Life Is Sweet: 10 Divine Dessert Destinations in Seattle

In Seattle, it's an effortless endeavor to satisfy your sweet tooth with a relaxed, sit-down dessert or an on-the-run bite that you won't soon forget. The Seattle area offers a wide range of dessert choices–from the traditional ice cream, cookies, and cupcakes, to local dessert fare that makes waves near and far. Seattle's bistros, bakeries, restaurants and food trucks offer something to tempt everyone's palate.

Molly Moon offers homemade ice cream with a rotating menu that changes with the seasons. Simply Desserts definitely lives up to its name, with selections that are simply delicious. The casual elegance of MistralKitchen and the cozy Francophile ambiance of Le Pichet are nicely counterbalanced by Fran's Chocolates and Fainting Goat Gelato. Unusual - and unusually addictive - flavor combinations like smoked salted caramel, honey lavender and balsamic strawberry are available year round. The best news: people with dietary restrictions can find organic, vegan or gluten-free options, too.

Are you more fond of sweet or spicy desserts? Richer treats or lighter fare? An elegant presentation on china and linens or a speedy, handheld option? You may have to look a bit harder than in some cities, but you'll also find that an increasing number of Seattle-area restaurants offer amazing desserts from around the world...and from right here at home.



Get transported to a Parisian cafe with charming, authentic decor like 19th-century sconces from a church in the French countryside, a clock that once hung in a Paris metro station and a host stand that once serviced a small French hotel. The...  Read More



Perk up your afternoon with a piping hot cup of organic coffee at Macrina. Happily, a wide variety of cakes, artisanal breads and pastries is available to accompany your java. You'll have trouble deciding between chocolate cranberry coffeecake...  Read More

The Whale Wins
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The Whale Wins is the latest restaurant from award-winning chef Renee Erickson and partners Jeremy Price and Chad Dale (renowned throughout Seattle, thanks to their other masterpiece, Ballard's acclaimed The Walrus and the Carpenter). At this...  Read More

Westward & Little Gull
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Hot spot Westward is a water-inspired, full-service restaurant and bar that first opened its sails in the fall of 2013 on the north shore of Lake Union. The stellar culinary team sends out delectable, innovative dishes that balance contemporary...  Read More

Brimmer and Heeltap
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Since late 2013, this charming neighborhood venue has been delighting loyal patrons in an environment they call "inviting, lively and comforting." (We concur; it's all true!) The friendly staff pridefully brings "a sense of playfulness" to...  Read More



Sure, Molly Moon's doles out the oft-requested vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice creams at its many scoop shops around town. And they make them using local, organic and fair-trade ingredients whenever possible. But it's not just that: there...  Read More

Simply Desserts


This dessert shop offers dozens of tantalizing sweets, including Gooey Bailey's Irish Cream Cake. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a luscious morsel of chocolate truffle cake or perhaps a slice of chocolate cognac torte. A turtle brownie with a...  Read More



Sometimes, a few pieces of quality chocolate are all the dessert you need. Since 1982, this nationally acclaimed chocolate authority has satisfied Seattle's sweet tooth with an unsurpassed array of sumptuous candies. According to the website,...  Read More

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Locals and visitors alike flock to RN74, Michael Mina's downtown outpost, known for "creative, modern, yet simple interpretations of regional French cuisine"—often presented in the most beautiful manner. In the chic lounge area, visitors enjoy...  Read More

Flying Apron
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Flying Apron bakery celebrates good health by using gluten-free, vegan ingredients; whole grain wheat-free flours and non-hydrogenated oils. Diners can use alternative methods to sweeten items with such ingredients as agave, maple syrup and...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne