Edit ModuleShow Tags

Cocoa & Fig Puts Down New Roots


Published:

By Josie Franske

Cocoa & Fig not only sells the best cupcake in town, topped with a lush Italian buttercream, they also offer an array of delightful two-bite pastel macarons as well as homemade Nutter Butters and Oreos.

But their skyway shop had limited accessibility to sweets-lovers beyond walking distance of Gaviidae Commons—until now.

The bakery opened its second retail location in mid-October, in a strip mall on York Avenue across from Cub Foods. Flanked by Chipotle, Caribou, and Pizza Hut franchises, this little bakery adds a much-needed dose of charm to the Southdale area.

“We’ve had our large production kitchen in Shakopee for six years, and we opened our retail store in Gaviidae Commons in 2010… This is a great spot that’s easily accessible, and it’s a good midway point between Shakopee and downtown,” explains co-owner Laurie Pyle.

Twice the size of the tiny downtown space, the new Cocoa & Fig evokes an Anthropologie filled with edibles. It features a few marble-topped tables for dining in and a spacious counter and pastry case, as well as a separate room for wedding and event consultations. A shabby chic hutch displays housemade candies and granola for sale, and an artfully-weathered console table is topped by vintage cake stands.

“It’s a little Parisian. That’s just kind of our style,” says Pyle, noting that she and her partner Joe Lin enjoyed shopping for the new shop’s décor so much that they’ve decided to give their other retail spot a makeover as well. “We intend to match the Gaviidae store to what we’ve done in Edina.”

There’s a lot on tap for Cocoa & Fig’s busy holiday season: this year, the shops will be selling a variety holiday cookies as well as pies for Thanksgiving, if you’re looking to go the traditional dessert route. If not, those macarons would certainly make an excellent post-dinner treat.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Rum and Molasses Marinated Beef Kebabs with Grilled Cantaloupe Recipe

Get fired up for a taste of the tropics in sizzling grilled kebabs

4 Restaurants, Nearly $850,000 in Park Board Money

How much do Sea Salt, Sandcastle, Tin Fish, and Bread & Pickle make for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board?

Fancy Fresh: 3 Things to Eat This Week

A morel tasting menu, a trendy foie gras egg creation, a worthy cinnamon roll—for your long-weekend staycation
Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

TC Taste answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the TC Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Recent TC Taste Posts

Rum and Molasses Marinated Beef Kebabs with Grilled Cantaloupe Recipe

Get fired up for a taste of the tropics in sizzling grilled kebabs

4 Restaurants, Nearly $850,000 in Park Board Money

How much do Sea Salt, Sandcastle, Tin Fish, and Bread & Pickle make for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board?

Fancy Fresh: 3 Things to Eat This Week

A morel tasting menu, a trendy foie gras egg creation, a worthy cinnamon roll—for your long-weekend staycation

Fried Avocado Tacos with Shredded Vegetables and Crema Recipe

Never thought of frying avocados? Once you try it, you might want to eat them all the time.

The Minnesota Connection to the Mondavi Wine Family

MNMO food critic Jason DeRusha sits down with Carlo Mondavi to talk wine and the (Italian by way of Minnesota) family legacy

Santa Maria–Style Tri-Tip Recipe

Step up your grilling repertoire with Mexican-inspired seasonings on juicy tri-tip
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Crazy Good: 3 Things to Eat This Week

Is that ice cream made with foie gras? Shh...just eat it...

Mother’s Day Brunch

Driscoll's berries are the perfect ingredient for a Mother's Day brunch

Byte Minneapolis Doesn't Bite

Part "geek bar," part "cafe"—Byte is a Warehouse District counter service spot paying $15 minimum wage, vacation time, and benefits

Chinese-Spiced Pork Recipe

Let your slow cooker simmer up savory pork dinner while you enjoy your day

A Little Package of Joy Just For You

Driscoll's berries are the key to happiness.

Baja Style Fish Tacos Recipe

Gear up for Cinco de Mayo with light and crispy fish tacos dressed with fresh green salsa and a lime-infused coleslaw
Edit ModuleShow Tags

A Stillwater Favorite for Good Reason

LoLo Stillwater's incredible cocktails and fantastic food have this restaurant expanding to Hudson and the MSP Airport

Force blooming spring at Sandcastle, Hola Arepa, and Solo Vino

It's spring, gosh darn it, and we're going to eat like it's sunny at Sandcastle, Hola Arepa, and Solo Vino

Hasselback Potatoes with Watercress and Watercress Sauce Recipe

Crunchy outside yet tender within, the popular potato and salad come together in one beautiful dish
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags