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
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 the prep space, Reid has doubled production and expanded the catering capabilities, making this bakery an ideal place to order special occasion cakes and treats.
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!
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 the selection of quiches and scones.
Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery
Lafayette Square, DeMun and South City
This specialty ice cream parlor 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
This century-old diner’s century-old diner’s delectable eats and house-made confections have transformed it into a beloved St. Louis institution, 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
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 the special salted-caramel croissants.
Baileys’ Chocolate Bar
Grab dinner and bubbly beverages at the sparkling wine-themed restaurant Pop downstairs, then head upstairs to Baileys’ Chocolate Bar for dessert. The perfect post-dinner hangout for a date or special celebration invites you to treat yourself to the brownie with house-made ice cream and caramel sauce and the blueberry lemon trifle.
La Patisserie Chouquette
Baker extraordinaire Simone Faure teamed up with local restaurateur Ben Poremba to bring St. Louis a delectable pastry shop unlike any other. Its celebration cakes are true works of art, and the reservation-only Saturday afternoon tea is a full tour through French-inspired baking.
Whisk: a Sustainable Bakeshop
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. Keep an eye out for its Poptimism ice cream truck around town too.
The Fountain on Locust
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.
Clayton and Maplewood
With a stunning array of truffles, chocolate bars and barks galore, this chocolatier‘s assortment of sensational chocolate goodies offers dozens of opportunities to feast your eyes and taste buds. Or, indulge your inner chef and sign up for a chocolate-making class.
Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream
If you’ve never treated yourself to a waffle ice cream sandwich, now is the time to give this sensational treat a whirl at Boardwalk. 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.
Central West End and Edwardsville
Sister store to The Cakery, The Cup has two St. Louis-area locations baking 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.
St. Louis’ only exclusively vegan and gluten free bakery, Prioritized Pastries lives up to its slogan “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.
Featured image courtesy of Nathaniel Reid Bakery.
Christina Wood contributed to updating this post, which was originally published Sept. 9, 2017.