Thanks for joining us for this discussion about the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Columbia. There are numerous dessert shops selling sweets around town and you will be learning about the top options as this blog progresses.
The best ice cream shops in your area will kick things off. Those that love vanilla, chocolate, gelato, frozen yogurt, malts, ice cream cakes, and other frozen delights have numerous options to choose from.
Bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats will be up next. After that we will focus on donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops near you.
Then we will pivot to healthy dessert options like Columbia gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops. Restaurants that are known for their must have desserts in your area will round us out.
A local dessert map that has all the various venues we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it will be shared at the end. And the curious types can find all of our other posts on the region at that link.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
The best Columbia ice cream shops or some healthier frozen yogurt can be found at:
- Sweet Cream Company at 1627 Main St
- Marble Slab Creamery at 1001 Gervais St
- Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard at 800 Lady St
- The Baked Bear at 631 Harden St #C
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt at 5580 Sunset Blvd
- Cold Stone Creamery at 285 Columbiana Dr M
Sweet Cream Company has 16 flavors and makes them one at a time in small batches. Many of their varieties are gluten-free and at least four dairy-free sorbets are available plus they do catering.
Marble Slab Creamery offers hand-blended small-batch ice cream near you with over 65 toppings including the finest fruits, nuts, candies, and pastries. Shakes in a variety of flavors, hand-rolled waffle cones, and ice cream cakes are also available.
Baked Bear ice cream is made using r-BGH-free cream, pure cane sugar, and all-natural stabilizers. They prepare ice cream sandwiches to order.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt has 16 daily flavors and more than 40 toppings to choose from.
Bakeries In Your Area
Great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more are available at these great bakeries:
- Silver Spoon Bake Shop at 2507 Devine St
- Ally & Eloise Bakeshop at 5209 Forest Dr
- Tres Leches Bakery & Café at 6903 St Andrews Rd
- Insomnia Cookies at 2013 Devine St
- Main Street Bakery & Gift Shop at 3307 N Main St
The Silver Spoon Bake Shop serves a wide range of freshly baked pastries, cakes, pies, and desserts in your area. They also have a full coffee bar and a variety of other drinks while custom cakes are also available for any occasion.
Tres Leches Bakery is known for its freshly prepared desserts while authentic Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, and typical American cuisines are available. Insomnia Cookies is a bakery chain that specializes in late-night delivery.
Main Street Bakery specializes in fresh baked goods, deli sandwiches and salads, as well as handcrafted cakes for every occasion.
Local Donut Shops
Stop by one of these donut shops on your way to work:
- The Donut Guy at 149 S Congress St
- Double Trouble Donuts at 1450 Main St
- Duck Donuts at Cross Hill Market, 702 Cross Hill Rd #100B
The Donut Guy is a food truck that specializes in freshly baked donuts and also offers catering. You can also place an order and have it delivered to your house or workplace.
Duck Donuts offers a variety of coffees, donut sundaes, and donut breakfast sandwiches that can also do catering.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
We highly recommend these cupcake shops around town:
- Cupcake DownSouth at 1213 Lincoln St
- Smallcakes Cupcakery at 4400 Fort Jackson Blvd #600B
- Cake Collection Boutique at 7001 St Andrews Rd A14
- Lita’s Treats at 800 Lake Murray Blvd #G
Every yea, Cupcake DownSouth creates more than 50 flavors, with over a dozen available every day. Cupcakes, mega cupcakes, tiny cupcakes, wedding cupcakes, and cake pops are all available fresh from the oven including some gluten-free and vegan cupcakes.
Smallcakes Cupcakery offers handcrafted ice cream and freshly baked gourmet cupcakes. Every day they provide twelve trademark cupcake flavors as well as daily specials from over 200 different cupcake flavors.
Lita’s Treats has grown over the years to include cheesecake, cinnamon buns, over 30 different types of gourmet cupcakes for special occasions, and more.
Candy Stores Near You
Migos One Stop Shop at 1314 Leesburg Road #G is a family-owned candy shop that offers a combination of old and new sweets as well as a candy buffet for a fixed price.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
When you want to buy homemade chocolate or fudge visit one of these shops:
- Chocolate Wonderland at 182 Ellis Ave
- Evolution Through Chocolate
Chocolate Wonderland has an outstanding reputation for quality customer service and products, having been in business for nearly 30 years. One of their many specialties is customized boxed chocolates while sugar-free chocolate creations, candy station chocolates, and supplies are also available.
Evolution creates handcrafted artisan chocolates in small batches. They take pride in producing unusual flavor combinations and chocolate presentations.
Gluten Free Bakeries
The Local Buzz at 631 B Harden St is a café which is also popular for its special request of vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, and paleo cupcakes, cookies, and full cakes. Don’t forget that Cupcake DownSouth also has many gluten free options.
For a tasty yet healthy choice consider these smoothie shops:
- The Groove Smoothie & Juice Bar at 7510 Garners Ferry Rd
- The Corner Blend at 601 Main St #B
- Tropical Smoothie Cafe at 650 Lincoln St
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Must have desserts near you can also be found at these restaurants:
- Cola’s Restaurant at 1215 Assembly St
- The Melting Pot at 1410 Colonial Life Blvd W #130
- Blue Marlin at 1200 Lincoln St
Cola’s is a fine-dining bar and restaurant that specializes in seafood, steaks, and other delicacies including some of the best desserts near you like creme brulee, almond basket, toffee cheesecake, chocolate torte, and coffee ice cream.
The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant business that serves cheese, chocolate, and broth in heated pots for dipping and cooking. Blue Marlin is a traditional Southern seafood dish prepared with locally obtained, sustainable fish in a modern setting. They also have some of the best Columbia desserts like blackout cake, crème brûlée cheesecake, and key lime pie.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- Best Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt in Charleston
- Best Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt in Raleigh
- Best Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt in Jacksonville
- Best Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt in Atlanta
Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Columbia
That is all we’ve got for now but visit us again 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.
Don’t be afraid to let us know if any shops have closed down or if we posted anything that is incorrect in the comments. Now have fun eating your ice cream, cookies, and cakes in Columbia.