When I made the decision to venture across the pond, I knew that major lifestyle changes would need to take place. I was quick to trade my heavy parka in for a rain slicker, abandon my gridlike sense of direction as I soon learned that there is no such thing as “uptown and downtown” here, and swap my Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato for a steaming cup of black tea.
While I may be across the pond instead of the Big Apple, I knew I couldn’t replace my sweet tooth. The first few weeks here, I searched high and low for NYC doppelgängers that would fuel my sugar addiction. Not only do I have a few pounds to show for this feat, but a list of the best dessert spots in London that are sure to satisfy anyone’s deepest cravings.
To start off, it’s Sweet Desserts cosy shop nestled in the crook of Mile End. The dimly lit space creates peaceful ambience, while the walls offer short & sweet messages such as: “Worry less Smile Often” and “Think Outside The Box.” It presents a variety of tasty treats ranging from over-the-top milkshakes to a simple cup of gelato. These outrageous shakes are served in mason jars and can be topped with cookies, ice cream sandwiches, giant chunks of cookie dough, or even an entire slice of Victoria sponge cake. Coincidentally, there is a “Big Apple” jar on the menu that is filled with caramel and vanilla gelato and crowned with a fresh slice of apple pie…a delicious reminder of home for sure!
169b Mile End Road, London E1 4AQ, www.sweet-desserts.com
Comparable To: Black Tap- A hustling & bustling restaurant known for their “Freakshakes,” or enormous towers of ice cream piled high with sugary delights. Located in Midtown, an eager line of people can be seen from out the door even in freezing temperatures, warmed by the anticipation of devouring this fad treat.
Where: 136 W 55th Street New York, NY 10019, www.blacktapnyc.com
Egg waffles originated in Hong Kong and have since become a sought after street snack. Bubblewrap Waffle has recreated this historical dessert and incorporated additional elements to make the treat even more enjoyable. Regular waffle cones? Sounds like a snooze fest. Bubble cones are all the rage- crispiness coating the outside and soft, chewy bubbles that melt in your mouth with each bite. With various ice cream flavour and topping combinations such as: Banana Combo and Oreo Crunch, this hot spot will without a doubt have you screaming for ice cream.
Where: 24 Wardour St, London W1D 6QJ, www.bubblewrapwaffle.com
Comparable To: Eggloo- The first Hong Kong egg waffle and ice cream shop to open in NYC. Eggloo is known for being unconventional and offers unique flavors such as: egg nog, red bean, and black sesame as well as your typical vanilla and chocolate. By incorporating both exotic and familiar flavors, customers are able to reinvent their dessert experience.
Where: 60 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013, www.myeggloo.com
Vegan doughnuts are conquering the dessert world by storm. With no oils, trans fat, or animal derived ingredients, these treats are for sure a healthy alternative while still achieving a reasonable sugar high. Crosstown Doughnuts are the freshest on the market, using quality ingredients from local areas as well as from around the world. The shop has an extensive vegan collection including fan favourites such as: the Cinnamon Scroll and the Chocolate Ring. Not only is there delicious frosting on top, but also within the doughnut itself. Donut let anyone tell you that they are less than incredible!
Where: 4 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DA, www.crosstowndoughnuts.com
Comparable To: Dun-Well Doughnuts- Unable to find a vegan doughnut that satisfied founders’ Christopher Hollowell and Dan Dunbar’s craving, the pair agreed to make it their mission to create NYC’s first all-vegan doughnut shop. With over 200 flavors from Boston Cream to Death by Chocolate, these tasty treats will drive you absolutely glazy.
Where: 102 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, www.dunwelldoughnuts.com
Made with organic, fat free yogurt, Snog is perfect if you are longing for a sweet treat without feeling guilty about the calories. Whatever you are in the mood for, Snog has got all of the bases covered. If you’re feeling extra healthy, you can top with fresh, mouth-watering strawberries or opt to top off with chocolate fudge brownies. However you wish to Snog, your treat can be as healthy or indulgent as you fancy.
Covent Garden, www.ifancyasnog.com
Comparable To: Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.- Simple, fresh, and clean ingredients offers delicious frozen treats using just 3 ingredients: fruit, water, and a dash of cane sugar. The menu offers a variety of healthy treats such as: frozen popsicles, creamy soft serve, and delicious smoothies.
Where: 25 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003, www.chloesfruit.com