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The ice cream “pizza” at the Ice Creamsmith
Anthony Adamick

10 Irresistible Dessert Destinations in Dorchester

Where to eat ice cream “pizza,” pineapple cake, and more

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The ice cream “pizza” at the Ice Creamsmith
| Anthony Adamick

Everyone can absolutely use some dessert right now. Whether it’s a quick ice cream pick-me-up during the day or a sweet note to end a dinner, Dorchester is overflowing with dessert destinations. Fancy a fudge feast or want to rollick with some rolled ice cream? Here are 10 must-try spots to satisfy that sweet tooth in Boston’s largest neighborhood.

Please note that a number of Boston-area restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

224 Boston

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The desserts dished out by New American hidden gem 224 Boston are a sweet follow-up to the restaurant’s house-made pastas and generous brunches. Dive into a lemon pumpkin cheesecake served with candied carrots, or the spongy pear bread with poached pear, dulce de leche, and walnuts. The chocolate brownie is a mainstay, too, served along with gelato and bourbon salted caramel.

224 Boston is open for indoor and outdoor dining, with takeout via Toast and delivery via DoorDash

Shanti Restaurant

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Shanti slings some of Dorchester’s best Indian food, from the creamy chicken korma to the sweet-and-sour showcase of the papri chaat, but don’t skimp on desserts your next time here. The ras malai, cheese patties cooked in sweetened and thickened milk and served with nuts, is a must-try for fans of cheesecake. The gulab jamun are bites of bliss, too, with nuggets of fried dough soaked in syrup. 

Shanti’s Dorchester location, along with its sibling in Roslindale, is available for limited indoor dining, takeout by calling the restaurant directly, and delivery via Toast. Shanti Cambridge is temporarily closed. 

Caramelo Bakery & Cafe

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The tres leches cake is well worth the trip to this quick takeout spot that specializes in Dominican and Latin food. Inside, the dessert case is a treasure trove of flavors — the corn pudding, the silky flan, the pastelitos filled with guava — each a sweet ending to a meal of crispy empanadas. Do try the house specialty of Dominican pineapple cake, with bright layers of pineapple between heavenly vanilla sponge cakes.

Caramelo Bakery and Cafe is currently open for takeout. 

Food for the Soul

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Along with fall-off-the-bone beef ribs smothered in sauce, Food for the Soul offers a few rotating dessert options that include banana pudding and strawberry shortcake. Be sure to snatch up a few slices of the pineapple upside-down cake if it’s on offer, as the decadent, caramelized top is a treat. 

Food for the Soul is open for takeout and delivery via Grubhub

50Kitchen

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An alum of the Commonwealth Kitchen small-business incubator, 50Kitchen fuses Southern fare with Asian influences, like chef Anthony Caldwell’s jambalaya egg rolls and sides of kimchi mixed with collard greens. With only three options — a banana egg roll, an Oreo parfait, and a strawberry shortcake parfait — the dessert menu is short and sweet. Be sure to savor the banana egg roll as it nails the spot’s fusion focus.

50Kitchen is open for limited indoor dining, takeout via Toast, and delivery via Grubhub

Coco Leaf

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This sweet shop, which also has a second location on Newbury Street, showcases Vietnamese-inspired sweets and custom cakes, from bubble teas that sing with pandan jelly to delicate pastries and crepes. A standout is the Matchalicious crepe, which pairs matcha custard cream with strawberries and green tea ice cream, topping it all off with chocolate ganache.   

Coco Leaf is currently open for takeout via Toast, with limited indoor seating. 

Sweet Sip

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Along with smoothies and Instagrammable butterfly teas, this bright spot on Adams Street slings macarons, egg puff waffles, and frozen yogurt. But the real treat is the rolled ice cream — delicious ribbons of house-made ice cream in flavors like strawberry cheesecake, Thai tea, and mint Oreo. Heap on up to five toppings, from mango to Fruity Pebbles, or let the velvety ice cream star on its own.

