The Best Places for a Great Dessert in St. Augustine!

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We know that when you stay at one of the wonderful St. Augustine Inns, sometimes it’s hard to choose from all of the wonderful places to go, things to do and restaurants to eat at. So, let’s say that you have figured all of that out but now you want to find some of the best places for dessert when you are indulging in that wonderful Girls Weekend Get Away or your Romantic Vacation with your sweetheart. We are going to give you a fantastic list of places to delight your sweet tooth and your eyes. Yep, these desserts look as good as they taste.

So, you’ve just been on a fantastic Food Tour in St. Augustine or you’ve had dinner at on of our fine dining restaurants and you are so full that you can’t even think of any more food. Then 8:00pm rolls around and you could use just a little something. This is the perfect time for dessert in St Augustine. You really have two choices. Would you like to sit down in a restaurant and get some wine or coffee to go with your dessert or would you like to grab something fun and walk the streets of St. Augustine?


For a sit down dessert try one of these places.

Raintree Restaurant – 102 San Marco Avenue. This is also a great place for dinner and they offer many delectable treats. From a Warm Chocolate Dome Cake to Crème Brule, you really will not be disappointed in anything that you choose. Pair your dessert with a fine wine or a steaming cup of coffee.  If you’d like something a little more adult you may want to try one of their indulgent Ice Cream Drinks like a Nutty Irishman that includes Bailey’s and Frangelico.

Harry’s Seafood – 46 Avenida Menendez. One of the most popular desserts on the menu here is the Bananas Foster – sliced bananas sautéed in dark rum and banana liqueur, poured over vanilla ice cream. Or you may want to try the Oreo Beignets – six classic Oreo cookies fried in a light fluffy “beignet” batter, topped with white chocolate bourbon sauce and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Again, try pairing with a nice glass of wine or maybe one of their signature cocktails. Of course, they server coffee as well.

La Pentola – 58 Charlotte Street.  For a wonderfully romantic dessert stop, try the courtyard at La Pentola for one of their homemade desserts. The wine selection here is also fantastic. Some of the scrumptious desserts available are the ever-popular Flan, their Crème Brule with Raspberry Cream Sauce, a warm Pistachio Torte or their Bread Pudding the Bailey’s Cream Sauce. If you’ve never been to La Pentola, this is a fantastic hidden gem in St. Augustine.

The Chocolate Turtle –  47 Cordova Street. The owners of this new establishment wanted to offer St. Augustine something sweet for the night crowd. This is a dessert and coffee bar. They also serve wine and beer. Check the selection when you stop in. Not only do they have a plethora of desserts and cakes to select from but also they will whip up a yummy coffee to go with it. Grab your honey and take your tasty treats out back to the secluded courtyard.  The pastry chef is in house, so the treats are made daily. If you love chocolate, try the Double Chocolate Cake. They also have fun Cobbler cups or the Molten Spiced Chocolate.  There is so much to try here that you might find yourself going back every night to try something new.


For desserts on the go…

For the Chocolate lover you must try Claude’s Chocolate – 6 Granada Street. Handmade gourmet Belgian chocolates of every kind.

Are pastries more to your liking? Only during the day… try DeNoel French Pastry Shop – 212 Charlotte Street offers a wonderful assortment of fresh French pastries, from éclairs to cream puffs. They also have coffee and tea, hot or cold. They close when they run out and that’s usually by about 3:00pm.

If fudge is your thing, you must try Fudge Buckets – 40 Charlotte Street. This is gourmet fudge at it’s best. Maple Bacon Fudge, Red Red Wine. This is not your mama’s fudge shop.

And one more fun treat that is fun to take along everywhere is popcorn. Pop N Off – 59 Cuna Street is the best gourmet popcorn that you will taste. They won the best dessert at the Taste of St. Augustine their very first year with their Praline Sticky Bun Popcorn. Some of the other flavors are Peanut Butter Cup, Maple Bacon Bourbon,  Hazelnut Toffee or even Datil HOT Pepper Jelly. They also have some classic flavors as well with Carmel or Cheesy Cheddar.

For  the candy lover you must stop by Savannah Sweets – 81 St. George Street. The specialize in Pralines but you must check out some of the other homemade candies that they prepare. The ultimate Oreo is to die for.

Maybe you’d like some thing cool while you walk around in the Florida sun.

City Cow located in the parking lot at Ripley’s Believe It or Not has won the Best of St Augustine for Ice Cream for quite a few years running. I have to say that my favorite is the Garbage Can and I love it with hot fudge!

Not Ice Cream, it’s Gelato. Stop by Café del Hidalgo – 35 Hypolita Street for some very yummy Gelato. Smooth and creamy and a fun thing to walk along St. George Street with. 

If ice pops or popsicles tickle your fancy you really don’t want to miss Hyppo – 48 Charlotte Street. With flavors like Mango Habanero, Straight Up Strawberry or Champagne Mango, it’s yummy sweetness dancing on your tongue.

Across the street from Hyppo is Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar –  15 Hypolita Street – They offer Belgian Liege Waffles and Hand –Dilled Milkshakes. A fun off the beaten path to have a tasty treat!

That’s a sweet time in St. Augustine. Also, ask your innkeeper if anyplace that you are after has a special for guest staying at one of St. Augustine’s Historic Inns.

If you haven’t made your reservation at one of our Saint Augustine Inns yet, just click here to see what is available when you are planning your weekend getaway or romantic relaxing vacation in Saint Augustine.

Jerry Houman
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