From Guinness Word Record Ice Cream Sundaes to warm gooey fudge brownies to soft warm sweet cupcakes to sweet tangy shave ice, we’ve looked around for some of the world’s best dessert venues. We researched and discovered many delicious choices across different continents. Your mouth will water as you gaze at the dessert photos. Be sure to check out the places when you visit their cities. You don’t want to miss out the experience. Check out our list for the most delicious desserts in the world.
40. N’ICE CREAM, LOS ANGELES, CA, U.S.A.
“After browsing the boutiques in the chic Abbot-Kinney area, grab a cup of salted-caramel gelato or another one of the 15 daily flavors of organic gelato and sorbet at N’ice Cream and hit Venice Beach” (Travel Leisure). Many customers enjoy the cool delicious tastes as they take a spoonful of the gelato. Perfect for a hot sunny day in LA.
39. DEE-LITE BAKERY, HONOLULU, HW, U.S.A.
“Located in a non-touristy part of town, the Dee Lite Bakery is best known for their guava chiffon cake made from a secret recipe since the bakery’s opening in 1959. Other selections include the rainbow cake with alternating layers of lime, guava, and passionfruit, and a custard pie” (Travel Leisure). Be sure to check out the bakery’s amazing selection and of course grab a slize of that famous chiffon cake.
38. SWEET ENVY, NORTH HOBART, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
“Before you can decide between the salted caramels, French nougat, chocolate bonbons, and tuiles, a young salesgirl may dare you to take the ‘cupcake challenge,’ eyeing one of the peanut-butter-frosted and jelly-filled monsters. It’s free if you devour it in 60 seconds or less” (Travel Leisure). How can anyone resist the chance of getting one of those delicious cupcakes? The challenge alone screams for them to be eaten. Visit the Sweet Envy and take on the challenge.
37. GIOLITTI, ROME, ITALY
“Rome’s oldest ice cream parlor, Giolitti has a history dating back to 1890, when dairy farmers Giuseppe and Bernadina Giolitti opened a small creamery near the Pantheon. Today it is one of the city’s most celebrated gelato shops, serving such unusual flavors as champagne, ricotta, marsala custard, and watermelon with chocolate seeds” (Travel Leisure). As you travel the streets of Rome and gaze at its historic wonders, be sure to snag a scoop a the historic gelato. You can fill up on both your cultural, mental, and culinary experience.
36. BIG GAY ICE CREAM, NEW YORK CITY, NY, U.S.A.
“A New York summertime favorite, this ice cream truck expanded and opened two brick and mortar shops downtown. John T. Edge, author of the Truck Food Cookbook recommends trying the cool, white soft serve, flavored with vanilla, topped with wasabi-spiked green peas. ‘Dissonance never tasted so good’” (Travel Leisure). Big Gay Ice Cream serves many fun wacky flavors that include the Wasabi Cone and a sweet Caramel cone. Customers praise the delicious flavors of the ice cream served.
35. VOODOO DOUGHNUT, PORTLAND, OR, U.S.A.
How cool a name is that for a doughnut venue? The Voodoo Doughnut. The place boasts their ability to make amazing homemade doughnuts, especially one specific type in particular. “There’s a good reason Voodoo is such a huge hit with all donut fans: the Bacon Maple Bar. It’s a yeast donut topped with maple glaze and not one, but two strips of crisp bacon” (Travel and Leisure).
34. CHEGO, LOS ANGELES, CA, U.S.A.
Craving spicy dessert? The Chego is the perfect place for you. While spicy desserts such as chile-flavored chocolate have been around for a while, Mexican fusion restaurant Chego takes the trend to a fiery new level. To make its Devil’s Tres Leches, the restaurant soaks rich devil’s food cake in cinnamon-infused, cayenne pepper–flavored evaporated milk and adds tapioca pudding and spicy peanut brittle” (Travel Leisure). In addition, Chego serves an amazing mini Rhubarb Pie made of “rhubarb, Meyer lemon, brown sugar crumble, all-butter crust served warm with vanilla bean ice cream” (LA Weekly).
