10 Best Places for Dessert in Rhode Island
Foodies know Rhode Island is home to a wealth of delicious culinary options, and dessert is a particular shining star. With a glorious selection of after-dinner confections, all varieties of sweet tooth will be satisfied here. From doughnuts and pastries to cakes, fruit pies, and croissants, here are the 10 best places for desserts in the state.
Established in 1983, this cozy European-style bakery serves house-made fruit tarts, cakes, chocolates, pastries. Everything is made from scratch, like the banana cream tart, the Southern pecan tart, and the cran-raspberry tart. Plus find tiramisu cakes, lemon mousse cakes, carrot cake, cannolis, eclairs, and more.
Billed as a snuggery—a cozy and comfortable place—the Duck & Bunny, is more specifically a creperie & tearoom in a historic downtown house that offers tea, cupcakes, cakes, and pastries. They also offer coffee and brunch on a daily basis, as well as beer wine and cocktails.
Find breakfast and lunch staples, like paninis, burgers and fries, wraps, and more, and get organic coffee & house-made ice cream at this casual-style American cafe. Plus, order breakfast from a menu featuring breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pancakes, French toast, and omelets. And don’t miss coffee bean, coffee crunch, and cake batter ice cream varieties.
This snug bakery offers sidewalk seats French pastries, light fare, and espresso drinks. Get freshly baked bread, pastries, sandwiches, local tea, and coffee. All products are prepared with seasonal and socially responsible ingredients from local farms. Each product is made with an attention to detail, as Ellie’s strives to be a “soulful, nourishing neighborhood bakery.”
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With “an old-school, old-world, no-shortcut philosophy,” LaSalle has been a baking institution since 1965. Offering pastries, cakes, cookies, pies and bread, all products are made daily, and the ovens are fired before the sun rises. When you bite into an 18-layer flaky croissant, the perfect chocolate-chip cookie, or sweet fruit pies, you can taste the old-world difference.
This health-focused bakery offers vegan, kosher, and gluten-free baked goods, plus the power of fresh juicing and green smoothies. So, if you have a sweet tooth but still want to eat healthy, whole foods, you can’t beat Wildflour. With over 20 specialty drinks and smoothies you could live on liquid here, but then you would miss over 20 pastries, milkshakes, lunch items, tasty treats, and more.
Cupcake Charlie's offers 16 award-winning cupcake flavors daily as well as decadent cakes, and sweet tarts. As seen on the hit TV show “Cupcake Wars,” Cupcake Charlie’s also offers sweet treats like trifle cups, large chewy cookies, cake pops, frosting shots, and hot coffee & tea. Also find gluten-free cupcakes, as well as online ordering, stuffed cupcakes, ice cream, and “whoop cakes.”
This soft-serve ice cream & frozen yogurt shop offers frozen treats in an old-fashioned store with walk-up windows. Leo Cassidy opened the “Tastee Freez” in 1956, and the name was changed some years later. More than just ice cream, though, the Freez offers cups and cones, sundaes, shakes floats & freezes, banana splits, “Nor’Easters”—a McFlurry-like concoction— and ice cream sandwiches. Keep in mind that this little shop in open seasonally from April-September.
There’s not much that is better in life than fresh homemade ice cream. And at Brickley’s, you can choose from a lineup of homemade ice creams in a wide range of flavors. Family-owned and operated since 1995, on any given day, you will find over 45 flavors of homemade ice cream, plus frozen yogurt, no-sugar ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, and fresh-made waffle cones.
Everyone loves doughnuts, and, in the Ocean State, nobody knows doughnuts like Allie. Allie is actually Frederick “Allie" Briggs, and he opened his shop in 1968. Still a family-owned bakery, enjoy doughnuts, coffee, muffins, and pastries. Find wedding cakes, doughnut cakes, old-fashioned chocolate doughnuts, raised doughnuts, and fruit turnovers.