Top 5 Dessert Places in Oakville

Oakville is brimming with exceptional dining options and no matter how full you think your stomach is, there's a special compartment reserved exclusively for dessert! What exactly constitutes dessert, though, is debatable and may depend on where you're currently at in the 'adulting' life cycle. (I'll tend to favour a shot of liqueur versus a slice of cake or any other baked good but that's another Top 5 altogether!). Whether it's a slice of cake, a massive brownie, a fancy French-inspired pastry, or a good old mini-cupcake, bring on the sugar! Here are the top 5 dessert places in Oakville.

5. Caffe Demetre

The hardest part is choosing an item from the menu. The Toronto chain offers crepes and Belgian waffles served with gourmet ice cream, plus an array of tea, coffee, cake, smoothies, and more. This two-scoop sundae, appropriately dubbed Summertime Fatness, features Cocoa Chanel ice cream, Belgian white chocolate sauce, brownies, and French dark chocolate sauce. One spoonful sent my blood sugar into a tizzy but of course I went back for more. Service is wonderful at this Oakville Entertainment Centrum location, which has been popular since I was in high school!

What $20 will get you: One decadent Belgian waffle or an enormous sundae.

Seating: Yes.

4. La Parisienne Creperie

House-made chantilly cream accompanies each crepe and boy, are they good. The strawberry reduction was nicely done. It wasn't too sweet and that cream though ... This "little piece of Paris in Bronte Harbour" opened in 1991 and new owners took over in 2014. The menu at this cozy French bistro offers an array of sweet and savoury crepes made fresh in-house, using local ingredients when possible. This tiny restaurant is adorable, making it the perfect place for a leisurely date. With French music playing, grab a window seat and people-watch, or take in the various framed prints on the wall.

What $20 will get you: A sweet crepe topped with fruit, nuts and ice cream.

Seating: Yes.

3. Tria Cafe & Bakery

Delicious treats, warm service and a modern retro atmosphere are in store at Tria. Open seven days a week, this Palermo cafe begs you to relax in a swivel tub chair, take in the sparkly chandeliers, and enjoy the airy feel. Offering a medley of bite-sized baked goods, you can't help but notice the large variety of energy balls. Ranging from cappuccino (which tastes like a German rum ball!) to red velvet (this is super dough-y and cookie dough fans will love it!), I'd have to say the carrot cake was heavenly and the lemon coconut ball was my other favourite. The balls are $1.25 each. Stuffed dates (filled with slivered almonds and pecans then dipped in chocolate— dark and white. Try both!) are fun to eat, and it's nice to see "holistic" clean-eating type snacks on the menu. There's an almond bar, made with real ingredients, and a high-protein Snickers bar. Both were tasty and not too sweet. Kids will love the white chocolate Nutella brownie, which is big and goes for $3.50. The owner offers wonderful service alongside these unique treats.

What $20 will get you: More than a dozen energy balls, or a few balls and a few brownies.

Seating: Plenty.

2. Elm Hill Cookies

Great service awaits at this quaint shop in Kerr Village where homemade cookies are baked daily using natural ingredients. Janis Smith opened the bakery in 2010, and its name was inspired from a cobblestone lane in Norwich, England. An Elm Hill cookie (priced at $1.10) is hand-cut and square, not round (a reflection of their ‘no corners cut’ philosophy). Best-sellers include the amazing Pumpkin and Carrot Whoopie Pie with Vanilla Bean filling ($2.25), Kerr Street Cookie (my favourite!), and A Little Bit of Everything (which is essentially four types of cookies baked into one — perfect if you’re consistently indecisive, like moi!) Bonus: They deliver to Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Hamilton, Toronto, and the surrounding GTA.

What $20 will get you: Roughly 16 cookies.

Seating: Limited.

1. Sweet! Bakery & Tea House

A guy I worked with once expressed shock at my steadfast refusal to partake when offered cupcakes -- especially mini ones. An admitted salt fiend, I've often described cupcakes as "glorified muffins" but it's likely because I've never been to Sweet! in Bronte Harbour. Fourteen flavours are baked from scratch every day (in regular and mini shapes). Green tea lavender was my fave - full of ‘oomph’ in each tiny bite, with delectable chocolate raspberry coming in second. The adorable interior is welcoming (although seating is limited) and there's an array of looseleaf tea and Detour coffee, alongside cookies which are also fresh-baked in-house. But back to the cupcakes -- as Drake croons, they're "the best I ever had." Seriously. I don't know where or when Ashley Armstrong learned to bake but man, am I ever sweet on her shop!

What $20 will get you: A dozen mini-cupcakes or a half-dozen regular cupcakes and a serving of caffeine.

Seating: Limited.

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