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Insiders Guide to Sweet Treats - ANNA MA

Sweet Treats and Eats can be found throughout Anna Maria Island!

Vacations are meant for spoiling yourself so go ahead and follow our Anna Maria Island sweet treats and eats guide where you can find insider tips and maps to explore delicious desserts, candy, donuts and ice cream.

 

Our Insider Guide to Sweet Treats and Eats is filled with insider tips and a full map to sample your way around the Anna Maria Island. We recommend doing it island style on a golf cart with ocean breezes and not a care in the world!

Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria are all cities on the island that host special artisanal sweets and desserts to make you swoon. If you've got a sweet tooth this is the guide for you!

This is your complete guide to all the dessert shops on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Let's Go!

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Anna Maria Island Florida

Insider Tips

  • There's a sweet treat dessert shop around the corner from wherever you are on Anna Maria Island, Florida!

  • Be sure to treat yourself and shop local. Almost all of Anna Maria Island's ice cream, donut and candy shops are locally owned and operated. So be sure to visit them often or better yet try them all using our map!

 

Bradenton Beach Ice Cream & Donut Shops

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Bradenton Beach

The village of Bradenton Beach is found on the southern end of the island. 

 

The historic Bradenton Beach - Bridge Street Pier is one of the most beautiful piers we have ever laid eyes on. 

Bridge Street has recently gone through an incredible revitalization. There are tons of new restaurants and shops like the new donut shop! 

There are a couple of sweet treat dessert shops in Bradenton Beach to enjoy on Gulf Drive and on Bridge Street. Parking might be tricky so take the Free Trolley or better yet get there by boat!

We love playing a family game of mini-putt at The Fish Hole and meandering  across to the Island Donut Company!

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Island Donut Company ~ Bradenton Beach

If you are on the south end of the island this is the donut shop near you!

The perfect spot for donuts on the south end of the island. Located directly across from the Fish Hole Mini-Putt golf course. It's the best outing for a family who wants to enjoy a quick mini golf game and finish off with donuts right across the street.

 

This fab, little donut shopped is found tucked amidst the BridgeWalk shops Enjoy delicious made to order donuts that a warm and fresh. Meticulously prepared.  Find options like maple syrup glazed with real bacon, or a "hang ten" chocolate glazed, hand sliced banana w/ warm peanut butter drizzle, "dirty monkeys" are chocolate glazed topped with heath pieces, hand sliced banana and fudge drizzle!

This Bradenton Beach donut shop offers great breakfast items like bacon, egg and cheese croissants, and breakfast burritos.

Address

110 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-840-0095

Hours

Sunday to Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Island Scoops ~ Bradenton Beach

Enjoy your ice cream right on the beach!

Directly across from Bradenton Beach and close to the condo resorts of Bradenton Beach, Island Scoops is the perfect ice cream shop to stop at before a beach stroll.

 

More than just ice cream, sundaes and ice cream cookies Island Scoops ice cream shop also boasts a candy stand, fudge, ice cream cupcakes, floats and more sweet treats.

Island Scoops ice cream shop is a step back in time with cool island vibe interiors and surf tables on the patio too. A must do in Bradenton Beach!

Address

103B Gulf Dr N
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-592-3836

Hours

Sunday to Thursday
12:00 - 9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday

12:00 - 10:00 pm

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Bradenton Bridge Street Pier

200 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Latitude: 27.465314 - Longitude -82.697204

Established in 1921 The Bridge Street Pier is located towards the south-eastern side of the island on the inter-coastal waterway. This pier is one of the prettiest and is the longest on the island for plenty of room to spread out and fish to your heart's content.  It's a great spot for Bay fishing and when you get a hunger on head for a fresh made to order donut at Island Donut Company down Bridge Street off of the pier.

 

Holmes Beach Ice Cream & Candy Shops

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Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach is the heart of the island and a bit spread out of sweet treat candy shops. Most of them are located in the local plazas. 

Try some cool ice cream or cheesecake shops in the East Bay Drive plaza or enjoy the whimsical shop in the Plaza off of Gulf and Marina Drive.

 

It's great to hit these sweet treat dessert shops when you are out shopping for beach wear and beach-y trinkets or art at the local mom and pop stores. 

We have to admit we are partial to the whimsy of the Island Creamery in Holmes Beach right next to our fave women's shops like Sand Dollar and SaltAir boutiques. Don't forget to check out the parrots outside the beach store nearby.

