Norfolk's 4 top bakeries (that won't break the bank)

Norfolk's 4 top bakeries (that won't break the bank)
Photo: Elite Custom Cakes/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on November 12, 2019.

Wondering where to find the best bakeries near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bakeries in Norfolk, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.

1. The Bonbonnier

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Topping the list is The Bonbonnier. Located at 913 W. 21st St., Suite A in Ghent, the chocolatier, candy store and bakery is the highest-rated low-priced bakery in Norfolk, boasting 4.5 stars out of 54 reviews on Yelp. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about The Bonbonnier.

As to what the business is known for, "The Bonbonnier is an old-fashioned candy and bake shop in the heart of Norfolk's Ghent District, featuring special order cakes, cookies...fine chocolates, caramel and chocolate candy-covered apples, home-style candies and treats made by hand, old-time confections, coffees, specialty sodas, hot drinks and hand-dipped ice cream," it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

2. Naa's Bakery

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Next up is Lafayette/Winona's Naa's Bakery, situated at 3527 Tidewater Drive. With 4.5 stars out of 101 reviews on Yelp, the bakery, which offers desserts, custom cakes and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. 

Yelper Pravash M., who reviewed Naa's Bakery on Oct. 7, wrote, "Naa's never disappoints. Hometown, local shop with a forever long track record of continually serving up the best donuts and baked goods in town."

R W. noted, "Great stop for donuts and pastries...about ten dollars a dozen for mostly oversized donuts. Good selection of cake slices, rolls, cookies and cinnamon buns."

3. Insomnia Cookies

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ODU Village's Insomnia Cookies, located at 4314 Monarch Way, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable bakery, which offers desserts, ice cream, frozen yogurt and more, four stars out of 134 reviews.

Yelper Pravash M., who reviewed Insomnia Cookies on Aug. 25, wrote, "One bite and your inner monologue asks 'Why haven't I done this sooner?' while your outer self tries to show restraint from being a human Cookie Monster. Warning: If you get too out of control from the deliciousness, remember there are children present."

Yelper Lexi H. wrote, "The cookies are warm, soft, and fresh. The ice cream is very flavorful and creamy."

4. Elite Custom Cakes

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Elite Custom Cakes, a bakery that offers custom cakes and cupcakes in Highland Park, is another much-loved, cheap go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 16 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5215 Colley Ave., Suite A to see for yourself. 

We looked there for an overview of Elite Custom Cakes.

"Started as a home base business only doing Military cakes, we outgrew our home-based business and established our roots in Norfolk," the business notes in the history section of its Yelp profile.

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "We specialize in custom cakes," it states on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, anniversary cakes...if you can imagine it, we think we can make it happen."

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