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20 Austin Restaurants Where Dessert Steals the Show

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Dessert is the best course of any and every meal. No matter how full a person gets, everyone makes room a sugary finale. And there are different ways to go about satisfying that sweet tooth, from something light and refreshing like a parfait, or indulgently heavy like chocolate cake, these are Austin’s very best desserts around. End your meal right, order dessert first, or just eat nothing but sweets, these restaurants and food trucks will do just fine.

There are the composed plates from Uchi/Uchiko, frozen delights from Cow Tipping Creamery and Sway, cakes of Chez Zee and Emmer & Rye, baked good wonders from Odd Duck, churros, and much more. This update adds Better Half, Comedor, Swedish Hill, Olamaie, and District Kitchen.

For more sweets, scope out the city's best bakeries, cakes, pies, cookies, and ice cream.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. District Kitchen (Anderson Lane)

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7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 284-7837
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The desserts at both locations of the New American restaurant from pastry chef Dennis Van are decadent, like the Chocolate Wasted, a chocolate sponge cake paired with caramel popcorn, gelato, coffee buttercream, and an almond-cocoa crumb.

2. Chez Zee

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5406 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 454-2666
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Indulge in the longtime Austin restaurant’s wide array of classic desserts, from mile-high layer cakes, creme brulee, and shareable apple pie.

A cake from Chez Zee
A cake from Chez Zee
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3. Uchiko & Uchi

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4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 916-4808
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The desserts at both branches of the Japanese restaurant, under the helm of pastry chef Ariana Quant, are creative and thoughtful with unexpected touches.

The peanut butter semifreddo at Uchi
The peanut butter semifreddo at Uchi
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4. Olamaie

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1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
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Pastry chef Juliann Stoddart found a new home at the downtown Southern restaurant, where she is whipping up her great takes on desserts, like a chocolate mint tart made with grapes and figs or the vanilla custard paired with nopales and melon.

5. Swedish Hill

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1120 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-1347
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Of the desserts from the various McGuire Moorman Hospitality restaurants, head to the newest of the bunch, Swedish Hill. It serves as a homebase for all things sweets from pastries to cakes to cookies to tarts to gelato.

6. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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Pastry chef Lindsay O’Rourk is working up magical sweets over at the Clarksville-adjacent restaurant. The menu often changes, but there have been ooey-gooey s’mores cakes, Thai tea pudding popsicles, carrot cake croissants, and burnt fruit cheesecakes.

7. Emmer & Rye

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51 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 366-5530
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As with the rest of the menu, pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph uses grains throughout his dessert menu, from delectable apple tarts or salted cream atop watermelon sorbet, to the brunch pastry cart filled with baked goods.

Emmer & Rye’s white sonoran sticky buns
Emmer & Rye’s white sonoran sticky buns
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8. Irene's

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506 West Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 298-0853
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With Mary Catherine Curren at the helm of pastries, Irene's serves strong dessert staples, like the strawberry cake and whoopie pies, along with sweet toasts topped with Nutella and hazelnuts.

Irene’s peanut butter pudding
Irene’s peanut butter pudding
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9. Comedor

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501 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0977
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Philip Speer is back at what he does best at the new downtown modern Mexican restaurant: desserts. The tres leches is a delight with corn milk poured over the burnt meringue filled with tejate ice cream. For something different, opt for the tamal de chocolate, full of sweet, savory, and salty flavors. 

10. Odd Duck & Barley Swine

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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The twinned restaurants' often-changing dessert menus highlights Texas produce (hello, squashes and mangos) for desserts ranging from ice creams, panna cotta, to floats.

A dessert from Odd Duck
A dessert from Odd Duck
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11. Launderette

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2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1599
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For pastry chef Laura Sawicki, it’s all about textural play with the desserts at Launderette, where the cake is made with mousse, chutney, and ganache. Plus there’s even lunchtime desserts takes on Girl Scout cookies. And yes, that ever-Instagrammable birthday cake ice cream sandwich is really that good.

Launderette’s ice cream sandwich
Launderette’s ice cream sandwich
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12. Sway 

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1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-1999
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The banana split sundae from Sway is massive and filling and comes with with Thai tinges like the five spice milk chocolate, ice cream made with condensed milk, coconut milk jam, and black sesame brownie.

