Dessert is the best course of any and every meal. When the craving for one hits, you have to acquiesce to it. We’ve got the 10 of the sweetest spots in Durham right here for ya!


They started as a tricycle donut stand and look where they are now! ? The first time I had Monuts was at their location off Parrish Street and the line was always out the door. We came back weekly to try every variety of donut they had. ? Then we tried the bagels and said ‘we’ve been missing this the whole time?!’ ? It’s amazing to see how they have grown and they have even more deliciousness and variety now. They have a rotating selection of unique donuts and some classics like apple cider!You get a free donut or pastry with the purchase of any espresso drink with your Shop Durham card.

1002 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

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Dulce Cafe

Dulce Cafe is a cute local cafe that also serves up delectable desserts like gelato, macarons, cookies, éclairs, tarts, and more. They even look like works of art, too pretty to eat, but you’ll devour every bite once you taste them! They even have a great selection of lunch items, the turkey apple brie sandwich was amazing! You’ll find Dulce near far from Southpoint mall. (Thanks for the recommendation Tobin Leigh Freid!)

5826 Fayetteville Rd #106, Durham, NC 27713

Early Bird Donuts

Small batch, California- style, made-from-scratch donuts. The donuts come in a variety of flavors, including glazed, chocolate glazed, peanut butter cup, Oreo and many more. You can even personalize your donuts with the fillings! Vanilla and chocolate, along with lemon, cherry and raspberry can be hand-pumped into each donut at the time it’s ordered. Grab some local Joe Van Gogh coffee as well! Early Bird Donuts is open Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon.
Use your Shop Durham card and get 10% off Tuesday/Wednesday & 5% off Thursday-Sunday

2816 Erwin Rd Suite 101, Durham, NC 27705

Foster’s Market

Foster’s is a Durham staple that is known for their scratch-made soups, salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. But my absolute favorite is their desserts! A piece of pie with some coffee is the perfect treat. They have at least a dozen pies, cakes, or baked goods variety on any given day.

2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

The Pie Hole

Wonderful handmade pies, specialty coffee drinks, and even some wine for date nights! ? This concept is all the way from Los Angeles and it pairs perfectly with our foodie town. Treat yo’ self to some pie! Get 10% off your purchase with your Shop Durham card.

810 9th St Suite 130, Durham, NC 27705


You may not be able to say the name correctly or even remember how to spell it when you’re telling your friends to meet you there, but Guglhupf is pure magic. A German-style bakery serving up breads, pastries, and desserts, they’re an award-winning local favorite.

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Cocoa Cinnamon

Now this is what Durham is all about. This is Morros de Toros, made from scratch churros topped with The Parlour ice cream finished off with chocolate drizzle! You can only find this amazing creation at Cocoa Cinnamon, the Chapel Hill Rd location. Cocoa Cinnamon has 3 Bull City locations and each has their own unique character. The Lakewood location (pictured above) has fresh churros and they even have a roastery here! Cocoa Cinnamon has their own coffee brand, 4th Dimension, that is served at all locations and is available for purchase.

Buy a bag of 4th Dimension Coffee and get a free prepared drink from the menu with your Shop Durham card.

Little Dipper Fondue

An experience you won’t find at any other restaurant in Durham – unique, nostalgic and fun! For dessert, don’t pass up strawberries dipped in milk chocolate or bananas with a dark chocolate and peanut butter blend. Use your Shop Durham card and get free dessert with the purchase of an entree.

905 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

The Parlour

Small-batch, hand-crafted ice cream. We’re drooling just thinking about it! They have unique flavors that rotate to match the season, and they even have some vegan options. And not just any old vegan options, we’re talking award-winning vegan ice cream here. Salted butter caramel is a personal favorite!

117 Market St, Durham, NC 27701

Pine Cone Ice Cream

At Pine Cone, they serve the essentials: Maple View Farm ice cream and Joe Van Gogh coffee. That being the case, sometimes I’m here twice a day! AND you get 10% off with your Shop Durham card!

905, 20-H, W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

At Best of the Bull we focus on the homegrown, locally owned businesses that make Durham unique. It’s tough to pack all that local goodness into one article! If we left something off that you think we HAVE to try, just let us know! We’ll respond and, heck, probably invite you to come along. Thanks for reading!


Katelyn Belch
Author: Katelyn Belch

Founder of Best of the Bull and Shop Durham. It’s my chief goal to keep you in the know about all things Durham.