While Seattleites may be known for their fit, health-conscious nature, they also wholeheartedly believe in dessert being the perfect ending to any (and every) meal and Seattle’s robust dessert scene is proof. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this city is the place to satisfy it, from melt-in-your-mouth chocolates to lick-your-plate-clean pie. As you scroll through our drool-worthy collection of the best desserts in Seattle, we only have one request: try not to eat your screen!
16. Cupcake Royale: Salted Caramel Cupcake
If you’re looking for the best cupcake in Seattle, visit Cupcake Royale at any of their five locations. Cupcake Royale will make all of your cupcake dreams come true with flavors like tiramisu, lemon drop, peppermint party, and coconut bunny. Our favorite from all of their delicious options is the salted caramel- chocolate cake topped with house-made caramel buttercream, Fleur de Sel, and dark chocolate curls. And once you’re fully addicted, don’t forget to download their mobile app so you can cash out on sweet (pun intended) rewards.
15. Simply Desserts: Lemon Blueberry Cake
Simply Desserts is a tiny bakery with big appeal. This delightful, no-frills cafe located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood specializes in sweets, including a mean made-from-scratch Lemon Blueberry Cake that’s light yet moist, full of fruity flavor, and one of the best desserts in Seattle. We like to eat it by the slice, but if you’re tempted to purchase and devour the entire cake, we totally get it. All of Simply Desserts’ baked goods are handmade daily and sold on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you have your heart (or stomach, rather) set on something specific, be sure to call ahead. Pro tip: this place is charmingly old-fashioned and only accepts cash or check.
14. Metropolitan Market: The Cookie
If you’re looking for the perfect chocolate chip cookie in Seattle, go to any Met Market and look for “The Cookie”. Don’t underestimate this local grocery store’s cookie making potential- these cookies are warm and chocolaty perfection. The Met Market makes fresh batches around the clock, so no matter what time you visit you’re entitled to a warm, delicious, fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie. The Cookie has two types of Belgian chocolate, toasted walnuts, and French sea salt sprinkled on top. Delicious and dangerous.
13. Fran’s Chocolates: Salted Caramels
A collection of the best dessert in Seattle presumably includes typical desserts like ice cream, pie, donuts, and cupcakes, but a cannot-miss indulgence in the Emerald City is Fran’s Chocolates. Fran’s Chocolates makes incredible fine chocolate confections you can purchase in any of their four Seattle area stores. The salted caramels are the absolute star of the show here. Both the Gray (70% dark chocolate) and Smoked (39% milk chocolate) salted caramels are topped with sea salt and are truly to die for. The Georgetown location offers guided tastings with views of the factory most weekdays at 11:00 for $10/person.
12. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream: Ice Cream
There are many fantastic ice cream options in Seattle and one of our very favorites is Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. At Molly Moon’s they offer 14 different flavors- ten stay on the menu year-round and four rotate seasonally. Sample to your heart’s content and no matter what you do try the melted chocolate and the Yeti (caramel with chocolate pieces and homemade granola). Make it a milk and cookies sundae if you’re feeling extra indulgent.
11. Lola: Made-to-Order Donuts
Though the Mediterranean-style food at Lola is insanely delicious, we won’t blame you for heading there just to get a taste of some of the best dessert in Seattle. Lola’s made-to-order donuts are brought out hot in a paper bag that is shaken tableside to ensure each one is generously coated in cinnamon sugar, then served with vanilla bean mascarpone and seasonal fruit compote. An order will get you six mini donuts per bag, so you might want to consider a second order since you’ll probably shovel three of these glorious little fried-dough pillows into your mouth before your plate has hit the table. While we prefer to sit down and savor the sweetness at Lola, the made-to-order donuts can also be found across the street at Tom Douglas’ other neighborhood gem, Dahlia Bakery; great for when you need (yes, we said need) some donuts to go.
10. Gelatiamo: Gelato
Gelato is ice cream living its best life, especially at Gelatiamo, where passion and perfection are found in every scoop. With recipes that are skillfully developed and made in the authentic Italian tradition, Gelatiamo’s gelato is crafted daily in small batches using thoughtfully selected ingredients like organic milk and seasonal fruits, making it some of the best dessert in Seattle. But forget Seattle! You’re strolling the cobblestone streets of Rome and shouting “delizioso!” as you lick your way through this frozen refreshment.
9. Lady Yum: Macarons
8. General Porpoise: Donuts
General Porpoise Doughnuts is one of our very favorite spots for the best dessert in Seattle. Come here when you want a truly decadent homemade donut that will re-define your definition of what a great filled donut should taste like. The donuts are filled with seasonal jams, jellies, curds, custards, and creams. In truth, you can’t mess up your order here, but we have all the heart eyes for their lemon curd and vanilla custard donuts.
