We live in a city where it's possible to satisfy those sweet-tooth cravings in all sorts of clever ways, whether it's ice cream, pastries, doughnuts or pie. Lucky us!
To get a better croissant, you're going to have to book a flight to Paris. The beautiful crackle of the golden crust giving way to the soft inside that's a perfect vehicle for the excellent homemade jams. The cozy cafe is forever busy, especially on weekends, yet there always seems to be room to squeeze in.
Wow! Step inside this neighborhood fave and you'll probably have a tough time choosing just one from the gem-filled case. The croissants are flaky-tastic and the cannale draw fans from around the city, who appreciate this tiny cake. There are also beautiful macrons and elegant pastries, too. Grab one or two or three of something and get them to go. Or, grab one of the few stools, sip a cup of coffee and watch Ballard stroll by.
Oh my G! This sweet shop in old Ballard is a little bit of heaven. Which means it's often packed, so be patient, people. You will be rewarded with the signature cake, gooey and amazingly good and just the right size, especially with the ice cream on the side. Don't overlook the shakes, creamy and dreamy. Oh, and boozy, if you like. Big love for this place. Now, where are my fat pants?
What a treat! This adorable shop is cram-packed with old-fashioned candies, as well as artisan truffles and a selection of ice cream. Named for the owner's grandmother. Aww, so sweet!
We all scream for this ice cream, clever flavors such as salted caramel and maple bacon, strawberry spiked with balsamic and Theo chocolate. Bet you didn't know they take requests! Make one on the company website.
This sweet spot covers all the flavor bases: fruit, cream, even pie on a stick, which are called Lollipies. The huge assortment of pies taste down-home good, but there's a difference between these and your Granny's creations: They're darned pretty, too.
Call this the place build on the creamy coconut pie, but that would be only a slice of the story. This teeny bakery is cram-packed with excellent options, both sweet and savory. There are breakfast sandwiches that feature house-made English muffins, as well as all sorts of salads and a couple soups of the day. Tom's creamy tomato is a huge hit. Treats go all over the map from delicate cookies to whole cakes, and, of course, that famous pie. It's truly hard to make a bad choice.