The Best Places For Dessert In Columbus, And What To Try At Each One

Every now and then, I get a sweet tooth I just can’t ignore. Let’s be honest. There’s nothing that a perfectly baked pastry can’t fix, right? Columbus has so many great places where you can stop in and take a bite out of something truly flavorful.

From cakes to candies, there are a lot of dessert options in this town. Here are the best and what treat you should try at each location.

Pistacia Vera

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Details: Pistacia Vera is all about handcrafted pastries. It’s a great little spot to meet up with friends and enjoy a sweet treat alongside a cup of coffee.
Address: 541 South Third Street in German Village or stop by their set-up in North Market!
What to try: Hands down, without a doubt, try one of their incredible macarons. It’s what they’re known for and they do it oh-so-well.

Winans Chocolates + Coffees

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Details: Winans is a family-owned joint with delicious coffee and even better chocolates. I always feel a European elegance whenever I visit Winans. I probably watched Chocolat one too many times in my teenage years, but seriously, this place is a great stop when you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Address: Locations in Grandview, German Village, Dublin, and Downtown Columbus. Click here for more info.
What to try: Get an assortment of chocolates. Trust me, you deserve to try all of them.

Resch’s Bakery


Details: For the first 27 years of my life, I never had the joy of experiencing anything from Resch’s Bakery. But don’t worry about me, I’m making up lost time. They’re probably best known for their birthday and wedding cakes, but there’s a lot of other little goodies on the menu as well.
Address: 4061 E Livingston Ave.
What to try: It seems absurd that out of all of the things I could choose from their bakery menu, I’m choosing donuts, but they really are that good.

Chocolate Cafe

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Details: On their website, Chocolate Cafe describes a visit to their shop as a “Columbus-based chocolate experience,” and we couldn’t agree more. From chocolate cocktails to chocolate cakes, it’s pure heaven.
Address: 1855 Northwest Blvd.
What to try: One of my favorite items in the whole city just happens to call Chocolate Cafe home, and that is their dessert truffles.

Glazed Churro Bar


Details: I love a good food truck as much as the next girl, but what I go crazy for is a super unique food truck. So you can probably guess my reaction to finding out that Columbus had a churro-centric food truck. Spoiler alert: I was very, very excited.
Address: It’s a food truck, so it moves around. But they announce their locations on their Facebook page!
What to try: Nothing will enhance a warm summer day in Columbus like a churro sundae. I can promise you that.

Bake Me Happy


Details: Avoiding gluten? Well that doesn’t mean you have to avoid yummy baked goods. Bake Me Happy serves up a host of delightful, gluten free menu items.
Address: 106 E Moler St.
What to try: Two words: Zebra. Cake. Wait, is it too late? Because Donut Muffin is a really strong contender as well. Maybe just be adventurous and order both!

Fox in the Snow Cafe

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Details: Everything on the menu at Fox in the Snow deserves a taste, if we’re being honest. But my usual criteria is “will this pair well with my New Orleans iced coffee?” Because I can’t go to Fox in the Snow and not order one.
Address: Locations in German Village, Italian Village, and New Albany.
What to try: My go-to sweet at Fox in the Snow is their cinnamon roll. It’s great if you’re meeting up with a friend because it’s so huge that you’ll definitely have some leftover to share.

Cherbourg Bakery

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Details: This awesome gluten, nut, and dye-free spot is Cherbourg Bakery. This Bexley gem has a pretty loyal following, so it’s not unusual to encounter a short wait during busy times. But you won’t have to wait long and it will absolutely be worth it.
Address: 541 S Drexel Ave.
What to try: Call me Sansa Stark, because I’m ordering for the lemon bar. Okay, I know she was obsessed with lemon cakes, but just let me have this one friend.

The Refectory

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Chocolate Trio Entremet

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Details: Celebrating something big? Or maybe you just want to take your boo out for a fancy night! The Refectory is easily Columbus’s most elegant restaurant, and their dessert menu is out of this world.
Address: 1092 Bethel Rd.
What to try: Have you caught on to my love of chocolate yet? If not, let me suggest another treat: The White, Milk, and Dark Chocolate Entremet.

Red Velvet Cafe

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Details: If you’re looking for a sweet, chic little place to grab a coffee and some dessert, don’t overlook Red Velvet Cafe. It’s an intimate spot and the food is divine.
Address: 246 S 4th St.
What to try: At Red Velvet Cafe, you can’t go wrong with a cupcake. They’ve perfected their cake-to-icing ratio.