Exploring the Austin area and looking for something sweet as a nightcap? Maybe you're out with some friends and craving a decadent treat before your next stop. If that's the case, then you’re in luck! You can find a sweet treat around any corner in the city, by why go on a hunt if we've compiled the best desserts in Austin for you?

Churro Co. Austin

This food truck is open Thursday through Sunday, and Churro Co. serves up traditional Mexican pastries tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with chocolate, caramel, or Nutella dipping sauce.

Amy's Ice Creams

Since 1984, generations are making Amy’s a staple for a family outing or a spontaneous stop during date night. In addition to over 350 flavors of ice cream in rotation, Amy’s also offers milkshakes, frozen yogurt, and dairy-free ices. Their best seller tends to be the Mexican Vanilla!

Launderette Austin

The restaurant’s signature item, the Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwich at consists of yellow cake, sprinkles, and ice cream, the perfect nostalgic treat that the pickiest of eaters will enjoy.

La Patisserie

La Patisserie is as close to Paris as you can get in Austin. Be aware that items are first-come, first-serve, but, fortunately, you can order ahead! Offerings include a variety of macarons, croissants, pain au chocolate, éclairs, and cakes among other specialty items.

Chez Zee American Bistro

Chez Zee has been an Austin favorite, offering original creations since 1988. Take a chance on Chez Zee’s weekly dessert specials or dig into a Coco Leches Cake. Another dessert is Maida’s cake, a gluten-free, flourless chocolate delight filled with vanilla cream and mocha mousse.

District Kitchen

District Kitchen’s dessert menu is home to the most creative offerings such as a Negroni Creamsicle, Chocolate Nutella Mousse, Truffles, and seasonal crumbles. Pair one of their decadent desserts with a cocktail!

Jack Allen's Kitchen (HWY 71)

A variety of cakes, pies, and cobblers are made from scratch daily at Jack Allen’s Kitchen. DeeDee’s Chocolate Bomb is always a hit for someone who isn’t afraid of a chocolate overload.


Gourdough’s is known for their over-the-top doughnut creations. From sandwiches and burgers to a variety of entrees, their menu practically gurantees an experience with any order. Sift through the 19 dessert options to try the Ring O’Fire made with chipotle-infused brownie batter, chocolate icing, brownie bites, caramel sauce, and cayenne candied pecans topped with vanilla ice cream.

Tiny Pies

Each single serving pie is baked from scratch every day with natural ingredients ranging from savory to sweet. They have a pie of the month and seasonal favorites, and the most recommended is their Sweet Texas Pecan pie.

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

“Austin’s original desserts-only bakeshop” offers more than 40 cupcakes to choose from including gluten-free and vegan options. The shelves are filled with treats like cupcakes, cookies, bars, mini pies, and other sweets.

Satisfy your sweet tooth by taking a quick trip to one of these Austin restaurants where desserts steal the show! Who says you have to wait until after dinner for dessert? 

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