Austin has its fair share of healthy bites, yoga studios, and biking trails, along with an equally fair share of places for you to spoil yourself when the sugar pangs become unbearable. Now that you’ve relocated to Austin, it’s time to treat yourself to the best dessert shops that can only be found in this unique city.
By Devin Baumann
Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet Road
The locally-owned Upper Crust Bakery is perfect for small pick-me-ups and large orders alike, with plenty of sweets including cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, tarts, éclairs, and more. They also carry traditionally-baked bread and fresh lunch options if you want to balance out all the sugar you’re sure to indulge in.
Big Top Candy Shop
1706 S. Congress Avenue
Big Top Candy Shop is a whimsical step back in time with its old-fashioned circus theme, classic candies, and soda fountain. You’re sure to find whatever treats your heart desires in this little shop, from champagne truffles and double-bacon chocolate bars to fluffernutter milkshakes and Neapolitan saltwater taffy.
Capital City Bakery
2211 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Capital City Bakery whips up all-vegan desserts from scratch seven days a week, and trust us when we say that this place doesn’t need milk and eggs to create some scrumptious stuff. These award-winners have been featured on Food Network and The Cooking Channel for a reason! We recommend their peanut butter crunch cupcake.
5035 Burnet Road
The family owned and operated Tiny Pies packs some phenomenal flavor into those little crusts. They strive to use local ingredients whenever possible, and with that top tier cute factor, this place is a winner. Since Tiny Pies’ menu rotates daily, you’ll have to check up on their website to find out what flavors they have in store for you.
11220 N. Lamar Boulevard
Never had snow ice? Prepare to have your mind blown. This Taiwanese dessert combines ice cream and shaved ice into one yummy package, and after having some, you might never return to regular snow cones. We recommend starting with matcha, Thai tea, or creamy milk snow ice, and then topping it with mochi, panna cotta, and boba.
602 W. Annie Street
La Pâtisserie is the sweet-toothed Francophile’s paradise, featuring buttery croissants, rich cakes, and some of the prettiest macarons you’ve ever seen. If you’ve never had a macaron before, we highly recommend their lavender, rose, or cardamom honey orange flavors. This popular spot quickly runs out of their daily selections, so hurry in!
Multiple Austin Locations
This Austin staple has started donut love affairs strong enough to rival the Dunkin Donuts obsession up north. (We love you, Massachusetts.) Don’t even try to be healthy here, as Gourdough’s reinvents diet destruction with seriously creative ways to enjoy sugary fried dough. We recommend their Flying Pig or Black Betty donuts.
Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita
1206 W. 38th Street
Among other awards, Tèo’s Gelato ranked as one of the top five in the world at the Gelato World Finals in Rimini, Italy. Talk about stellar gelato credentials! Their goat cheese & cherry, salted caramel, and Texican vanilla flavors are must-haves, and their locally-roasted coffee, made with Caffè Piansa beans from Italy, is equally delightful.