33. PAIN DE SUCRE, PARIS, FRANCE
Got an addiction to tarts or even marshmallow desserts? Then check out the Pain de Sucre. “This beautifully curated Marais patisserie run by a pair of Pierre Gagnaire’s former pastry chefs has a wide selection of tarts, macaroons, and homemade marshmallows in flavors like rose and angelica” (Travel and Leisure). A little pricier than most patisseries, but the dessert choices are worth it. The pastries are possibly the best in Paris. Many customers praise the Rose Marshmallow.
32. LA PATISSERIE DES REVES, PARIS, FRANCE
Both known for its classic taste but creative styles in dessert, this patisserie is not one to disappoint. “Offering a unique, yet still Parisian, take on pastries, this 16th arrondissement shop features the work of French sugar sultan Phillippe Conticini and centers on a futuristic display case made of steel and blonde wood, where handcrafted treats sit atop refrigerated pieces of slate underneath glass capsules. The tarte Tatin, an upside-down fruit confection, is among the most popular sellers” (Travel and Leisure). If want a tasty tart, be sure to come there. And don’t forget to try Le Chouchou. It looks amazing to taste.
31. BUBO, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Pastry fans will love Bubo. “Pick up the sweet-savory pan-con-tomate bonbons from Willy Wonka–like pâtissier Carles Mampel” (Travel and Leisure). People on Trip Advisor post great reviews of their delight in tasting the amazing pastries. There are some who call the pastry desserts “superb.” One wrote, “Had the pleasure of a stunning cake with a glass of cava as part of the Gourmet Tapas Tour. Don’t think I have ever seen such an array of stunning cakes in Paris! And even nicer to be able to enjoy it with a glass of cava- great afternoon treat” (Chris109 from Geneva, Trip Advisor).
30. BILLY’S BAKERY, NEW YORK CITY, NY, U.S.A.
Ready to fulfill your sweet tooth dreams? The cupcakes alone at this bakery will haunt you. “From German chocolate cupcakes to butterscotch gingerbread cookies and banana cream pies, Billy’s makes a range of sweets and treats in their 1940s-style shops. It’s won glowing reviews, especially for its cupcakes” (Travel and Leisure). And let’s not forget the bakery’s famous Icebox Cake. It’s a mountain of chocolate and cream. I’m dying to try it someday.
29. AUNTIE SWEET, HONG KONG, JAPAN
“In the laid-back Tin Hau neighborhood, groups of boisterous families head to this cheery café for traditional Asian desserts, including terrific tong shui (sweet Cantonese soups and custards), durian-and-tofu pudding, and our favorite: super-rich black-sesame ice cream” (Travel and Leisure). The Black Sesame Ice Cream looks delicious as it soaks into that mouthwatering Bean Curd Sago Soup. You need to visit Auntie Sweet if you ever visit Hong Kong. If you don’t, you’ll truly miss out the true sweet experience of the city’s desserts.
28. LULU’S SWEET SHOPPE, BOSTON, MA, U.S.A.
“For gourmet cupcakes with a unique twist, visit Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe in Boston’s North End neighborhood (Fodors). Founded by Sandy Russo, this sweet shop has become very popular thanks to its gourmet cupcakes. From Chocolate Explosion to Chocolate Cherry Bomb to Pistachio or even the Red Velvet Cheesecake, these cupcakes will be sure to please any mouth. Reviewers praise this shop for their “heavenly” desserts.
