Never one to shy away from sugary, chocolatey, ooey-gooey anything; I have developed quite the sweet tooth through my years. This is why when I moved to Seattle I made it my mission to find the best dessert places in Seattle for my sugar fix. And while most people associate Seattle with the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, or even hiking and mountains, when I think of Seattle I instead think of the incredible food. So when I moved to Seattle my quest to find the best desserts in Seattle ensued.
5 Dessert Places in Seattle to Curb Your Sweet Tooth
1. Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
Location: Ballard, Capitol Hill
Hot Cakes Seattle is a full-blown molten chocolate cakery shop. It’s the go-to spot for a late night dessert in Seattle, serving a multitude of different variations on the original chocolate molten cake, Hot Cakes has branched out into other desserts as well. Now you can get a variety of different cookies, brownies, and boozy milkshakes. Items are always changing, but one thing remains certain. The flavor and love poured into each hot cake don’t vary.
2. Bakery Nouveau
Location: Capitol Hill, West Seattle
Although Bakery Nouveau is not a full-blown dessert bar, you can still find many items that will curb your sugar craving. Thanks to the flaky chocolate stuff croissants, pristine-looking cheesecakes, and macarons lining the shelves, Bakery Nouveau has made my list of best Seattle sweets in town. But be prepared to wait for your desserts. Even in off-hours, it seems that Bakery Nouveau collects quite the mass of people. But trust me, the wait is worth it.
3. Frankie and Jo’s Ice Cream
Location: Capitol Hill
Serving an array of plant-based ice creams, Frankie and Jo’s is not only one of the best vegan ice creameries in Seattle, but one of the best ice cream shops in Seattle. You would never know by taste, but these sweet and creamy scoops of ice cream are 100% vegan. While Frankie and Jo’s is working to change the way we think about ice cream, with ice cream made from non-dairy items, I’d say that they’ve succeeded. Another perk? They offer total transparency with all ingredients used listed on the menu.
4. Lady Yum
Location: Belltown, Kirkland, Pioneer Square, Sea-Tac Airport
Specializing in macarons and champagne, Lady Yum is perfectly designed for an epic girl’s day out. While the staple flavors are regular items on the menu, they also have a list of rotating flavors coming and going. No matter which you choose, these little bites of heaven are melt in your mouth delicious. Order a set of macarons and champagne, sit back, relax, and enjoy the magical atmosphere that Lady Yum has crafted.
5. General Porpoise
Location: 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 a bonus, they also serve fresh made roasted coffee. Coffee and donuts…. is there a better pairing?
Want to Try All of the Best Seattle Desserts?
If you have limited time in Seattle but want to try all of these dessert places in Seattle, why not go on a little “sweets tour”? It’s possible if you choose to visit the Capitol Hill locations, with all of these dessert restaurants walking distance from one another.
Bakery Nouveau – Hours Mon-Fri, 6 AM-7 PM; Sat, 7 AM-7 PM; Sun, 7 AM-6 PM
137 15th Ave E
Start your tour with pastries atop Capitol Hill. A 13-minute walk (0.7 mi) down the hill will get you to….
General Porpoise – Hours daily, 7 AM-3 PM
1020 E Union St
From fresh-baked croissants, move on to coffee and cream-filled donuts. Walk one-minute (95 ft) down E Union St to arrive at….
Frankie & Jo’s – Hours daily, 12 PM-11 PM
1010 E Union St
Cooldown 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, 4 PM-11 PM, Fri 4 PM-12 AM, Sat 10 AM-12 AM, Sun 10 AM-11 PM
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, 10 AM-10 PM
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!
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