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Jaarsma Bakery

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Dutch, European
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727 Franklin St, Pella, IA 50219-1619
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Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Takeout

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Great. Bakery

I was able to fill all my bags and will be sure to return before christmas. Be sure to try the figure 8 cookies. The shop has some little Dutch items to pick up too

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Carolyn P
Rome, Iowa
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Rome, Iowa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was able to fill all my bags and will be sure to return before christmas. Be sure to try the figure 8 cookies. The shop has some little Dutch items to pick up too

Thank Carolyn P
Lincoln, Nebraska
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99 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bakery always needs to be included whenever in Pella. Dutch letters, caramel tarts, butter cookies and the list goes on and on!

Thank Bonnie F
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great bakery with Gluten Free options. We tried many of the pastries and they were all excellent. Thank you.

Thank Connie P
Albia, Iowa
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in Albia which is approximately 30 miles from Pella. My granddaughters love to go stay at the Holiday Inn Express and swim. It has become a ritual for us to go stay in the motel and always, ALWAYS visit Jaarsma Bakery. The pastries are phenomenal and the service is always outstanding!! I have never had a bad day... More 

Thank gmajo52531
Chatham, Il
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw the billboard on my way to Des Moines. It looked interesting but didn't have time to stop. On my way home I had time so I checked it out - but I was hungry so I went a little overboard. I walked out with a loaf of sprouted wheat bread (excellent toast & breakfast sandwiches), a loaf of currant... More 

Thank Julie M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Best Dutch letters around. The employees all wear the little Dutch costume hats and are so polite and knowledgeable.

Thank Chels1411
Plymouth, MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Turned out to not be such a good idea. Arrived maybe 15 minutes before closing looking for a treat. Bought some pecan tarts figuring they wouldn't sell if too aged. I was wrong. Maybe tomorrow morning.

Thank Tom C
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I read all the reviews and this basket did not disappoint!!! I ordered one of everything that had almond paste. Everything was fantastic. I bake and I know good from bad baking. This place knows their stuff!!!! Service could've been better. A smile goes a long way!!!!!

Thank Tripper805
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A delicious stop for a treat. Many authentic sweets that we've not seen elsewhere. Tried the S pastry. If you like almond paste, you should try it. We also got an apple nut bread with maple topping. Holy cow. The girls are delightful and the shop is a happy little place.

Thank Carol N
Nashville, Tennessee
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Jaarsma is simply the best bakery I've ever been too. Their specialty in all things Dutch, especially Dutch letters, is extraordinary, although they're a great all-around bakery as well.

Thank CaneRidgeJohnny

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 727 Franklin St, Pella, IA 50219-1619
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Pella
  • Phone Number: 641-628-2940

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dutch, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?