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SmallTown Creamery ~ Holmes Beach

We love this super fun whimsical atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door of this little ice cream, candy and fudge shop. 

The colors and bright gum-ball counter make us smile from the get go. Offering award-winning ice cream, milk shakes, floats, sundaes, homemade fudge and special candy treats this is a must-do stop!

Here you'll find unusual yummy ice-cream flavors like butterscotch bomb, red raspberry cheesecake, carrot cake, banana cream pie, and so many more. 

Check out their nostalgic candy and other cool items unique to Anna Maria Island for purchase.

Address

5404 Marina Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-213-9107

Hours

Sunday to Saturday

11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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The Cheesecake Cutie Cafe ~ Holmes Beach

The newest sweat treat dessert shop  on Anna Maria Island. This little cafe boasts freshly made baked goods daily with pure local ingredients.

Delicious flavors like 'Grandmas Key Lime Pie, Lady Irish, Snickers, Peanut Butter Dream, Blueberry Lemon, and Chocolate Delight" make our mouths water.

You can buy little cuties sizes or order a full size cheesecake option. We love the rainbow birthday option for special celebrations.

This little shop is more than just sweet desserts they also offer delectable salads and charcuterie board boxes made for beach picnics! 

Address

3324 East Bay Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-779-2253

Hours

Monday to Saturday
11:00 - 4:00 pm

Sunday

12:00 - 4:00 pm

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Baskin Robbins ~ Holmes Beach

The ice cream chain that everyone is familiar with Baskin Robbins has been around since it first opened in 1945. Initially the ice cream store offered 31 flavours so that you could buy a different flavor every day of the month.

Their first original flavor creation was Banana Nut Fudge. This shop also offers the most favorite flavors like chocolate, vanilla and butter pecan.

Today they offer well over 31 flavors as well as ice cream cakes too.

Address

3302 East Bay Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-242-0260

Hours

Sunday to Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Holy Cow Ice Cream ~ Holmes Beach

Holy Cow Ice Cream & Other Cool Stuff is just that a neat little ice cream chop in a funky atmosphere. A mish-mash of cows and island tiki huts make this eclectic little shop a cool place to visit.

Not only can you get ice cream but you can cool off with a milk shake, smoothie, sundae or root beer floats. 

You can find aprons, t-shirts and other "cool stuff" too purchase too.

Address

3302 East Bay Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-779-0690

Hours

Sunday to Thursday
12:00 - 9:00 pm

Friday to Saturday

12:00 - 10:00 pm

 

Anna Maria Ice Cream, Donut & Candy Shops

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Village of Anna Maria

The village of Anna Maria is full of tasty sweet options to try and very conveniently located close to each other. 

Enjoy ice cream treats, candy stops, donuts, desserts, waffles, Acai dessert bowls, humongous danishes smoothies, lemonade Slushies and so many more sweet treats. 

The best place so start is on Pine Avenue and work your way around to Gulf Drive.

We love grabbing our sweet treat and heading to the historic City Pier that has just been rebuilt.

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Two Scoops ~ Anna Maria

Two Scoops is an iconic ice cream shop. Located directly across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier. It opened in 2007 and has a rating of TripAdvisor Excellence Award!

Not only can you choose from 32 delicious ice cream flavors but you can scoop up some candies, merch and breakfast or lunch too. My family loves the chili cheese hot dogs served in potato buns... yummm!

A great spot to get an ice cream and meander down the City Pier to see what the fishermen are catching.

Address

101 North Bay Blvd
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-779-2422

Hours

Sunday to Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday to Saturday

9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Hometown Desserts ~ Anna Maria

Hometown Desserts is the perfect spot to order your specialty custom birthday cakes, cookies and more sweet confections. The "star" of their portfolio is the Key Lime Coconut cake.

The cupcakes and cake pops are beautifully created coming out of the kitchen from this Southern cook's little baking factory.

Founded in 2007 this little spot is a local favorite and has also opened up to a second location in Holmes Beach in 2016.

Address

507 Pine Ave
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-896-3167

Hours

Monday to Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Dips Ice Cream ~ Anna Maria

Dips ice cream and candy shop was founded in 1993 and has moved into the Anna Maria General Store location on Pine Avenue on the north end of the island.

Dips has a solid following and offers popular ice cream flavours as well as old fashioned candy choices. The shop is jam packed with candies and cool novelties for you to peruse.

