12 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.

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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 nationally acclaimed chef, Nathaniel Reid.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Central West End
With several locations around the U.S. and ice cream flavors like “Black Raspberry Buttermilk,” “Sun-Popped Corn” and “Sweet Potato Eclair,” this one-of-a-kind sweets parlor should be a must-visit on your list.

Pie Oh My!, Maplewood
This scrumptious eatery can also satisfy your savory tooth, with a selection of quiches and scones in addition to made-from-scratch pies, such as Toffee Gooey Butter and Pear Chai.

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Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery, Lafayette Square and DeMun
This specialty sweet shop 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.

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Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, Lafayette Square
The perfect post-dinner hangout. Be sure to try the Kahlúa brownie and strawberry champagne sorbet.

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. Alongside cakes that are true works of art, this October is Harry Potter Month, which means Treacle Tart, Chocolate Frogs and Pumpkin Pasties will be on the Afternoon Tea menu.

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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 dinner and nighttime hot spot for a delicious meal followed by a boozy shake, champagne float or ice cream martini.

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Ices Plain and Fancy, Shaw
Dubbed “St. Louis’ Nitro Ice Cream Parlor,” watch as 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.

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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.

Piccione Pastry, The Loop
This late-night pastry shop is the perfect pick for the night owl with a hankering for sweet or savory pastries, crafted in the long-revered tradition of Italian baking.

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Prioritized Pastries, Tower Grove Farmers’ Market
The perfect place to order baked goods for a special event, our favorites are the fresh fruit tortes and pineapple upside-down cake, which can also be made vegan- or gluten-free.

Cover image: Nathaniel Reid Bakery

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