Satisfy your sweet tooth: 5 delectable Metro Detroit dessert spots

By: Katie Goncalves | May 31, 2023
Fruit Tart from Cannelle by Matt Knio

Fruit Tart from Cannelle by Matt Knio

There’s something so incredibly special about enjoying a sweet treat. The combination of sugar with other ingredients is a delightfully indulgent experience sure to put a smile on your face. Whether it’s pastries, chocolates, or ice cream, giving into your sweet tooth every once in a while is highly encouraged, especially when those treats come from incredible local shops. The next time you’re looking for your daily moment of sweetness, check out one of these local places for dessert. 

Cannelle by Matt Knio

Detroit, Birmingham, Ann Arbor, and various popup locations

Cannelle by Matt Knio is a French bakery that offers a variety of pastries, breads, and cakes. The bakery’s specialty is its croissants, which come in a variety of flavors, including almond, chocolate, and ham and cheese. “Featuring quality ingredients, such as imported French butter and chocolate, all our goods are handcrafted by a team using French techniques and a passion for delivering a mouthwatering experience,” says Matt Knio, pastry chef and owner of Cannelle. You can also find them at various farmers’ markets throughout the area.


Petit Pineapple Coconut Cake from Cannelle by Matt Knio
Pistachio Eclair from Cannelle by Matt Knio

Astoria Pastry Shop

Detroit and Royal Oak 

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Astoria Pastry Shop first opened in 1971 in Greektown by the Teftis family. Astoria has a wide variety of dessert options from traditional Greek and Italian pastries to cakes, cookies, and chocolates. Unique to both locations, they are open late at night, unlike most pastry shops, so it’s the perfect place to grab a sweet treat after dinner or being out at the bar. 

Treat Dreams

Ferndale, Midtown, and Grosse Pointe Woods

Treat Dreams is an artisanal ice cream shop that offers unique flavors like Cereal Killer, Honey Lavender, and Bumpy Cake. Since opening in 2010, they have created over 1,200 unique ice cream flavors and have become known as one of the most unique ice cream shops in the Midwest. The shop also serves vegan ice cream, made with coconut milk or almond milk. 

Bon Bon Bon

Ann Arbor and Detroit

Bon Bon Bon is a chocolate shop that specializes in artisanal bonbons. They offer a variety of unique flavors, like Buttered Popcorn, Moscow Mule, and Campfire S’mores. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options. Each chocolate is handcrafted in their Hamtramck Manufactory by their team of artisans. “The Babes Babes Babes do their utmost on the daily to make the goodest goodies and sweetest sweets for their Metropolis and the world ‘round. Incubated by the local loyalty, ingenuity, innovation, industry, immigration, and iconic beat of the good people who put the world on wheels, Bon Bon Bon challenges the status quo of the chocolate industry using Midwestern values. They believe that good people deserve sincerely good chocolate and they continue to work, in and outside of the box, to make it “good-er” than just “fine chocolate, says Alessantra Rodriguez, head of marketing at Bon Bon Bon. A stop into one of their shops is a must to select the perfect array of chocolates just right for you or a loved one. 

Bon Jour Shells from Bon Bon Bon
Bon Jour Shells from Bon Bon Bon

For the Love of Sugar

100 Erskine Street, Detroit

For the Love of Sugar is one of the must-try bakeries right downtown. “We are a bakery/cafe right in the heart of Midtown Detroit offering a variety of cake slices, cookies, brownies, macarons, coffee, lattes and more! We also offer gluten-free and vegan options! Order a custom cake for your event or come in for just a slice of cake!” says Manal Hussein, owner of For the Love of Sugar. Their cakes are outrageously good and like she mentioned, you can get them by the slice or slices to create a cake board for a special occasion. Some of their flavors include Matilda (super extra rich chocolate a la Bruce and the Trunchbull from Matilda), Fruity Pebbles, and Strawberry Shortcake.

Rainbow Fruity Pebbles Cake from For the Love of Sugar
Rainbow Fruity Pebbles Cake from For the Love of Sugar