27. HOT LICKS, FAIRBANKS, AK, U.S.A.
What better place for a delicious scoop of ice cream than in a state well known for its creamy dessert? Hot Licks is famous for this dessert and its multitude of flavors. “Guests can sample everything from Alaska Blueberry with handpicked wild blueberries from Interior Alaska, to Kahlua made with fresh ground North Pole coffee beans” (Fodors). As if that wasn’t amazing enough for the place, it also offers beer flavors for ice cream. How crazy is that? I’ve never hear of beer as an offered flavor before. “Beer in ice cream is all the rage. Hot Licks jumped on that brew wagon, with a partnership with Alaska’s Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co., to create a flavor that folds the brewery’s signature Stepping Stone Stout into the ice cream” (Kristine Hansen Fox News). For a full list of the ice cream flavors click here.
26. PASTICHE, PROVIDENCE, RI, U.S.A.
“On Providence’s historic Federal Hill is Pastiche, a European-style café and bakery that creates handmade, from-scratch desserts. The bakery offers delicately crafted pies, cookies, and cakes, and also features traditional European pastries such as cannoli, eclairs and tartlets. Favorite treats include fresh lime mousse tart and Italian mascarpone torte” (Fodors). From the way it’s been described, the Fruit Tart seems to die for. Just look at how crisp and delicious it looks.
25. BRENNAN’S, NEW ORLEANS, LA, U.S.A.
“Brennan’s created the original Bananas Foster in the early 1950s, and has since developed an extensive dessert menu that will please any palette. Specialties include ‘Crepes Fitzgerald’ with Grand Marnier, sour cream and strawberries, and the ‘Bread Pudding St. Joan of Arc’ with Southern Comfort-infused raisins and cranberries. Guests can also enjoy Southern classics like Louisiana Chocolate Pecan Pie and Creole Chocolate Suicide Cake” (Fodors). At Beetles Kitchen, the site provides a recipe of Ella Brennan’s famous Bananas Foster. Be sure to go to it and make a delicious dessert for your home.
24. LABADIE’S BAKERY, LEWISTON, ME, U.S.A.
While traveling in Maine, you have to stop by and try out Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston. They have the most amazing, and often rated best, whoopie pies. “The bakery sells its fluffy, cream-filled pies by the dozen, and also offers French cream horns and large whoopie pie cakes. Whoopie pie flavors include chocolate peanut butter, vanilla, and original chocolate” (Fodors). If you’re interested in making your own whoopie pie dessert check out the link here. The site also includes a history of the dessert.
23. BEILER’S BAKERY, PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.
Well known for its Amish baking, Beiler’s Bakery is a great place to enjoy warm soft pastries. “The stand features a variety of handcrafted Amish desserts, including sticky buns, apple fritters, and authentic shoofly pie” (Fodors). The bakery also has amazing homemade doughnuts. Popular choices for these doughnuts include chocolate, harvest apple, and chocolate chip.
22. JO-JO’S SHAVE ICE, KAUAI, HW, U.S.A.
If you ever visit the beautiful island of Kauai, be sure to visit Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice. “Jo-Jo’s in Waimea is the leading authority on shave ice in Kauai. It is delicious just about anywhere you get it but Jo-Jo’s has the ice shavings down to science. Paired with mac-nut vanilla ice cream on bottom and coconut cream atop, Jo-Jo’s shave ice is well worth the seemingly absurd $6 price tag and inevitably long wait” (Butterdate). In addition, the famous shave ice shop provides over 60 flavor options to choose from that include the popular passion fruit and mango flavors.
21. KERMIT’S KEY WEST LIME SHOPPE, KEY WEST, FL, U.S.A.
What better place to try Key Lime Pie than Florida? Fans of Key Lime Pie will enjoy this shop. “For a taste of fresh Florida Key Lime pie, stop by Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. In addition to its signature pie, the shop also offers key lime pie bars and ‘key lime pie on a stick’—a slice of the shop’s key lime pie dipped in Belgian chocolate” (Fodors). Pie and chocolate combined. What’s not to love about that combination?
