It’s that time of night when dinner feels like a distant memory, and you find yourself in the bathroom, staring down your toothbrush in a Spaghetti Western-style standoff. But, let’s face it, you’re not ready to call it quits just yet. You crave something sweet, something extraordinary to satisfy your late-night dessert cravings. Luckily, Seattle has an array of dessert spots that come alive after 11pm. So, put down your toothbrush and prepare to embark on a journey of delectable delights.
The Spots: Late-Night Sweet Escapes
Pie Bar: Where Pie Dreams Come True
If you’ve ever tiptoed into the kitchen on Thanksgiving night for an illicit slice of pie, Pie Bar will feel like your personal Disneyland. This cozy spot offers an assortment of mouthwatering pies, from warm apple crumble and whiskey chocolate pecan to the indulgent peanut butter mud (a staff favorite). And if you prefer to drink your dessert, don’t miss their pietinis – boozy concoctions made with fruit, cream, and crumbled pie crusts.
Full Tilt: Ice Cream and Arcade Adventures
For those seeking a memorable Saturday night without the usual bar scene, Full Tilt is the place to be. This unique establishment combines the joy of classic arcade games with the delight of artisanal ice cream. Indulge in flavors like salted caramel, dark chocolate, and Thai iced tea. Feeling adventurous? Try their Fruit Loop or mint chocolate chip with strawberry and bacon. Full Tilt offers a sweet escape from the ordinary.
Hot Cakes: Volcanoes of Deliciousness
Sometimes a scoop of ice cream isn’t enough; you need a molten chocolate cake to complete the experience. At Hot Cakes, dessert takes the form of delectable volcanoes in flavors like peanut butter, s’mores, and even vegan options. And don’t forget to try their heavenly vanilla soft serve covered in smoked chocolate magic shell. Hot Cakes is where your sweetest dreams come true.
D’Ambrosio Gelato: A Taste of Italy in Seattle
Transport yourself to the romantic cobblestone streets of Rome with a couple of scoops from D’Ambrosio Gelato. Located on Ballard Avenue, this gelateria offers flavors that evoke the spirit of Italy. Indulge in the creamy gianduja or biscotti gelato, and let yourself be carried away by the flavors. Even if a rowdy bachelorette party happens to stumble by, your gelato will transport you to an Italian paradise.
R&M: Champagne and Pastry Delights
When the restaurant’s “seasonal tuile” just won’t satisfy your sweet tooth, head to R&M for a sophisticated conclusion to your evening. This charming establishment, nestled in the lobby of an apartment complex, offers a delightful array of pastries and after-dinner drinks. Sip champagne and indulge in cheesecakes, tarts, and a mini carrot cake that’s as enchanting as a wedding at Polly Pocket’s dream venue.
Simply Desserts: A Slice of Heaven, Anytime
Imagine treating yourself to an entire layer cake from Simply Desserts and savoring it with a fork like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily, Simply Desserts is open late, making such indulgences possible. If a whole cake isn’t your style, fear not! They also offer slices of heavenly creations like lemon blueberry, mocha, or chocolate raspberry. Let your taste buds run wild with each delightful bite.
North Star: Shakes Around the Clock
No late-night escapade is complete without a milkshake. Luckily, North Star is here to fulfill your milkshake dreams 24 hours a day. Indulge in classic flavors or opt for something extra special, like an espresso shake or one with homemade cookie dough blended in. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, go for the spiked shake and kick off a karaoke session at their adjoining bar.
New Luck Toy: Secrets of Sweet Treats
New Luck Toy is famous for its alcoholic slushies, Chinese fare, and karaoke, but hidden within its walls lies a secret weapon: rice krispies treat soft serve ice cream. Picture a cup of creamy vanilla ice cream topped with rice cereal, five-spice candied pecans, and a drizzle of honey. It’s a treat that will transport you to childhood memories and leave you wanting more.
Li’l Woody’s: The Sweet Side of Late-Night
When your friends are craving 2am burgers after a Capitol Hill bar crawl, and you’re yearning for something sweet, Li’l Woody’s is your answer. Indulge in a milkshake or an ice cream float topped with hard root beer while your companions enjoy their cheeseburgers. For a delightful twist of sweet and salty, order the “crack” – French fries perfect for dipping into your milkshake. After all, fries can be dessert too, right?
Ba Bar: A Late-Night Vietnamese Treat
Ba Bar is your go-to spot for late-night Vietnamese delights like pho and bun cha. But don’t let the savory options steal the show. To the right of the front door, you’ll discover a pastry case brimming with irresistible treats. Indulge in their molten chocolate cake or the pistachio cake with raspberry jam. And for a unique twist, try the coconut ice cream float with a dash of coffee.
Indulge in these late-night dessert havens and satisfy your sweet tooth long after the clock strikes 11pm. Whether you’re craving pie, ice cream, gelato, or something more exotic, Seattle’s dessert scene has you covered. So, the next time you’re facing off with your toothbrush, remember that there’s a world of sweet delights waiting for you. Explore them all and create mouthwatering memories that will last a lifetime.
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