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Municipality of Chester

Three images of baked goodsWhile almost all of the exceptional places to eat include a dessert menu, what follows are those places that specialize in the confections you crave - from pies to puddings, cakes to cookies, sundaes to squares, and on and delightfully on! 

As offerings and hours of service vary by restaurant - please click on the respective links for more information on each spot.

Cape Crow Cafe & Market - Mill Cove

Cape Crow's logo - a purple crow with the text "Cape Crow café & market".

Location: 58 Mill Cove Shore Rd, Mill Cove

This small cafe and market specialises in making authentic Portuguese and Brazilian Pastries, notably their custard tarts. You can also find them at the Hubbards Farmers' Market.


The Gold Bean Cafe – Chester Basin

Couple smiling and eating at a white table in the Gold Bean Cafe.

Location: 21 Beech Hill Rd, Gold River

In addition to their premium coffees, delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, and their marvelous meals to go - The Gold Bean Cafe has all sorts of sweet treats: pies, cakes, squares, and cookies - all baked fresh in-house. 


Imperfections Cafe - Village of Chester

Collage of images showing Imperfections sign, packaged cookies in a tray, various baked goods on display, and coffe bags by Sissiboo

Location: 54 Queen St, Chester, NS B0J 1J0

In addition to their great coffee Imperfections has a wonderful assortment of fresh homemade baked goods from cookies to squares, muffins to danishes, you name it. Customers rave about their smoothies, floats, and milkshakes too. Enjoy your treats inside or on their front deck.


Island View Family Restaurant & Bakery – Western Shore

Exterior of Island View Restaurant with cars parked outside

Location: 6301 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Western Shore

In addition to its seafood menu and home-cooked meals - Island View Family Restaurant & Bakery has been satisfying the sweet tooth for over 60 years. Their in-store bakery goes beyond fresh bread to cinnamon rolls, cookies, and squares. Their ice cream counter includes cones of many flavours by the scoop and soft serve too, plus sundaes and frozen drinks. Cakes and pies are available for order or by the slice. They also create delicious dessert platters for every occasion.


The Jib Coffee House and Bistro - Village of Chester

Wood covered interior of the Jib showing a couch and coffee table next to fireplace

Location: 43 Queen St, Chester

From fresh croissants and cakes to cinnamon buns and squares – all created and curated locally. There’s a selection of specialty coffees and teas too. When it comes to atmosphere, The Jib is ideal for everyone – comfy chairs and tables, a double-sided counter with stools, soft sofas by the hearth, and a patio too. You will also find scooped ice cream in the summer months.


The Kiwi Cafe – Village of Chester

Collage of images showing exterior of The Kiwi Cafe with the green door open and pink flowers hanging; a cup of tea being poured from a green kettle, tea towels and more in the pantry shop; the sheltered deck with flowers; and baked goods

Location: 19 Pleasant St, Chester

From their legendary brownies and Nanaimo bars to their fresh-from-the-oven cookies, scones, and muffins - The Kiwi Cafe has a wide selection of sweet treats and baked goods. Enjoy them on their own, with incredible coffee, or following a meal. With a sunny patio for Chester's glorious summer and a wood stove inside for winter.


Rosa Rugosa Seaside Market - Hubbards

Rosa Rugosa Interior

Location: 30 Hwy 3, Hubbards

At Rosa Rugosa, you will find barista-crafted coffees and teas alongside their fresh bakes.

Schoolhouse Bakery - Western Shore

Schoolhouse Bakery produces solely gluten-free goods - many of which are also dairy free. On top of their bakery, you can also purchase their products from a wide selection of locations. Locations in our municipality include the Independent Grocer (Chester) and Sensea Spa (Chester). They also do deliveries.


The Shop on Central - Chester

Exterior of The Shop on Central. A grey building with small colourful chairs and tables outside.

Location: 227 Central St, Chester

The Shop on Central is a social enterprise operated by Bonny Lea Farm. The small shop and café gives adults living with a disability the opportunity to work in the community, selling products that are made with pride here at Bonny Lea Farm and other social enterprises across Nova Scotia. The Buy Local theme carries through to our coffee and cold beverages. We feature Just Us! Coffee. As a workplace, The Shop on Central offers employees opportunities to learn, grow and succeed, building their self-respect, dignity, integrity, and productivity. Employees are set on a course for success using a model of empowerment, motivation, encouragement, and collaboration.


The Stretch Diner – Chester

Exterior of The Stretch Diner showing 50s style sign with a red car on it

Location: 3758 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Chester

Best known for its fish and chips, The Stretch Diner also offers a beautiful batch of baked goods - including cinnamon rolls and pies such as coconut cream, pecan, blueberry, and apple. Take out your order or stay and enjoy their 50s-style diner decor. For more information visit their Facebook page here.


Seasonal Offerings

Black Harbour Creamery - Hubbards

Small grey gabled building with a sign reading "Harbour Life" above the open door. A menu is outside showing the flavours of ice cream and two blue deck chairs are on the grass to the left of the building.

Location: 419 NS-329, Hubbards

Black Harbour Creamery, located at Black Harbour Distillers, offers ice cream, sundaes, refreshing shaved ice in a bunch of flavours, and more.


Hammonds Kwik-Way Convenience Store - Chester

Exterior of Kwik-Way advertising deals, their ATM, and ice cream

Location: 3711 Lighthouse Rte, Chester

It's a great go-to convenience store all year long - with a wonderful variety of great treats and snacks, but come summertime their ice cream counter opens with every kind of flavour and tasty toppings too. Both scoop and soft serve ice cream as well as frozen treats and slushies too! For more information on what's in store visit their Facebook page here.


Shelia's Canteen - Bayswater Beach

Bayswater beach with many people lounging and swimming in the sea. Photo of Sheila's Canteen food truck layered over beach photo with a girl in a bathing suit ordering by the window.

Location: 4015 NS-329, Hubbards

For more than 30 seasons Sheila's Canteen has been serving up the summer flavours at Bayswater Beach. In addition to their legendary fish n' chips, Sheila's has a long list of ice cream flavours available by the cone or in a bowl. Opening dates are weather dependent so please check their Facebook page for more information.


Farmers' Markets

Hubbards barn with farmer's market stalls and people

At our farmers' markets expect to find several vendors with a variety of fresh and local baked goods.