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Pastries at Coyle's Bakeshop.
Pastries at Coyle's Bakeshop.
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Eat Dessert First at These Sweet Seattle Shops

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Pastries at Coyle's Bakeshop.
| Adam H. Callaghan/Eater

The Seattle dessert scene beckons aficionados and amateur sweet-seekers alike. Maybe you're simply craving a treat during a long walkabout. Or perhaps you're a seasoned veteran, with Hotcakes in one hand and Molly Moon's in the other, following ice cream lines around the block in hopes of the next big thing.

Either way, here are ten specialty destinations to help you meet your monthly sugar quota. From yeasted doughnuts with mincemeat to caffeinated, drinkable treats, there should be something here for most any occasion.

This is a guide to the broader world of desserts. If you're feeling oppressed by the gentle heat of Seattle's summer and you're looking to cool off specifically at Seattle's coolest ice cream shops, there's a map for that too.

Note: Map points are listed in geographical order from south to north and no ranking is implied. Do you have a favorite dessert that was missed? Show it some love in the comments, send Eater an email about it, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Columbia City Bakery

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To satisfy its collective sweet tooth, the South End has Columbia City Bakery. In particular, try the popular tres leches cake, a sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and heavy cream. Who doesn’t love super moist and milky cake deliciousness?

Bar Del Corso

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For people who don’t like their desserts too sweet, Bar Del Corso’s warm polenta cake with built-in seasonal fruit and whipped cream topping is the gold standard.

Intrigue Chocolate

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Seasoned trufflemaker Aaron Barthel opened his Pioneer Square retail space in 2015 after years of growth and development. Step inside for a sampling flight of Intrigue’s veritable apothecary of ingredients, and leave with an assortment of wild truffle flavors like Hops, Mojito, or Sichuan Pepper to wow your friends.

Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream

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Newly opened in the Sanitary Market building alongside Pike Place Market, Shug’s is a dreamy, pastel-filled throwback of a space in more than just aesthetics. A 1930s soda fountain with house-made syrups is the centerpiece to ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery and cookies from neighboring Three Girls Bakery, complemented by old-school classics like egg creams and brûléed bananas.

General Porpoise Coffee & Doughnuts

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Yeast-raised, sweet-filled doughnuts reign over Union Street. Rotating selections range from classic lemon curd to adventurous mincemeat. Bonus: Watch the neighborhood for new competitor Frankie and Jo’s, a plant-based ice cream shop coming soon from Hotcakes and Juicebox veterans.

Espresso Vivace

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For those who prefer to sip dessert, Espresso Vivace offers the Caffé Nico: a heartwarming steamer of espresso, cream, orange zest, vanilla, orange spritz, and cinnamon. Served at all three locations, this dessert has the added bonus of a caffeine jolt.

Hello Robin

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Cookie prodigy Robin Wehl Martin rose to her 19th Street digs along a path of victorious baking competitions and bakery roles at various local restaurants. The fruits of her labor include cookies like the Birthday Cake and Flowerless Mexican Chocolate, plus there's a Molly Moon’s scoop window to roam toward on hot summer nights.

Parfait

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From-scratch ice cream is only as potent as its ingredients, and the expertly-sourced Parfait doesn’t skimp. From nectarine ice cream made with local Tonnemaker Farm stonefruit to mint stracciatella made with mint grown by Seattle Urban Farm Co. just outside the shop’s doors, prepare to scoop up the terroir in ice cream form.

Seattle Cookie Counter

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An entirely vegan ice cream and cookie shop first launched inside a mobile VW bus is newly open in brick-and-mortar form on Greenwood and 74th. There's a delicious coconut milk ice cream base and a huge range of baked and frozen treats made in house, so stop in for the adorable Milk & Cookies Happy Hour, Tuesday to Friday 3 to 5 p.m.

Coyle's Bakeshop

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Rachael Coyle leaped into her gorgeous Greenwood retail space from the homespun Book Larder pop-up shop without skipping a beat. Honorable mentions among Coyle’s French-influenced pastries go to highly seasonal fruit-featuring tarts and galettes, executed with flawless delicacy.

Columbia City Bakery

To satisfy its collective sweet tooth, the South End has Columbia City Bakery. In particular, try the popular tres leches cake, a sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and heavy cream. Who doesn’t love super moist and milky cake deliciousness?

Bar Del Corso

For people who don’t like their desserts too sweet, Bar Del Corso’s warm polenta cake with built-in seasonal fruit and whipped cream topping is the gold standard.

Intrigue Chocolate

Seasoned trufflemaker Aaron Barthel opened his Pioneer Square retail space in 2015 after years of growth and development. Step inside for a sampling flight of Intrigue’s veritable apothecary of ingredients, and leave with an assortment of wild truffle flavors like Hops, Mojito, or Sichuan Pepper to wow your friends.

Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream

Newly opened in the Sanitary Market building alongside Pike Place Market, Shug’s is a dreamy, pastel-filled throwback of a space in more than just aesthetics. A 1930s soda fountain with house-made syrups is the centerpiece to ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery and cookies from neighboring Three Girls Bakery, complemented by old-school classics like egg creams and brûléed bananas.

General Porpoise Coffee & Doughnuts

Yeast-raised, sweet-filled doughnuts reign over Union Street. Rotating selections range from classic lemon curd to adventurous mincemeat. Bonus: Watch the neighborhood for new competitor Frankie and Jo’s, a plant-based ice cream shop coming soon from Hotcakes and Juicebox veterans.

Espresso Vivace

For those who prefer to sip dessert, Espresso Vivace offers the Caffé Nico: a heartwarming steamer of espresso, cream, orange zest, vanilla, orange spritz, and cinnamon. Served at all three locations, this dessert has the added bonus of a caffeine jolt.

Hello Robin

Cookie prodigy Robin Wehl Martin rose to her 19th Street digs along a path of victorious baking competitions and bakery roles at various local restaurants. The fruits of her labor include cookies like the Birthday Cake and Flowerless Mexican Chocolate, plus there's a Molly Moon’s scoop window to roam toward on hot summer nights.

Parfait

From-scratch ice cream is only as potent as its ingredients, and the expertly-sourced Parfait doesn’t skimp. From nectarine ice cream made with local Tonnemaker Farm stonefruit to mint stracciatella made with mint grown by Seattle Urban Farm Co. just outside the shop’s doors, prepare to scoop up the terroir in ice cream form.

Seattle Cookie Counter

An entirely vegan ice cream and cookie shop first launched inside a mobile VW bus is newly open in brick-and-mortar form on Greenwood and 74th. There's a delicious coconut milk ice cream base and a huge range of baked and frozen treats made in house, so stop in for the adorable Milk & Cookies Happy Hour, Tuesday to Friday 3 to 5 p.m.

Coyle's Bakeshop

Rachael Coyle leaped into her gorgeous Greenwood retail space from the homespun Book Larder pop-up shop without skipping a beat. Honorable mentions among Coyle’s French-influenced pastries go to highly seasonal fruit-featuring tarts and galettes, executed with flawless delicacy.

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