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Albemarle Baking Co.
418 W. Main St.

One of our favorites for bread and pastries. From the Washington Post: "[Albemarle Baking Co.] turns out five kinds of bread daily, including a crusty baguette that won first place at last year's National Bread & Pastry Team Championship and would put many a Parisian baguette to shame." Located in the Main Street Market with other specialty food shops. It's worth visiting!

Bodo's Bagel Bakery Student Favorite
1418 Emmet St. N. 977-9598
505 Preston Ave. 293-5224
1609 University Ave. (Corner) 293-6021

Take out or eat in; be prepared to stand in line. All kinds of bagels, cream cheese flavors, sandwiches, and soups. Closes early; call restaurants for specific hours.

Preston Plaza, Preston Ave.

Great cinnamon bread, croissants, French bread. Unbelievably delicious cookies. (Try the snickerdoodle!) Half-price bread on Saturday.

Chandler's Bakery
1812 Rio Hill Center

Full-line "scratch" baker. Wonderful cakes, including wedding cakes. Friendly service.

Duck DonutsFaculty Fave
The Shops at Stonefield, 2075 Bond St #120

Warm, delicious made to order donuts.

Gearhart's Fine Chocolates
416 W. Main St. #C

Sinful hand-made chocolates. From the website: "World-renowned Criolla Cacao from the finest Venezuelan plantations imparts our chocolate with unparalleled depth and complexity. We blend this premium chocolate with local sweet cream and pure butter, then add top-quality fruits, nuts, herbs, teas, spices, and liquors. Each piece is then finished by hand."

Great Harvest
1701 Allied Lane (in McIntire Plaza)

Bakery with sandwiches and coffee, too. Gives huge samples! Call ahead to reserve your favorite loaves.

Hot Cakes
Barracks Road Shopping Center (Same side as Kroger)

Bakery, café, and gourmet to-go or eat-in meals. Must try the Tiramisu and toffee squares. From the Washington Post: "This longtime ladies-who-lunch stop has a shockingly good selection of elegant salads, sandwiches and pastries." Students are eligible for a Freebie card with extensive specials that change each month.

International Bakery (at Foods of All Nations)
2121 Ivy Road (Ivy Square)

Marie Bette
700 Rose Hill Drive

Paradox Pastry
313 2nd St SE (the glass buliding)

Beautiful and delicious American and European-style desserts, as well as sandwiches, salads and vegan soups. Local coffee in addition to local beer and favorite wines. Beautiful wedding and studio cakes.

Panera Bread

1121 Emmet St. (Barracks Road) 245-6192
121 Community Street (Hollymead Town Center) 973-5264

Free Wi-Fi. Breads and desserts.

Full menu as well.

Spudnut Shop Student Favorite
309 Avon Street

Homemade donuts, made from potato flour. A local favorite for good reason.


Restaurants come and go. For the latest on Charlottesville restaurants, see the list in the back of C-Ville Weekly, (Dining Website) or check out, which offers surveys and rankings of local restaurants. For true-blue foodies, the Hook's food blog, The Dish, offers breaking news on dining and food.


Virginia Law Families Tip:

C'Ville Coffee has a large back room with a corner featuring kids books and games. Good place for parents to relax while kids entertain themselves. In addition to standard coffee-house beverages and baked goods, they offer a full line of deli sandwiches featuring Boar's Head brand meats and now offer oriental noodles from 5 p.m. until closing each day.

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