The Essential Shore: Sweet Shops

La Patisserie
Only in Cape May could you custom-order French breads sculpted into starfish and flounder, and fondant-swathed cakes dripping with shells and delivered to the dunes. 524 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-7107; lapatisseriecapemay.com.


La Patisserie
Only in Cape May could you custom-order French breads sculpted into starfish and flounder, and fondant-swathed cakes dripping with shells and delivered to the dunes. 524 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-7107; lapatisseriecapemay.com.

Kohler’s Bakery
Cream doughnuts and crumbcake, cinnamon buns and coconut macaroons: why Avaloners rise and shine. 2709 Dune Drive, Avalon, 609-967-3694; kohlersbakery.com.

Dot’s Pastry Shoppe
Dot’s made-them-the-same-since-1947 wares (cream-cheese danish, cinnamon strudel, sticky buns, jelly doughnuts) come in boxes tied up with string. 3148 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City; 609-399-0770.

Rauhauser’s Candies
This is where you come for presents for Nana and Pop-Pop after you invade their house all summer: roasted cashews, buttercreams, fudge, and chocolate-coated mint patties. 721 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City; 609-399-1465.

Jagielky’s Home Made Candies
Part of Margate’s mini Rodeo circuit: Casel’s for roast chicken, Knit Wit for a bikini, Starbucks for iced mocha, Jagielky’s for caramel turtles, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, and seemingly sinless nonpareils. 8018 Ventnor Avenue, Margate, 609-822-2204; jagielkys.com.

Mino Bake Shop
The A.C. outpost of the Pleasantville bakery feels like Isgro’s, in miniature. Single-serve strawberry shortcakes, filled-to-order cannoli, and, if you get there early, cinnamon doughnuts. 4100 Ventnor Avenue, Atlantic City, 609-344-8627; minosbakeshop.com.

Aversa’s Italian Bakery
The only place on the island to satisfy cravings for slim pizzelles, pignoli cookies, oversize cream puffs, birthday cheesecakes — along with tomato pies, Italian breads, and roast-pork-and-rabe stromboli. 3101 Atlantic-Brigantine Boulevard, Brigantine, 609-264-8880; aversasbakery.com.

Crust & Crumb
This Fantasy Island-side alcove is justly famous for cinnamon-touched elephant ears, buttery sticky buns and jelly doughnuts. 1000 North Bay Avenue, Beach Haven; 609-492-4966.

Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar
A one-year-old café selling brownies, chocolate bars (filled with pretzels, raspberry jam, Key lime, bananas) — and iced hot chocolate. 220 Centre Street, Beach Haven, 609-492-2577; chocolatebarnyc.com.