Who doesn’t crave something sweet every once in a while? Sarasota has some wonderful dessert shops to satisfy that craving. If you’re looking to indulge yourself, grab a scrumptious dessert from one of these local shops in Sarasota.


In the Sarasota heat, there’s nothing like a cool yogurt snack, and at Yogurtology, you get to be as creative as you want to come up with your own treat. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry! They’ve come up with the perfect equation to make your dessert as good as it can be.

Start by putting a cookie or a brownie, then add your choice of frozen yogurt. Stay healthy by choosing one of the many gluten-free flavors. Add a topping and a slopping such as hot fudge or caramel, and enjoy!

OfKors Bakery 

This bakery allows you to have a complete meal before you indulge. With soups, salads, and sandwiches, you can satisfy your appetite before treating your sweet tooth. Once you’re ready for dessert, choose between eclairs, cheesecakes, strudel, danishes, and more. Don’t forget to quench your thirst with their coffee-based beverages or their freshly-made juices and smoothies.

Big Olaf Creamery of Siesta 

Committed to providing the Sarasota community with the best homemade ice cream around, Big Olaf uses high-quality ingredients and an Amish craftsman to make their frozen treats. They also offer homemade waffle cones. Not screaming for ice cream? Try one of their smoothies or blended coffee beverages instead.

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4 & 20 Pasty Company

Though the owners of this shop are originally from London, they’ve made Sarasota their home for nearly 30 years! They also put their knowledge, experience, and passion into each snack they create.

With all of the options you can find on the menu here, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Try their apple and raisin pasty, cherry chocolate cheesecake pasty, or their homemade Eccles cake.

Paisano’s Italian Bakery  

If you love Italian flavors and crave sweets, you have to visit Paisano’s. The aroma of freshly-baked treats is enough to bring you in the door! Once you get in, you’ll have to decide between canolis, coffee cakes, brownies, cookies, and so much more.

Le Macaron 

Though this shop is part of a larger franchise, it definitely makes the list for best dessert shops in Sarasota. The French macarons are authentic and enough of a reason to try this place. They also offer other French desserts including gelato and pastries.

Sweet Doctors

You’ll find varieties of all of your favorite desserts here at Sweet Doctors. Between the cheese cake cupcakes, cake balls, and cookies, your sweet tooth will never be happier. If you're looking for something for a group or event, let them know, and they’ll help to sweeten any get-together you’re planning.

The Cookie Cottage Florida 

What started as a home cookie business has now grown to be a favorite Sarasota bakery for many locals. Located in Downtown Sarasota, it’s a convenient place for you to just drop by to get you or your family some freshly-made cookies.

Affordable at just $0.50 per cookie or $5 for a dozen, you’ll be able to bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces without breaking the bank. Choose from peanut butter, citrus sugar, and a variety of oatmeal cookies.

Sweet Mom Italy

For a truly Italian experience, check out Sweet Mom Italy where you’ll experience true happiness in the form of food. Combining emotion, research, culture, and creativity, the owners of this Sarasota dessert shop offer a delicious menu you’ll love.

Banyan Tree Chocolate & Cafe 

One of everyone’s favorite treats is chocolate, and nobody does chocolate better than this Sarasota shop. From handmade chocolates to chocolate-covered snacks, they use only the highest quality ingredients from local sources to make their delectable desserts. The café portion of the shop offers breakfast and lunch, but you don’t have to purchase a meal to indulge in all the chocolate shop has to offer.

Sarasota locals have many options in the area to enjoy sweet, salty, or savory desserts. No matter what your palate prefers, there’s something for everyone at one of these shops!

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