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Guilford Food Gems

Stuck in Guilford this summer? While your friends are eating French or Italian cuisine in Europe, hop off your couch and take the chance to explore the best food Guilford has to offer. Guilford students were asked to vote for their favorites in each category…

Here are the results:

Best Ice Cream: Ashley’s Ice Cream

This charming little shop has been serving Guilford residents their homemade ice cream for around 20 years. The delicious ice cream is made from fresh ingredients and contains no artificial preservatives or coloring, making it perfect for a cold summer snack.

942 Boston Post Rd Guilford, CT

(203) 458-3040

Summer Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 11am – 11pm

Friday-Saturday: 11am – 11pm

Sunday: 12pm – 11pm


Best Frozen Yogurt: sweetFrog

Starting in 2009, sweetFrog establishments allow their customers to self-serve frozen yogurt, with an array of flavor options and toppings. If you’re craving frozen yogurt one of these hot summer days, head down to sweetFrog on Boston Post Road. Keep your eyes peeled on your way in, you may even bump into the sweetFrog mascot!

891 Boston Post Rd Guilford, CT

(203) 533-5635


Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday: 11am-11pm

Saturday: 11am-11pm



Best Bakery: Hen & Heifer

Located off the green, Hen & Heifer brings a sweet slice of Paris to our own Connecticut town. This cozy bakery offers French-inspired baked goods, cakes, tarts, and other sweets.

23 Water Street Guilford, CT

(203) 689-5651


Thursday-Saturday: 8am-4pm

Sunday: 8am-1pm


Best Deli: The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

Formerly The Guilford Food Center, The Marketplace recently came under new ownership. However, the quality of the deli inside the store seems to remain unchanged in the eyes of Guilford students.

77 Whitfield Street Guilford, CT

(203) 453-4849


Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm

Saturday: 8am-6pm

Sunday: 8am-2pm


Best Breakfast Spot: Sunnyside Up

Guilford’s Sunnyside Up is quaint little spot that offers lots of delicious breakfast options. Hidden behind the green, Sunnyside Up is a spot missed by many, but is certainly worth the visit.

33 Water St, Suite A Guilford, CT

(203) 458-8646


Monday-Tuesday: 7am-1pm

Wednesday-Sunday: 7am-1:30pm


Best Asian: Mr. J Asian Bistro

Mr. J’s offers a unique blend of Japanese, Thai, and Chinese cuisine. You can stop by for a meal during lunch or dinnertime to enjoy the delicious blend of Asian culture.

100 Village Walk Guilford, CT

(203) 453-3355


Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday: 12pm-10pm


Best Italian: Pasta Avest & Pizzeria

Looking for the best Italian joint in Guilford? Look no further. Pasta Avest offers endless Italian dishes, including tons of pasta options, an endless sauce selection, an 8-foot salad bar, pizza (of course), show-stopping calzones, and much more. End your visit to this delightful restaurant with one of their authentic Italian desserts.

680 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT

(203) 453-8779


Monday-Thursday & Saturday: 10am-9pm

Friday: 10am-10pm


Best Coffee: Perk on Church

Perk on Church is an eco-friendly café known for their “small-town” charm and famous crepes. Perk offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and according to GHS students, a great cup of coffee.

20 Church Street Guilford, CT 06437

(203) 689-5060

Summer Hours: Open 7 Days: 6:30am – 6pm