Seattle Sweets Tour

Lady Yum, Seattle
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(Last Updated On: July 22, 2019)

Never one to shy away from sugary, chocolate-y, ooey-gooey anything; I have developed quite the sweet tooth through my years.  It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing.  My sweet tooth hits anytime, anywhere, any day.  Sitting on the toilet?  Sweet tooth.  Brushing my teeth?  Sweet tooth.  Dreaming? Again, sweet tooth.  While most people associate Seattle with hiking and gorgeous scenery, which there is no shortage of, when I think of Seattle I immediately think of food.  So when I moved to Seattle for the summer of ’18, I had three goals.  1.  Find the best restaurants.  2.  Find the best drink spots.  3.  Find the best sweet spots.  So began my four-month search of the best sweets the Emerald City has to offer.


Below are my six favorites.


Hot Cakes

            Ballard, Capitol Hill

Hot Cakes, Seattle

A multi-location molten chocolate cakery, Hot Cakes serves a multitude of different variations on the chocolate molten cake.  From chocolate peanut butter, to chocolate hazelnut, and everything in between; this cakery has something for everyone.  Not into moist, ooey-gooey, chocolate lava cake?  Hot Cakes also serves a variety of cookies and boozy milkshakes.


Bakery Nouveau

            Capitol Hill, West Seattle

Bakery Nouveau, Seattle

While some people consider pastries something to be consumed for breakfast.  I consider pastries to be itty bitty, delicious desserts meant to consume in the morning.  Alas, Bakery Nouveau has made my list of best sweets Seattle has to offer. Even during off hours Bakery Nouveau seems to collect people by the masses.  The wait is worth it though; this little bakery has some of the flakiest, sweet and savory, pastries I’ve ever consumed.  My personal favorite – the twice-baked almond chocolate croissant.


Frankie and Jo’s Ice Cream

            Capitol Hill
Frankie & Jo's, Seattle

Photo credit – Frankie & Jo’s

Serving an array of plant based ice creams, Fankie and Jo’s is the best in the game.  You wouldn’t know by taste, but these sweet and creamy scoops of ice cream are 100% vegan.  With their mission to be to change the way we think about ice cream, I’d say they succeeded.  Plus they offer total transparency.  All ingredients used are listed on the menu.


Lady Yum

            Amazon Spheres, Kirkland, Pioneer Square, Sea-Tac Airport

Lady Yum

Specializing in macarons and champagne, Lady Yum is the place to be for a girls’ day out. Continuously switching up their flavors, Lady Yum still has their staples that aren’t going anywhere. Melt in your mouth Honey Lavender or the Unicorn, where every bite you take makes you feel a sense of magic.  Best part?  Pair your chosen macarons with a glass of champagne or a champagne flight!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the magical atmosphere that Lady Yum has crafted.


General Porpoise

            Amazon Spheres, Capitol Hill, Laurelhurst, Pioneer Square
General Porpoise, Seattle

Photo credit – Seattle Met

Serving ooey-gooey fried bites of doughy heaven, General Porpoise has dominated the donut game in Seattle.  General Porpoise has crafted unique, one of a kind donuts, stuffed with seasonal fillings, that can’t be missed.  As an added bonus, they also serve fresh made roasted coffee.  Coffee and donuts…. is there a better pairing?


Kurt Farm Shop

            Capitol Hill
Kurt Farm Shop, Seattle

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While some people hear Kurt Farm Shop and think cheese.  The lucky ones hear Kurt Farm Shop and know – ice cream.  This little ice cream stand is tucked away in the Chophouse Row building and is best known best for their unique flavors and their rich, but not too sweet, taste.  A variety of flavors includes, but are not limited to, cheese flavored ice cream; sun gold tomato jam, and more.  Stop by to see what the fuss is all about.


Seattle Sweets Tour….

If you’re like me and dare to make a day of eating sweets, then you can do just that.  If you choose to visit the Capitol Hill locations, all of these sweet spots are walking distance from each other.  The best part being, you’re walking… and therefore making MORE room for MORE dessert!


Bakery Nouveau – Hours Mon-Fri, 6AM-7PM; Sat, 7AM-7PM; Sun, 7AM-6PM

137 15th Ave E

Start your tour with pastries atop Capitol Hill.  A 12-minute walk (0.6 mi) down the hill will get you to….


Kurt Farm Shop – Hours daily, 11AM-9PM

1424 11th Ave

Wash down the pastries with cold, creamy, uniquely flavored ice cream. A two-minute walk (430 ft) further down the hill will take you to….


General Porpoise – Hours daily, 7AM-3PM

1020 E Union St

Warm up from the ice cream at your previous stop with coffee and cream filled donuts.  Walk one-minute (95 ft) down E Union St to arrive at….


Frankie & Jo’s – Hours daily, 12PM-11PM

1010 E Union St

Cool down once again with this creamy vegan ice cream.  Now is the time to start burning off the four previous desserts!  Head back up the hill 0.7 mi, a 15-minute walk to get to…


Hot Cakes – Hours Mon-Thurs, 4PM-11PM, Fri 4PM-12AM, Sat 10AM-12AM, Sun 10AM-11PM

1650 E Olive Way

Challenge:  eat your third scoop of ice cream for the day.  These chocolate molten cakes come paired with flavored ice cream.  You’ll need it for the long trek ahead of you.  One mile west of Capitol Hill (20-minute walk), takes you to your ending location in Belltown…


Lady Yum (Belltown) – Hours daily, 10AM-10PM

2130 6th Ave

Toast with macarons and champagne to completing the Seattle sweets tour!  Now the true challenge… find someone to roll you on home. Best of luck!


If the tour isn’t your thing, pick up something to go at each location and head out on a picnic.  For the best views of Seattle, click here.

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Kylee splits her time between being a NICU nurse and solo traveler. Spending half her time at the bedside, Kylee has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for five years now. She began Passports and Preemies in 2017 to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – A vacation geared towards nurses aiming to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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  1. Sandy Nelson
    October 7, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Each blog you write is better than the last ?, this one just makes me happy ♥️

  2. October 7, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Hahahaha you made me laugh with this one. Sitting on the toilet? Sweet tooth. I’ve been dying to go to Seattle for ever! (Always associate it with Pike Place/Fish Throwing) and now I definitely need to visit Lady Yum for some macarons! I would like to have at least 10 of those blue ones from your photo!

    • October 7, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Omgsh you have to! I wish I was still there and I would’ve shown you around! Also, Pike Place fish throwing is iconic. You HAVE to experience it!

  3. Brookie
    October 11, 2018 / 1:48 am

    Macaroons! The purple ones are the best, honey lavender! Ummm

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