Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Austin has had much success creating a substantial market for Dessert. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Mozart's Coffee Roasters or at Sweetish Hill Bakery, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

When you see the moving cows, you know you've found Amy's. This famous Austin creamery specializes in homemade ice cream in a wide variety of flavors and even supplies their wonderful creations to a number of Austin's restaurants. Open until 1am...  Read More

This neighborhood café and espresso bar features sumptuous homemade gelato and premium coffees. Open late.

Sweetish Hill Bakery

This bakery has been around for 30 years and is known for pastries and breads crafted from premium ingredients. Locals fill the place from morning to late afternoon, taking advantage of a large variety of breakfast and lunch fare. Hot breakfast...  Read More

Upper Crust Bakery

This neighborhood bakery is a favorite gathering spot for light breakfast fare of freshly baked croissants, danishes, bagels, and pastries. Soups and sandwiches are available for lunch. Desserts are worthy as well.

Quack's 43rd Street Bakery

Quack's is something of an Austin landmark and still retains a bit of its original slacker vibe. The space is appealing, thanks to local artwork and an assortment of board games and reading materials that help pass the time. The laid-back place...  Read More

This European-style cafe with its soaring ceilings and brick-clad walls overlooks Lake Austin and features a host of specialty coffees, espressos, gourmet teas, and granitas, not to mention an array of stellar desserts and pastries made...  Read More


Having trained in the arts of espresso- and gelato-making in Italy, the owner of this shop brought the well-earned know-how to Austin, and locals are quick to show their appreciation. Even a traffic-heavy location isn't enough to dissuade folks...  Read More

Chez Zee was almost instantly loved when it opened in 1989, and its popularity has never waned. Part of the appeal is due to a leafy central courtyard, local art, and live piano music several nights a week. Lunch and dinner consist of casual...  Read More

1886 Café & Bakery

To start, 1886 Café & Bakery serves great sandwiches and casual American fare, and their grilled cheese panini is second to none. But their desserts – rich, complex concoctions with mood-altering properties – cause folks to swoon. To...  Read More

Russell's Bakery & Coffee Bar

Start your day at Russell's with a steaming cup of coffee and a homemade cinnamon roll, danish, muffin, or scone. Or stop by for soup or a sandwich – the Italian Godfather (turkey, ham, salami, provolone, and a splash of Italian dressing) has...  Read More

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