Bittersweet Pastry Shop - Classic desserts & custom cakes

Bring home something wonderful!

Add happiness to each day with fine pastry, custom cakes and comforting, savory fare. Made by hand, from scratch, with love.

Irish Soda Bread

Our cherished recipe featuring buttermilk, caraway seeds & currants. Available through March!

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Events & Features

Hot Cross Buns

A classic for Spring! Sweet, spiced buns with a medley of dried fruit and candied citrus zest

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February Cake of the Month - Strawberries & Chocolate

Light and fluffy red velvet cake filled with milk chocolate mousse and roasted strawberry jam and finished in a dark chocolate glaze and topped with chocolate- covered strawberries

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Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie

New in the shop! Soft and chewy, made with brown sugar and giant chocolate chips!

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Learn more about what makes a Bittersweet wedding cake so special (hint: it's the incredibly delicious taste)

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Bittersweet’s Signature Cakes feature our chef-created combinations of cake, filling and finish for the perfect flavor and texture. Signature cakes include a personalized inscription and one of our best-loved decorations for a cake that looks as wonderful as it tastes.  



For a dinner party or to celebrate every day, choose from our selection of classic desserts created by award-winning pastry chef Judy Contino and chef Mindy Gohr.

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Custom Cakes

Your celebration deserves a spectacular cake that tastes just as wonderful as it looks. 

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Cafe Features


Sautéed Mushroom or Ham & Jarlsberg

Soup of the Day

Tuesday: Mixed Vegetable

Wednesday: Tomato Lemon

Thursday: Potato Arugula

Friday: Carrot Jalapeño

Friday Lenten Special: Clam Chowder

Saturday: Potato Spinach

Sunday: Corn Chowder


Lenten Special: Classic Tuna Melt Celery, red onion, cornichons, tomato and sharp cheddar on housemade Italian bread

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Arugula and chipotle mayo on housemade cornmeal bread

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Location & Hours

1114 west belmont avenue

chicago, illinois 60657

773 929 1100

Tuesday - Friday 7am – 7pm

Saturday 8am – 7pm 

Sunday 8am – 6pm

Monday closed