Local

Here are the Top 5 best-rated dessert shops and cafés in Columbus

Here's a look inside the kitchen of My Boulange with Chef Bruno Rizzo

Chef Bruno Rizzo shows us how he makes some of the fresh-baked goodies at My Boulange, the french bistro on 12th St. in Columbus. (Music by Evan Schaeffer)
Up Next
Chef Bruno Rizzo shows us how he makes some of the fresh-baked goodies at My Boulange, the french bistro on 12th St. in Columbus. (Music by Evan Schaeffer)

In the past few months, we’ve reported rankings on local food including everything from pizza to coffee to upscale dining.

But we haven’t yet gotten to the best part -- dessert.

Here, we’ve compiled the top ranked dessert places in Columbus by averaging ratings from Trip Advisor, Yelp and Google Reviews.

Did we miss one of your favorites? Completely leave out a place that deserves credit? Let us know in the comments below.

1) My Boulánge, 111 12th Street #101

Average rating: 4.6

Almost a year old now, My Boulánge sets itself apart by featuring traditional French pastries and breads (it doesn’t hurt that the head chef is actually French). Aside from the wide array of sweets, the cafe also offers salads, sandwiches and coffee.

Google review: “The best place we found in Columbus. Great bakery and good coffee. The atmosphere is so cozy,” Veronica Romero posted two weeks ago.

2) Planet Pops, 1200 Broadway

Average rating: 4.5

After having a popular cart and freezers located in downtown, Planet Pops opened a new storefront at the beginning of summer. Reviewers praise the unique popsicle flavors and convenient walk-up window offered by the cool treats business.

Read Jin G.'s review of Planet Pops on Yelp

3) Freeze Frame Yogurt Shoppe, 1100 Broadway and 2511 Airport Thruway Suite A

Average rating: 4.4

People with a hankering for Freeze Frame have not one, but two choices of where to get it. Many reviewers give props to the kid-friendly atmosphere and the convenient location downtown — perfect for a quick stop while touring other Columbus sights.

4) How Sweet It Is Cake Studio & Dessert Shop, 5960 Veterans Parkway Building A

Average: 4.3 (also one of three winners in the Ledger-Enquirer’s Reader’s Choice awards)

Guests rave about the high-level quality and service they receive when ordering custom cakes from How Sweet It Is. But reviewers also said the quick treats, like cupcakes, are “gorgeous and yummy.”

5) Kilwins, 1230 Broadway #101

Average: 4.3 (also one of three winners in the Ledger-Enquirer’s Reader’s Choice awards)

Most visitors might associate Kilwins with a trip to Florida (where the company has 32 open and planned locations), but the sweet shop opened a place right on Broadway this past January. Kilwins sells all kinds of sweets from ice cream to fudge to pralines to candy apples. It might not be an every day spot as reviewers note some of the products can get pricey, but they say it’s great for times when you need a special treat.

TripAdvisor review: “Our family has been in several times for ice cream or a few pieces of candy. And its so nice to have a sweet shop like this locally! Whenever we travel to Savannah or Gatlinburg we stop in these lovely sweet shops that make handmade chocolates, caramels, fudge etc.... we love it! How special to have a place like this in Columbus! It's not pricey, it cost what an average handmade piece of candy cost that's not packaged and full of preservatives. This is not Walmart candy. It's a treat, so go enjoy it!” Tiffany S. wrote three weeks ago.

Kilwins features a wide assortment of candy that is made in the store. It also features ice cream. A large turnout made the opening a success.

Honorable Mention: 7th Street Provisions, 222 7th Street

Top-rated dessert spot on Yelp with 5 stars

While the restaurant is more known for its “French-inspired Southern” entreés, Yelp reviewers noted the variety and unique twists offered in their dessert choices. The menu online lists a cookie scoop with a bacon snickerdoodle cookie, a trifle with vanilla pound cake and bourbon cream cheese crème, and a large variety of glacé choices including house-made goat cheese, peach buttermilk, basil and blueberry-lavender.

Owners Lori Gilpatrick and Chris Williams bought the old Cafe 222 building in January and have been working to get it right to open as 7th Street Provisions, a Historic District neighborhood restaurant that will blend French and Southern cooking.

Lauren Gorla: 706-571-8647, @gorla94

  Comments