10 Best Desserts and Coffee in Dallas: French Pastries to Loaf Cake

Trying to find the best Desserts & Coffee in Dallas? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Obzeet Coffee Bar & Café. We also help you find areas where Desserts & Coffee are prominent - the Oak Lawn area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Dallas's best. If you're in the mood for a French treat, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find several French bakeries like Rush Patisseire, which specializes in macaroons, eclairs and croissants. If you want your dessert and coffee to have a Latin flair, go to Zaguan Latin Cafe and Bakery, La Duni or Cafe Brazil - all have special Latin treats like churros, tres leches cake and bread pudding. Dallas residents and visitors who want good ole' traditional Southern desserts go to White Rock Coffee for the freshly-made loaf breads (think pumpkin, zucchini and banana nut) or to Legal Grounds, which features the only prom cakes in town. These pancakes made with oatmeal and topped with homemade granola and bananas are paired perfectly with hot coffee.

 

10 Legal Grounds
Law and coffee...together? Attorney David Musselwhite found the two a perfect match -- hence the birth of Legal Grounds, a coffeehouse with one menu for coffees, teas, and desserts and another for Mr. Musselwhite's legal services. Also on offer are breakfast and lunch options. The pancakes there are delicious, but if you want a real treat, try the prom cakes. In keeping with the theme, wingback chairs and bookshelves lined with law tomes are prominent. The place attracts many runners and bikers from White Rock Lake, who often stop in for a cup of joe and a bit of neighborhood comfort. In the evenings, the space becomes Papou's Greek Kitchen. (214-824-5800)

9 Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery
Weekends are extra busy at this bakery as folks stop in for decadent desserts and pastries, including muffins and cakes. (Chocolate seduction cake, in particular, is truly a worthwhile indulgence!) Bread Winner's has it all - any type of cake or pie you can think of - they have it. Each morning, baked goods come warm out of the oven, and the joe is freshly brewed as well. At lunch, you'll find a full coffee bar and great daily specials. And, each table gets a free plate of pastries and loaf breads when they are seated. There's a terrific Sunday brunch, too, along with a bar called The Quarter. (214-754-4940)

8 Obzeet Coffee Bar & Café
The outdoor patio of this upscale coffee shop radiates serenity and good karma thanks to a waterfall and smooth stones. Obzeet is truly an oasis in North Dallas - you'll feel as if you've left the state! The interior is modern and posh, attracting people of all ages. Granitas, a slushy type of drink, are popular, and you'll find a wide variety of dessert options, including key lime pie, Boston cream pie, German chocolate cake, and carrot cake. On weekends, live music on the small stage contributes to a livelier ambiance. Must be over 21 to frequent the patio after 8pm. (972-867-6126)

7 White Rock Coffee
White Rock Coffee is one of Dallas' best coffee shops. It specializes in small batch, handcrafted organic micro-roast coffee, and customers can go in to the cool cafe or order gourmet coffee online. This locally-owned shop features free WiFi, live music and a wide variety of fresh foods. It is the perfect laid-back atmosphere for hanging out with friends, studying or working. An express location is also available in the East Dallas/Lakewood intersection of Mockingbird and Abrams. Some of the best desserts there include a wide variety of loaf breads (apple walnut, banana nut, zucchini, etc.), scones, cookies (chocolate oatmeal, peanut butter, etc.) and locally-made cheesecakes. ((214) 341-4774)

6 Pearl Cup Coffee
Voted as having the "best latte" in Dallas, Pearl Cup Coffee will delight Dallas coffee lovers! This quaint coffee shop in the Lower Greenville neighborhood has it all - ceramic coffee mugs, great service and delicious caffeine concoctions. It opened in 2007 and has been thriving since then. Some of the most popular menu items there include the rich, creamy signature drink, The Pearl Latte, along with the Signature Pearl Cup Blend, which features a custom blend of Indonesian, African and Latin American coffees. There is plenty of natural light, perfect for reading, friendly and knowledgeable baristas and enough noise to be fun, but not conversation-intrusive. ((214) 824-9500)

