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Seattle Sweet Spots
Seattle is already known for coffee. Now how about a slice of pie with it—or a donut, or a cupcake, or an ice-cream cone? These are a few of our favorites among the city's growing number of sweet spots:
Pie is so old-fashioned that it's become trendy again, at places like Pie in Fremont and at the Seattle Center, at High 5 Pie on Capitol Hill, and at A La Mode on Phinney Ridge.
Seattle cupcake fans are as loyal to their favorite shops as the city's baseball fans are to their Mariners. Trophy Cupcakes and Cupcake Royale, both with several locations around Seattle and the Eastside, are the prime contenders (Trophy has more elegant specialty flavors, while Royale favors local ingredients and has more grown-up options, including rotating monthly flavors like the Boozy Rumball). Other don't-miss cupcake shop contenders are Cake Envy by Green Lake and Yellow Leaf in Belltown.
Top Pot, the high-end donut shop with several locations in Seattle and on the Eastside, once warranted a snack stop by President Barack Obama but vegans swear by Mighty-O Donuts in Wallingford, which is organic to boot (many coffee shops carry their donuts). And if you're visiting Pike Place Market, the Daily Dozen Doughnut is pretty irresistible with adorable, made-while-you-watch mini donuts dusted in powdered sugar.
For ice cream, top spots include Molly Moon Ice Cream, with locations in Wallingford, on Capitol Hill, Madrona, and on Queen Anne, favors locally grown and organic ingredients in tempting and trendy combinations like balsamic strawberry and salted licorice. D'Ambrosio Gelato in Ballard and on Capitol Hill serves unbeatably authentic Italian gelato—don't miss the pistachio. And Full Tilt Ice Cream in Ballard, Columbia City, the University District, and White Center provides ethnically tinged flavors like Thai Iced Tea and Horchata—plus Mexican paletas (ice pops), a selection of vegan ice cream, and an array of pinball machines for customers to play.
3515 Fremont Ave. N, between 35th and 36th St., Seattle Center 206/436-8590
305 Harrison St., Seattle Center 206/428-6312
1400 12th Ave, Capitol Hill 206/695-2284
A La Mode
5821 Phinney Ave. N., Phinney Ridge 206/383-3796
700 110th Ave., The Shops at the Bravern, Bellevue
1815 N 45th St., Wallingford Center
2612 NE Village Lane, University Village
1111 East Pike St., Capitol Hill
2052 NW Market St., Ballard
1101 34th Ave., Madrona
4556 California Avenue SW, West Seattle
21 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
108 Pine St., Downtown
7900 East Green Lake Dr. N, Green Lake
2209 4th Ave., Belltown
2110 North 55th St., Wallingford
Daily Dozen Doughnut
Pike Place Market, Downtown
Molly Moon Ice Cream
1622½ N 45th St., Wallingford
917 E Pine St., Capitol Hill
1408 34th Ave., Madrona
321 W Galer St., Queen Anne
5339 Ballard Ave. NW, Ballard
1542 12th Ave., Capitol Hill
Full Tilt Ice Cream
5453 Leary Ave. NW, Ballard 206/297-3000
5041 Rainier Ave S, Columbia City 206/226-2740
4759 Brooklyn Ave. NE, University District 206/524-4406
9629 16th Ave SW, White Center 206/767-4811
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