Sugar High in the Mile High: A Complete List of the Best Desserts in Denver

Denver, Colorado, the Mile High City has some of the best desserts in Colorado. This bustling city is growing bigger each year, attracting incredible pastry chefs, creative coffee shops and innovative dessert connoisseurs. From doughnut shops to vegan pastries, Denver has something for everyone. Here are 21 spots to check out while you're in town. 

1. Sugar Bakeshop - Homemade Pop-tarts

This cute little bakery offers everything from homemade cookies to cupcakes, muffins and brownies. Every morning, the kitchen starts early around 4 or 5am to make sure everything is fresh and ready to go for the day. With new flavors and treats every 3-4 months, the baker try and incorporate local ingredients from community gardens and companies in the area. Sugar Bakeshop thrives on supporting the Denver community. They are known for their Pop Tarts that started by an accident. Chef Janae was experimenting with Pinterest recipes and in a fluke, created one of the best tasting, child-hood triggering treats in the Denver area. Definitely try the Pop-tarts when you go! 


277 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
(720) 458-5432

2. Hotbox Coffee Roasters - Coffee, Beer & Doughnuts 

What more could you want in life than great coffee, cold beer and homemade doughnuts. Hotbox Coffee Roasters opened their first cafe in Five Points Denver serving the triple threat with passion. The manager of the shop, Adam, is one of the most knowledgable and enthusiastic coffee-fanatic you'll ever meet. Under Adam's guidance, the shop owns and operates a special coffee machine called the Slayer. There are less than a thousand of these machines world wide and they enable the barista to make incredible coffee. Make sure to grab a cup of joe and a fresh doughnut from this joint. 


345 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
(720) 668-9167

3. D-Bar - Best Chocolate Cake

D-Bar is disguised as a restaurant, but really it's a delicious dessert paradise that happens to serve food too. One of their most popular items is the Cake & Shake, a three layer chocolate cake with Madagascar chocolate frosting, served with your choice of shake. They also have delicious churros with caramel dipping sauce, seasonal desserts and for groups a B.Y.O Sundae! 

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494 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-4710

4. Little Man Ice Cream - Homemade Scoops & Cones

With flavors that constantly change, Little Man Ice Cream is a favorite of the Denver Locals. This homemade ice cream is served out of a 28-feet tall ice cream can and focuses on giving the customers great ice cream and a fun experience. Little Man Ice Cream believes that any restaurant has the power to not only provide happiness to those in the community, but to help change the world. They founded the Scoop for Scoop program: for every scoop purchased, the shop helps pay for a scoop of rice or beans to countries in need around the world. Check out their ever-changing menu online or head there for a wonderful surprise! If you can, make sure to taste the salted oreo. 

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2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-3811

5. Sugarmill - Desserts that Change with the Season

With desserts like the Chocolate Sphere, a masterpiece made of Devil's Food Cake, Caramelized Bananas, Rum Raisin Ice Cream & Toffee Caramel, the Sugarmill is a must-visit if you have a sweet tooth. Even though they offer a full menu with savory foods for brunch and dinner, the Sugarmill's best items are their sweets. You'll tastebuds will go crazy with incredible flavor combos that don't exist anywhere else.  To name a few of those crazy flavorful desserts, try the Baked Alaska - a Red Velvet Cake with roasted beet ice cream and toasted basil meringue or the Illanka Chocolate Crunch- a praline crunch, illanka whipped ganache and wild berry sorbet. 

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2461 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-3540

6. Milk & Cake - Fro Yo & Cupcakes

Milk & Cake specializes in not one category of desserts, but as their name alludes to, they offer frozen yogurt and delicious cupcakes! The Fro-Yo is set up so you can serve yourself and choose from a variety of flavors and tons of toppings. Customize your cup by mixing and matching flavors and adding your favorite treats to the top. Or, if you're not feeling the fro yo, try out their flavor filled cupcakes.

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6345 E Hampden Ave #103, Denver, CO 80222
303) 757-2007

7. Habit Doughnut Dispensary - Doughnuts & Whiskey

The Habit Doughnut Dispensary is one of the most innovative dessert places you'll find in Denver. Executive Chef, Jason Graf, has been in the industry for over twelve years and is constantly testing out new flavors, pushing the boundaries of doughnut creation. They have over 20 flavors that rotate each week and help customers pair whiskey with their doughnuts in small droppers. If you're feeling fancy, treat yourself with the famous golden doughnut: a honey brioche dough with dark chocolate ganache topped with edible 24k gold and infused with Don Julio, Hennessy or champagne. 


1553 Platte St #130, Denver, CO 80202
(720) 428-8565

8. Beet Box - Best Vegan Desserts

All of the pastries at Beet Box are vegan and made from scratch! While the flavors change seasonally, they always have a great selection of croissants, muffins, doughnuts and breads. They also have a lot of gluten free options like their gluten free turtle brownies that are a must! 