20. CAFÉ DU MONDE, NEW ORLEANS, LA, U.S.A.
Are you a big fan of beignets? Those delicious doughy pastries of sugary goodness can be both mouthwatering and mind blowing. How can one not be a fan? There’s a perfect place to find them too. “New Orleans is famous for its beignets, and Café du Monde is the place to get them. The cafe serves up its world-famous doughnut fritters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all doughnuts are made-to-order and dusted with powdered sugar. The fritters work well as a morning, afternoon, or anytime treat, and are best paired with a cup of café au lait” (Fodors). Customers love this café and always come back for more beignets.
19. CROWN CANDY KITCHEN, ST. LOUIS, MO, U.S.A.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Combine that love with ice cream and you have paradise at Crown Candy. “The soda fountain and candy shop has been serving up treats since 1913, and uses a copper candy kettle to create its homemade ice cream. Popular menu items include the French Sundae with toasted cashews and chocolate sprinkles, or one of the shop’s flavored malts: guests can choose from chocolate banana, butterscotch, and hot fudge. According to shop policy, anyone who drinks five malts in 30 minutes gets them for free” (Fodors).
18. DOUGHBOYS, LOS ANGELES, CA, U.S.A.
“Doughboys is a dessert lover’s dream. The café’s extensive menu includes everything from cakes to scones, and the bakery makes its desserts and pastries fresh daily. Stop by for a slice of the famous red velvet cake, or try a pecan shortbread cookie filled with chunks of white chocolate and dried cherries” (Fodors). If you’re a true lover of Red Velvet Cake, you need to visit this shop. Be careful, once you try that famous cake, you’ll be hooked.
17. THE VARSITY, ATLANTA, GA, U.S.A.
Ice cream fans and pie lovers will love this joint. The Varsity has been around for over 75 years, so it has built itself a nice little reputation for having delicious desserts. “The drive-in offers 16 flavors of ice cream, and fried apple and peach hand pies that are made fresh daily. For a larger treat, try the pie a la mode or the drive-in’s famous Frosted Orange, a cross between a milkshake and a slushie” (Fodors). The frosted orange really looks mouth-watering and promises a cool sweet experience in your mouth.
16. GHIRADELLI ICE CREAM AND CHOCOLATE SHOP, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, U.S.A.
Got a craving for a delicious frozen treat? Or even some sweet chocolate? Check out the Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. The Shop is widely known for its world famous chocolate and old fashion sundaes. “Guests can enjoy old-fashioned ice cream sundaes topped with cherries, nuts and whipped cream, and sample the shop’s homemade hot fudge. The shop also offers a variety of shakes, floats and chocolate drinks, including a chocolate-bar infused milkshake and sea salt caramel hot cocoa” (Fodors). Go visit and feast yourself on yummy treats.
15. SERENDIPITY3, NEW YORK CITY, NY, U.S.A.
Well known for its “frrrozen” hot chocolate, this venue is the ultimate dessert paradise. “New York City’s Serendipity 3 has been a popular dessert spot since its opening in 1954. While Serendipity is most famous for its frozen hot chocolate, there are plenty of other sweets and treats to choose from. Guests can enjoy the Can’t Say No Sundae with humble pie, ice cream, banana and hot fudge, or a slice of the restaurant’s Crème De La Crème Cream Cheese Cake” (Fodors). Of course, let’s not forget the one dessert on the menu that is listed in the Guinness World Record as the world’s most expensive sundae, the Golden Opulence Sundae.. For a whopping grand, you can partake of this world famous treat. According to Factoholics, “the ice cream is made of Amedei Porcelana and Venezuelan Chuao chocolate, two of the rarest chocolates in the world! But we aren’t there yet, because the it’s also served with 24-karat edible gold, gold dragnets and dessert caviar topping. Everyone can try it, but you have to wait two days before you can eat it, because that’s the time it takes to make this ice cream” (Factoholics).
