10Best Desserts, Donuts and Sweet Delights in Reno

Reno's amazing selection of desserts, pastries, cakes and donuts are easy to find at these 10Best locations. This list includes everything from independent coffee shops and European cafes to restaurants and casino buffets. Stuff your face with chocolate croissants and fruit pastries to homemade ice cream and gelato and don't forget the coffee to go with it.

Start off with a sweet (or savory) pastry at Homage Bakery & Coffeehouse near Downtown Reno. Their Peanut Butter Pie is rich and creamy and goes great with a black coffee. For other breakfast treats, try Josef's Vienna or Franz's Backstube for some European inspired desserts. For little treats throughout the day, Dorinda's Chocolates or Rolled Mountain near the Truckee River will keep you going during the afternoon and Mix CupcakesIn the summer try a scoop of basil ice cream from the Icecycle Creamery delivery bike or their location in Southwest Reno. For dinner, visit the massive dessert and gelato bar at The Buffet at the Eldorado Resort.


Rounds Bakery not only specializes in authentic New York-style bagels, but also a wide range of other East Coast baked delights in this West Coast town. Rounds is located near Midtown on Moana Lane. Stop in for a bagel and lox breakfast or lunch sandwich and finish up with a flaky croissant-doughnut pastry or even a piece of challah. The Rounds lunch menu consists of sammies like the Black & Blue with hot roast beef, gorgonzola, red onions and balsamic drizzle or you can build your own with a variety of meats, cheese and schmears (tasty cream cheese spreads). For dessert, check out the made from scratch cookies or filled and unfilled donuts. The Fancy Nancy has Nutella cream, toasted hazelnuts, chocolate drizzle and course sea salt and the fruit croissant comes with seasonal fruits and cream.

Rated as one of the best casino buffets in town, The Buffet at the Eldorado features hundreds of delicious items for breakfast, lunch and dinner including a huge salad bar, prepared salads, American, Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine and the popular pizza bar with homemade pizzas. The Eldorado has its own bakery, butcher shop, pasta shop and even a gelato factory. In fact, you might not want to save dessert for last. Their massive dessert section features cakes, pies, petit four, bread pudding with sauces and a large gelato area with real Italian gelato in flavors like blackberry and espresso.

Located near the Truckee River and Hub Coffee Roasters, Dorinda's Chocolates fills a sweet need in this charming part of Downtown Reno. The naturally flavored hand-dipped chocolates sold in this little shop are made by the "Duchess of Chocolate." Professional Chocolatier Dorinda makes a variety of sweets including truffles, bars, turtles, barks and baked goods. Try her award winning sea salt caramels or her chocolate dipped mango. Specialty items include chocloate fondue kits and s'more kits. The chocolates can be packaged into fun boxes for gifts.


Batch Cupcakery near Downtown and Midtown Reno whips up dozens of unique cupcake flavors every day. Batch uses only the finest natural ingredients and specializes in vegan, paleo and heart-healthy desserts. They use coconut, olive and canola oil along with organic coconut flour, almond flour, nuts and seeds. Choose from fun flavors like Bugs-n-mud with chocolate buttercream and M&Ms, Pumpkin You Up with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon, the lemony Kiss of Sunshine or the Avalanche with marshmallow cream filling and a marshmallow coconut top. Batch is conveniently located near several other Midtown restaurants including Great Full Gardens and Laughing Planet.

Since 1980 Josef's has been a favorite of Reno locals seeking incredible pastries and aromatic coffees. Josef's also serves classic and European inspired breakfasts like Oefs en Cocquette (Eggs in a Cup), crepes and Eggs Benedict with fresh ingredients. Lunches are also delicious and include the delicious Chicken Grape Salad Sandwich ($10.95) and German Bratwurst with spaetzle or cottage potatoes ($10.95). Inspired soups and salads are also served at lunch. Dessert is a must here. Choose from such delicacies as chocolate truffles, rum balls and more than 10 different pastry selections. Be sure to check out the deli and the wedding and specialty cake area.

The delicious rolled ice cream from Thailand is available at two locatinos in Reno. The Downtown store is located inside Dorinda's Chocolates near the Truckee River and the second location is located in South Reno. The creamery was started by a local Marine who fell in love with the rolled ice cream while stationed in Asia. Both stores offer a plethora of the liquid ice cream that is transformed into rolled up confections in just a few minutes. Rolled Mountain offers both dairy and non-dairy ice cream with all natural ingredients. Flavors include Sea Salt Caramel, Peanut Butter Bomb, Lemon Raspberry and, of course, Death by Chocolate.

Franz's Backstube is located in the cute Mayberry Landing shopping area and is home to some of the best pastries and cakes in town. Backstube will do custom cake orders and catering, but their pastry display will win you over right away. They offer various fruit pastries, croissants including chocolate and almond, Danish, rolls, apple strudel and various breads. All are fresh and crispy and made on-site. Their strawberry and blackberry pastries with cream and cheese are heaven. Backstube also offers items for lunch including soups, salads, quiche and fresh sandwiches. Their specialties include the chicken salad sandwich with berries and the goulash.

Southwest Reno

You might first see the Icecycle Creamery ice cream bike at various special events around town, or just drop by their location on Lakeside for fresh, homemade ice cream made from delicious and unusual flavors. This family run ice cream parlor dishes up ice cream and sorbet like Earl Grey, Chocolate Salted Lavender, Maple Bacon, Blue Cheese and Balsamic Swirl and the light and fresh Basil ice cream ( a summer favorite). Their flavors periodically change and you can try samples at their Lakeside location. The Icecycle Creamery bike can be seen at various special events in Downtown Reno and in Midtown

Mix Cupcake Co. whips up daily, from scratch cupcakes, cookies and other sweet delights at their shop near the Truckee River. Mix also specializes in pies like lemon, coconut and classic pumpkin. Mix also takes special orders for holidays and weddings. However, most people come in to chow down on the delectable cupcakes that line the bakery's shelves. Choose from Espresso Love with chocolate cake and an espresso cream cheese frosting, Raspberry Beret a chocolate cupcake filled with a raspberry jam, topped with a dark chocolate ganache and a fresh raspberry, or Triple Chocolate Temptation with a dark chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Homage is located in a darling house near downtown and features coffee drinks, loose leaf teas, breakfast pastries and lunch items. Pick up one of Homage's croissants, pastries or danishes with dark chocolate, almond or fruit. The savory croissants include cheese, herb, bacon and fresh veggies and can be enjoyed on the front porch or the garden. For lunch you can enjoy a salad like the Quinoa & Squash ($8) with acorn squash, dried tart cherries, roasted almonds, chevre, arugula and honey-mustard balsamic vinaigrette or a French dip sandwich ($9) with roast beef, horseradish aioli, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese on a ciabatta.


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina