Sometimes when that sweet tooth appears, you can’t ignore it. When the strong craving hits for a good dessert, you have to acquiesce to it. So, which places have the best desserts in town? Here are 6 of the best places to get dessert in Raleigh and Durham:
Sola Coffee Cafe
While Sola is well-regarded in the Triangle area for their spectacular coffees, the coffeehouse’s line of house-made desserts shouldn’t go unnoticed. Desserts in the front counter display case beckon to guests with rows of decadent chocolate chip cookies, chocolate mousse cakes and tiramisu. Sola is also known for their mini-donuts, so you would be wise not to pass them up.
Sola Coffee Café | 7705 Lead Mine Road Raleigh NC 27615 | 919.803.8983
Hayes Barton Café and Dessertery
Cake lovers in the Triangle only have to make one stop at Hayes Barton Café and Dessertery to realize why the Five Points café in Raleigh is legendary for their desserts. The cakes at Hayes Barton come served in towering slices in flavors like brownie batter and peanut butter and hazelnut and Nutella. The cakes (and pies) are so good at Hayes Barton, many guests opt to bypass the café and go straight for the dessert counter on the side to take a slice home.
Hayes Barton Café and Dessertery | 2000 Fairview Road Ste B Raleigh NC 27608 | 919.856.8551
A perfect respite from the bustling quarters of downtown Raleigh, Lucettegrace offers a range of delicate French-inspired desserts, from Escazu chocolate-filled eclairs to colorful macarons, that can satisfy any sweet tooth. The French patisserie also now offers smaller portions of their desserts—including tea cakes and chocolate caramels—for those that only want a small taste of something sweet.
Lucettegrace | 235 S. Salisbury Street Raleigh NC 27601 | 919.307.4950
Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop
Tucked in on Gregson Street, this hybrid meat and dessert shop in the heart of Durham serves some of the best desserts anywhere in the Raleigh-Durham area. Made fresh daily, the desserts at this sweet shop are a sweet tooth’s version of paradise if their idea of nirvana includes peach galettes, lemon blueberry mochi cake and berry croissant bread pudding. Like many premiere dessert shops, the selection can change daily so it’s best to just stop inside.
Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop | 121 N. Gregson Street Durham NC 27701 | 919.797.2233
If you’ve attended any food truck rally or have met any ice cream lover in the area recently, chances are that you’ve heard of The Parlour already. The Durham ice cream shop churns out some of the area’s best ice cream and sorbets, with unique flavors like Vietnamese coffee and mango chile so good that even celebrities like Aziz Ansari have stopped in for a taste when visiting the Bull City.
The Parlour | 117 Market Street Durham NC 27701 | 919.564.7999
Cravings for something sweet can get easily satiated at Durham’s Dulce Café. An army of desserts get displayed in front guests inside the café. Customers can unwind with an espresso and select from a vast array of cupcakes, éclairs, cakes and gelato.
Dulce Café | 5826 Fayetteville Street #106 Durham NC 27713 | 919.797.0497