Sweet Sip is currently open for takeout

Rolled ice cream in a white cup with a Sweet Sip logo is topped with dragon fruit, strawberries, and boba
Rolled ice cream from Sweet Sip
Sweet Sip

Phillips Chocolates

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This family-owned sweet shop has been crafting chocolates since 1925, making it the city’s oldest chocolatier (take a bite of one of its signature chocolate turtles for a hint of why.) Best-sellers like the classic chocolate chip cookies, sea salt caramels, and brownies drizzled with white, dark and milk chocolate make for a great holiday gift if you can avoid eating them all yourself. New favorites include a play on pumpkin pie in fudge form, too.

Philips Chocolates is open for in-person shopping as well as online orders that can be shipped nationwide. 

Lower Mills Tavern

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This gastropub is a neighborhood favorite for good reason. Its creative spins on comfort food extend right to the seasonally rotating desserts, like the fall favorite PSL tiramisu, which pairs spiced espresso-soaked lady fingers with pumpkin mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. Be sure to try the maple bourbon mousse parfait and coconut horchata cake ice cream while you still can.  

Lower Mills Tavern is open for indoor dining. Takeout orders are accepted by phone and Toast, with delivery via Uber Eats

The Ice Creamsmith

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This Lower Mills ice cream parlor features house-made ice creams, frappes, cakes, and classic banana splits. The 10 regular flavors — from vanilla to frozen pudding with a rum base, raisins, and fruit — join seasonal offerings like the current peppermint stick, pumpkin, and egg nog. Or order up an ice cream pizza, which boasts a brownie “crust” topped with vanilla ice cream, candies, cookie bits, and chocolate syrup.

The Ice Creamsmith is open for takeout and online orders from its website

Overhead view of a round dessert with a brownie base and M&Ms and chocolate sauce on top. It’s on a wooden cutting board on a dark tabletop.
This decadent spin on pizza sees a fudge brownie “crust” topped with vanilla ice cream, M&Ms, white chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce.
Anthony Adamick

224 Boston

The desserts dished out by New American hidden gem 224 Boston are a sweet follow-up to the restaurant’s house-made pastas and generous brunches. Dive into a lemon pumpkin cheesecake served with candied carrots, or the spongy pear bread with poached pear, dulce de leche, and walnuts. The chocolate brownie is a mainstay, too, served along with gelato and bourbon salted caramel.

224 Boston is open for indoor and outdoor dining, with takeout via Toast and delivery via DoorDash

Shanti Restaurant

Shanti slings some of Dorchester’s best Indian food, from the creamy chicken korma to the sweet-and-sour showcase of the papri chaat, but don’t skimp on desserts your next time here. The ras malai, cheese patties cooked in sweetened and thickened milk and served with nuts, is a must-try for fans of cheesecake. The gulab jamun are bites of bliss, too, with nuggets of fried dough soaked in syrup. 

Shanti’s Dorchester location, along with its sibling in Roslindale, is available for limited indoor dining, takeout by calling the restaurant directly, and delivery via Toast. Shanti Cambridge is temporarily closed. 

Caramelo Bakery & Cafe

The tres leches cake is well worth the trip to this quick takeout spot that specializes in Dominican and Latin food. Inside, the dessert case is a treasure trove of flavors — the corn pudding, the silky flan, the pastelitos filled with guava — each a sweet ending to a meal of crispy empanadas. Do try the house specialty of Dominican pineapple cake, with bright layers of pineapple between heavenly vanilla sponge cakes.

Caramelo Bakery and Cafe is currently open for takeout. 

Food for the Soul

Along with fall-off-the-bone beef ribs smothered in sauce, Food for the Soul offers a few rotating dessert options that include banana pudding and strawberry shortcake. Be sure to snatch up a few slices of the pineapple upside-down cake if it’s on offer, as the decadent, caramelized top is a treat. 

