Sweet Tooth: Best Desserts in Pittsburgh

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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What’s On The Menu is a show that spotlights the chefs, farmers and restaurants that contribute to Pittsburgh’s vibrant food scene. In the Sweet Tooth episode, we take a look at the best desserts in Pittsburgh. If you love local desserts, you are probably familiar with Prantl’s burnt almond torteHuffington Post has named it the best cake in America. So what else does Pittsburgh have to offer someone who has a serious sweet tooth?

This episode features four sweet spots across the city with treats that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth. From chocolate chip cookies and croissants to beautiful cakes and ice cream, check out some of Pittsburgh’s best sweet eats!

Nancy B’s Bakery

The small-town bakery has been around for 36 years. While they have every type of cookie you could imagine, they’re famous for their chocolate chip cookies. Sadly, Nancy passed away earlier this year,  but her son continues to run the bakery.

PITTSBURGH PRO TIP: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae at Page Dairy Mart is made with Nancy B’s cookies.

Nancy B's Bakery
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Getting there
415 W 7th Ave, West Homestead, PA 15120, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am–4:30pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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La Gourmandine Bakery

La Gourmandine Bakery Pastries

This French bakery owned by husband and wife Fabien and Lisanne Moreau is the best place in town to get a warm, buttery croissant, chocolate eclairs, cream puffs, baguettes and other French goodies. 

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La Gourmandine
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Getting there
5013 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30am–3:30pm
Sat-Sun 9am–2:30pm
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Happy Day Dessert Factory

This North Side ice cream shop offers over 50 flavors of homemade hard ice cream, water ice, frozen soft custard, frozen yogurt and almond milk soft serve. Happy Day Dessert Factory was one of the first spots in Pittsburgh to offer non-dairy soft serve, earning a spot on our Pittsburgh vegan ice cream guide.

Happy Day Dessert Factory
Getting there
906A Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun 12–9pm
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Bethel Bakery 

This family-owned business was opened in 1955. They may be known for their cakes and buttercream frosting, but they also have donuts, cookies, cupcakes, tortes, and more. Bethel Bakery is well known for their paczki, which are available during lent.

While you are in the neighborhood, swing by Reginald’s Coffee, to pick up a hot (or cold) beverage to go with your sweet treat.

Bethel Bakery
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Getting there
5200 Brightwood Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 7am–6pm
Sat 7am–5pm
Sun Closed
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