A sweet treat for your sweet date? Sounds like a plan! Dessert is always a great way to finish up a night of fun. With so many Tampa Bay dessert spots to chose from, it may be hard to pick just one to visit after your date. So, here are some of our favorite dessert spots to help you narrow it down.
2602 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
You may have tasted homemade ice-cream, but have you ever experienced homemade ice-cream served in a warm doughnut cone? Dough is the candy-coated sister to Datz, Tampa’s urban American gastropub. This whimsical bakeshop features an imaginative atmosphere that will bring you back to your childhood in a single bite. Their doughnut collection ranges from créme brûlée and maple bacon to cereal and s’mores. From milkshakes and cheesecake to macaroons, cupcakes and gourmet waffles, they truly have it all.
Multiple locations (Seminole Heights, South Tampa and Brandon)
Revolution Ice Cream encourages customers to get as creative as possible with their extensive menu of unique flavors. Mix and match scoops on your next sundae so you can experience Drunken Brownies, Hotcakes, and Eurotrash all in one photo-worthy sampler. Seasonal and specialty flavors change regularly and vegan options are available.
1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Anyone who lives in Tampa knows that Bern’s Steak House is one of the area’s most romantic eateries. But, did you know they have a private dessert room on the top floor? They offer nearly 50 dessert choices and more than 1,000 dessert wines and spirits. Guests are seated in their own personal booth equipped with a six-channel stereo sound system, offerings a wide range of music styles including classical, jazz, progressive, contemporary, new age, and even live music played by Bern’s personal pianist. If you’re looking for an intimate, romantic atmosphere to satisfy your sweet tooth, Bern’s is the perfect destination for you. FYI: a reservation for the dessert room is automatically included with your dinner reservation, and you’ll be taken upstairs to your table after dinner.
1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 Inside Armature Works and 103 East Jackson Street, Tampa, FL 33602 Inside Gen-X Tavern
It doesn’t get more Instagram-worthy than Bake’n Babes’ over the top desserts, available at two different locations around town. From the unique taiyaki cone (pictured below) to Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies, this is the spot to let your sweet tooth go wild. The Tampa based, woman-owned bakery opened a second location in December 2020 inside of Armature Works. Exclusive to this location is “The Works,” an over the top ice cream treat topped with an assortment of sweets (think donuts, oreos, popcorn, candy, etc) that rotates monthly. You can even get a Pup Cup for your favorite four legged friend.
4048 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609
A newer spot in South Tampa, Sucré Table has truly beautiful (and delicious) desserts and custom cakes. Chef Brenda Villacorta is from Tampa, but spent years in Michelin-rated kitchens before coming home to open Sucré Table. They’re only open until 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 6 p.m. on Saturdays, so we recommend picking it up for dessert after date night. Or, visit in the morning for an Italian-inspired date comprised of a cappuccino and a pastry.
3251 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629 inside Toffee to Go store
For 15 years, Toffee to Go has been spreading their delicious treats nationwide. Now, you can enjoy what they have to offer in their new, in-store dessert store, The Dessert Spot. Choose from decadent cakes, cupcakes, ice cream and more along with cute dessert trays to go (perfect for a picnic!). And of course, on your way out you can grab a box of your favorite toffee and take it to go.
689 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg , FL 33701
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream from Urban Creamery! This spot is doing nothing more than creating the very best of everyone’s favorite. You and your date can expect home made ice cream, over-the-top dessert waffles, milkshakes and sundaes. Share a banana and nutella ice cream waffle next time you’re looking for a shareable dessert.
Multiple locations in Tampa and St. Pete
Hyppo’s gourmet popsicles are like no other. Cool down with the assortment of all-natural pops made with fresh fruit, fresh herbs and spices, evaporated cane juice and dairy (select flavors). The menu changes with the seasons, which is how they have created over 450 flavors so far. Flavors run the gamut from seasonal Pumpkin Cheesecake to Strawberry Basil, Blackberry Goat Cheese, Espresso Horchata and so many more.
