10 Best Places for Dessert in Vermont

Although Vermont has plenty of cake shops and confectioners around, how do restaurants stack up when it comes to after-dinner decadent desserts? Find fruit tarts at cafes in Burlington, from-scratch pudding at diners in Brattleboro, and so much more. Here are the best places for dessert in Vermont. 

Mirabelles Cafe, Burlington, VT

We know. We know. Mirabelles is famous for its confection as a bakery, but did you know that it is also a cafe that offers breakfast and lunch, too? Plus, if we are being perfectly honest, there are no better desserts in all of the state, so, whether you are ordering a fruit tart, a slice of key lime pie or a Triple German Chocolate cake to go, you will surely thank us for this recommendation.

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Vermont Tap House, Williston, VT

The Vermont Tap House uses only fresh local ingredient to present a seasonal menu boasting wood-fired pizzas, small plates, and sandwiches. This beer-forward spot also offers 36 brews on tap and craft cocktails, so it may be ironic that they also offer one of the best dessert menus in the state. Try their classic vanilla creme brulee, the house-made ice cream, or their hand-whipped chocolate mousse.

The Daily Planet, Burlington, VT

We chose the Daily Planet at number two, in part, because it is the complete opposite of Mirabelles. And it is just the kind of place where traditional cake is not on the menu, so check out their Campfire Brownie Sundae with warm chocolate fudge brownie, graham-crusted fried vanilla ice cream, and wood-smoked ganache today.

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Istanbul Kabob House, Burlington, VT

Established in 2012, this spot offers lots of meat in wraps or kabob style, as well as traditional soups and Turkish rice dishes. But, if you are looking for a real treat, you should check out their dessert menu, which features exotic, sweet, and delicious offering, like Maple Baklava, Almond Pudding, and a selection of dessert wines and ports.

Two Brothers Tavern, Middlebury, VT

Of course, if you were outside of the Burlington area, you could do worse than dessert at Two Brothers Tavern. We recommend skipping dinner here and going right for the sweet stuff, as their hand-made ice cream or chocolate bread pudding will keep you coming back for more. And, if that doesn’t strike you fancy, the Tres Leches Cake or the Pumpkin Cheesecake would do just fine. 

Vermont Apple Pies, Ludlow, VT

Did you know that apple pie is the official Vermont State Dessert? Well, now you do, and it is fitting that we end with Vermont Apples Pies in our 10th spot on the list. Serving buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, omelets, and French Toasts until noon, Vermont Apple Pies also churns out hand-made cheesecakes, sticky buns, and possibly Vermont’s best apple pie.

Pascolo Ristorante, Burlington, VT

We could go on and on about Pascolo’s authentic handmade Italian cuisine, fresh pasta, wood-fired pizza, and house salami, but this is a dessert list, so let’s get to the point: hand-made small batch gelato. If you have never had gelato, you should start with the best, and you will find four traditional flavors here. Plus, if gelato is not your thing, tiramisu and cannoli grace the dessert menu as well as.

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Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, VT

Now you may say, what has seafood got to do with dessert? But bear with us on this one. With views of idyllic Lake Champlain just outside your window, you can start off your meal with fresh raw oysters. You can then finish your meal with an impressive assortment of cheeses—Baley Hazen Blue (a cow’s milk blue), Bijou (a soft goat’s milk cheese), and Triple Cream (a soft cow’s milk cheese), etc.—as it is a very French and delicious way to end the meal.

Chelsea Royal Diner, Brattleboro, VT

Hey, say what you will, diners are an important part of Americana, and this one just happens to make most of their menu fresh from scratch using local ingredients from their farm next door. So, when you are in the southern part of the Green Mountain State, stop by the Chelsea for homemade ice cream, from-scratch puddings, and pie. Lots of pie.

Prince and Pauper, Woodstock, VT

Prince and Pauper has been a restaurant destination for over 44 years, and during a national food climate where everything is light and low calorie, their menu has remained deliciously French-inspired. Plus, you find a dessert menu that features traditional vanilla creme brulee, decadent cheese plates, and house-made ice cream.

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