Where to Satisfy That Dessert Craving in Sarasota

For your next vacation to Lido Key and Sarasota, be sure to spend
some time discovering the best local restaurants, bars,
and cafes. At the end of a meal, when you want to satisfy that
sweet tooth, here are a few of the top places we would recommend!

Top Desserts in Sarasota

Banyan Tree Chocolate and Cafe

Sometimes, you simply get a chocolate craving, and Banyan Tree Chocolate and Cafe is the perfect place to indulge. This eatery has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since July 2017. It offers a wide range of chocolate treats, from truffles to bonbons to chocolate-covered strawberries and more. They have special offerings like their famous chocolate covered popcorn or the one-of-a-kind Sarasota seafoam. This is a combination of sugar, baking soda, and corn syrup that you simply can’t get anywhere else! If you’re really hungry, you can even come into the restaurant for lunch and grab some chocolate on your way out!

Le Macaron

The macaron is considered the crown jewel of all French pastries, a dessert not to be messed with, and Le Macaron simply does it right. Try incredibly unique flavors like basil white chocolate, Sicilian pistachio, Madagascar black vanilla, bubble gum, birthday cake, peanut butter, and so many others! With so much variety and affordable prices, everyone in your group will be able to satisfy that sugar craving.

Kurto’s Chimney Cakes

If you want a little bit of history with your dessert, stop by Kurto’s Chimney Cakes to try their famous chimney cakes, produced with a recipe that’s over 300 years old! This uniquely shaped European pastry is only baked with the most natural ingredients. It provides a unique way to finish any meal. The special twisted design is simply beautiful and is (almost!) too pretty to eat!

Cakes by Ron

your group to share, Cakes by Ron is the place to go. Come into view their wide selection of cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, with a menu large enough to satisfy everyone. The cupcakes here are incredibly unique in that you can select from over 30 different types of fillings! You can get cookies and cakes that are customized for a special occasion, ideal for those groups who are in town for a wedding or birthday.

Donut Shops

Five-O Donuts

We’ve all heard the stereotype that police officers love donuts, and at Five-O Donuts, they’ve taken that trend and run with it. The “arrestingly good donuts” are available at locations on Ringling Boulevard and South Tamiami Trail. You can grab a delicious treat no matter what side of Sarasota you’re on. Go for something simple like a glazed, powdered cake, maple iced yeast, or choose from the “fancies list” for options like Reese’s croissants, Cookie Monster donuts, or Nutella s’mores! Grab water, juice, or milk to wash everything down. Of course, you can also choose a dozen to take with you to enjoy later on!

Humble Donut Co.

Humble Donut Co. is a recent addition to the Sarasota donut scene, having just opened at Orange Leaf Sarasota. Customers are already loving their delicious varieties, with everything from cinnamon sugar and chocolate iced to cookies and coffee, birthday cake, chocolate rainbow, and more. Here, every donut is made with only the highest quality ingredients and are handcrafted right in front of you! These donuts may be small, but they’re perfect for popping in your mouth all at once and indulging in a perfectly sweet bite.

Specialty Bakeries

Noela Chocolate and Confections

Noela Chocolate and Confections has been serving the Sarasota area for years now and stands out as one of the most creative and innovative dessert shops around. They handcraft their chocolate in small batches using no artificial flavors or preservatives, guaranteeing the most delicious product every time. If you’re in town for a special event, Noela can create customized chocolates. Customized chocolates can include your business logo, wedding date, or anything else you might want to include! Even if you just walk in to take a look at their chocolates, you’ll be amazed at the colorful and creative varieties that are almost too pretty to eat.

Rendez-vous French Bakery

At Rendez-vous French Bakery, you’ll be immediately transported to the patisseries of France without ever leaving Sarasota! Every single pastry is made fresh in-house at their two locations in town. They have fresh classic galettes and other various tarts and French specialties on the menu. In addition to their sweets, this bakery also offers up specialties like the Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame, Quiche Lorraine, and a wide variety of omelets, salads, and more. This is the closest you can get to an authentic Parisian meal without crossing the ocean!

Paisano’s Italian Bakery

Paisano’s Italian Bakery is a quiet transportive place as well, but instead of taking you to France, it will bring you back to that little Italian bakery on the corner in your hometown. As soon as you step inside, you’ll find more Italian delicacies than you could imagine, as well as a selection of treats from around the world. Between their vast menu of cookies, biscotti, cakes, and pastries, it might take you a while to decide what you’re in the mood for! On top of that, Paisano’s also offers a full menu of calzones, New England style pizzas, and even pasta dishes and soups to go.

Yoder’s Restaurant

Yoder’s Restaurant is a great place to grab a meal, but even if you’re just in the mood for sweets, you simply shouldn’t miss a visit here. Every selection on their dessert menu is made from scratch daily with only the freshest ingredients. They honor the classic traditions of the Amish community. The pies here are simply divine, from cream varieties like banana cream or Florida key lime to baked pies like Southern pecan or Dutch apple crumb. You can also get a pie to take home, an entire cheesecake, sweet rolls, a loaf of bread, and more!

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Specialty Cakes

OfKors Bakery

Finally, OfKors Bakery proves that a sweet treat doesn’t have to be unhealthy for you. Every offering on their menu is made fresh daily with only the freshest organic ingredients. Their dessert menu offers everything from eclairs to fruit tarts to creme brulee and cheesecakes, guaranteeing something on the menu for everyone. Other non-dessert baked goods on the menu include muffins, strudels, croissants, bread, and more. As if that weren’t enough, you can also stop in for a freshly brewed coffee, chia pudding, crepes, sandwiches, smoothies, and so much more. It’s all made fresh daily, and everything is as healthy as it is delicious!

Sweet Doctors

Need a special cake to celebrate a fun occasion while you’re in town? Head to Sweet Doctors to get started with a custom order. The simple and elegant wedding cakes are perfect for any couple. If you’re in town for a business meeting, the bakers here can come up with a wide range of sweet treats that are short to please everyone. The biggest attraction on the menu, though, is the chocolate waterfall. There’s simply nothing better than having a literal waterfall of Belgian chocolate for you to dip fruit, bread, marshmallows, or whatever else you may please!

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national chain; it is a favorite among local residents of Sarasota. They’ve been creating unique cakes for their customers around the country since 1997! Of course, the specialty here is Bundt cakes, which come in 8- or 10-inch varieties and tiered Bundt cakes and their miniature “Bundtlet” varieties. Choose from mouth-watering flavors like “chocolate-chocolate chip,” red velvet, marble, and more. No matter what you’re celebrating, a delicious dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes is sure to please your entire group!

Where to Stay

Between your stamps to the area’s best restaurants, be sure to stop into one (or a few!) of these incredible dessert spots. Then, when you’ve eaten your fill, head back to our Lido Key accommodations to relax and unwind. Ready to come to visit? Contact us today to start planning your vacation!

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