I know I do! Greater Vancouver is world-renowned for its abundance of delicious meals… but what’s better than a mouth-watering dessert to top off that dinner and satisfy that sweet tooth? Check out my top 6 picks of sugary indulgences:
6. Cheesecake ETC - 2141 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
This has been the defacto locale for cheesecake lovers in Vancouver for years – live music, romantic lighting and savoury cheesecake… who could ask for more? The cheesecake is really light and fluffy (not like the boxed ones from supermarkets that break your teeth when you bite into it). Definitely my go-to place when I’m craving a late-night treat.
Value: 3/5 –If the cheesecake was more “heavy,” the portions would be perfect; but because it’s really light, I thought they could have given you more for what you’re paying.
Ambiance: 5/5 – Live music, dim romantic lighting and a French atmosphere… that is all.
Service: 5/5 – Servers are friendly, prompt and gave good and sincere recommendations.
Parking: 3/5 – It’s located in a busy area, so there are limited free parking spots and most of it is street meter parking.
5. Sweet Obsessions - 2611 W.16th Ave Vancouver, BC
A cheaper alternative to True Confections! Menu includes a wide variety of desserts to choose from. I also love that they use real butter and whipped cream instead of fake ingredients. If you feel like some cake fit for a king… this is the place to come!
Value: 4/5 – Cheaper than True Confections, but portions are a little smaller. However, the cake/pastries are very rich and it’ll definitely fill you up.
Ambiance: 4/5 – It’s bright, cutesy and small inside, but the tables are too close together.
Service: 4/5 – The servers will bring you your food, but you have to get your own water. It’s more of a take-out place, as evidenced by the number of sweets-to-go people.
Parking: 4/5 – There’s lots of free parking in the surrounding side streets.
4. Original Joe’s - 2662 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC
People often overlook the desserts menu in their enthusiasm for beer and wings at this popular sports bar, but the Joe’s Original Dirt Pie is something that’s worth going there for alone – yes, it’s that good. Vanilla and chocolate ice cream, brownie and chocolate chunks, caramel and chocolate drizzle, along with sprinkled Oreo cookie crumbs make up this fine concoction.
Value: 5/5 – Did I mention one order gets you TWO of those amazing slices? And it only costs you less than 7 bucks!!
Ambiance: 4/5 – Typical sports bar atmosphere; especially when it’s UFC or Canucks night.
Service: 5/5 – Attentive servers and excellent management.
Parking: 4/5 – Ample parking but can fill up because it is located in a small plaza. Parking spots are also shared with Starbucks, a liquor store, and other neighboring establishments.
3. Leisure Tea and Coffee - 8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC
A Taiwanese shaved ice dessert that comes with many different toppings, including a variety of beans, pearls, rice balls, coconut jelly, fruits, condensed milk, pudding, etc. Good for sharing with someone or eating alone, and perfect for a hot summer’s day.
Value: 5/5 – You get lots of toppings for what you’re paying, compared to other shaved ice places.
Ambiance: 2.5/5 – It reminded me of my grandma’s house.
Service: 3.5/5 – Servers are less attentive when it’s busy. Also, if you’re of Asian descent, they automatically assume you speak Mandarin.
Parking: 1/5 – It’s pretty horrible. We drove around in circles for about 10 minutes before we were able to find a spot.
2. Bon Crepe - 1238 Robson Street in Vancouver, BC
Bon Crepe is the place to come if you’re looking for the best crepes in town. This Japanese-owned “hole-in-the-wall” (literally, if you’re ordering from the outside) place offers a simultaneously hot and cold sweet treat. I highly recommend the Green Tea Ice Cream with Red Bean Whip Topping!
Value: 5/5 – A crepe will fill you up and costs at least 2-3 dollars less than the more hyped-up Café Crepe.
Ambiance: 2/5 – If you want to eat in, you’re basically sitting at a little table in the middle of a Japanese convenience store. However, you are mere steps away from Robson Street shopping.
Service: 5/5 – They’re friendly and they make your crepes fast!
Parking: 1/5 – Typical downtown parking. It sucks, but sometimes you get lucky.
1. Gelateria Dolce Amore - 1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
I seriously love this place. Dolce Amore has got tons of rich, creamy flavours along with a some choices for refreshing sorbet! And there are washrooms for customers (unlike another popular ice-cream place *cough* La Casa Gelato *cough*). You also get the option of waffle cones at no extra cost!
Value: 5/5 – One scoop actually means two scoops. You can also get 2 different flavours at the price of one scoop! All at a cheaper price than all the other ice cream places.
Ambiance: 3/5 – Limited tables and seats, however, Dolce Amore is situated in the heart of the bustling Commercial Drive.
Service: 4/5 – They always give you huge scoops! Friendly, and give you lots of taste tests without getting annoyed.
Parking: 3/5 – There’s barely any parking on the street, but you’ll find lots of free parking a block or two into the residential streets.