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 legendary in the Bay area. 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 guests 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.
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. With everything from cakes and cookies to shakes and pies, the Dessert Spot is sure to have something that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you coming back for more. 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 St. Pete
If you’re looking for a treat with a bit of a twist, head over to (swah-rey) in St. Pete after your next date. This local dessert spot offers cheesecakes, pies-in-a-jar, cakes and mini cakes in a variety of flavors. What’s the twist? If you order a mini cake, you can upgrade it to a hookup with a shot of milk, coffee, tea and even beer or wine!
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. The cupcakes are made in house, taste delicious and are budget-friendly. 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 an all-in-one after dinner cocktail and dessert. On the menu you can expect cocktail inspired ice creams that marry our childhood desire for ice-cream and our grown up desire for a delicious cocktail. Vegan options as well as virgin versions of each flavor are available.
449 Central Avenue Suite 102 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
When you have the freedom to create your own flavor combination of ice creams, the possibilities are endless. IceBurg Thai Rolled Ice Cream is located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg’s foodie district, and specializes in Thai rolled ice cream. In addition to rolled and scooped ice cream, IceBurg also offers assorted smoothies and acai bowls as a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth. But for those of you trying not to think about the scale, their shakes and waffle rolls are just simply a must.
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. They are a modern American diner that 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.
5207 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
Experience what an authentic macaroon 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. This is the perfect place for your guilty pleasures without feeling guilty at all.
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.
Feature image credit: Dough