Grimaldi bakery

This spot, set up like a traditional deli with a ticket dispenser and space for aline in the mornings, is dominated by a glass display case filled with beautiful pastries, breads, and full sized cakes. To the side is also a selection of cold drinks, snacks, and coffee. The selection of pastries includes many New York classics, including Italian rainbow cake bites, danish, and cannoli. The establishment has been in business since 1909 and has been run by the founding family for four generations. In addition to their selection of pastries and other display options, the bakery sells bread in wholesale quantities, either frozen or fresh, and does custom cakes including wedding cakes. Their bread comes in every shape and size you could imagine.

Grimaldi Bakery is located at 2101 Menahan St, Ridgewood, NY 11385.

Water and Light Plant Shop

Though easily missed, this little plant store is a must-see in the neighborhood. They carry a surprisingly vast collection of plants as well as plant and flower scented candles, and gardening supplies. It has basically anything you’d need to start caring for plants in the city! The space is bright and beautifully decorated, and the staff are very knowledgable about the variety of plants sold, as well as willing to give care tips and answer all your plant related questions.

Water and Light is located at 788 Cypress Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385.

Paradise Aquarium

On the far East side of the neighborhood is this anomaly of a store, selling everything from rare salt water fish to rabbits to reptiles of every kind. Though not an aquarium per se, the front section of this store is lined floor to ceiling with tanks of beautiful fish and other aquatic animals. f nothing else, stop by just to see their selection and feel like you’re in an aquarium. The store also sells pet supplies, including supplies for dogs and cats and other larger animals. The store has been run and owned by the same family since 1962, and initially opened doors in 1947.

Paradise Aquarium is located at 6616 Fresh Pond Rd, Ridgewood NY 11385.

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One thought on “18 Must Visit Spots in Ridgewood, Queens: An Untapped Cities Guide

  1. BAR: Bad Old Days on Woodbine
    Plants: Water and Light on 708 Cypress Ave across from Saint Seneca store.
    New coffee shop: Café M on 709 Seneca Ave right of M Seneca station serve Organic coffee and tea,
    Café Esencia On 68-38 Forest Ave
    Gwendolyn’s Corner Shoppe on 818 Woodward Ave
    Old Coffee shop: Rudy’s Pasty shop on Seneca Ave & Myrtle Ave
    Buttah on 377 Onderdonk Ave
    Grimaldi Bakery on 2101 Menahan St
    New Restaurant: Phurya (Tibetan) on Myrtle Ave and St Nicholas Ave
    New Shop: Stay Forever on 818 Woodward Ave

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