14. KOPP’S FROZEN CUSTARD, MILWAUKEE, WI, U.S.A.
“Kopp’s Frozen Custard is a landmark in the Metro-Milwaukee area. Famous for our delicious frozen custard and equally tasty jumbo burgers. Founded in 1950, Kopp’s Frozen Custard has been serving up these delectable Midwestern treats ever since” (Travel Wisconsin). The creamy frozen dessert will be sure to burst your taste buds. There is no better place to try this growing popular frozen treat than Kopp’s. “While available around the country, its Milwaukee joints like Kopp’s that have made frozen custard famous” (Today).
13. BAILEY’S CHOCOLATE BAR, ST. LOUIS, MO, U.S.A.
Chocaholics may scream as they come across their ultimate chocolate dream at this bar. “From chocolate martinis to lavishly plated desserts, Baileys’ Chocolate Bar has it all. Guests can choose from a variety of chocolate-inspired creations, including the Chocolate Inebriation cake with layers of chocolate stout and bittersweet chocolate ganache, or the Brownie Royale with dense, fudgy brownie, bananas, hot fudge and a cherry. Chocolate aphrodisiacs can sample the Lover’s Plate, which features nine of the restaurant’s most popular desserts” (Fodors).
12. FLOUR BAKERY + CAFÉ, BOSTON, MA, U.S.A.
You need to visit the Flour Bakery + Café, managed by legendary Chef Joanne Chang. She knows how to whip up delicious meringue clouds. “A Boston institution in the city’s South End, the bakery exudes a relaxed, neighborhood feel and serves a selection of delicate, sweet pastries. The meringue clouds and ginger molasses cookies are not to be missed” (Travel and Leisure). In addition, according to Fodors, the Café is labeled as the venue with the “Best Boston Cream Pie.” So be sure to grab a slice. If you can’t travel to Boston, bring the pie to you home. You can find the link to the pie’s recipe here.
11. MR. MINSCH, BERLIN, GERMANY
The Mr. Minsch bakery desserts look amazing to taste. “The vibe is Mad Hatter meets 1950’s hausfrau at this Kreuzberg takeout bakery, where master pastry chef Andreas Minsch turns out his extravagant confections. You’ll be hard-pressed to choose between an enormous cinnamon roll or a slice of the popular black forest cake. (CNN International). Personally, as a chocolate lover fan, I’d go for the Black Forest Cake. That soft moist slice of gooey goodness looks amazing.
10. CHRISTALLI DE ZUCCHERO, ROME, ITALY
“Adjacent to a farmers’ market just off the Circus Maximus is a pretty-in-pink pasticceria where Parisian-style tartlets are made with regional ingredients like apricots and pistachios” (CNN International). Christalli di Zucchero is known best for its excellent tarts and cakes. You don’t want to regret missing this place when you’re in Rome. Visit this great pastry place and enjoy a nice crisp fruit tart.
9. CHRISTINA’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM, CAMBRIDGE, MA, U.S.A.
If you need a good scoop of ice cream in Cambridge, check out Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream. The shop has become quite popular in the area both for its taste and large range of flavors. “Behind a distinctive lavender façade on Inman Square, the shop’s intense, exotic flavors (more than 50 each day) include burnt sugar, licorice, honey-lavender, apple cider, and cinnamon-spiced Mexican chocolate” (CNN International). A reviewer at One Good Scoop ordered various flavors including Coffee Oreo and Burnt Sugar with Oreo Cookie Crumb (below). They loved it and the ice cream’s fresh mint and tarza chocolate of 80 percent (above). Even looking at the picture makes one want to try a taste.
8. ICE MONSTER, TAIPEI, CHINA
Sweet tooth travels should stop by this delicious shave ice venue. Ice Monster is well-known for its delicious shave ice treats. If you really want a true shave ice flavor experience though, there is one kind you’ll want. “What you want is the “mango avalanche”—shaved ice piled high with cubes of fresh fruit, mango pudding, condensed milk, and mango sorbet. It’s enough for four dainty eaters or two ravenous ones” (CNN International). There is also the Fresh Mango Sensation offered if you desire more options for Mango lovers. Ice Monster serves other various delicious sweet ice flavors, but it’s the Avalanche that’s been the popular choice.