Sway’s banana split
Sway’s banana split
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13. Cafe No Sé

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1603 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 942-2061
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New Waterloo executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman and the hotel’s executive pastry chef Lindsay Flagg's take on cakes and ice cream are all delicious stunners at the all-day Cafe No Se. Pop into next-door Central Standard for richer desserts.

A paleta at Cafe No Se
A paleta at Cafe No Se
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14. Lenoir

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9778
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Desserts at the South First restaurant can be found under the "dream" section of the menu, which means lighter dishes like the starfruit and pepper tart or the brown butter crepe with whipped chevre and roasted persimmons.

A Lenoir dessert
A Lenoir dessert
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15. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

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1905 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 448-3727
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Find cupcakes galore with Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop with decked-out sweets like the rich chocolate one stuffed with a chipotle truffle filling, the Elvis with gold sparkles, and the baklava one. Plus, there are even vegan and gluten-free versions.

Cupcakes from Sugar Mama’s
Cupcakes from Sugar Mama’s
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16. Churro Co.

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1906 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 905-5267
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Churro fans can head to the dessert truck for various takes of the fried dough, from the plain but satisfying one, to other interpretations like Oreo sugar and pineapple, orange, pecan, and marshmallow ambrosia, popcorn sugar, and more.

Churro from Churro Co.
Churro from Churro Co.
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17. La Mexicana Bakery

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1924 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 443-6369
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Looking for a solid tres leches cake? The 24-hour bakery has the perfect one all drenched with milk, served conveniently in a cup.

18. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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For simply well-done desserts to fulfill those sweet cravings, Jack Allen’s Kitchen provides pies, cobblers, cakes, and a lot of chocolate from pastry chef Dee Dee Sanchez.

A dessert from Jack Allen’s Kitchen
A dessert from Jack Allen’s Kitchen
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19. Cow Tipping Creamery

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4715 S Lamar Blvd
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
(512) 538-4039
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Hands down the best soft serve in Austin is made even better when it’s served in stacked sundaes, all layered with treats like cake balls, brown butter ritz crumb, and honey dust.

A stacker from Cow Tipping Creamery
A stacker from Cow Tipping Creamery
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20. Dee Dee

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4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

For a simple take on mango and sticky rice, laced with drizzles of condensed milk, look no further than this Thai truck. The truck only makes it if it has the absolute perfect mangos.

The mango and sticky rice at Dee Dee
The mango and sticky rice at Dee Dee
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1. District Kitchen (Anderson Lane)

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757

The desserts at both locations of the New American restaurant from pastry chef Dennis Van are decadent, like the Chocolate Wasted, a chocolate sponge cake paired with caramel popcorn, gelato, coffee buttercream, and an almond-cocoa crumb.

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

2. Chez Zee

5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731
A cake from Chez Zee
A cake from Chez Zee
Chez Zee/Facebook

Indulge in the longtime Austin restaurant’s wide array of classic desserts, from mile-high layer cakes, creme brulee, and shareable apple pie.

5406 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731

3. Uchiko & Uchi

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
The peanut butter semifreddo at Uchi
The peanut butter semifreddo at Uchi
Uchi/Facebook

The desserts at both branches of the Japanese restaurant, under the helm of pastry chef Ariana Quant, are creative and thoughtful with unexpected touches.

4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

4. Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

Pastry chef Juliann Stoddart found a new home at the downtown Southern restaurant, where she is whipping up her great takes on desserts, like a chocolate mint tart made with grapes and figs or the vanilla custard paired with nopales and melon.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Swedish Hill

1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

Of the desserts from the various McGuire Moorman Hospitality restaurants, head to the newest of the bunch, Swedish Hill. It serves as a homebase for all things sweets from pastries to cakes to cookies to tarts to gelato.

1120 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

6. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

Pastry chef Lindsay O’Rourk is working up magical sweets over at the Clarksville-adjacent restaurant. The menu often changes, but there have been ooey-gooey s’mores cakes, Thai tea pudding popsicles, carrot cake croissants, and burnt fruit cheesecakes.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

7. Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Emmer & Rye’s white sonoran sticky buns
Emmer & Rye’s white sonoran sticky buns
Emmer & Rye/Facebook

As with the rest of the menu, pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph uses grains throughout his dessert menu, from delectable apple tarts or salted cream atop watermelon sorbet, to the brunch pastry cart filled with baked goods.

