Whether traditional crêpes, epic pastries, gelato cocktails or luxury chocolates are more your jam, there’s a fine selection of indulgent sugary treats to get stuck into in Bristol. Here’s our guide to some of the best and where to find them.

Chez Marcel

Chez Marcel has brought a taste of Brittany to Broad Street in Bristol, serving up traditional French crêpes with seriously scrumptious fillings. Choose from an abundance of decadent combos for their sweet crêpes – from honey with roasted flaked almonds, to coconut ice cream, chocolate sauce and Chantilly cream.

These go down nicely with a Breton cider, glass of French wine or a good coffee. Make sure you add the equally delicious savoury galettes to your must-try list too.   

Sweet crepes from Chez Marcel

Image - Chez Marcel

Bakers & Co

For dreamy bakes all made using local produce and sourdough instead of commercial yeast, wander up Gloucester Road to Bakers & Co.

At this much-loved San Francisco-inspired brunching spot you’ll find a tempting selection of sweet pastries and cakes, as well as their hearty sourdough loaves and savoury treats. Enormous croissants, chocolate babka and rich dulce de leche brownies are regularly found on the counter, alongside specials starring seasonal ingredients. 

Pastries and cake on display at Bakers & Co, Bristol

Image - Bakers & Co, credit Jason Ingram

Brozen Bar

Bristol’s coolest cocktail bar, literally. The skilled bartenders here use liquid nitrogen to concoct snazzy alcoholic sorbets. At -196°C, the ingredients freeze so quickly there’s no time for large ice crystals to form, so you’re left with a smooth sorbet that’s part cocktail, part dessert.

You can also sample drinks featuring their own superb gelato as a base, like the Nippy Russian made with Black Cow Vodka and coffee.

Frozen cocktail from Brozen

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Swoon

By churning their ingredients a little bit longer and slower than fellow gelaterias, Swoon manages to whip up impossibly smooth and creamy artisan gelato. It’s common to see a queue outside the Park Street parlour on sunny days, with locals eager to get a fix of their favourite from the nine signature flavours, which range from chocolate brownie to Amarena cherry cheesecake.

Seasonally changing guest flavours are often on the menu too and vegans aren’t left out, with delicious mango, chocolate or raspberry sorbetti to devour.

Gelato at Swoon

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Papadeli

Any sweet-toothed visitor is highly likely to leave this award-winning Clifton deli with a treat or two from the cake counter. There’s always a freshly made selection of cakes and traybakes here, with New York cheesecake, chocolate brownies, flapjack and rocky road among the most popular. Others like homemade wagon wheels and teacakes often make guest appearances.

It’s always worth sneaking a peek to see what takes your fancy in between browsing the excellent selection of UK and European deli products.

Cake topped with raspberries from Papadeli

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Guilbert’s Chocolates Ltd

Did you know Bristol had a thriving chocolate industry in the 19th and early 20th century? Guilbert’s is the only chocolate maker in the city that remains from those days. First opened in 1910, today the shop is based on Small Street in the Old City where it still makes luxury chocolates and confectionery using traditional methods and exquisite craftsmanship.

Even if you aren’t based in Bristol, you can still enjoy their treats – which also make great gifts – whenever you fancy thanks to their online shop. 

Guilbert's Chocolates

Image - Guilbert's Chocolates

More places serving super sweet treats in Bristol

  • Pinkmans: Park Street café and bakers of the legendary sour-dough-nut.
  • Mrs. Potts Chocolate Shop: Uber chocolatey desserts and drinks on Park Street.
  • Ahh Toots: An art-inspired cakery on Christmas Steps.
  • The Secret Larder: Light, delicious and 100% vegan doughnuts in Stokes Croft.
  • Cowbee: Artisan dessert and gelato parlour on Park Street.
  • Oliver’s Ice Cream: Freshly made gelatos and sorbets in Wapping Wharf.
  • Zara’s Chocolates: Award-winning handmade chocolates on North Street.
  • ANNA Cake Couture: An elegant cake café in Clifton.

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Bakers & Co is a sourdough bakery and coffee shop, specialising in bread, pastries, sweet treats & provisions. Situated at 193 Gloucester Rd in Bristol.

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The deli is open for takeaway salads, savouries, bread, coffee, cake, frozen meals and all the delicious treats. To order hampers and frozen meals, cakes, catering, check out their shop or email info@papadeli.co.uk. Delivery available in Bristol with Good Sixty.

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Guilbert’s - the only remaining chocolate maker in the city of Bristol. 100 years of hand-crafting chocolates, luxury gift collections and a selection of your own choice available in store.