Anyone that wants to learn about the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Belfast has found the right post. There are plenty of great dessert shops selling sweets around town and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
We will start off with the best ice cream shops in your area. Anyone that is searching for vanilla, chocolate, gelato, frozen yogurt, malts, ice cream cakes, and other frozen delights has plenty of options to choose from.
Up next we will get into local bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats. Then we will niche down and get into donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops near you.
Following that we will discuss some healthy dessert options in Belfast like gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops. Our last section will be about restaurants known for must have desserts in your area.
Towards the end you will find a map that has all the various venues we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. And all of you are welcome to look through our other posts on the best ice cream, cakes, and cookies around the United Kingdom at that link if you want.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you want to eat the best ice cream in Belfast or some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Barnams Café at 601 Lisburn Rd
- Rossi’s Ice Cream at 9 Atlantic Ave
- AL Gelato at 417 Ormeau Rd
- Nugelato at 135 Stranmillis Rd
- Mauds Ice Creams at 352 Cregagh Rd
- Spoon Street at 261 Upper Newtownards Rd
Barnams World of Ice Cream serves ice cream sundaes, freshly prepared crepes, waffles, paninis, and soups among other items including new milkshake varieties.
Rossi’s Ice Cream has expanded its menu to include over 30 Italian-inspired gelato flavors while making exquisite, authentic Italian ice cream by combining great Northern Irish milk with the finest Italian components.
AL Gelato’s thick, deep, and creamy foundation is prepared with fresh Irish organic milk, cream, and sugar in a proprietary recipe. Their 9 always flavors and rotating monthly specials are created to suit with the seasons.
Spoon Street is the biggest soft-serve dessert bar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with 16 flavors and more than 45 toppings. A chocolate tap, cookie dough, delectable tray bakes, and hot and cold beverages are all available. They cater to a wide range of dietary requirements, including lactose-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan friendly, and vegetarian friendly alternatives, all of which are provided fat-free.
Bakeries In Your Area
These bakeries near you should have great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more:
- Lazy Claire at Patisserie 227 Castlereagh Rd
- Patisserie Valerie at 11 Donegall Square W
- Smyths Country Bakery at 3 Riverdale Park E
- Bread and Banjo Bakery at 353 Ormeau Rd
Lazy Claire Bakery is a traditional French patisserie that serves handcrafted pastries and specialty coffee on the East side of town.
Patisserie Valerie is a long-standing chain that offers cakes and patisserie, continental breakfasts and lunches, as well as the finest teas and coffees. They also offer popular and customized special occasion and celebration cakes in your area.
Traditional and artisan breads, as well as sweet delicacies, pastries, cakes, and tarts are what Banjo Bakery is known for.
Local Donut Shops
Start your morning off right at one of these donut shops:
- Guilt Trip Coffee & Donuts at 4 Orangefield Ln
- Oh Donuts & Coffee at 55 Upper Arthur St
- Taboo Donuts at 64 Ann St
Guilt Trip Coffee and Donuts caters to a variety of occasions by delivering some of the best donuts near you.
Oh Donuts & Coffee delivers high-quality gourmet donuts and speciality coffee to your door.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops around town:
- J-Bird Bakery at 129 Bloomfield Ave
- Downie’s Brownies & Cupcakes at 20 Wellwood St Victoria Place Apartments
J-Bird Bakery is a local bakery that specializes in cakes and cupcakes. Everything is baked and decorated on site whether it’s for a gift, a big celebration, or a secret treat.
All cupcakes at Downie’s Brownies & Cupcakes can be customized for a specific event or theme while buttercream or ganache is used to coat all of the cakes. There are a variety of flavors available, including Victoria sponge, chocolate fudge, Sicilian lemon, carrot cake, red velvet, raspberry and white chocolate, and many more.
Candy Stores Near You
These local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
- Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory at 64-72 Castlereagh Rd
- Old Time Favourites Sweet Shop at 23 Winetavern St
Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory is a delightful confectionery that offers tours and demonstrations as well as chocolate, fudge, and hard candy. Since 1953 they have been manufacturing handcrafted candy and hosting enjoyable workshops.
Old Time Favourites Sweet Shop provides over 300 different kinds of sweets and chocolates to choose from. Vegetarian, retro sweets, American candy, boiled sweets, honeycomb, Yellow Man, and more goods are available. There are also over thirty sugar-free treats available.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Buy homemade chocolate and fudge at these shops:
Hotel Chocolat is a high-end chocolatier in your area with its own cocoa farm in Saint Lucia.
Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory is another good place to buy local chocolate and fudge.
Gluten Free Bakeries
Gluten free bakeries are a good healthier alternative:
Check Out My Buns is a bakery that is completely gluten and wheat free. They also feature a vast selection of vegan bakes, the most well-known of which being their popular peanut butter balls.
Emma Mary’s Kitchen is a home-based bakery that specializes in one-of-a-kind cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. Gluten-free cakes and cupcakes are available in a variety of flavors.
Smoothies are a good combination of tasty and healthy:
- The Juice Jar at 8-10 Wellington Pl
- Beleaf Juice & Smoothie Bar at #4 Castlecourt Shopping Centre
- Slims Healthy Kitchen at 429 Lisburn Rd
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Lastly, these restaurants are known for their must have desserts:
- Cafe Mauds at 555 Lisburn Rd
- Maggie Mays at 50 Botanic Ave
- EDO Restaurant at #2, 3, Capital House, Upper Queen St
Cafe Mauds is a laid-back hangout that serves breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks, desserts, and baked products.
Maggie Mays is a cafe that serves traditional Irish meals created from scratch and that has a diverse menu that includes early morning breakfasts, delicious lunches, and a supper buffet. It’s also a great spot for a quick coffee or tea, with a tempting dessert menu.
EDO is a chic, modern restaurant that serves tapas-style meals and charcoal-oven steaks, as well as wine and beverages. Caramelised apples, sourdough ice cream and calvados caramel, caribe milk chocolate, praline and lime, coconut bavarois, mango and pistachio, and churros are just a handful of the best desserts near you that they serve.
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For now that is all we have to share but check back in because we plan to update this post often. After reading about all these local shops to buy ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, pastries, other bakery items, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate, fudge, candy, gluten free baked goods, smoothies, and even restaurants with can’t miss desserts in your area you should be ready to find your next sweet indulgence.
Please use the comments to let us know if any shops have closed down, or if we posted anything that is incorrect. Now have fun eating your ice cream, cookies, and cakes in Belfast.