Don’t feel like going out? The Hyppo has a fleet of trucks that make their rounds through local neighborhoods selling prepackaged pops and ice cream. You can track the trucks in real time here to see when they’re active and close to your neighborhood.
717 S Dakota Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
A date night in Hyde Park Village with a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants needs to finish at Sprinkles, a dessert store with cupcakes, ice cream, and cookies. Take your pick of dozens of rotating flavors, available inside of by way of the instal-worthy outdoor cupcake ATM. This is also a great place to grab a dog-friendly treat for your puppy.
538 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Bringing together the two things we love to end dinner with is Beans and Barlour. This spot offers boozy desserts so you can have a post-dinner dinner cocktail and dessert all in one. The boozy creations give our favorite childhood treat (ice cream) a fun adult upgrade. Vegan options and non-alcoholic versions of each flavor are available.
901 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Part of the Ciccio’s Restaurant Group, Daily Eats is a restaurant staple in the Tampa Bay area. This modern American diner specializes in sandwiches, bowls, and all-day breakfast. The diner experience is made complete with indulgent retro milkshakes. Sip on all your favorite flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry plus creative specialty shakes. Pair your sweet treat with something decadent from the menu, like Cap’n Crunch French Toast or the famous spicy buffalo mac n’ cheese.
This is our absolute favorite spot for ultra fresh Italian gelato. Tack a stop at Gelato-Go on to your next trip to the Channelside District and you will not regret it. Get a scoop (or two) of fresh-made gelato along with a cup of coffee and take home some fresh pastries.
5207 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
Experience what an authentic macaron is meant to taste like without packing your bags for a spontaneous trip to France. Chocolate Pi is a gourmet bakery in South Tampa that bakes all goods completely from scratch, from whole ingredients, without the use of artificial flavoring or preservatives. The owner and head chef, Kim Yelvington, spent time studying the art of pastry in France, and created Chocolate Pi so that the world can experience a true pairing of southern sweets with old world tradition. All desserts and flavors change daily so you’ll always have something new and exciting to try!
11024 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
The name doesn’t lie! Funky Sweets is serving up unique desserts in a funky setting. This spot is a 70’s themed Disco Donut Spot specializing in mini donuts and funnel cake. You’ll dig the locally made ice-cream paired with always delicious fried dough. You get to choose the toppings at this spot.
11642 N. Dale Mabry Tampa, FL 33618
Although Dough Nation has been open for awhile now, it still seems to be a talk of the town. Dough Nation is a dessert spot featuring safe, edible cookie dough along with ice cream, cookies and other treats. You can even take pint containers of cookie dough home with you to eat raw or bake into cookies. And even better, this dessert restaurant helps students of the Metropolitan Ministries Culinary Arts Program practice and money made from the store goes towards feeding the hungry in the community.
1729 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
If you’ve ever had crepes, you already know how good they are. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? La Creperia Cafe, located in Ybor City, has more than 30 options for a beautiful and delicious dessert. With crepes featuring nutella, cinnamon, dulce de leche, strawberries and much more, you and your date will find so many perfect combinations you’ll want to go back.
170 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
This French bakery has it all if you’re looking for a place with cake, pastries, ice cream, macarons and much more. Here you’ll find a blend of American classics with French and European influences for any meal. There’s even a special holiday menu if you want a little extra cheer.
1625 W Snow Circle, Tampa, FL 33606
Last but not least, we’re turning our attention to The Cake Drip in South Tampa’s Hyde Park Village. We have two words to describe this gorgeously sweet spot: dessert boutique. Walking in, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a magic secret garden with Insta-worthy photo spots at every turn. While the idea of decorating your own candy bar or cake seems like something for the kids, this dessert boutique was designed for the adults. You can order a DIY cake if you’re really feeling creative with options like Drunk Barbie DIY Cake, Unicorn DIY Cake, or even freestyle it! They also offer chocolate flights, Treat Box, and floral infused champagne –it’s an experience like you’ve never seen before. It’s a great girls night out and definitely a perfect date night!
Feature image credit: Dough