It is said that we eat with our eyes before we actually taste with our mouths. For many dessert shops, bakeries, and patisseries, this means crafting the most gorgeous sweets and treats, paying special attention to presentation. After all, in the age of Instagram, a gorgeously plated dessert is essentially free advertising!
While we all enjoy a beautiful dessert that looks as good as it tastes, some dessert shops go above and beyond when it comes to presentation, employing an attitude that the entire shop should be just as attractive as the sweets they provide. From detailed statues to neon signs, pastel color schemes to monochromatic aesthetics, there are a multitude of ways to create an Insta-worthy spot to grab a treat. And, as anyone who’s opening a restaurant or café in this day and age knows, Instagram can help to make or break a new business.
It’s a trip around the world with these 25 dessert shops, which run the gamut from old school to modern, classic to clean. Since we eat with our eyes first, be prepared to fill up on these glorious must-see spots – and maybe make a dessert bucket list while you’re at it!
25 Bird Bakery, San Antonio, Texas
Bird Bakery in San Antonio, Texas (not to be confused with BIRD Bakery in Dallas, Texas) doesn’t just look gorgeous with its exposed brick, wooden details, and string lights, but also boasts a Hollywood link! Co-owners Elizabeth Chambers and her husband, actor Armie Hammer, developed the bakery together, basing their desserts largely on recipes from Chambers’ grandmother, who inspired her to enter into the dessert business. Delicious-sounding treats on the Bird Bakery menu include Bird Blue Vanilla Cupcakes, Honey Cheesecake, and Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies!
24 La Pâtisserie des Rêves, London
Cakes, pastries, and other assorted treats are arranged like artwork under glass cloches at La Pâtisserie de Rêves in London. The owner, Thierry Teyssier has a background in theatre, which might explain some of the inspiration behind the dramatic presentation, but we’d say it’s his sweet tooth that inspired some of the pâtisserie’s more decadent creations – the Paris-Brest has been voted the best Paris-Brest in Paris (La Pâtisserie de Rêves has multiple locations), Clearly, they’ve earned the name The “Pastry of Dreams”!
23 Duchess Bake Shop, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Argued to be the “best bakery in Canada”, the Duchess Bake Shop in Edmonton, Alberta puts as much care into their creations as they do their décor, which has coffered ceilings and chandeliers, bringing a European vibe to the Canadian shop. As for their desserts, they abide by a philosophy of “no mixes, no preservatives, and no shortcuts”.
If you happen to make you way to the city, be sure to check out such delectable (and Instagrammable) goodies as their Grapefruit Lavender Tart, Macaron Gâteau, and Duchess Cake!
22 Primrose Bakery, London
Adorable on the inside as well as the outside, Primrose Bakery in London boasts all your must-haves for the perfect ‘Gram: Neon sign, pastel color scheme, and brightly-painted exterior! A little bit retro and a lot of cute, Primrose Bakery offers twists on British favorites, like a Victoria Sponge Cupcake and an Eton Mess Cupcake.
Cute designs with tons of options make this bakery one of the best to hit up if you find yourself across the pond – and maybe sign up for a baking class while you’re there, since Primrose Bakery offers them in-store!
21 Angelita Tea Salon & Pâtisserie, Bali
A tea salon as well as a patisserie, this dessert shop in Bali looks straight out of a Parisian side street! Coffered ceilings, delicate furniture, and sky blue walls offer a flirty, feminine vibe – ideal for a day when you’re looking to feel a bit pampered.
But Angelita Tea Salon & Pâtisserie is more than just a pretty face! With tried-and-true pastry staples like almond croissants and éclairs on the menu, the adorable dessert shop also makes jaw-dropping items like their Banana Nutella Mini Cake and a cake shaped like a pig – appropriately called a “Miss Piggy Cake”!
20 District Doughnut, Washington, D.C.
A more modern take that befits its Washington, D.C. location, District Doughnut uses sleek white brick walls, long wooden tables, and pops of color to turn their doughnut shop into something that deserves a spot on your Instagram feed.
With a menu that regularly rotates according to what’s in season, District Doughnut’s Summer 2018 offerings include lip-smacking flavors like Peaches and Cream, Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée, and Salted Dulce de Leche, we’re already planning our next visit to the nation’s capital!
19 Nadia Cakes, Woodbury, Minnesota
Gorgeous and girly, Nadia Cakes in Woodbury, Minnesota is every pink lover’s dream. From its mismatched, plush pink furniture to its extended tufted pink couch to its pink painted walls, Nadia Cakes knows its audience.
A family-run business that began in 2009, owner Abby Jimenez has gone on to win Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship and Cupcake Wars (among others) – and with treats like her Mimosa and Unicorn Poop Cupcakes, plus a dessert imposter “Lo Mein”, we can see why!
18 Sweets by Chloe, New York City
Sweets by Chloe is from the same brilliant mind behind the fashion line Chloe – which is to say, Stella McCartney! As such, everything the adorably pink eatery is plant-based and vegan!