It's a great spot to get in out of the cold and grab a sweet treat while meandering down Pine Avenue.

Photo courtesy of Dips Facebook Page

Address

503 Pine Ave
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-778-1706

Hours

Sunday to Thursday
10:00 - 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday

10:00 - 11:00 pm

Banana Waffle

Address

425 Pine Ave
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-242-2413

Hours

Sunday to Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Waffle Press ~ Anna Maria

Specializing in crispy but tender Leige waffles, this sweeter, smaller waffle is the perfect size. Warm doughy goodness that's caramelized on the outside with a slight crunch with a hint of sweetness.

 

Customize your made to order waffle by dusting it with cinnamon, cannoli cream, peanut butter, bananas, maple butter, bacon, key lime and more!

 

Step up to the pick up window and order yours on your way to the pier.

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Address

315 Pine Ave
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-778-5694

Hours

Monday to Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday - Closed

Flip Flop Candy Stop ~ Anna Maria

Located in one of the Key West style shops along Pine Avenue, Anna Maria's main street, you'll find a cute shop of candy and flip flops and other paraphernalia. 

 

Fill a candy bag with custom treats to keep your sweet tooth happy during your vacation. There is something sure to please everyone in this little shop

 

Lots of other trinkets and of course flip flops are available for sale to take home from your Anna Maria holiday.

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Address

306 Pine Ave
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-896-0742

Hours

Monday to Friday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Shiny Fish Emporium ~ Anna Maria

I absolutely love this shop!

 

Open the door to a whimsical, and colorful oasis for kids and parents to enjoy. The Shiny Fish Emporium is constantly 'blooming with joyful treasures'.

 

Voted by Southern Family Fun as one of the Top Family-Friendly Attractions on Anna Maria Island it's no wonder it made it to our Insider list of the Top Ice Cream Shops on Anna Maria Island.

 

Here you won't find your typical ice cream cones but this incredible mochi ice cream also known as Hawaiian Ice Cream Bubbles.... so freakin' good and they won't melt in the sun! Encased in a sweetened rice dough that tastes like fondant. One bite into this soft and chewy bubble and the ice cream tucked inside is released into your mouth. You gotta try this!

We also love the craft area for kids to paint sand dollars and other fun activities

Eating Acai

Address

304 Pine Ave
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-900-2671

Hours

Wednesday to Monday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tuesday - Closed

North Shore Cafe ~ Anna Maria

Better than Starbucks!

 

This cool vibe cafe on the north shore of Anna Maria Island offers avocado toast... yum my favourite! They also specialize in artisanal teas, smoothies, fruit bowls, bagels, croissants and sandwiches.

Enjoy your snack al fresco on their great patio overlooking the water and get in touch with your inner Zen.

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Address

210C Pine Ave
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-896-3172

Hours

Monday to Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Donut Experiment ~ Anna Maria

Famous and world renowned The Donut Experiment seems to make it on every publication about Anna Maria Island. It's definitely on a must-do list.

Churning out freshly made donuts is all these folks do. Get there early! There are line ups out the door on a consistent basis.

Fave selections are key lime, raspberry chocolate drizzle amongst other fantastic options. Definitely hop on your bike and make your way to this little sweet treat stop.

Ginny & Jane E's

Address

9807 Gulf Dr
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-778-3170

Hours

Sunday to Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ginny n Jane E's ~ Anna Maria

Although typically Ginny n Jane E's is sought out for its breakfast options, they do offer danishes the size of our head! So this quirky gift shop breakfast bar makes it onto our list of Sweet Treats to try.

This shop also sells refurbished vintage items, jewelry, and coastal furnishings are for sale here as well as a delicious bakery. This is the Hub of Anna Maria, a junction where locals and tourists alike can surf the net, enjoy specialty coffees, cakes, and sandwiches. 

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Anna Maria Island Creamery & Bakery ~ Anna Maria

Located in a sweet little Floridian style plaza. The Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery serves up home made Italian gelato, sorbets, pastries, assorted desserts, handmade truffles and locally roasted  gourmet coffee specialties.

Not only can you cool off with authentic Italian gelato but sink your teeth into signature "William Dean" truffles. Arguably the best chocolatiers in the world. You can try sophisticated combos such as port & fig and peanut butter jelly. With over 36 flavors it'll be easy to build your own box to take home and enjoy.

Address

9801 Gulf Dr
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-213-9107

Hours

Sunday to Saturday

10:30 am - 11:00 pm