Today we will be filling you in on the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Portland, Maine. 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 Portland 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 Portland or want some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Beal’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream at 12 Moulton St
- Mount Desert Island Ice Cream at 51 Exchange St
- Sticky Sweet at 119 Cumberland Ave
- The Gelato Fiasco Old Port at 425 Fore St
- Red Mango at 364 Maine Mall Road
Beal’s Famous Old Fashioned Ice Cream creates high-quality ice cream, yogurt, sugar-free options, and sorbet in small batches in a variety of flavors. Ice cream cakes, full pies or by the slice, pizzas, logs, cookie monsters, handcrafted Swiss cones, seasonal flavors, pints, quarts, half gallons, and more are all available.
Sticky Sweet is a vegan and gluten-free plant-based ice cream shop in your area that uses no dairy, eggs, cane or processed sugars, or artificial additives. They combine a variety of plants like cashews and coconuts into a smooth creamy texture.
The Gelato Fiasco Old Port is a modern counter-serve cafe that serves Italian-style gelato and sorbet created using locally sourced ingredients. Every day their crew scoops up to 30 different types of ice cream and provides personalized food for weddings, parties, and corporate events.
Red Mango at 364 Maine Mall Road provides calcium, protein, live and active cultures, and GanedenBC30 probiotics to help your immune and digestive systems. They offer frozen desserts that are all-natural, low-fat, nonfat, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
They also provide all-natural, fresh fruit smoothies, ice-filtered juices made with raw, whole fruits and vegetables, as well as flatbreads and other café fare that are under 500 calories. Beal’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream also has several frozen yogurt options.
Bakeries In Your Area
Expect to find great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more at the best bakeries near you:
- Cakes Extraordinaire at 305 Route One, Yarmouth
- Tandem Coffee and Bakery at 742 Congress St
- Botto’s Bakery at 550 Washington Ave
- Tin Pan Bakery at 897 Brighton Ave
- The Cookie Jar at 554 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth
Cakes Extraordinaire is known to bake some of the best wedding cakes in your area. They now provide Coffee By Design as well as fresh daily pastries and delectable cupcakes.
Tandem Coffee and Bakery is a modern cafe selling house-roasted coffees, pastries, and sandwiches in a restored 1960’s petrol station. Every day Botto’s Bakery prepares handcrafted Italian breads made in small batches to ensure freshness, quality, and consistency as the sole bakery in East Deering, a landmark for 70 years.
The Cookie Jar is a local bakery that has great donuts, pastries, and bespoke cakes plus sandwiches and soups for a fast lunch and some seasonal goods.
Local Donut Shops
These donut shops are a great way to start your morning:
Tony’s Donut Shop is one of the best places to buy donuts near you and also sells some delicious pastries. Hifi Doughnuts is a fun hangout with homemade donuts and light cuisine served in a vintage atmosphere with outdoor seating.
Their flavors range from classic honey glazed to the one-of-a-kind Old Port Donut and everything in between. Holy Donut is an inventive donut created with potatoes and other ingredients from the region.
They use only the highest quality dark cocoa powder and 60% dark chocolate chips in all of their chocolate donuts and glazes, and they tint their glazes with only fruit juices or vegetable dyes, no artificial colors.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops in your area:
Love Kupcakes operates out of a vintage 1960’s travel trailer and a refurbished postal truck serving fresh and delicious cupcakes. Gluten-free, vegan, and classic choices are available.
Two Fat Cats Bakery is a quaint bakery that excels at freshly baked sweet and savory pies in addition to cupcakes, cookies, and specialty cakes.
Candy Stores Near You
Local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
- Old Port Candy Co at 422 Fore St
- Haven’s Candies at 448 Forest Ave
- Len Libby Candies at 419 US Route 1, Scarborough
Old Port Candy Co. is a family-run confectionery shop that sells nostalgic, unique, and hard-to-find candy for children of all ages. They make their fudge right there in the shop and provide a rotating range of classic flavors and delectable new inventions including chocolate-covered blueberries, gummi lobsters, salt water taffy, and maple sugar candy.
Haven’s Candies specializes in creating unique corporate gifts for businesses all across the country. They continue to handcraft handmade sweets utilizing traditional processes, the highest quality ingredients, and a commitment to excellence.
Len Libby Candies is famous for its Lenny, the world’s only life-size chocolate moose. Needhams, Bangor taffy, salt water taffy, milk or dark chocolate non-pareils, peanut butter cups, buttercrunch, fudge, and peanut brittle are some of their customers’ favorite delicacies.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Great homemade chocolate and fudge can be found at these shops:
Dean’s Sweets has over 30 varieties of hand-dipped chocolate truffles, caramels, and other chocolate pleasures. They do not utilize nuts or nut products, and the majority of our menu items are gluten-free ad they can make vegan and dairy-free chocolates.
Chocolats Passion produces artisan French chocolates and a variety of French confections and teas. A range of ganaches including salted caramel, fruits, and exotic additions like passion fruit, Australian ginger, and Turkish apricots are among the chocolates available.
Chocolats Passion utilizes no preservatives and only uses organic cream, organic butter, organic citrus, and honey in its confections plus they have some vegan options. Len Libby from our best candy shops near you list also has a good assortment of chocolates.
Gluten Free Bakeries
For a healthier alternative try one of these gluten free bakeries:
AllerGeena Gluten Free Baked Goods is a gluten-free bakery in your area that sells wholesale to smaller grocery stores, co-ops, fine restaurants, and sandwich shops. Their goods are free of gluten from wheat, barley, and rye, as well as nuts, soy, and fish.
The Holy Donut also serves vegan and gluten free donuts.
Smoothies can be a great tasty and healthy snack:
Maine Juice Co. sells organic gourmet smoothies, cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls, almond milks, and more. Organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and superfoods abound on the menu.
The Juicery is a brightly colored counter-serve nook that sells fruit and vegetable smoothies, juices, wraps, and salads. Vegans, vegetarians, and acai bowl-atarians will all be catered to.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Many would agree these restaurants have great desserts:
Green Elephant is a vegetarian bistro that serves everything from panang curry with tempeh to vegan soy pork noodles. Desserts such as fried banana with coconut ice cream are well-known.
Nosh Kitchen Bar is an upscale pub that serves jumbo-sized burgers, sandwiches, and other comfort foods till late. Dunkaroos, a dessert made of animal crackers, vanilla buttercream, and pride sprinkles is one of their most ordered.
Doughnut Holes Duckfat’s are one of the best desserts near you and are combination of duck fat-fried and citrus-scented dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with duck fat caramel dipping sauce.
By the way we have also written about:
- Best Bakeries in Boston
- Best Bakeries in Providence
- Best Bakeries in New York City
- Best Bakeries in Montreal
Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Portland
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 Portland, Maine.