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.
Ballard, Capitol Hill
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.
Capitol Hill, West 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.
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.
Amazon Spheres, Kirkland, Pioneer Square, Sea-Tac Airport
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.
Amazon Spheres, Capitol Hill, Laurelhurst, Pioneer Square
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?
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.