When it comes to picture-perfect puddings, Manchester is no stranger to a little eye candy. Across the city you'll find cafes, kiosks and restaurants whipping up an incredible array of treats, from fluffy waffle stacks and indulgent brownie bites to edible marvels and traditional cakes. If you're one of those sweet-toothed sorts who only eats out for the afters, then read on to find out our picks for the 10 best desserts in Manchester.
The Mate Date: Brewski
The home of North American comfort food, Chorlton restaurant Brewski is packing as much punch in the dessert department as they do with their poutine, burritos, burgers and more. As for recommendations? You should definitely get your hands on 'The Mate Date' boxes, a monthly rotating sharing platter of puds that's sure to please those whose eyes are bigger than their belly...
Sticky Toffee Pudding: Tattu
Luxe Chinese restaurant Tattu might be the last place you expect to find a sticky toffee pudding, but their version topped with Asian pear is an absolute beauty. It's well in the running to be the best dessert in Manchester city centre, designed to be eyed up as much as gobbled. When you tuck in, expect flavours of cinnamon, vanilla and almond in this comforting offering.
Loaded Waffles: Archie's
As if the bright pink interiors and adult ball pit weren't enough of a draw, Archie's is also a top spot if you're looking for the dessert places in Manchester city centre. Move past the menu of burgers and fried chicken and you'll find a list of loaded waffles fronting an epic selection of toppings - think crushed Malteasers, mini marshmallows and whipped cream.
Milk Cake: Heavenly Desserts
Serving up the crème de la crème of Wilmslow Road, this restaurant is also a must-visit if you're looking for late night dessert in Manchester. With an extensive menu of waffles, cookie dough, cheesecake and even mochi, Heavenly Desserts is a spot for the sweet-toothed. Our pick? A slice of their signature milk cake, a Mexican-inspired delicacy comprised of soaked sponge enriched with espresso or pistachios.
Shakes: Black Milk
If you're on the hunt for a scrummy pud, then iconic Northern Quarter cafe, Black Milk, should be topping your list. The Oldham Street spot is serving up some of the most intense 'Freakshakes' in the city, from vegan Biscoff options and strawberry syrup-laced serves to their chocolate-packed Kinderella mix. You'll also find a selection of cakes, ice cream sundaes and boozy pours too.
Chocolate Bombe: The Ivy Spinningfields
Not satisfied being one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city, The Ivy Spinningfields is offering up Insta-ready puds to match the surroundings. A long-standing feature on their dessert menu, the Chocolate Bombe is a thing of beauty. A hard chocolate shell is turned molten by a hot caramel sauce, revealing a delectable vanilla ice cream and honeycomb core within.
Slutty Brownies: My Cookie Dough
Taking the humble traybake to new heights, My Cookie Dough is among the best dessert places in Manchester Arndale. Their Slutty Brownie stacks are a mouthwatering mess of chocolate brownie, crushed Oreos and their house cookie mix, served up as chunky slabs and coated in a hefty drizzle of Nutella. With a location at the Trafford Centre too, you won't have to travel far to get your hands on these bad boys.
Tiramisu: San Carlo Gran Cafe
The perfect location for a post-shopping pick-me-up, San Carlo Gran Cafe is located in the Exchange Square Selfridges and offers a range of light bites, brunches and authentic Italian cakes. The crowning jewel here is their homemade tiramisu, which fronts dreamy layers of coffee, sponge and mascarpone cream and pairs perfectly with a strong espresso or a cold glass of fizz.
Ice Cream Sandwiches: Ginger's Comfort Emporium
One of the best ice cream parlours around, Ginger's Comfort Emporium is a Northern Quarter favourite handing out dairy and vegan scoops all year round. With specials including Campari and coconut, Eccles cake and Chorlton Crack (peanut butter and salted caramel), these frozen spoonfuls are always at their best when served in sandwich form.
Vegan Cheesecake: V Rev
Head over to Edge Street where V Rev has got some of the best vegan desserts in Manchester. The plant-based restaurant is renowned for its array of meat and dairy-free delights, including burritos, burgers and mac 'n' cheeze. They're coming up trumps on the dessert front too, with a rotating lineup of indulgent New York-inspired cheesecakes and classic puds like sticky toffee.
Looking for more edible inspiration? Check out our guide to boozy and bottomless brunches in Manchester here.