Blink Restaurant & Bar
We talk about the desserts at Blink a lot. It’s because they are so good. The desserts change often with the seasons and they all taste delicious when served to one of the tables on the Stephen Avenue patio.
111 8 Ave. S.W., 403-263-5330, blinkcalgary.com, @blinkrestaurant
Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Bookers is all about southern cooking, which means it goes all-in with flavour. The patio has big communal tables and once you are done with your jambalaya, ribs, blackened catfish and crab boil, it seems only appropriate that you would end with bacon doughnuts with maple glaze.
316 3 St. S.E., 403-264-6419, bookersbbq.com, @bookersbbq
It’s one of the best patios on 17th Avenue S.W., tucked off to the side, but still with views of the action. It’s also attached to a bakehouse that makes macarons, profiteroles, eclairs and tarts.
730 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-9214
The desserts here seem simple, but the flavour combination and care taken to create them are so satisfying. There isn’t much better than eating homemade chocolate chip cookies outside on a warm summer night, unless you are eating peanut butter pot de creme, chai carrot cake or a handmade French macaron.
100 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-2276
Home Tasting Room
Among its dessert offerings, Home Tasting Room has a strawberry shortcake that screams summer. It includes mascarpone mousse, plum wine, macerated strawberries and strawberry balsamic coulee.
110 8 Ave. S.W., 403-262-8100
Last Best Brewing
Breweries, bars and pubs are often overlooked for their desserts, but sometimes you just want to dig into a brownie sundae with caramel latte gelato, dulce de leche whipped cream, almonds and seasonal fruit. This is particularly appealing if you are meeting friends but have already had dinner.
607 11 Ave. S.W., 587-353-7387, lastbestbrewing.com, @lastbestbrew
You are going to go here thinking you’ll order the Stilton cheesecake with rhubarb compote that everyone talks about. That would be a good choice. But, you might be swayed by the sticky toffee pudding with single malt scotch ice cream or maybe the coffee creme brulee with chocolate fudge cookies.
4611 Bowness Rd. N.W., 403-288-4372, notabletherestaurant.ca, @notablecalgary
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery in the Simmons Building
There is an open patio at the Simmons Building that can be used for Sidewalk Citizen or Phil & Sebastian. It is next to the patio used just for Charbar and right outside the doors closest to the bakery counter. Grab a treat – cookies, brownies, cakes, chocolate croissants – and settle into a table along RiverWalk.
618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-457-2245, sidewalkcitizenbakery.com, @avivfried
It’s a small patio and worthy spot for a late-night dessert bite. Executive pastry chef Leah Gamache creates apple frittelle, coconut milk panna cotta, rose water creme brulee and freshly churned sorbettos. Also on the menu is tiramisu made with the Berloni family recipe. Even if you can’t get a seat on the patio, it’s worth going to Teatro just for dessert.
200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca
This is where you go with friends who are gluten-sensitive or vegan so that both of you can enjoy dessert. The chocolate torte is made with chickpea brownie crust and seasonal preserves. The lemon cashew coconut square is a combination of all those ingredients on a date almond crust. And, the thyme chevre cheesecake is made with goat cheese, thyme and honey (leave the rose petal shortbread cookie off to make it gluten-free).
924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca, @thecoupcalgary
The exact flavours of some of the desserts here are a roll of the dice – cheesecake has seasonal flavours and pies change daily – but the quality is good and you can always rely on chocolate molten cake or vanille brulee.
112 8 Ave. S.E., 403-537-4446, thomsonsrestaurant.com, @thomsonscalgary