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7 Must Try Places for Dessert in Raleigh

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Admit it, you’ve got a sweet tooth—don’t worry we do too! From cupcakes to ice cream to cakes and pies, Raleigh has it all. These 7 spots for dessert in Raleigh are perfect for celebrating a milestone, cheering up after a bad day, or really any occasion at all! Here are some of our favorite places to indulge in dessert in Raleigh!

📷 @hayesbartoncafeanddessertery

1. Hayes Barton Cafe and Dessertery

Hayes Barton Cafe and Dessertery has been setting the standard in Raleigh for almost 25 years. Their specialty has to be cakes. They offer over 30 different types of cakes and pies daily. So get ready to go visit a LOT so you can try all the rotating flavors. We’re a big fan of the hummingbird cake (if you’re looking for something traditional) and the white and dark chocolate layer “patty” cake!

Hours & Location

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 11:30am–2:00pm; 6:00pm–8:30pm
Thursday | 11:30am–2:00pm; 6:00pm–8:30pm
Friday | 11:30am–2:00pm; 6:00pm–8:30pm
Saturday | 11:30am–2:00pm; 6:00pm–8:30pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 2000 Fairview Rd

Visit website 📷 @bittersweetraleigh

2. Bittersweet

Bittersweet is changing the dessert game. This dessert and gin bar serves up tons of delicious seasonal desserts. Some desserts are here to stay—like the derby pie and the salty chipwich ice cream sandwich—but most of their menu changes with the seasons. Our fave desserts on the fall menu would have to be the s’mores sundae; it’s decadent and chocolatey! 

Hours & Location

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 2:00pm–11:00pm
Friday |  2:00pm–12:00am
Saturday | 2:00pm–12:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–11:00pm

📍 16 E Martin St

Visit website 📷 @thecupcakeshopperaleigh

3. The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery

With tons of flavor combos, there’s a cupcake for everyone at The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery on Glenwood!  Order one or a dozen to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery does celebration cakes, so order a birthday cake, retirement cake, or anything else you want to celebrate cake!

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:30am–6:00pm
Tuesday | 7:30am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 7:30am–6:00pm
Thursday | 7:30am–6:00pm
Friday |  7:30am–8:00pm
Saturday | 7:30am–8:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 104 Glenwood Ave

Visit website 📷 @lucettegrace

4. lucettegrace

If you’re looking for deliciously creative desserts, head over to lucettegrace. This DTR bakery is serving up classic French pastries and amazing desserts. If you’re like us and love chocolate and coffee, order the l’reviens! And if you’re feeling a little hungry we love the curry chicken salad sandwich for lunch.

Hours & Location

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 8:00am–4:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–4:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–4:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–4:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–4:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 235 S Salisbury St

Visit website 📷 @monmacaronusa

5. Mon Macaron

Their flavors rotate so stop by to see what combos their serving up that day! We’re a big fan of the floral macarons (lavender and rose), but we’ve never met a macaron that we didn’t like from Mon Macaron! And while you’re picking out all your flavors, don’t forget to order a latte to complete the experience. 

Hours & Location

Monday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–8:00pm

📍 111 Seaboard Ave Apt 118

Visit website 📷 @bigleaguewaffles

6. Big League Waffles and Scoops

Meet the newest addition to Morgan Street Food Hall! Big League Waffles and Scoops serves up fluffy liege waffles and locally sourced ice cream. Our fave is the home run: one scoop, one waffle, fruit, and a drizzle (Nutella, chocolate, or caramel)! The best part is that you can have dinner at any of the other vendors and end your night with this tasty treat! It’s the best of both worlds!

Hours & Location

Monday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–10:00pm

📍 411 W Morgan St

Visit website 📷 @captaincookienc

7. Captain Cookie and the Milkman

Who doesn’t love a freshly baked cookie? Pair it with milk or a milkshake and we’re straight vibing. Not only do they sell delicious cookies, but they also sell edible cookie dough jars—which is one of our fave rewards at the end of the day! Another perf way to enjoy Captain Cookie and the Milkman, pick up a baker’s dozen next time you and your squad hang out for the perf snack.

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 500 E Davie St

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Anna Brescia

Anna Brescia

Anna is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Orlando City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Orlando area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinOrlando on Instagram and Facebook.