Denver's ten best dessert spots

Categories: Best of Denver

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Crave
Jessica Scott is the woman behind the magic at this downtown Denver dessert spot, and she's crafted a melange of indulgences that we're happy to nibble at teatime and after dinner. Smaller cookies and tarts fill out Crave's daytime selection, while nights finish with molten chocolate cake, sticky toffee cake and a swoon-worthy peanut butter-chocolate twenty-layer cake. Even the cocktails at Crave are dessert-like, as are the breakfast pastries -- particularly the decadent chocolate croissant.

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Mark Manger
Pinche Taqueria
Skip the churros at Pinche Taqueria and you're in for a lifetime of fried-food-related regret. Because the churros here are transcendent. They come stacked like a little log cabin of sugar- and cinnamon-coated sticks of dough, hot from the fryer, so crisp they're brittle on the outside, and hot, fluffy and sweet inside. You dip each one in a teacup of rich, creamy hot chocolate. And then you double-dip. And then at the end, you drink the rest of the chocolate without shame -- because there are people erroneously forgoing dessert all over the city, and you can't let it go to waste.

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Mark Manger
ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Chef Lon Symensma proves he's also got pastry chops with the dessert board at ChoLon, which is tight and well-suited to the rest of the Southeast Asian menu, often offering specials that play up the tropical fruits native to the region. While we love the chocolate cake sided with peanut butter ice cream, we're particularly partial to the doughnuts, served warm and dusted with cinnamon and sugar alongside a scoop of caramelly Vietnamese coffee ice cream.

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Kelly Kaoudis
D Bar Desserts
Star chef Keegan Gerhard hit a sweet spot in Denver's dining scene when he opened a joint that put the focus on dessert (though his savory menu is certainly worth sampling, too). He attracts a full house every night with his innovative list of final courses, which range from a slice of cake paired with a creamy shake to a chocolate caramel tart to fluffy doughnuts, served with dipping sauces and jams.

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7 comments
Aries9
Aries9

Just because a place is a dessert bar doesn't mean they put out quality pastries. The desserts at crave are some of the worst I've ever tasted.

Jessehall
Jessehall

It is a crime that frasca did not make this list

LB
LB

Much love for the shout-out to Danielle @ BIttersweet. She's been killing it ever since she's been over there!

lipster
lipster

Honestly, I think that sweets need a little more air (or word?) time here at Cafe Society.  Every other day includes a post about green chile, but you can only squeeze out two measly dessert posts within a span of 7 months?  As a local dessert professional (both in creating and eating them...ha!), I know for a fact that there are FAR more desserts worth taking note of in the Denver metro than the 10 you've listed here!  

RockyMountainOyster
RockyMountainOyster

Agree 100% with ChoLon and Colt & Gray. 

Definitely disagree with Linger being on list; I thought both their peanut butter cup and mud pie desserts (mentioned in article) were completely boring. 

My votes: creme brulee at Opus, red velvet cupcake at Euclid Hall, and doughnuts at Salt. 

Neil
Neil

How could you forget the sopaipillas at Casa Bonita?

Gary Peck
Gary Peck

Aion in Boulder has great croissants and pastries.

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