The Best Sweet Shops in Milwaukee


Are you searching for the perfect chocolate-dipped treat to indulge in or give as a thoughtful present to someone special? Milwaukee has some of the finest sweet shops in town.

These five dessert shops have everything – from grain- and dairy-free scones to pies made with local rhubarb. And best of all? They’re all run by Black-owned businesses – a win for you and your wallet!

Beans & Barley

Since 1973, Beans & Barley has been a go-to destination for vegetarians and vegans on Milwaukee’s East Side. The cafe-deli market offers an extensive selection of delicious and nutritious vegetarian fare, from soups to sandwiches.

The cafe offers fresh juices and smoothies. Additionally, they have a kid’s menu with items like bean and cheese burritos, cheese quesadillas, or hummus pockets.

They also feature a small grocery store that sells healthy food items, books, and bath and body products. They provide carryout service and are open seven days a week.

Odd Duck

Milwaukee may be known for its beer and cheese curds, but the city also has an exciting restaurant scene that offers foodies a world of flavors. Milwaukee’s culinary scene is as diverse as its residents, from food truck parks with various international cuisines to market stalls serving coffee and ice cream.

Odd Duck Restaurant in Milwaukee is renowned for its delectable food. Their menu offers an array of dishes, from grilled wild sturgeon to char-grilled elk loin with tart cherry essence.

Blooming Lotus

Blooming Lotus Bakery creates delicious gluten-, grain-free, dairy-free, and soy-free treats. Susan Goulet and Lars Schloemer specialize in baking for those with dietary restrictions.

They use high-protein nut and seed flour instead of grains, adding no oils or sugars for an authentically delicious taste. Their scones, muffins, and cookies genuinely taste like the real thing!

They offer cakes for special occasions like graduations and weddings. Open Thursday-Sunday, they take orders.


Established in 1979 by a Russian immigrant, Simma’s bakery has earned itself a place of honor within the community for its delectable cheesecakes and other delectable treats. Now owned by the Carollo family, they proudly uphold Simma’s baking legacy.

This Wauwatosa neighborhood institution has gained national recognition for its delicious baked goods. They specialize in cakes and weddings, but you can also pick up cupcakes or cookies to take home for a treat.

For those who avoid gluten, they offer plenty of vegan alternatives. Their cakes, cookies, pies, and other treats are made with organic and whole foods.


Sanford offers plenty to love, from its food to its atmosphere. It’s an ideal place for gathering family or friends for a memorable outing.

Chef Justin Aprahamian purchased Sanford Restaurant from his mentors, Sandy and Angie D’Amato, in 2012. Today, Aprilahamian and his wife Sarah continue to operate it with a modern touch to preserve the traditions of Sanford while adding their personal touch.

Their carry-out menu is ideal for those who want to order their favorite foods but don’t have time to cook at home. The restaurant provides a wide selection of dishes sure to please any palate.


Sciortino’s is a family-run restaurant offering classic Italian fare. Their menu boasts extensive pizzas, pasta dishes, and grilled entrees to please everyone’s palate.

Pizza is delicious, but nothing quite compares to a chicken parmigiana sandwich. The crust is thin and crisp, the sauce sweet and rich, while the cheese melts in your mouth with every bite. Divine!


Buckley’s, owned and operated by Pam and Mike Buckley and their sons Britt and Taylor, has been a longtime downtown institution and a family favorite. Buckley’s continues to be one of downtown’s favorite spots for lunch and dinner menus that consistently wow customers new to town as well as regulars who come back for more.

They’re renovating a significant expansion to triple their seating capacity and bring in even more diners to enjoy their delicious food. Furthermore, they plan to open a pastry kitchen so their desserts can be even better!