Over the next few minutes we will be filling you in on the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in New Orleans. There are plenty of great dessert shops selling sweets around town and this guide will try to focus on the best of the best.
There is no better way to get the ball rolling than with a list of the best ice cream shops near you. Frozen yogurt, gelato, malts, and ice cream cakes are found with ease here.
Once the frozen delights are out of the way it will be time to pivot to bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats. Then we will get into some specific things like donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops too.
Healthy dessert options in New Orleans like gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops are easy to find as well. And our final topic will be all about restaurants that are known for must have desserts in your area.
Stick around for our local dessert map that has all these spots that we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. Our other posts on this region are available at that link if you want to check them out.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you are craving the best ice cream in New Orleans or want some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Creole Creamery at 4924 Prytania St
- Piccola Gelateria at 4500 Magazine St #5
- Angelo Brocato at 214 N Carrollton Ave
- Amorino at 637 Canal St
- Yogurtland at 4903 Prytania St
Creole Creamery is a local ice cream parlor chain that serves scoops, sundaes, and malts. They may host events as well as provide meals. Piccola Gelateria is a rustic-style shop that provides small-batch gelato, Italian flatbreads, crêpes, and coffee.
Gelato is offered in both dairy and dairy-free versions and they also have a dairy-free vegan sorbetto. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or emulsifiers are used in their goods.
Angelo Brocato has been a go-to place for Italian pastries and gelato in your area in a classic parlor setting adorned in beautiful pastel pinks since its inception in 1905. They also provide a variety of pastries and beverages in addition to their famed gelato and cannoli.
Yogurtland is a local brand that offers self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings in a modern yet relaxed setting who can also do catering.
Bakeries In Your Area
Expect to find great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more at the best bakeries near you:
- Maple Street Patisserie at 7638 Maple St
- Levee Baking Co. at 3138 Magazine St #D
- La Boulangerie at 4600 Magazine St #1518
- Dong Phuong Bakery at 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
- Croissant D’Or Patisserie at 617 Ursulines Ave
The rustic European breads, cakes, and pastries are the specialty of Maple Street Patisserie. La Boulangerie sells wonderful French pastries, breads, king cakes, and sandwiches from a little storefront. The restaurant also serves ice cream prepared in-house, seasonal quiches, and seasonal pies as well as coffee from Congregation Coffee which is a neighboring roaster.
Dong Phuong Bakery has been crafting traditional French pastries as well as sweet and savory Vietnamese dishes for more than three decades. Croissant D’Or Patisserie has a courtyard where you can get espresso drinks, light lunch cuisine, and freshly baked sweets from scratch.
Local Donut Shops
These donut shops are a great way to start your morning:
- Daddy’s Donuts at 2051 Caton St
- Southshore Donuts & Restaurant at 7929 Downman Rd
- District Donuts Sliders Brew at 2209 Magazine St
- Blue Dot Donuts at 4301 Canal St
Southshore is open for breakfast, hamburgers, and hot wings in addition to being a 24-hour donut shop near you. District Donuts Sliders Brew provides caffeinated drinks, tiny burgers, and sweets in a rustic-chic setting.
They have over a hundred different donuts to pick from in their catalog in addition to the six doughnuts available each week. You can always count on them to have their staples of glazed, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate glazed.
Blue Dot Donuts has a range of exotic donuts including red velvet cake and bacon maple donuts.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops in your area:
- The Cupcake Collection at 2917 Magazine St #102
- Cupcake Fairies at 2511 Bayou Rd
- Bittersweet Confections at 725 Magazine St
Birthday parties, promotions, baby showers, anniversaries, and more are all catered by The Cupcake Collection who offers several vegan and gluten-free options. CupCake Fairies bakes on demand and their specialty item is FairyCakes which area a delicious velvety jumbo cupcake with rich fillings and satiny frosting.
Bittersweet Confections is a vintage local bakery that specializes in wedding cakes, truffles, and cupcakes. Bittersweet serves breakfast and lunch as well as excellent coffee and espresso, freshly baked croissants, muffins, scones, breads, and seasonal sweets inspired by French cuisine.
Candy Stores Near You
Local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
- It’Sugar at 500 Port of New Orleans Pl
- Southern Candymakers at 334 Decatur St
- Laura’s Candies at 331 Chartres St
It’Sugar is a brightly colored retail business that sells classic and enormous confectionery, as well as clothes, accessories, and novelty items. Sour Patch Kids, Oreo, Nerds, Pusheen, and Funko are among the popular brands they carry.
Southern Candymakers is a family-owned confectionery shop that specializes in handcrafted confections like Southern pralines. Tortues, toffee, almonds, divinity, fudge, brittle, assortments, gift boxes and baskets, and more are among the things available.
Laura’s Candies is a classic candy shop featuring shelves of handcrafted chocolates and regional specialties including Creole Praline, as well as their best-selling signature item, Mississippi Mud. A large assortment of their famous fudge is also available.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
The Fudgery at 631 Decatur Street sells homemade fudge as well as pralines, caramel apples, and other sweet delicacies. Many of the best candy stores near you from our other list also have many chocolate options like Southern Candymakers and Laura’s Candies.
Gluten Free Bakeries
Breads On Oak at 8640 Oak Street in Suite A is a low-key organic café and bakery that serves breads and vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as coffee, beer, and wine. King cakes, European breads, pastries, breakfast, and lunch are their specialties.
The Cupcake Collection also has several options for gluten free items.
Smoothies can be a great tasty and healthy snack:
- Raw Republic at 4528 Magazine St
- Surreys Cafe & Juice Bar at 1418 Magazine St
- The Daily Beet at 1000 Girod St
- Main Squeeze Juice Co. at 820 Carondelet St
At Raw Republic you can get cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, and healthy snacks made entirely from organic ingredients. Surreys Cafe and Juice Bar is the oldest organic juice bar near you and they have a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options as well as a wide variety of juices. From 8am to 3pm they’re open every day of the week serving breakfast and lunch all day long.
Cafe The Daily Beet serves cold-pressed juices, smoothies, grain bowls and toasts as well as a variety of vegan and gluten-free dishes. At Main Squeeze Juice Co., you’ll find cold-pressed juices, handcrafted smoothies, and more like acai bowls.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Many would agree these restaurants have great desserts:
- Jacques-Imo’s Café at 8324 Oak St
- Restaurant R’evolution at 777 Bienville St
- Willa Jean at 611 O’Keefe Ave
- Commander’s Palace at 1403 Washington Ave
Jacques- Imo’s is a funky, mural-lined hotspot that serves Creole soul food to locals and tourists alike and their alligator cheesecake is one of the best desserts in your area. Restaurant R’evolution is a swanky hotel restaurant with a large Creole menu and a wine cellar with 10,000 bottles. Peanut butter ice cream is one of their most popular sweets.
Willa Jean is a retro-chic café with Southern cuisine, baked goods, coffee, tea, and drinks. The bakery items, both daily specials and fantastic cookies, are what they are known for.
Since 1880 Commander’s Palace has been a notable destination for excellent Creole cuisine and an elegant jazz brunch in a chandelier-hung setting. Desserts like Creole bread pudding soufflé are worth checking out for sure.
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We wish we had more to share but for now that is all we’ve got. 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 finding your next sweet indulgence shouldn’t be too hard.
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 New Orleans.