Freakshakes, Cheesecakes And Chocolate Pagodas: The 10 Best Desserts In Manchester

Published . By Olivia Cheves.

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 architecture and classic 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.


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 some of Manchester's most mouthwatering desserts. 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.

Archie's Loaded Waffles Best Desserts in Manchester

Archie's waffle menu is as playful as the venue itself.

Milk Cake: Heavenly Desserts

This Wilmslow Road restaurant is a must-visit if you're looking for some of Manchester's best puddings. With an extensive menu of waffles, cookie dough, tarts and even chocolate fondue, Heavenly Desserts is a spot for the sweet-toothed. If you're looking for something truly unique though, nab a slice of their signature milk cake, a Mexican-inspired delicacy comprised of soaked sponge topped with saffron, vanilla or Lotus Biscoff.

Heavenly Desserts Biscoff Milk Cake Best Desserts in Manchester

This milky Mexican marvel is one of Manchester's best desserts.

Shakes: Black Milk

If you're on the hunt for dessert places in Manchester, 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 Oreo options and strawberry syrup-laced serves to candyfloss flavour and their chocolate-packed Kinderella mix. You'll also find a selection of pancakes, ice cream sundaes and fancy hot chocs too.

Black Milk Shakes Best Desserts in Manchester

This iconic cafe is challenging you to drink your dessert in the form of a freakshake.

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.

V Rev Vegan Cheesecake Best Desserts in Manchester

No dairy? No drama. This vegan cheesecake is promising plant-based perfection.

Chocolate Pagoda: Tattu

One of the most impressive puddings in Manchester, this adorable option from luxe Chinese restaurant Tattu was designed to be eyed-up as much as to be eaten. The chocolate pagoda has become a regular fixture on Instagram grids and it's not hard to see why. The dinky little structure is in the running to be the city's most delicious dessert, promising soft brownie or hazelnut sponge cake and silky sauces.

Tattu Chocolate Brownie Pagoda Best Desserts in Manchester

Tattu's signature dessert is a delicious feat of engineering.

Chocolate Bombe: The Ivy Spinningfields

Not satisfied being one of the most gorgeous restaurants in Manchester, 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 to reveal a delectable vanilla ice cream and honeycomb core within.

The Ivy Chocolate Bombe Best Desserts in Manchester

The Ivy's most popular pud is literally the bombe.

Slutty Brownies: My Cookie Dough

Taking the humble traybake to new heights, My Cookie Dough is among the best dessert shops in Manchester. 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 locations at both the Trafford Centre and the Arndale, you won't have to travel far to get your hands on these bad boys.

My Cookie Dough Slutty Brownies Best Desserts in Manchester

My Cookie Dough is seducing us with these Slutty Brownies.

Karupiko: Peter Street Kitchen

Hoping to scope out some of Manchester's most unique desserts? Peter Street Kitchen has you covered. Fusing Japanese and Mexican cuisine, the menu at this Deansgate restaurant is already a marvel but it's the puddings that really take the cake. Our pick? The karupiko, which mixes the sweet and savoury flavours of yoghurt and white chocolate mousse, a black sesame sponge and sorbet made from the Japanese soft drink Calpico.

Peter Street Kitchen Best Desserts in Manchester

This eclectic dessert can be found at Peter Street Kitchen.

Ice Cream Sandwiches: Ginger's Comfort Emporium

One of the best ice cream parlours in Manchester, 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.

Gingers Emporium Ice Cream Sandwiches Best Desserts in Manchester

We all scream for these quirky ice cream sandwiches. 

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 serves up a range of light bites, brunches and authentic Italian cakes. The crown 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.

San Carlo Tiramisu Best Desserts in Manchester

San Carlo's tiramisu is proving that some recipes just don't need updating.

Looking for more edible inspiration? Check out our guide to the best places to eat chicken and waffles in Manchester here.