In recent years, Wauwatosa has evolved into somewhat of a food mecca in the greater Milwaukee area — and that includes desserts. From high-end pastries to affordable ice cream cones, Wauwatosa has something for nearly everyone. Consult this list of local destinations the next time you need a sugar fix.
1. Cranky Al's, 6901 W. North Ave.
This is a no-brainer for anyone familiar with Wauwatosa. Restaurant-goers can choose from a wide selection of hand-cut doughnuts. Whether they're raised, glazed, filled, sprinkled, cinnamon twists, or crullers, everyone is bound to find something they enjoy. The eatery also serves muffins, scones, and specialty sweets like biscotti, scotcheroos and cookies that pair well with a fresh cup of coffee.
2. Rocket Baby Bakery, 6822 W. North Ave.
Whether you're on the hunt for the perfect chocolate croissant, macaroon, danish or almond brioche, you'll find it at Rocket Baby Bakery. The European-style bakery in East Tosa crafts artisan breads, pastries, coffee and sandwiches from scratch daily. Rocket Baby Bakery also has a Bay View satellite location, 2434 South Kinnickinnic Ave.
3. Cosmos Cafe, 7203 W. North Ave.
Not only does Cosmos Cafe offer authentic Greek cooking in the form of jerk chicken pitas, gyros and Greek fries, it sells dessert, too. Try the baklava, a dessert consisting of layers of phyllo dough that are put one by one in warm milk and sugar, to indulge your sweet tooth.
4. Gilles Frozen Custard, 7515 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
While this landmark custard destination technically falls in Milwaukee, it's not too far of a drive for any Wauwatosa resident looking for a sugar fix. Gilles Frozen Custard dates back to 1938 when Paul Gilles created a small custard stand at 7515 W. Bluemound Road. Check out the shop's online menu for the flavor of the day, or just stop by and enjoy a generous tin roof or brownie sundae.
5. Gigi's Cupcakes, 2751 N. Mayfair Road
If you're looking for a cupcake that's both Instragram-worthy and delicious, stop by Gigi's Cupcakes in Wauwatosa. The first Gigi's opened in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2008 and today there are more than 100 locations across the world. Choose from a number of specialty cupcakes, with flavors like Kentucky Bourbon, strawberry shortcake and lemonberry. Gluten and sugar free options are available, too.
6. Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa's large shopping mall offers an equally large list of sweet dining options for those looking to get a sugar fix while they shop. Options like Cinnabon and Fuzziwig's Candy Factory are located on the mall's second level and Godiva is located on level one near Barnes & Noble. Don't forget about the nearby Cheesecake Factory where diners can choose from a long list of cheesecake flavors, among other desserts like milkshakes, sundaes and cakes.
7. Niemann's Candies & Ice Cream, 7475 Harwood Ave.
Situated in the heart of the Village of Wauwatosa, Niemann's has created homemade and candy ice cream since 1919. Pick up an assortment of nuts, truffles, or toffee during your next visit. The shop honors traditional recipes while also offering new creations.
8. La Reve Patisserie & Cafe, 7610 Harwood Ave.
No trip to the Village of Wauwatosa is truly complete without a stop at La Reve Patisserie & Cafe. The French bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also offers a large dessert menu. Diners can choose from a citron tart, chocolate mousse, creme brulee, and much more. If the atmosphere doesn't pull you in, the desserts are likely to.
9. Indulgence Chocolatiers, 6538 W. North Ave.
Have a hankering for chocolate? Stop by Indulgence Chocolatiers for a fix. The shop specializes in handmade truffles, gourmet bars and other chocolate delicacies at its location in East Tosa. Indulgence Chocolatiers also has a chocolate boutique in Shorewood and a shop and chocolate pairing bar in Walker's Point. Purchase the products in-person, online, at grocery stores, wine bars, restaurants and beyond.
10. Simma's Bakery, 817 N. 68th St.
Simma's Bakery, the passion of a Russian immigrant named Simma, who moved to the United States with her husband and two young children in 1979, offers a wide variety of delicacies, ranging from cakes to specialty desserts and bars. Pick up a cream puff, coconut bar or sticky bun at this mainstay on 68th Street in Wauwatosa.