From its cute pink-and-white striped awning to its shelves of succulents to its punny neon sign, Sweets by Chloe is the perfect addition to your Instagram feed – and your stomach!
While there are a few “by Chloe” eateries, there’s only one Sweets by Chloe, located in NYC and stocked full of treats like Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and Matcha Chocolate Babka!
17 Sweet Mandy B’s, Chicago, Illinois
Looking as if it was designed by an idealistic and creative eight-year-old, Chicago’s Sweet Mandy B’s has pastel colored stools, tufted lilac booths, and polka-dotted walls. Cute retro elements like ruffled cake stands and delicate chairs make this bakery feel like you are literally a kid in a candy store!
If the décor wasn’t enough to get your mouth watering, their selection of old fashioned desserts proves that you don’t have to create crazy flavors to earn a fanbase. Some notable items include a Snickerdoodle Cupcake and Marshmallow Dream Brownie.
16 Sébastien Gaudard Pâtisserie, Paris
The Sébastien Gaudard Pâtisserie in Paris looks more like a fanciful jewelry store. Stocked alongside the pastel blue walls are glass cases that hold some of the most decadent treats in the capital, like Tarte au Citron and Framboisier.
Pendant chandeliers and glass cloches keep with the Parisian vibe, as does the black-and-white checked floor. If you can manage to stop yourself from drooling long enough, clearly, the patisserie is a treat for all the senses. Breakfast at Tiffany’s? How about breakfast at Sébastien Gaudard Pâtisserie?
15 Soirette Macarons and Tea, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The entire entrance to Soirette Macarons and Tea in Vancouver is glass windows, the better to eat with your eyes before entering the small dessert shop and filling your belly!
Save for a blue accent wall, the rest of the décor of Soirette is white, but, rather than feel stark, the vibe is classic and allows their gorgeous macarons (in flavors like Strawberry Balsamic, Earl Grey Cassis, and Blackberry Sangria) to speak for themselves! Described as a “jewel box pastry shop”, the store pays as much attention to its sweets as it does to its interior design.
14 Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York City
If the name Dominique Ansel rings a bell to you, it’s probably because this is the guy who invented the Cronut, which caused hours-long lineups in order to take a bit of this flaky, decadent dessert hybrid. However, did you also know that this was the same chef (along with his team) that invented the Cookie Shot and Watermelon Ice Cream Sandwich!
The store in NYC is luminously decorated with marble countertops, mirrored walls, and chalkboard menus, which will help give you that modern, minimalist look you might be looking for.
13 Bake Shoppe, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Female-owned and operated, Bake Shoppe in Toronto “[specializes] in old school yummy treats and homemade recreations of pastime favorites”, but their shop (or “shoppe”) has a distinctly modern look, with its shared seating options, must-have neon sign, and mural of the two owners!
While the décor is gorgeous and totally worthy of a spot on your social media accounts, it’s the menu that really pulls you in. Hello, homemade Pop Tarts? Add to that a twist on the classic Rice Krispies square by swapping the cereal for Ruffles potato chips and homemade Passion Flakes, and we’re drooling!
12 Woops! Bakeshop, Brooklyn, New York City
With eight bakeshop locations and 30 boutique kiosks, there are a lot of Woops! Bakeshops to look at, but the one that really caught our eye was their Brooklyn, New York City location.
Another dessert spot embracing an all-white aesthetic, Woops! clearly knows that a blank canvas is the best way to showcase their gorgeous macarons – the item that Woops! Bakeshop specializes in. (Notable flavors include Lychee Rose, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Caramel Fleur de Sel.)
If macarons aren’t to your liking, Woops! has you covered, with other tasty treats like Nutella & Dulce de Leche Alafjores!
11 Cupcake Central, Melbourne, Australia
With a hipster-chic aesthetic, Cupcake Central in Melbourne, Australia employs all the must-haves for an Instagrammable dessert spot: Neon lighting? Check. Photo-worthy floor phrase? Check. White subway tile with decorative teal accents? Check.
While the interior design of this particular location is undeniably gorgeous, it’s the menu that really has us wanting to catch a plane and travel to the other side of the world! Cupcake flavors that definitely appeal to their Aussie clientele include Milo Milk and Sticky Date Pudding.
10 Peggy Porschen Cakes, London
Okay, but how gorgeous is this exterior? Peggy Porschen Cakes in London clearly knows that value of brand power, because their entrance – featuring their business name, naturally – is perfect for the ‘Gram, giving them free advertising for the myriad of visitors and tourists who show up at their adorable doorstep!
Matching their feminine exterior is an equally girly interior, with scalloped and arched shelve detailing, tiny white tables, clear bakery chairs, and vases stuffed full of flowers. Need proof that their treats are as delicious as their design? Check out their too-cute-to-eat Floral Lemon Loaf Cake or Lemon & Elderflower Tart.
