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 likely won't soon forget. The Seattle area offers a wide array of dessert choices–from the traditional ice cream, cookies, and cupcakes, to local dessert fare that's made 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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One of the city's newest "hot spots," 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. Chef Zoi Antonitsas sends out delectable, innovative dishes...  Read More

Marination Ma Kai
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In West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai brings the delectable flavors and happy vibes of Hawaii to a stunning beachside setting (near Alki). The venue's Hawaiian-Korean cuisine "melts delicate heat and the flavors of aloha together in [diners']...  Read More

Sure, Molly Moon does the oft-requested vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice creams. And they make them using local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients whenever possible. But it's not just that: there's honey lavender, Earl Grey, and maple...  Read More

Sometimes, a few pieces of quality chocolate are all the dessert I need! Since 1982, this nationally acclaimed chocolate authority has satisfied Seattle's sweet tooth with an unsurpassed array of sumptuous candies. Fine truffles, candy bars, and...  Read More

At the upscale Gelatiamo, located downtown, patrons can enjoy Old Country pastries and sorbetto along with potent espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes. Stop in around noon, and you'll be able to savor a hot panini before you dive in to your...  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


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