A Sugar Lover’s Guide to Brooklyn

Doughnuts, cupcakes, waffles, sundaes—everywhere you turn you in New York City there is another restaurant or diner serving tasty sweet treats. But, it’s not only Manhattan that offers the sugar fix you desire. Just across the bridge, Brooklyn is harboring some deliciously sweet secrets that are just waiting to be discovered. Our New York based blogger has been hard at work sampling the goods – read on for a sugar lover’s guide to Brooklyn


There are millions of doughnut shops in the United States but Dough has to be one of the very best. Located in Bed-Stuy, Dough was founded six years ago by chef, Fanny Gerson, and has been driving patrons crazy for it’s perfectly fried rings of goodness ever since. There are a whole bunch of amazing flavors to choose from, but my absolute favorite has to be the cheesecake and salted chocolate caramel flavors. Dough have a number of locations around the city but their Bed-Stuy store is their original location and usually has the best flavor selection.

a sugar lover's guide to brooklyn

Inside the kitchen at ‘Dough’

-321° Ice Cream Shop

-321° is not your traditional ice-cream shop. When you first walk in there isn’t a single tub of ice cream to be found anywhere. Don’t worry though, behind the counter are three candy colored mixers and, most importantly, clouds of liquid nitrogen that combine to create some of the most delicious ice-cream you’ve ever tasted. The flavors range from the unusual (green tea Kit-Kat) to the crowd-pleasing (Cookies n’ Cream) but you can be sure that whichever one you chose will be absolute perfection.

A sugar lover’s guide to Brooklyn – Wowfulls

Sweet waffles are a dime-a-dozen in New York City, but only one location serves them like this. Wowfulls is the brain-child of three twenty-something friends who wanted to bring authentic 1950s style Hong Kong waffles to the Big Apple. The waffles resemble a honeycomb with bubbles in the middle and are served with different flavours of ice cream and an assortment of toppings. Wowfulls can only be found at Smorgasborg, a massive flea-market that takes place every weekend in Brooklyn, but they are more than worth the journey.

Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain

If you’re looking for a traditional American dessert experience then look no further than Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain, a quaint little ice-cream parlor that will take you right back in time. To complement its cute nostalgic decor, the restaurant has a menu full of desserts to die for. Some of the highlights include the “Sir Twixalot”, a sundae with shortcake crumbles, gooey caramel and ice-cream and the “Tootsie Pop”, an ice-cream float featuring cherry soda and chocolate ice-cream.

Although your scales may hate you after your tour of Brooklyn’s best dessert spots, your taste buds will love you so don’t fret about over-indulging, it’s what holidays are for!

About the author: A sugar lover’s guide to Brooklyn was written by Ruth Aravena, an Irish travel blogger and newly-initiated resident of NYC. She joined forces with Walks of New York to get to grips with the city during her first few weeks of residence. The tours are ours, but all opinions are her own.