Food for the Soul is open for takeout and delivery via Grubhub

50Kitchen

An alum of the Commonwealth Kitchen small-business incubator, 50Kitchen fuses Southern fare with Asian influences, like chef Anthony Caldwell’s jambalaya egg rolls and sides of kimchi mixed with collard greens. With only three options — a banana egg roll, an Oreo parfait, and a strawberry shortcake parfait — the dessert menu is short and sweet. Be sure to savor the banana egg roll as it nails the spot’s fusion focus.

50Kitchen is open for limited indoor dining, takeout via Toast, and delivery via Grubhub

Coco Leaf

This sweet shop, which also has a second location on Newbury Street, showcases Vietnamese-inspired sweets and custom cakes, from bubble teas that sing with pandan jelly to delicate pastries and crepes. A standout is the Matchalicious crepe, which pairs matcha custard cream with strawberries and green tea ice cream, topping it all off with chocolate ganache.   

Coco Leaf is currently open for takeout via Toast, with limited indoor seating. 

Sweet Sip

Rolled ice cream in a white cup with a Sweet Sip logo is topped with dragon fruit, strawberries, and boba
Rolled ice cream from Sweet Sip
Sweet Sip

Along with smoothies and Instagrammable butterfly teas, this bright spot on Adams Street slings macarons, egg puff waffles, and frozen yogurt. But the real treat is the rolled ice cream — delicious ribbons of house-made ice cream in flavors like strawberry cheesecake, Thai tea, and mint Oreo. Heap on up to five toppings, from mango to Fruity Pebbles, or let the velvety ice cream star on its own.

Sweet Sip is currently open for takeout

Rolled ice cream in a white cup with a Sweet Sip logo is topped with dragon fruit, strawberries, and boba
Rolled ice cream from Sweet Sip
Sweet Sip

Phillips Chocolates

This family-owned sweet shop has been crafting chocolates since 1925, making it the city’s oldest chocolatier (take a bite of one of its signature chocolate turtles for a hint of why.) Best-sellers like the classic chocolate chip cookies, sea salt caramels, and brownies drizzled with white, dark and milk chocolate make for a great holiday gift if you can avoid eating them all yourself. New favorites include a play on pumpkin pie in fudge form, too.

Philips Chocolates is open for in-person shopping as well as online orders that can be shipped nationwide. 

Lower Mills Tavern

This gastropub is a neighborhood favorite for good reason. Its creative spins on comfort food extend right to the seasonally rotating desserts, like the fall favorite PSL tiramisu, which pairs spiced espresso-soaked lady fingers with pumpkin mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. Be sure to try the maple bourbon mousse parfait and coconut horchata cake ice cream while you still can.  

Lower Mills Tavern is open for indoor dining. Takeout orders are accepted by phone and Toast, with delivery via Uber Eats

The Ice Creamsmith

Overhead view of a round dessert with a brownie base and M&Ms and chocolate sauce on top. It’s on a wooden cutting board on a dark tabletop.
This decadent spin on pizza sees a fudge brownie “crust” topped with vanilla ice cream, M&Ms, white chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce.
Anthony Adamick

This Lower Mills ice cream parlor features house-made ice creams, frappes, cakes, and classic banana splits. The 10 regular flavors — from vanilla to frozen pudding with a rum base, raisins, and fruit — join seasonal offerings like the current peppermint stick, pumpkin, and egg nog. Or order up an ice cream pizza, which boasts a brownie “crust” topped with vanilla ice cream, candies, cookie bits, and chocolate syrup.

The Ice Creamsmith is open for takeout and online orders from its website

Overhead view of a round dessert with a brownie base and M&Ms and chocolate sauce on top. It’s on a wooden cutting board on a dark tabletop.
This decadent spin on pizza sees a fudge brownie “crust” topped with vanilla ice cream, M&Ms, white chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce.
Anthony Adamick

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