7. Dahlia Bakery: Triple Coconut Cream Pie
When the first thing a bakery’s website mentions is their Triple Coconut Cream Pie, you know it’s got to be good. This coconut confection, created by renowned local chef and author, Tom Douglas, is one of the most beloved, best desserts in Seattle (yes, this is the pie former President Obama asks for when he visits). The Triple Coconut Cream Pie gets its name thanks to its buttery shredded coconut crust, fluffy coconut milk pastry cream, and toasted coconut flakes that complement giant white chocolate shavings on top of a whipped cream mountain. There is truly coconut enveloped in every layer, but somehow it’s not overwhelmingly sweet and we really appreciate it. Various sizes of this iconic, diner-style dessert are available at Dahlia Bakery, from bite to whole pie, but word on the street is you can snag a slice at any of the Tom Douglas restaurants, even if it’s not on the menu.
6. Salt & Straw: Ice Cream
We know, we know, another ice cream spot. But can you really ever have enough ice cream? We think not! And trust us, you’ll think the same when you taste the inventive, creamy deliciousness that is Salt & Straw. Though it isn’t technically a Seattle original (the OG is in Portland), Salt & Straw’s locally inspired flavors like Rachel’s Raspberry Ginger Beer, Ellenos Yogurt & Matcha, and Beecher’s Cheese with Peppercorn Toffee, make it feel like it is, and we love that. There are 17 scoop selections on the menu including the only-in-Seattle offerings, a handful of Salt & Straw staples, and five exciting options that change monthly. Get your Salt & Straw fix in a cup, waffle cone, sundae, or by the pint and lap up some of the best dessert in Seattle.
5. Hello Robin Cookies: Mackles’more
Seattle loves dessert and Macklemore, so when you combine one of our favorite desserts with a cookie and Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, you get the Mackles’more from Hello Robin. The Mackles’more is unlike any cookie you’ve ever had, with a dark chocolate chip cookie base accompanied with graham crackers and miniature marshmallows. It has the perfect s’mores flavor and the combination of the crunchy graham cracker with melted marshmallows and locally loved Theo chocolate is insanely good.
4. Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream: S’More Sundae
The best ice cream sundae you will have in your life will be at Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream, and thankfully it’s in Seattle. Shug’s does an amazing job creating ice cream concoctions that equally look and taste like medallion status. Located in Pike Place Market, Shug’s arranges high-quality ingredients into every single layer of their sundaes from the ice cream to the hot fudge and caramel sauce to the toppings. Get the s’more sundae on your first visit, which is served with vanilla ice cream, graham cracker, hot fudge, and a roasted house-made marshmallow. 1000% some of the best dessert in Seattle.
3. Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery: Dark Decadence
As self-proclaimed chocoholics, we never say no to chocolate, particularly when it takes the form of a freshly baked molten cake. If you too enjoy warm, gooey-in-the-middle, crusty-on-the-top chocolate cake, Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery is the place for you. Hot Cakes’ Dark Decadence is the cake that started it all, originally sold at various farmers markets in the Seattle area, and it’s the one you should order. This cake is made up of deep, velvety Theo chocolate and dry-burned caramel, served alongside vanilla ice cream that’s topped with nib toffee. If your mouth isn’t watering by now, check your pulse! We love Hot Cakes’ cozy, hipster-chic location in Ballard, but if you’re with a big chocolate-loving group, head to their larger location in Capitol Hill to indulge in some of the best dessert in Seattle.
2. Bakery Nouveau: Twice Baked Croissant
Talk to any locals about the best dessert in Seattle and Bakery Nouveau will inevitably be mentioned. This is our very favorite bakery in all of Seattle. They make incredible delectable carby treats like bread pudding, lemon meringue tarts, macarons, and classic cheesecake. But the two things you must order here are the twice baked almond and chocolate-almond croissants. These house-made buttery croissants are dipped in simple syrup, filled (and topped) with almond cream and slivered almonds, and twice baked to decadent perfection.
1. Rachel’s Ginger Beer: Soft Serve Float
You might have a lifetime to try the best dessert in Seattle but chances are you’ll only get one weekend (at least this year). If you can only indulge in one of Seattle’s sweet treats, find your way to Pike Place Market, 12th Ave, or University Village for a soft-serve float from Rachel’s Ginger Beer. This dessert is unlike any float you’ve ever had in your life, with creamy vanilla soft serve and a ginger beer of your choice. The employees at Rachel’s Ginger Beer will help you navigate their 12+ flavors of ginger beer, and once the pungent, fresh soda meets the heavenly vanilla soft serve, you’re going to be in ginger beer heaven.