Seattle may be best known for its fresh seafood and farm-inspired cuisine, but that’s not all the Emerald City has to offer. Dessert in Seattle is as special and spectacular as the area’s fresh salmon. That is, of course, if you know where to look. Here are three dessert spots, well known and obscure alike, that do our dessert scene justice:
There isn’t a better way to kick off this list than with one of Seattle’s most well known dessert shops. While you’ll find local, organic, and fair-trade ice creams on their menu, you’ll also find innovative flavors such as honey lavender and Earl Grey. Of course, they make a delicious vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream for the classicists. Moreover, every season they craft a new menu inspired by the ambiance and harvest of the season.
Location: Eight locations across the city
Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
If there was another dessert specialty shop as ubiquitous with “Seattle” as Molly Moon’s, Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery is the one. The company and its signature dessert began as if by chance in 2008 by Washington native Autumn Martin. Created by Autumn for a charity dinner, the then-known “Take-n-Bake Molten Chocolate Cakes in a Mason Jar” started a dessert craze no one expected, least of which Ms. Martin. Now a full-fledged “cakery”, the company uses old-school techniques and local, non-GMO ingredients to create small-batch dessert perfection.
Location: 5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 and 1650 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102
Hours: Monday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
If you’re the type of diner who scrutinizes every aspect of a menu, switching back and forth between your choices, you’ll be at Simply Desserts for quite a while. With a menu spanning such creations as Gooey Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake, Chocolate Cognac Torte, and the classic Turtle Brownie with a side of cold milk, no matter how full you think you are, you’ll find yourself in the mood for dessert. More impressive, still, is that these desserts are never pre-prepared. Everything from this vast menu is made to order and not a second sooner, leaving you with quite possibly the freshest desserts you’ve ever tried.
Location: 3421 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Chocolate can be a powerful dessert, capable of wondrous things. That is, if the chocolate is of the finest quality words can only attempt to convey. A bite of any one of Fran’s numerous chocolate bars, truffles, candies, caramels, and more is the only way to properly understand the deliciousness of these desserts. Since Fran’s opened in Seattle in 1982, they have been (successfully) perfecting their craft. If chocolate is what you crave, there is no place better suited for you than Fran’s Chocolates.
Location: 2626 NE University Village Street, Seattle, WA, 98105
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
We’ve just barely scratched the surface of Seattle’s dessert scene, but hopefully you have an idea of how seriously we take our dessert. From local ingredients, vegan and vegetarian options, to a nostalgic warm brownie with a cold glass of milk, Seattle has both some of the best seafood in the country, as well as the best desserts.
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