15 Delicious Dessert Spots In St. Louis
Whether you’re in the mood for something luxuriously chocolatey or a comforting baked treat, when your sweet tooth hits, there’s no ignoring it. Fortunately, St. Louis has a bounty of artisan bakers, chocolatiers and ice cream makers who have the talent to put even Willy Wonka to shame.
The next time you’re looking for a sweet treat, have a look at our curated list below for the best in dessert that St. Louis has to offer.
Nathaniel Reid Bakery, Kirkwood
This charming Kirkwood dessert spot has much to recommend it, not the least of which are its mouth-watering macarons and James Beard semifinalist chef, Nathaniel Reid. With a recent expansion of their prep space, Reid has doubled production and expanded their catering capabilities, making this bakery an ideal place to order special occasion cakes and treats.
Lilly’s Panaderia, Cherokee
Cherokee’s go-to spot for Mexican pan dulce, Lilly’s bakes up brightly colored conchas, sweet cream-filled barquillos, cookies and donuts, as well as custom decorated cakes destined to make any party-goer smile.
Pie Oh My!, Maplewood
This scrumptious eatery can satisfy your sweet tooth with specialty made from scratch pies in flavors like Toffee Gooey Butter and Pear Chai. Or, if you’re in the mood for a savory nosh, try their selection of quiches and scones.
Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery, Lafayette Square, DeMun and South City
This specialty ice cream parlor with three locations across the city dishes out unique boozy shakes and flavors (the “naughty”) and also a variety of flavors without (the “nice”). Stop in for banana rum ice cream with salted butterscotch caramel swirl if you feel like being naughty, or coconut chocolate fudge for a “nice” option that feels just as indulgent.
Crown Candy Kitchen, Old North St. Louis
This century-old diner’s delectable eats have transformed it into a beloved St. Louis institution. Though family-owned for three generations, its primary claim to fame is the infamous malt challenge in which participants are tasked with chugging five 24-ounce malts in 30 minutes.
Pint Size Bakery, South City
Baking “the old-fashioned way,” this bakery is devoted to small batches of personalized goodies made with milk and cream from local dairy farmers and wholesome goodness. We recommend you stop by on Saturdays for their special salted-caramel croissants.
Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, Lafayette Square
Grab dinner and bubbly beverages at Bailey family restaurant Pop downstairs, then head upstairs to Bailey’s Chocolate Bar for dessert. The perfect post-dinner hangout for a date or special celebration, be sure to treat yourself to the brownie with Bailey’s ice cream and caramel sauce and the blueberry lemon trifle.
La Patisserie Chouquette, Botanical Heights
Baker extraordinaire Simone Faure teamed up with local restaurateur Ben Poremba to bring St. Louis a delectable pastry shop unlike any other. Their celebration cakes are true works of art and their reservation-only Saturday afternoon tea is a full tour through French-inspired baking.
Whisk: a Sustainable Bakeshop, Cherokee-Lemp
Located on Cherokee Street in the neighborhood’s bustling arts district, this delicious, sustainable eatery boasts specialty pies, cakes, cookies and endless sweet treats, in addition to bottomless Kuva coffee.
The Fountain on Locust, Midtown
Head to this art deco-inspired diner and nighttime hot spot for a delicious dinner fare followed by a boozy shake, champagne float or ice cream martini. We recommend the Chocolat Framboise martini with vodka, raspberry liqueur and chocolate ice cream.
Ices Plain and Fancy, Shaw
Dubbed “St. Louis’ Nitro Ice Cream Parlor,” watch as their ultra-creamy ice cream is made right before your eyes as each flavor is flash-churned at -321 degrees.
Kakao Chocolate, Clayton and Maplewood
With a stunning array of truffles, chocolate bars and barks galore, feast your taste buds on this locale’s assortment of sensational chocolate goodies. Or, indulge your inner chef and sign up for a chocolate-making class.
Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, Maplewood
If you’ve never treated yourself to a waffle ice cream sandwich, now is the time to give this sensational treat a whirl. Choose from ice cream flavors like gooey butter cake and pumpkin cheesecake squished between two Belgian waffles, and your dessert predilections will never be the same again.
The Cup, Central West End and Edwardsville
Sister store to The Cakery, The Cup’s two St. Louis locations bake up perfectly decadent cupcakes all day long. Whether you’re in the mood for classic Red Velvet or a limited edition flavor like Maple Bacon, The Cup’s from-scratch buttercream frosting is an irresistible treat.
Prioritized Pastries, South Hampton
St. Louis’ only exclusively vegan and gluten free bakery, Prioritized Pastries’ slogan is “Pastries for All.” Bars, cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, this small-scale brick and mortar bakery does it all and takes on specialty orders and custom cakes, as well.
Cover image: Nathaniel Reid Bakery