All Natural Fresh Ingredients

I would like to invite you to my shop. This is like my home. Seeing all of you makes me happy!
– Mary

HOURS: Monday through Saturday 7AM to 4PM

Gerhard’s Elegant European Desserts is a local institution in the heart of downtown Lake Forest, Illinois—for nearly 30 years Gerhard’s has provided its customers with elegant desserts and pastry items made from scratch in the European style of fresh, natural quality ingredients.

When a customer walks into the pastry shop they are welcomed with a warm greeting and the wonderful scent of fresh baked goods—Gerhard’s prides itself for being many families’ Saturday morning tradition and is honored to have been party of special celebrations and memories for decades.

Our professionally trained and talented kitchen—headed up by Chef Sandy—have a passion for sharing the European pastry style, creating everything from scratch including our popular Chocolate Mousse Cake, Fresh Dipped Doughnuts and Cookies, Almond Croissants and Blueberry Muffins, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Quiche and more!

In addition to its superior product and friendly staff, Gerhard’s prides itself on providing a small local business experience—select your pastry and beverage and relax in our quaint dining area or on our beautiful outside patio.

Owner Mary Greub is a positive light and influence throughout the Lake Forest community—it has brought her much joy to witness weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers, baby showers, retirements and more.

We’d love to welcome you into our shop. We’re all about the customer—seeing you makes us happy! Come relax and enjoy the best pastry, breads and desserts you’ll find anywhere!