10 Best Shops for a Sweet Tooth

Explore London one dessert at a time.

Soft Serve Society

Soft Serve Society

Shoreditch - £

Unit 35 BOXPARK,, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY

In the heart of Shoreditch, hidden among the infamous clubs and bars, you’ll find an equally cool spot with the best soft serve in the city.  Choose from a ‘Goth’ charcoal ice cream with matching black cone, a matcha milkshake, or a ‘Cloud 9’ vanilla sundae covered with strawberry sauce, popping candy, and a massive cloud of candy floss on top. With many more fantastic concoctions to try, including salted popcorn, honeycomb, or caramel gingerbread ice cream you will be back before you know it.

Dark Sugars

Dark Sugars

Brick Lane - ££ 

141 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB

Brick Lane’s best kept secret is this corner chocolate shop. The chocolate shop offers a huge array truffles, chocolates and pearls. Dark Sugars offers everything from fruity (think chocolate coated figs, dark cocoa covered orange peels) to the ultra rich liquid sea salt caramel pearls, and the coffee walnut truffles. Pick a few chocolates to take home, or watch them chop up 3 blocks of dark, white and milk chocolate before mixing them into a cup of steamed milk to make a chili or cardamom hot chocolate. Wander through the area’s alleyways of ever-changing street art, with a hot chocolate in hand!

Bake Chinatown

Bake Chinatown

Chinatown - £

9 Wardour St, London W1D

London’s Chinatown is crammed full of tucked-away sweet shops and bakeries but none better than Bake. Though Bake makes savory treats, including a mouthwatering barbecue-pork stuffed steamed bun, its their sweets that steal the show. Watch through the window as they pour fresh batter into a Japanese-imported press to make their infamous, Taiyaki, fish-shaped waffle cones. The warm cone is cone is piled high with matcha or vanilla (or both swirled together!) soft serve ice cream. Don’t go without trying the puffy, sticky Chinese Pandan Lotus Pastries.

Crosstown Doughnuts and Coffee

Crosstown Doughnuts and Coffee 

Soho - ££

4 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DA

Ask any Londoner about the best doughnuts in the city, and Crosstown Doughnuts will be their answer. The doughnuts are made fresh every day with endless options of jams, compotes, fillings, glazes & toppings. The fan favourite is the Crème Brûlée Doughnut filled with sweet vanilla custard and topped with caramelised caster sugar. With an ever-changing menu of seasonal doughnuts, there is something new to try each time. Don’t miss this season’s Christmas Mince Pie, Black Forest Cake or Boysenberry and Apple specials. Plus this shop offers free next day delivery so you won’t actually have to venture across town to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Udderlicious

Udderlicious Ice Cream

Covent Garden - £

187 Upper St, London N1 1RQ

You could almost walk right past the little pastel blue shop that blends in with the other cute shops in Covent Garden. But the sweet smells wafting out of Udderlicious are unmissable. The independent ice cream parlour has a wide variety homemade flavours with creative twists. Try the Apple Cider and Cinnamon, Strawberry and Basil, or the boozy fan favourite Bourbon Carrot Cake.

Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Belgravia - ££

17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP

This bakery is credited with the invention of the Cronut, but that’s not their only wacky confectionary creation. Dominique Ansel’s ‘cookie shot’ turns your night out staple into a dessert treat. A buttery chocolate chip cookie is shaped into a shot glass, coated with chocolate, and then filled with milk. There are plenty more baked cakes, tarts, pies and pastries to taste too!

MaitreChoux

Maitre Choux

Kensington - £££

15 Harrington Rd, London SW7 3ES

These are the most beautiful eclairs you will ever meet — and the tastiest too. Maitre Choux, the world’s first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie, gives a modern update to the classic French pastry. From the pretty in pink Spanish Raspberry eclair to the Pure Arabica Coffee eclair complete with gold flakes, there is nothing plain about these sweets. The Kensington shop gives a dessert experience that you will never forget.

Venchi Chocolate

Venchi Chocolate

Covent Garden - £

18, Henrietta St, London WC2E 8RB

Covent Garden’s bustling centre has some of the best shopping in the city, but Venchi Chocolate should be at the top of your shopping list. Within the walls of this small shop, you will find every type of chocolate imaginable - including unique treats like Cuban Rum, and Crème Pistachio chocolates.  The all Italian chocolate boutique also has an array of house made gelato with flavours ranging from rich, milk chocolate Stracciatella to a refreshing Mango Blueberry. You’ll have the chance to try them all since can pick four different flavours in your cone.

Miki's Paradise

Miki's Paradise

Holloway - ££

221 Holloway Rd, London N7 8HG

Can’t decide between ice cream, brownies or cookies for tonight’s dessert? At Miki’s Paradise you can have them all in one with the Freakshake. The chocolate and vanilla milkshakes are piled high with whole chocolate brownies, Oreos, ice cream cones, pretzels and more. In addition to the dessert overload shakes, has a selection of fruit smoothies, crepes, and cakes.

Yolkin

Yolkin

Covent Garden - ££

Siam Eatery 24 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DD

Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches are the best thing you never knew you needed. Forget chocolate chip cookies, ice cream is best paired between giant macaroons. No experience at Yolkin will ever be the same; a new menu of frozen treats is announced each week on Instagram. Macadamia Brittle, Lychee Raspberry, French Toast and Pandan Coconut are just a few of the creative flavours of the past. These delicious sandwiches are only available on the weekend and sell out fast!

By: Lucia Varlotta