Leave your passport at home — Tampa’s diverse cultural scene allows your taste buds to sample the world without ever having to leave the sunshine state.
Fulfill your sweet tooth with one of these delicious desserts. And don’t worry, we made it easy for you.
Below is a list of Tampa’s best desserts and the exact restaurants that make them:
1205 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Marie Antoinette infamously said “Let them eat cake,” but cupcakes aren’t the fashionable dessert anymore — it is the French macaron (not macaroon). Macarons are meringue-based cookies with a buttercream, ganache or fruit curd filling and Chocolate Pi is constantly making a variety of delicious options. Get ready to enjoy amazing flavors such as Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Bananas Foster and Raspberry Rose.
170 Beach Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Chocolate lovers will die for this rich chocolate dessert. A moist piece of chocolatey cake topped with chocolate mousse, a praline insert and glazed with a chocolate ganache make up this Normandy. Chocolate is a dessert that doesn’t need an excuse for celebration, so dig in.
3409 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629
Baklava is probably the most popular Greek dessert. This delicious pastry is layered with phyllo dough and crushed walnuts and finished off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzled in honey. The Greek gods would approve of Louis Pappas’ authentic Baklava recipe.
785 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
This Greek dessert is a semolina custard pastry covered in a clear syrup and phyllo dough that is flavored in lemon, orange or rose. Hellas Bakery is located in Tarpon Springs, Tampa Bay’s little Greek town, so you know it is authentic. You will scream “Opa!”
2909 22nd Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33713
Like famously said in the movie The Godfather, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” This cannoli cake is the ultimate dessert that will make a gangster holster their weapon. The actual cannoli cake has one layer of vanilla and one layer of chocolate cake that are both drool-worthy. Cannoli filling coats the top layer of the cake and also separates the different cake flavors. The outer part of the cake is surrounded by mini cannoli shells filled with whipped cream.
300 Beach Dr SE Ste. 120, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Is there a Gelato song? Because it sure deserves one. Gelato is ice cream but a little different. This cold treat is a favorite for everyone of all ages. Gelato comes in a bunch of flavors, so you can be sure there is something for everyone. At Paciugo’s, you can expect authentic Italian gelato and sorbet and you can enjoy this tasty treat in a traditional cup or waffle cone OR in a unique waffle taco shell. Check out their website to look through their countless options — you’re even able to search for flavors by mood.
1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
What is this, you ask? A mound of vanilla ice cream covered in corn flakes and candied duck bacon. Ice cream and bacon for dessert?! Now I know what you’re thinking, “Yuck.” I thought the same thing, but this dessert will have you in love at the first scoop. If breakfast was a dessert, this would be it.
2602 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
Krispy Kreme doesn’t hold a torch next to Datz Dough. This bakery reinvents the donut and there is nothing ordinary about them. Just like their main restaurant, Datz, they never neglect bacon and they put it right on top of their Maple Bacon Donut. Other eccentric creations you can find are the following: Whiskey Caramel Donut, Birthday Cake Donut, Red Velvet Donut and many more.
5358 W Village Dr, Tampa, FL 33624
Terra Sur Cafe is a Peruvian restaurant with delicious food and desserts. A favorite is their tres leche cake. Tres leche means three milks in english and it is a sponge cake made with three different milks: condensed milk, whole milk and evaporated milk. The cake is not complete without the homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit topping. Yum!
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Flan is a traditional Latino dessert — it comes in many different flavors such as vanilla, coconut, chocolate and even pumpkin. It’s the first dessert your abuelita teaches you to make, but for those who do not know how to make it well, Columbia Restaurant in Ybor has a crazy tasty flan that will make your mouth water.
1441 E Fletcher Ave #101, Tampa, FL 33612
Kaleisia Tea Lounge is a Japanese tea room with much more to offer than its large library of teas. This creamy pistachio smoothie is perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up or as a light dessert to end the night. Kaleisia blends ice, pistachios and condensed milk until it’s silky smooth.
14402 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
Warm mini donuts with condensed milk for dipping. The best way to end a meal after eating Pad Thai. Benjarong Thai makes sure to include many little mini donuts, so that everyone at the table can enjoy the comfort that a donut provides.
526 Oakfield Dr, Brandon, FL 33511
This is not your average apple-strudel-wanna-be-dessert that you would find in the grocery store or on the dollar menu at McDonald’s. Authentic German food is found in this bay area hotspot. Apple Strudel is served warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. What could be better?
116655 Countryway Blvd, Tampa, FL 33626
Here at Fresh Bites, quality ingredients are taken seriously and when it comes to their desserts there is no exception. This family owned restaurant has the best Turmeric Cake — not too sweet and is perfect to go with a hot cup of tea. And, rest assured that your dessert is coming completely GMO, Hormone and Antibiotic Free.
10740 N 56th St, Temple Terrace, FL 33617
This is the best spot to find sweets from the Middle East. This traditional Arabic cake is made with semolina flour, coconut, soaked in a sugar syrup and topped with a toasted almond. The perfect way to satisfy your sugar craving.
Tampa’s best desserts will not only fulfill that sweet craving, but it will put you on a sugar high. Stop dieting for the night and have a spoon-full of sweets. It’s so worth it, you won’t even care about the potential guilt. Whatever your favorite cuisine is, Tampa offers the best cultural variety.
So what’s your favorite dessert? Sound off in the comments section to let us know. You never know if it will make our next list!