10Best Desserts and Sweets in Lake Tahoe

When you've been outside skiing or hiking all day, sometimes a rush of sugar or caffeine is just enough to get you through to the evening. These 10Best restaurants, cafes and bakeries in Tahoe have a load of coffee drinks, teas and sweets to choose from. If you want just a nice cup of coffee or tea, head to the Free Bird in South Lake Tahoe for some organic coffee and vegan pastries or to Café Blue at the Ritz for some Blue Bottle Coffee and exquisite French pastries. Gear & Grind in Tahoe City and Alpina Coffee on the South Shore also have great coffee along with free WiFi. For a hot summer's day, head to Susie Scoops in Incline for locally made ice cream. If you need something with a few more calories, the SugarPine Bakery in South Lake Tahoe will fit the bill with their brownies, tarts, cookies and their notorious cinnamon rolls.

Susie Scoops is located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. Their handmade, and locally made, ice cream comes in over 25 flavors and they also serve milkshakes, sundaes and smoothies. Open all year long, the flavors of this...  Read More

This cozy, local coffee shop serves Alpen Sierra coffee, espresso, various teas and much more. Located in South Lake Tahoe on the way to Emerald Bay, Alpina is a comfy caf�, tucked into the pine trees and adored by the locals. The Cafe...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

The Free Bird Cafe in South Lake Tahoe serves up some of the best organic food in the area. Their menu includes coffee, tea, smoothies, homemade chai tea, baked goods, super foods and more. Try the Humming Bird Smoothie with Yogurt, Mango (or...  Read More

Swiss and American influences collide at this cozy bakery that has been in the Tahoe area for decades. Open early, Tahoe House Bakery delivers delicious cups of coffee and espressos made to order, as well as a handsome spread of pastries,...  Read More

Locals count on this little coffee shop for a caffeine buzz in the early morning hours and a tempting selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and smoothies throughout the day. Hearty bagel sandwiches, a popular menu option, keep you going all...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

Many visitors to the Tahoe City area rave about the Sugar Pine Cakery and its sweet baked goods. The owner is an organic baker who specializes in vegan, gluten-free and organic baked goods. Items on the menu include not only cupcakes, cakes and...  Read More

This stylish little coffee bar in Truckee is just off the main road on Jibboom street in downtown Truckee. They serve up Italian-style cappuccinos, espressos and latt�s as well as some unusual drinks like Lemon Chiffon Latte and Caffe...  Read More

Caf� Blue is The Ritz-Carlton's signature bakery and coffee shop. Located in the upper lobby near the outdoor pool with views of the mid-moutain ski runs of Northstar, Caf� Blue features fresh pressed juices and smoothies,...  Read More


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