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Since 1992, Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe has been providing a complete assortment of pastries and sweets. Located in Chicago, Ill., the company offers numerous products, including desserts, cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, breakfast breads, cheesecakes and brownies. It also provides ice creams, soups, sandwiches, croissants, muffins and coffee. Additionally, the pastry shop renders wedding and celebration cakes as well as gift shop services with various gift items. Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe also offers special menus for several holidays, including Christmas.

Regular Hours

  • Gourmet Foods
Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
North Side, Lakeview
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Bakeries, Caterers, Coffee Shops, Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Dessert, Ice Cream, Bakeries

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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What a huge bakery! I ordered a block forest cake for my sister birthday. It was very colorful and yummy. It was delicious. Our family and friends loved it. I highly recommended. Thank you so much!

Barbara F.



I couldn't find anything from any Bakery that could compare to Bittersweet's scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake! ! Ok last year must admit I found something more than comparable in the burbs at Marriano's in Arlington Heights! So this year that was to be not only Thanksgiving dessert for two but our 32nd anniversary! Well Marriano's supplier closed, and thank God for Bittersweet they can always come through.



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A beautiful and tasteful creation!

Last week was our 25th wedding anniversary; I had placed an order with another bakery I had used for 23 years. Saturday morning that bakery called and said they had dropped the cake and wouldn't be able to replace it.

I called my son, Eric, whose girlfriend Lisa, uses Bittersweet frequently. He made a 3 way conference call to the owner who promised that by 5PM I would have an anniversary cake.

She created a beautiful cake, fresh spray of flowers adorned the top. The cake was chocolate, with creme brulee filling and white butter cream frosting.

Our anniversary dinner was aboard the dinner cruise ship the Odyssey at Navy Pier. Our dinner guests and those seated near by ooh'd and aaahh'd as the cake was wheeled to the table. The cake was not only beautiful, but the flavors blended beautifully as well, truly a taste sensation not to be forgotten.

I want to thank the owner and staff for personally rescuing our anniversary dinner party. Without you it would have just been dinner.

Thank you again for your hard work; you are the best of the best.

Pamela Krause
Glenview, IL



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Bittersweet is great treat!

I'm finding some of the negative reviews of Bittersweet---at least with regards to the bakery goods--- to be quite off the mark. Bittersweet is one of those small bakery/cafe's that make you feel as though you've just walked into Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory! There are just so many different, decadent treats to choose from! We got our wedding cake from Bittersweet---and guests still comment about how fresh and scrumptous that cake really was. As a result---I've been getting all of our family birthday cakes from Bittersweet for the last four years! Not to mention the various selections of cookies, brownies, custards, breads---and any type of sweet treat that one's heart desires. I recommend Bittersweet Bakery to any and all seeking a place to satisfy a sweet tooth!



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Bitterseet Bakery and Cafe dissappoints

This cafe/ bakery is very clean and pleasing to the eye, however we went there for dinner and ordered a roast beef sandwich and they substituded the multigrain bread that was supposed to be served in with day old white bread without even a word or choice in the matter. For a bakery that is really bad, we had high expectations. Won't go back



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Avoid the French Macaroons!

After spending the last few years living in London and becoming addicted to the macaroons in the London branches of Laduree and La Maison du Chocolat and the numerous patisseries that sell them in Paris, I decided to look for them upon my move to Chicago. I tried them at Bittersweet and they were the WORST macaroons I have ever had. I also tried some of their tarts. awful! They need to send their pastry chefs to France to truly learn the art of making this extremely difficult pastries. However, there is a silver lining for Chicago, I then went to Vanille Patisserie on Clyborne and tried them there. They were phenomenal!! The chef is french and has brought the art of french pastries to Chicago. I wish this store had a more visible location and seating like Bittersweet, because it would then have the atmosphere that Bittersweet has but would have the wonderful pastries that Bittersweet lacks.



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NOT recommended for cakes

I ordered a birthday cake here and I agree while the cake was very pretty on the outside, it was very dry and tasteless on the inside. The icing tasted like paste, it had no flavor. The chocolate cake was dry and not enjoyable. I asked for fresh strawberries on the inside of the cake and I was disappointed when I got little chunks of strawberries in the strawberry gel, exactly what I didn't want. We ended up throwing most of this cake away and eating a deliciously moist cake from Jewel. Very disappointed and I would not go back here.



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, florist, etc.) but when we received a peach tart from Bittersweet, i found my new sweet supplier..

Suburb to city without recommended sources, (dry cleaner, florist, etc.) but when we received a peach tart from Bittersweet..i found my new sweet supplier...since that first tart, i have ordered over the phone and in person , pastries for all occasions...the wait staff is very knowledgeble and always come up (patiently) with good ideas when i start to hem and haw over my great joy they even serve in a lovely cafe, wonderful tasting and creative more suburbs..hello Bittersweet



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Cake was beautiful at first glance but after specifiying that I was looking for a dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting, I learned that they have to coat the cake with some gooey white stuff in before adding the dark chocolate ganache icing and the white showed through the icing. Plus the cake was very dry and tasteless. The dark chocolate filling between the layers was pretty good but not worth the effort to maul a piece of cake just to get to the small sliver of ""good stuff."" It was dissappointing. to say the least, to pay $130 for a cake with the bulk of it ending up in the trash.



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Numerous guests said it was the best cake they?ve ever had

Everything from the tasting to the last bite went really well. We had a quick scare when they called us to tell us the original icing we had was having a problem, but they sorted things out and it looked perfect when it arrived. We requested a slightly different cake with a light yellow (I forget the name?wife would know) cake on top and a cheese cake layered under. We had numerous people tell us it was the best cake they?ve ever had. Thank you VERY much!

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