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1030 E 22nd Ave, Denver, CO 80205
(303) 861-0017

9. Crave - Gourmet Desserts

'Savory. Sips. Sweets.' is the tagline of this sleek modern dessert bar in Denver.  Crave Dessert bar is a great place to head if you'd like a specialty cocktail and a treat. They have an extensive dessert menu including dense carrot cake, a Chai Crème brûlée with vanilla bean ice cream, and the 'Chocolate Overload'. or Devil's food cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream. 

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891 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
(303) 586-4199

10. Yours Truly Cupcakes - Boozy Cupcakes

More than just cupcakes, Yours Truly Cupcakes emphasizes the entire dessert experience. They have dessert pairings, a tasting room and also offer liquor-infused cupcakes. If you're in a hurry, pick up one of their treats from the walk-up window where everything is 3 for $5! The shop also has macarons, tartlets, cookies and brownie bites. 

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3047 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 638-3528

11. Chocolate Lab - For Chocolate Lovers

Calling all chocolate lovers! This shop is for you. The Chocolate Lab crafts small batch chocolates using the best ingredients. They have hand-dipped truffles, flavorful toffees, chocolate covered marshmallows and more! The shop is also super sustainable, using only fair trade chocolate, local organic ingredients and even sourcing recycled materials for their packaging. 

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2504 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
(720) 536-5037

12. Pizzeria Locale - Best Pudding

Go for the pizza, stay for the dessert! Pizzeria Locale has a few dessert items that we fell in love with, including the 'Saltimbocca con Nutella', freshly baked pizza dough sliced open, spread with Nutella and topped with powder sugar. This mini dessert pizza is served hot and the is so good, you'll want to order two! The restaurant also offers a dessert called the 'Budino', a creamy, nutty butterscotch pudding topped with thick chocolate ganache. fresh cream and chocolate shavings. They also have a location in Boulder. Check out our guide for the best desserts in Boulder


Multiple Locations
(720) 508-8828

13. Spuntino - Best Dessert at a Restaurant

With great food, wine and dessert, Spuntino is a great place to enjoy an evening. They have a variety of gelato made in-house, but definitely try their chocolate tart or cinnamon sugar doughnuts. The waiters will even help guide you if you'd like to pair your treats with a dessert wine. 

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2639 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-0949

14. Sweet Action Ice Cream - Creative Flavors

Sweet Action Ice Cream is as fresh as it gets. They use all natural Colorado dairy and then work to find Colorado's best produce and products for each scoop. They have crazy flavors like tequila jalapeño cream cheese, baklava and vegan peanut butter brownie, and more traditional ones like vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Sweet Action Ice Cream also believes in sustainability and is run by wind.  

52 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 282-4645

15. Voo Doo Doughnut - Funky Vibe

For yummy doughnuts and a funky vibe, head to Voo Doo Doughnut. They have fun flavors of doughnuts covered in cereal and shaped like Voo Doo dolls making it hard to choose just one. Read more about the motivation behind Voo Doo Doughnuts here.

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Image by contributor Color Lee

1520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
(303) 597-3666

16. High Point Creamery - Flights of Ice Cream

Known for their ice cream flights that change seasonally, High Point Creamery is a great place to stop with a group of friends or for date night! Inspired by flights of wine or beer, the ice cream flight is a sampling of some of the best flavors that High Point offers. It's perfect for when you can't make up your mind on what to order. The shop also has what's called an 'ice cream bombe' which originated in France during the Victorian Era. The 'bombe' is a bunch of layers of ice cream on top of each other and then served as a slice of cake.  

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215 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80246
(720) 420-9137

17. Petey Bird - Ice Cream Sandwiches

The cutest ice cream sandwiches you'll ever find! To taste these gourmet ice cream treats, you'll have to head to a store around town that carry's them, order them online or look for a pink pop-up bike that they also bring to weddings, events and special occasions. Here is a full list of stores to find them in. Some of the flavors include Brownie and Salted Caramel Bacon, Sugar and Strawberry and Chocolate Chip & Vanilla. 

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Retail Stores & Delivery
(720) 432-2430

18. Cinnaholic - Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls

Have you ever dreamed of customizing your own cinnamon roll? Cinnaholic has incredibly delicious vegan cinnamon rolls that you can add your own frosting and toppings to. Frosting flavors include dreamy sweet things like Chai, Coffee and Peanut Butter. 

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The Shops At Northfield Stapleton
8302 Northfield Blvd #1570, Denver, CO 80238
(720) 335-6007

19. Sweet Cooie's

Everything ice cream from shakes to scoops to sandwiches. They have really creative ice cream sandwiches, like ice cream served on a brioche as they do in Europe or ice cream sandwiched between an eclair. Owned by Little Man Ice Cream, they also participate in the Scoop for Scoop program giving a scoop of rice or beans to someone in need for every scoop of ice cream purchased. Sweet Cooie's is a great place to hang with a fun environment. 

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3506 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
(720) 550-7140

Denver is filled with so many sweet spots that it's hard to choose which ones to try. Whether you're looking for ice cream or rich chocolate cake, the city has a spot for you. There is no lack of a sugar high in the mile high city!