7. XOCOLAT, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Chocolate lovers will enjoy this wonderful realm. Xocolat serves chocolates galore from bars to truffles to pralines. “Even the most jaded epicurean succumbs to the Willy Wonkaesque sense of wonder at this haven for the cocoa-obsessed” (CNN International). You’ll feel like a kid all over again as you gaze in wonder at the delicious chocolate delicacies served at this venue. How can you resist sweet decadent chocolate?
6. CAFÉ CENTRAL, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
When traveling to Vienna, one needs to of course partake some delicious apple strudel at the Café Central. “Though it’s welcomed plenty of tourists over its 137 years—not to mention habitués like Freud, Lenin, and Trotsky—the utterly grand café inside the majestic Palais Ferstel is known among pastry-obsessed Wieners for serving the best, flakiest strudel in town.” Denise Lu, a writer for The Cultureist, praises the tasty the apple strudel the café serves. In her post she states that of all the strudels in Vienna, the Café Central has the best one. Lu writes, “the strudel at Café Central takes the cake with a crispy outer shell and tart and soft, not mushy, apples” (The Cultureist).
5. MORNING CALL, NEW ORLEANS, LA, U.S.A.
Are you in need of a nice relaxing place with a great selection of sweet treats? Visit Morning Call for their sugary and airy beignets. “The airy beignets (made from a 143-year-old recipe) and café au lait at this 24-hour, wood-paneled Metairie haunt leave the better-known Café du Monde in their sugar dust” (CNN International).
4. FLOUR &STONE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
As you explore the wonders of Sydney and watch out for wandering kangaroos, you should also try some delicious lamingtons at the Flour & Stone. These “Aussie squares of vanilla sponge cake, slathered in chocolate icing and dusted in coconut, come stuffed with panna cotta and berry compote” (CNN International). All I can say is yum. Additionally, the little place also serves various warm and sweet fruit tarts and a nice lemon drizzle cake. Don’t miss out on this great place.
3. LOONG FATT EATING HOUSE & CONFECTIONARY, SINGAPORE
The next time you travel out to Singapore, be sure to check out the Loong Fatt Eating House. The House and Confectionary have a great selection of delicious desserts that include the popular Tau Sar Piah. The Tau Sar Piah are “crumbly sesame-seed-encrusted pastries filled with sweet or savory bean paste” (CNN International). You have to try this great cultural treat.
2. ST. FRANCIS FOUNTAIN, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, U.S.A.
Looking for the ultimate ice cream parlor? Travel out to the St. Francis Soda Fountain. The fountain’s ice creams can make you scream in pleasure. “Since 1918, San Francisco’s St. Francis Fountain has served up classic ice cream sundaes and old-fashioned soda fountain treats. The diner’s dessert menu includes everything from a double dip ice cream soda to a dreamsicle float with vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet. Ice cream specials include the Battleship sundae with three types of ice cream and sauces, or the Buster Brown with a warm fudge brownie, vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce” (Fodors). Just gazing at that sundae makes me drool.
1. MINDY’S HOT CHOCOLATE, CHICAGO, IL, U.S.A.
Ready for a nice warm cup of hot cocoa? Chef Mindy Segal’s place is famous for it. Her signature hot chocolate wouldn’t be perfect though until one also tosses in delicious gooey homemade marshmallows. The drink is a perfect way to battle against those freezing nights in Chicago. Additionally, Mindy’s has an amazing selection of desserts. “The restaurant’s dessert menu changes seasonally, and includes everything from brioche doughnuts with hot fudge and caramel corn, to chocolate ‘souffled’ tart with salted caramel ice cream and house made pretzels” (Fodors). The chef uses only ingredients that are sourced locally and of course fresh.