9 Tatte Bakery & Café, Boston, Massachusetts
It might be in Boston, Massachusetts, but Tatte Bakery looks like it’s been ripped from the streets of London or Paris.
Relying entirely on a palette of black and white, from the floors to the subway tiled counter and hanging lights to allow the warmth of their baked good to take center stage. In fact, the bakery and café has been such a hit that, since its first location opened in 2007, 10 more have popped up! Their fruit tarts are considered the best in the city but, when they look as beautiful as they do, it’s almost impossible to dig in!
8 Five Daughters Bakery, Seaside, Florida
If you’re in the mood for doughnuts and happen to be heading down South at some point, you have to hit up Five Daughter Bakery in Seaside, Florida, where the offer classic and heavenly flavors like Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Sugar.
While the goodies they have inside their four walls is enough to get your stomach grumbling, it’s the outside we’re her to talk about! With a fabulously pastel color scheme of pink, turquoise, and white that brands their five locations, the interior is all about – what else? – neon signs and white subway tile!
7 Sugar Factory, New York City
Tufted black leather booths, black-and-white patterned floors, and white tiled walls look equal parts classic and basic, but it lends Sugar Factory in New York City a definite Parisian vibe that allows their standout desserts and candy-filled concoctions to stand out.
While not strictly a dessert shop the way the others on this list are, with a name like “Sugar Factory” – and the fact that they have gourmet ice cream sandwiches and “insane” milkshakes on their menu – we had to include them!
A favorite among celebrities, who are photographed and put on the Sugar Factory website, it’s a cool must-see on any NYC trip.
6 Cauldron Ice Cream, San Diego, California
You know those puffed waffle cones that are a must-have at almost all ice cream shops? Well, according to Cauldron Ice Cream in San Diego, California, they were the creators of the OG “Puffle”!
The minimalist, modern aesthetic of the shop is home to all your hipster faves, including hanging Edison lightbulbs, decorative shadowboxes, and neon lights (reading, “It’s not going to lick itself.”), but it’s the desserts on offer that really won us over. Their version of the Disney fave Dole Whip (called Pineapple Express) and a Cookieloos ice cream have us drooling!
5 Conditori La Glace, Copenhagen, Denmark
If Conditori La Glace looks like it belongs to another era, it might be because it’s the oldest bakery in Copenhagen, dating back to 1870! Arched doorways, beveled glass, coffered ceilings, and other intricate, old-world details make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
The bakery/confectionary has plenty of tasty treats on display and, we’ve learned, their Christmas window settings are on a whole other level! Hey, when you look this gorgeous on the inside, you have to make sure everything else matches the aesthetic!
4 Milk And Cream Cereal Bar, New York City
Combining our two most favorite meals of the day – breakfast and dessert – we have another New York addition to our list: Milk and Cream Cereal Bar.
The nostalgia vibes are evident from the retro-style look of the shop to allowing grown-ups to dig into some of their favorite childhood cereals – Saturday morning cartoons not included!
While customers are encouraged to design their own sweet creations, Milk and Cream Cereal Bar also has a few delectable suggestions, including Froot Berry Bliss (Froot Loops, strawberries, blueberries, Fruity Pebbles, and Gummy Bears) and Chocolate Cocoa Crunch (Cocoa Puffs, Krave cereal, white chocolate chips, M&Ms, and chocolate drizzle).
3 Cookie Do, New York City
The newest foodie dessert craze to hit the scene, we have edible cookie dough! Scooped like ice cream but egg-free so you don’t have to feel guilty (or get sick), edible cookie dough has endless varieties and combinations to fill your belly.
With a sweet offering that is more than a little whimsical, it’s wonderful to see a décor that matches. The childlike vibe is playful thanks to polka dotted walls and retro cake stands. And, while they only have one location, they ship throughout the U.S.! What better way to dip your spoon into flavors like Cake Batter, Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle, and Brookie Dough?
2 Short and Sweet Bakeshop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Decorated with mini plants and succulents on wooden tables and shelves, outfitted with a neon sign that reads “Butter Cream Dreams”, and walls of painted white brick, Short and Sweet Bakeshop in Toronto is as adorable as its name would imply.
Founded in 2009 by Orli Levy, who left behind a career in the beauty industry, clearly, her eye for aesthetics hadn’t waned when she designed this dessert spot. Plus, the place doesn’t take itself too seriously, naming their cupcakes Rich In Recession, Ice Ice Baby, and The Sprinkler, among others!
1 La Maison Ladurée, Paris
With plenty of locations all over the world that are equally gorgeous, we chose the flagship store of La Maison Ladurée in Paris, France. Coffered ceilings, chandeliers, golden embellishments, and trays of treats kept behind glass offer a whiff of the history that comes with the shop, which began all the way back in 1862.
Although not pictured, the accompanying tea room is just as glamorous, with tufted chairs, marble statues, and delicate china. While La Maison Ladurée offers ice cream, chocolate, and pastries, it’s undeniably their macarons that are the most famous, in flavors like Rose, Orange Blossom, and Geranium!
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