5 La Duni Latin Cafe
This restaurant deftly mixes the feel and flavors of Latin America and Europe. Dishes like gaucho chicken breast and pan-roasted market fresh fish come alive with unexpected ingredients and skillful preparation. The house cocktails and desserts have swiftly earned a dedicated fan club as well. Regarding drinks, the Peruvian Pisco Sour and the Spanish Lemon 43 are must-tries. For dessert, the peach-apricot blueberry cobbler and milk chocolate cake pudding are hard to pass up. Other favorite desserts there include the chocolate bread pudding, cuatro leches cake, triple chocolate truffle cake with an espresso crust and Venezuelan Rum Pastry Cream and Chocolate Truffle cake. (214-520-7300)

4 Rush Patisserie
Located in North Oak Cliff, Rush Patisserie is a pastry boutique and cake salon. Some of the most popular treats there include the macaroons, eclairs and croissants. The macaroons there are technically perfect - crispy shells with gooey, moist centers - and they come in a wide variety of flavors, including champagne, mocha, vanilla bean, chocolate, raspberry, strawberry and pistachio. The decor is a French-inspired shabby chic, and it is a very cozy bakery to enjoy a pastry and coffee. Rush Patisserie also creates the "un-cupcake" - a miniature cake in a jar that comes in several flavors including wedding cake and caramel macchiato. ((214) 749-4040)

3 Main Street Bistro and Bakery
The much-loved Main Street Bistro and Bakery has received a great deal of acclaim for their croissants, but the locals rave over nearly everything on the menu. One of the most popular desserts there is called "The Bomb," and it certainly lives up to its name - a chocolate shell filled with chocolate mousse and a creme brulee center. Main Street Bistro and Bakery is a great source for morning pastries and a hot cup of java. The lunch menu is equally impressive, however, with favorites including the decadent smoked salmon sandwich and creamy Quiche Lorraine. As an added bonus, they're open for late-night grub on weekends! ((972) 578-0294)

2 Zaguan Latin Cafe and Bakery
Taste buds tango with delight thanks to Zaguan Latin Cafe and Bakery's self-described "mosaic of tastes," consisting of a truly unique and healthy selection of authentic Latin American delicacies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The ample offerings here begin with the likes of Colombian free trade coffee, Latin American hot chocolate or freshly made juices. Among the main courses are traditional staples like arroz con pollo and tequenos, all made with specialty breads, of course. One of the best "sweet" items on the menu is the handmade churros served alongside a variety of dipping sauces. Even people who don't like this traditional Latin dessert love Zaguan's version! (2142198393)

1 Café Brazil
In addition to traditional breakfast dishes, Café Brazil has plenty of options to satisfy a sweet tooth or caffeine craving. Scrumptious desserts and an unending supply of coffee are available, along with crepes of all kinds (dipped in cinnamon egg batter) and tropical fruit French toast. And one of the best drinks on the menu, and it's perfect for cold or rainy days, is the hot chocolate. You'll also find great service and a laid-back atmosphere that attracts an eclectic crowd. Outdoor seating is an added perk, and the cafe is open all night. Cafe Brazil is both inexpensive and satisfying. (214-461-8762)


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Legal Grounds 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Lakewood
COST: $
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Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Uptown
COST: $
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Obzeet Coffee Bar & Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking
Neighborhood: Richardson
COST: $
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White Rock Coffee 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Live Music
Cuisine: Organic
Neighborhood: Lake Highlands
COST: $
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Pearl Cup Coffee 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Lower Greenville
COST: $
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La Duni Latin Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin
COST: $$
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Rush Patisserie 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, French
Neighborhood: Oak Cliff
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Main Street Bistro and Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, French
Dining Options: Catering, Pastry Chef, Take Out
Neighborhood: Richardson
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Zaguan Latin Cafe and Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, Latin
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: OAK LAWN
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Café Brazil 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Latin
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
COST: $