51 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Irene's

506 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Irene’s peanut butter pudding
Irene’s peanut butter pudding
Irene’s/Facebook

With Mary Catherine Curren at the helm of pastries, Irene's serves strong dessert staples, like the strawberry cake and whoopie pies, along with sweet toasts topped with Nutella and hazelnuts.

506 West Ave
Austin, TX 78701

9. Comedor

501 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

Philip Speer is back at what he does best at the new downtown modern Mexican restaurant: desserts. The tres leches is a delight with corn milk poured over the burnt meringue filled with tejate ice cream. For something different, opt for the tamal de chocolate, full of sweet, savory, and salty flavors. 

501 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Odd Duck & Barley Swine

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A dessert from Odd Duck
A dessert from Odd Duck
Richard Casteel

The twinned restaurants' often-changing dessert menus highlights Texas produce (hello, squashes and mangos) for desserts ranging from ice creams, panna cotta, to floats.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

11. Launderette

2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
Launderette’s ice cream sandwich
Launderette’s ice cream sandwich
Launderette/Facebook

For pastry chef Laura Sawicki, it’s all about textural play with the desserts at Launderette, where the cake is made with mousse, chutney, and ganache. Plus there’s even lunchtime desserts takes on Girl Scout cookies. And yes, that ever-Instagrammable birthday cake ice cream sandwich is really that good.

2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Sway 

1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Sway’s banana split
Sway’s banana split
Sway [Official]

The banana split sundae from Sway is massive and filling and comes with with Thai tinges like the five spice milk chocolate, ice cream made with condensed milk, coconut milk jam, and black sesame brownie.

1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

13. Cafe No Sé

1603 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704
A paleta at Cafe No Se
A paleta at Cafe No Se
Ryan Taylor

New Waterloo executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman and the hotel’s executive pastry chef Lindsay Flagg's take on cakes and ice cream are all delicious stunners at the all-day Cafe No Se. Pop into next-door Central Standard for richer desserts.

1603 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704

14. Lenoir

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
A Lenoir dessert
A Lenoir dessert
Lenoir [Official]

Desserts at the South First restaurant can be found under the "dream" section of the menu, which means lighter dishes like the starfruit and pepper tart or the brown butter crepe with whipped chevre and roasted persimmons.

1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

15. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

1905 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Cupcakes from Sugar Mama’s
Cupcakes from Sugar Mama’s
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop/Facebook

Find cupcakes galore with Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop with decked-out sweets like the rich chocolate one stuffed with a chipotle truffle filling, the Elvis with gold sparkles, and the baklava one. Plus, there are even vegan and gluten-free versions.

1905 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Churro Co.

1906 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Churro from Churro Co.
Churro from Churro Co.
Churro Co. [Official]

Churro fans can head to the dessert truck for various takes of the fried dough, from the plain but satisfying one, to other interpretations like Oreo sugar and pineapple, orange, pecan, and marshmallow ambrosia, popcorn sugar, and more.

1906 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

17. La Mexicana Bakery

1924 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Looking for a solid tres leches cake? The 24-hour bakery has the perfect one all drenched with milk, served conveniently in a cup.

1924 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

18. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735
A dessert from Jack Allen’s Kitchen
A dessert from Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Jack Allen’s Kitchen [Official]

For simply well-done desserts to fulfill those sweet cravings, Jack Allen’s Kitchen provides pies, cobblers, cakes, and a lot of chocolate from pastry chef Dee Dee Sanchez.

7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735

19. Cow Tipping Creamery

4715 S Lamar Blvd, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
A stacker from Cow Tipping Creamery
A stacker from Cow Tipping Creamery
Jeff Amador

Hands down the best soft serve in Austin is made even better when it’s served in stacked sundaes, all layered with treats like cake balls, brown butter ritz crumb, and honey dust.

4715 S Lamar Blvd
Sunset Valley, TX 78745

20. Dee Dee

4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745
The mango and sticky rice at Dee Dee
The mango and sticky rice at Dee Dee
Dee Dee/Facebook

For a simple take on mango and sticky rice, laced with drizzles of condensed milk, look no further than this Thai truck. The truck only makes it if it has the absolute perfect mangos.

4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

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