice Cream – Copperopolis, CA
HOURS: Open 5 days a week 12pm-5pm; closed Monday & Tuesday I 631 McCarty Street Copperopolis, CA 95228 I 1-209-785-2333
Yummy Ha! Ha! Ice Cream’s artisanal handmade ice cream and cupcakes are available 5 days a week in charming Copperopolis Town Square. Conveniently situated right off Highway 4, this is a great place to stop on your way to Angels Camp, Murphys or Bear Valley. You’ll want to stop here on the way out of the county too. (GF)
Country Girl Ice Cream Parlor – Valley Springs, CA
HOURS: 7 days a week 12pm- 8pm I 55 California Street Valley Springs, CA 95252 I 1-209-920-3690
Located in the Valley Springs tri-lake area, Country Girl Ice Cream Parlor has 18 different flavors to choose from. Located near the intersection of Highways 12 and 26, if you are traveling with school age children, have them bring in their most recent report card to get $0.10 off their ice cream for each “A” grade earned. (GF)
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