10 Best Dessert Spots in Tucson for Irresistible Sweets

Tucson is home to a large selection of neighborhood coffee shops and dessert spots. Whether you're looking for a relaxed college town hang-out or a sophisticated cafe, Tucson offers some great spots for discriminating coffee-drinkers and dessert enthusiasts.

Cafe Marcel, located in the artsy Fourth Avenue Shopping District near downtown, is a local favorite that specializes in crepes, those delicious European-style pancakes stuffed with a variety of fillings. The menu changes frequently, which only adds to the novelty of this fun cafe. Don't miss the nutella crepe, a house favorite.

Another great Fourth Avenue spot is Chocolate Iguana, a colorful cafe that is part candy store, part bakery and part sandwich shop. Come here to lunch with a friend, or to enjoy a warm cup of coffee on the sunny patio.

A long-time Tucson favorite is Beyond Bread. This local chain specializes in fresh, homemade sandwiches, soups and desserts. You won't want to miss the pastry counter.

If you're serious about your coffee and pastries, head over to Raging Sage. This midtown coffee shop and award-winning micro-roastery caters to serious java hounds. The extensive drink menu and fresh-baked goodies have made this small coffee shop a neighborhood staple.

Finally, don't miss Allegro Gelato if you're craving authentic Italian gelato. This central Tucson shop delivers fresh, small-batch gelato that uses quality ingredients. 

This quiet, charming cafe, tucked away on busy Fourth Avenue, offers great coffee, food, cocktails and ambiance. The espresso bar serves up classic shots, mochas and specialty espresso drinks. Try the 4th Avenue, a delightful blend of espresso,...  Read More

Raging Sage is an award-winning hybrid micro-roastery and cafe located in central Tucson. You'll find great sustainable coffee, fresh baked treats and unbeatable neighborhood ambiance. All beans are roasted in small batches to bring out the best...  Read More

This excellent creperie and espresso bar serves Tucson's bustling university neighborhood. The cafe is one of the best places in Tucson to enjoy European traditional crepes, crafted with all sorts of fillings and toppings. These scrumptious...  Read More

This charming downtown cafe, located at the historic Stevens House at the Museum of Art, offers an assortment of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Fine art hangs on the walls, providing the perfect ambiance for enjoying the down-home...  Read More

This unique sweets shop, espresso bar and cafe is located on a busy corner of bustling Fourth Avenue near downtown Tucson. The charming restaurant is home to delicious espresso drinks, specialty sandwiches, and a counter brimming with sweet...  Read More

North Tucson

For a quick bite on your way to work or a day of sightseeing, bypass all those fast food chains and stop at Beyond Bread. The cinnamon raisin French toast is unbeatable, but if you like protein in the morning, try a made-to-order omelette,...  Read More

Brushfire Ice Creamery is Tucson's destination for ice cream treats that go beyond the basic ice cream cone. The shop, which is located next door to the popular Brushfire BBQ Co., features ice cream cones, shakes and malts, ice cream...  Read More

Pie Bird Bakery & Cafe, which is located on the ground floor of the TransAmerica building in downtown Tucson, is a welcome addition to the downtown financial dining and coffee scene. This bakery cafe is a charming throwback to the classic...  Read More

One of Tucson's favorite ice cream shops is a gelateria, where you'll find luscious, creamy Italian-style ice cream flavors like cinnamon, chocolate, coffee and the house almond biscotti. The shop also makes a special "gusto del mese," or flavor...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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