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Best Desserts in West Palm Beach

girl eating a big donut

I love dessert, so let my sweet tooth guide you to the best desserts in West Palm Beach. The list includes iconic South Florida desserts like key lime pie along with the best ice cream, cakes and cookies in town.  Fun fact: Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugar with about 1/3 of our landmass covered in sugarcane fields. Support our local industry and eat more sweets!

Best Desserts in West Palm Beach

Bakery Loic
A French owned bakery that will beckon you with the aroma a fresh baked croissants. I live across the street, so I have a hard time walking by without indulging.
Favorites: white chocolate pistachio croissant, chocolate passion cookie

Biscuit Lady’s Bakehouse
Hidden gem! Located just south of Downtown West Palm Beach in a warehouse district. Don’t be fooled by the exterior, it’s what’s inside that counts. Beyond the strange and unusual decor and famous biscuits, she’s baking up some crazy good 1/2 lb stuffed cookies, banana pudding, cobblers, giant cake slices and cereal bars. This place is hard to find, and they are only open Thursday thru Sunday, 8:00 until 3:00.
Favorites: Elliot Cookie (Reese’s pieces, peanut butter chips & stuffed with peanut butter), banana pudding, cobbler

Cholo Soy Cocina
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Cholo Soy Cocina is known for their tacos, but you must save room for dessert. There’s only 1 dessert item on the menu…churros with dulce de leche.
Favorite: get the churros, dunk them in the dulce de leche, trust me.

Ganache Bakery
Owned by our local Food Network star, Jamal Lake and his wife Nish, their key lime tarts are always a favorite on the Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour, but wait there’s more! Jamal is from the Virgin Islands, so expect authentic rum cakes, and if you’re looking for a custom cake…this is your place! Who wouldn’t want their birthday cake made by a Food Network star??!
Favorites: key lime tarts, rum cakes – try all 3 flavors, carrot cake cupcake, EVERYTHING!

You can’t come to South Florida without trying the traditional Latin American dessert, tres leches – a sponge cake soaked in 3 milks and absolutely decadent. Havana Restaurant makes the best, and the slices are huge!
Favorite: tres leches (I’m not sharing)

Hive Bakery & Cafe
If you like to ooh and aah over beautiful desserts, their pastry case is instagram-worthy. Owned by an interior designer, Hive Bakery & Cafe is as beautiful as their delicious desserts.
Favorites: brownie, brown butter cashew blondie

Any restaurant that has a dessert sampler plate gets my love since I struggle to choose just one dessert. Kitchen is owned by Tiger Woods former personal chef, and it’s an intimate fine dining destination. If you order the coconut cake, make sure to ask your server to share the story of the cake.
Favorites: coconut cake, dessert sampler plate

La Gringuita Cookies
This is the super-popular cookie booth at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, and make sure to visit Caroline early because she frequently sells out! Is there anything better than a warm just-baked cookie fresh from the oven? I think not! These are BIG 1/4 lb stuffed cookies in a variety of flavors, and she also sells the dough frozen and ready for you to bake in your oven. La Gringuita Cookies are also available at select specialty food stores, see website for locations.
Favorite: el churro cookie – a snickerdoodle stuffed with dulce de leche (served on the Mornings in the Market Food Tour)

Rhythm Cafe
I used to live just a few blocks from Rhythm Cafe, so my constant dessert cravings were quickly satisfied. Their extensive dessert menu makes it hard to decide, so do what I do and order two. 😊 All of their desserts are made in house including the ice cream!
Favorites: coconut quiche, chocolate layer cake

Salty Donut
Best donuts and biggest donuts in town with a menu featuring several Latin American inspired flavors along with seasonal flavors. Even for me, it’s tough to eat more than one, so I recommend ordering several and sharing…kind of like a taste test.
Favorites: white chocolate tres leches donut, guava cheese donut

The Sassafras menu and dessert menu feature traditional Southern dishes with an upscale twist. This is not your grandmother’s banana pudding…it’s butterscotch banana pudding with dulce de leche. The apple cobbler is topped with vanilla gelato, and the s’mores chocolate tart is over the top!
Favorite: s’mores chocolate tart

Sloan’s Ice Cream
Ice cream is always a good idea, and when you walk into Sloan’s pink paradise, you’ll feel like a kid again. All of their flavors are made with real ingredients…no artificial flavorings going on here. Expect creative flavors like carrot cake ice cream, coffee and donuts ice cream and even a cotton candy ice cream with gummy bears! Go BIG with their kitchen sink sundae…18 scoops of ice cream, all of the deluxe toppings, 4 cookies, 4 brownies, gobs of whipped cream & cherries – all served in a real sink!
Favorites: coconut storm, pralines & cream, dulce de leche

Dessert Wars
It’s not a restaurant, but it’s the largest dessert festival in America, and West Palm Beach is one of their many event locations. The ticket price includes 30 tastings + a to-go box, and I’m not talking sample size tastings! The vendors are primarily small, local start-ups hoping to be discovered, and it’s where I met La Gringuita Cookies and The Biscuit Lady’s Bakehouse last year. Dessert Wars West Palm Beach is Saturday, June 3, and tickets sell out far in advance.

Always save room for dessert, always.