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. Don't miss The Back Dough, an indispensable spot for fresh-baked pie. It's located at the Speedway location of the bakery micro-chain.

If you're serious about your Mexican pastries, head over to La Estrella Bakery on the south side, where you can fill up on all kinds of sugary pan dulce, including conchas and empanadas.



HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery has quickly become a popular downtown Tucson dining destination. The menu is eclectic, fun and always fresh. Starters include a fresh calamari, jumbo lump crab cakes, and pei mussels. The Mac & Cheese is a...  Read More



Dolce Pastello Cakes, situated in the newly energized Mercado San Agustin on Tucson's historic west side, specializes in cakes. And, boy are there cakes. The marquee attraction is the homemade pastel de tres leches, a gorgeously moist three-milk...  Read More



La Estrella Bakery is a south Tucson staple, famous as an indispensable source of freshly made flour and corn tortillas. Apart from tortillas, though, the bakery is also a fine source for high quality Mexican pan dulce. The selection runs the...  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



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 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



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



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



Ice cream flight, anyone? If ice cream is your go-to dessert, a trip The Screamery HandCrafted Ice Cream is pretty much mandatory. As you may have gathered from the shop's name, this is a great destination for homemade ice cream, which is made...  Read More


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