Collected by Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
Craving a sugary fix? Whether you're looking for locally made ice cream, light-as-air macarons, or a piping-hot slice of pie, take a look at our dessert selections.
10600 NE 9th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Top Pot is a Seattle area must. The staff is always friendly and kind, and the donuts and coffee are to die for. I try and go at least once a week. I love the raspberry glazed (pictured) but you can’t go wrong with anything here. They have all the...
925 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
In the heart of downtown, Belle Epicurean is located inside the Fairmont Hotel, but has a small storefront on 4th Avenue. Step inside this tiny French bakery and inhale the aroma of croissants, macarons, and other confections. Belle serves...
210 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, USA
Serving up coffee, pastries, soups and bread since 1999, Blackbird Bakery is a charming place to stop and relax when you need a break from exploring Bainbridge. The small cafe is light and bright, and features local art on the walls. Everything's...
4721 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
In the heart of West Seattle's Alaska Junction is the local gem Husky Deli, family-owned since 1932. In summer, the line winds through the store for their famous ice cream — like the Oreo Coffee scoop shown here. But their made-to-order deli...
108 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Seattle has become a cupcake town; you can (and I have) had entire conversations debating the merits of various cupcake shops. Cupcake Royale is one of the best, and definitely worth a visit. They have rotating monthly flavors (pictured is the...
5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Let's be honest, while local chocolatier Autumn Martin serves up cookies and seasonal savory treats like grilled cheese and salads, the real treats at Hot Cakes are the melty centered chocolate cakes and the inventive boozy milkshakes. The Hot...
139 Madrone Ln N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, USA
I consider myself to be a bit of an ice cream connoisseur, never passing up an opportunity to try something new - even in the sleet or snow. The cones (yes, I went twice in one day) from our trip to Bainbridge Island were some of the most fresh,...
1622.5 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Another food-truck-made-good in a permanent location, Molly Moon’s now has five locations around town, but still sends out its iconic baby-blue truck for special events — just follow your nose to the heavenly scent of their freshly made waffle...
1400 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Gelatiamo is a cute little gelato cafe in downtown Seattle, just a couple of blocks away from the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. They use lots of local ingredients in their creamy confections, like organic milk from Fresh Breeze Farms...
1325 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Adored by locals, Fran’s Chocolates shop is a tasty local tradition. Indulge in one of their classic gold-foil-wrapped chocolate ingots, or savor their grey salt and smoked salt caramels—they're rich, intense, and deeply flavorful. Fran’s uses...
1215 4th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98161, USA
Although the joke about there being a Starbucks on every Seattle street corner has some truth to it, it is possible to find independent coffee shops downtown, and Café Migliori is one that devotees swear by. They serve their own freshly roasted...
1316 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Sure, ice cream and gelato places are everywhere, but how often do you see a frozen custard shop? The addition of egg in the mix is what makes all the difference, apparently: richer and creamier than ice cream, yet with less calories and...
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
If the ice cream truck is the original food truck, Street Treats is going back to its roots with homemade, custom ice cream sandwiches. The cookies come in flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter, molasses, and snickerdoodle, filled with...
600 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Located in the International District in Uwajimaya’s food court, Unicone serves up very thin, Japanese-style crepes, filled with sweet or savory toppings and rolled up in a paper cone. Half the fun is watching them make the crepes before your...
1536 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
There’s plenty for gluten-free, egg-free, and vegan diners to enjoy at Pike Place Market, including the tempting pastries and cookies at Cinnamon Works. At the counter, a section of the display case is marked off for gluten-free customers, so it’s...
Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave #1200, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Dry Soda might very well be one of the original hipster sodas. Their four-ingredient, low-calorie sodas come in sophisticated flavors like blood orange, lavender, and juniper berry (full disclosure: middlebrow vanilla bean is my favorite). You can...
1500 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Nope, that’s not gelato being scooped up — at Ellenos, the cool dairy treats on offer are all rich, creamy Greek yogurt. But you’d be forgiven for thinking they were ice cream, with indulgent flavors like latte, marionberry pie, and lemon curd. At...
1902 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Le Panier is a popular French bakery at Pike Place Market. One French Seattle resident I know claims it is the best French bakery in Seattle. And that may very well be true because it is immensely popular among locals. They have many good breads,...
157 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
At Intrigue Chocolate Co., chef Aaron Barthel handcrafts small batches of ganache with care, blending dark chocolate, fresh cream, and innovative flavoring ingredients ranging from peppercorns to prunes. Stop by for a truffle tasting, then take...
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