Out and about in London Soho and got a craving for desserts? Don’t worry, we got you! Apart from its vibrant and eclectic atmosphere, Soho is also home to many restaurants (check our London Soho Halal Food Guide) as well as some excellent desserts spot. Whether you fancy ice cream or cakes, matcha or ube treats, pancakes or french toast, there’s definitely something for everyone. In this blog post, we’ve put together a list of places for some of the best desserts in Soho. The area has so much to offer, so go hungry!
Where to Find the Best Desserts in London Soho
- No. 79 London
- Donutelier by Roladin
- Chin Chin
- Bafarat Cafe
- Bilmonte London
- Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream
- Fuwa Fuwa Soho
- Cha Cha Roll
- Kova Patisserie
- Creme London
- The Alley
- Tsujiri Chinatown
- Shibuya Soho
- Crumbs & Doilies
- Maitre Choux
- Cutter & Squidge
- Cafe de Nata
- Bake 麵包屋
- Bun House
No. 79 London
A sister cafe to the ever-popular Hefaure, No. 79 Cafe specialises in the cutest-looking halal mousse cakes as well as boba and souffle pancakes. Pictured is their chocolate bear mousse cake and for other flavours, they have the likes of tiger, lion, dog, rose, etc. Seriously, they are all almost too cute to eat!
Donutelier by Roladin
Bad news first, Donutelier’s doughnuts contain alcohol and are, therefore, not halal. But the good news is that there are still other treats you can enjoy, such as their cookies and viennoiserie. The Israeli bakery chain is known for its luxury doughnuts and, even though we can’t enjoy them for now, you can trust that their pastries & other bakery treats will be just as good.
Chin Chin has certainly made its name one of the best dessert spots in London. Their hot chocolate is one of the top hot chocolates in London and comes generously topped with torched halal marshmallows. They are also the first to bring liquid-nitrogen ice cream to London, which has been game-changing to the market. Other dessert creations are equally extravagant such as the Tiramisu Sundae, Sticky Toffee Pudding Sundae, etc.
Those iconic cruffins from Richoux are very much worth the viral hype. Essentially a mash-up between muffins and croissants, these cruffins are available in a variety of weekly-changing flavours including chocolate, strawberry, passionfruit, pistachio, etc. It’s a must-visit spot for every sweet pastry lover!
From Saudi to London, Bafarat Cafe is bringing all things desserts and coffee over here. I absolutely adored their Colombian coffee tart, which I still think was the best in town but it’s unfortunately no longer available. Instead, the coffee tart is now replaced by the Paris Brest and there are plenty more other exquisite pastries to choose from. Their afternoon tea is also a showstopper (booking required), featuring a variety of desserts served over beautifully crafted chocolate branches.
Shackfuyu’s signature Matcha Kinako French Toast is one of a kind in London. It is unique, featuring a thick moist slice of Japanese bread, with a crackly creme-brulee-like caramelized crust, dusted with kinako (Japanese soybean powder) and topped with a swirl of velvety matcha soft serve. People would even describe it as the “pinnacle of French Toast” and it’s definitely a must-try dessert in London.
Not only are Bilmonte, the Sicilian artisan gelato brand, known for serving some of the best ice creams (gelato!) in London, but they are specifically known for their signature gelato brioche buns! The pistachio gelato is said to be one of the best in London, which you can enjoy on its own or in a fluffy brioche bun. Additionally, how could one resist the option of topping your gelato with their cutest chocolate-filled mini cone?!
They’re not the first Hong Kong-style bubble waffle spot in London, but they are the spot that fired up the whole bubble waffle frenzy in town. Bubblewrap is a Chinatown staple, serving you authentic Hong Kong-style bubble waffles that are loaded with ice cream and various decadent toppings. In addition to their original Chinatown branch, Bubblewrap has opened another branch in Covent Garden too.
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream
You can find all things Ube at Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, from ice cream to doughnuts, Filipino Bilogs, halo-halo, their iconic Ube hot chocolate, and many more. Other than Ube, you can also try other flavours such as Filipino Calamansi, Black Buko, Guyabano, Queso (i.e. cheese), and Milo flavour ice cream and treats as well.
Fuwa Fuwa Soho
The first to bring jiggly Japanese souffle pancakes into London is Fuwafuwa! Fuwafuwa has been serving up fluffy souffle pancakes at Brunswick Centre but has now also opened another store in Soho. You can find all their usual classic favourites at this new store, such as the Lotus Biscoff, Nutella Strawberries, as well as some new flavours including the Miso Slutty Caramel Popcorn and Chocolate Honeycomb Crunch.
Cha Cha Roll
Another Japanese souffle pancake spot to watch out for is Cha Cha Roll. Personally, I enjoyed their pancakes more than Fuwa Fuwa‘s as I find theirs to have more flavour and a little airier in texture. But it’s all just down to personal taste.
Quietly tucked in a quiet street in Soho is Kova Patisserie, a hidden Japanese dessert gem before it became a popular food trend in London. It was all about their mille crepes back then but now they’ve got more variety of options to choose from as well as a bubble tea menu! I would recommend trying out their Sea Salt Lava Cheesecake, which I think is their best offering!
This hidden gem tucked behind Piccadilly Circus is a must-visit restaurant for Japanese food lovers. Machiya serves authentic Japanese food and offers some lovely desserts such as Matcha Fondant and Mille Crepe cakes.
We mentioned Wingmans Chicken as one of our favourite halal food spots in Soho. But in addition to amazing wings, they also make an incredible Hot Cookie Crumble for the perfect dessert! Expect hot freshly baked cookie dough, topped with Nutella Rice, Pecan Ice Cream, and dusted with Lotus Crumbs – i.e. dreamy stuff.
Stepping into Creme London, it’s completely impossible to resist the alluring aroma of those freshly baked New York-style cookies. Flavours include Miso White Chocolate, Double Chocolate, and classic Milk Chocolate Chip cookies.
Not technically Soho but I just have to add my favourite bubble tea spot to the list! Here’s my all-time favourite boba spot, The Alley. The Brown Sugar Creme Brulee Deerioca boba milk is the most popular drink for a good reason and you can also enjoy the likes of Ube Brown Sugar Milk, Tiramisu Boba, etc. Apart from consistently good-quality boba, they also do croffles should you fancy a sweet bite alongside your drink.
There’s this place along Shaftesbury Avenue that’s always with a long queue. Hefaure is a compact little boba & dessert spot specialising in Brown Sugar Bubble Tea and Japanese Souffle Pancakes. For the souffle pancakes, there are different toppings combo you can choose from, including Biscoff, Brown Sugar Boba, Coco Cream with Oreo, Nutella, etc. It may look like it’s just a takeaway spot but they actually do have seating space hidden downstairs.
Tsujiri is one for matcha lovers. As one of the original matcha houses in London, Tsujiri serves up high-quality matcha treats that played a part in kicking off the matcha scene in London (read also: Best Matcha Desserts in London). Their Matcha Soft Serve or Sundaes are always a lovely treat and their Matcha Basque Cheesecake is quite nice too.
Named after the famous Tokyo district, Shibuya is a cute little Japanese spot along Shaftesbury Avenue (next to Hefaure). They are most known for its Bingsu, i.e. shaved ice dessert, as well as their croffles, i.e. a crossover between croissant and waffle!
Crumbs & Doilies
Crumbs & Doilies make some of the best cupcakes in London and delicious New York-style cookies! Flavours change daily, but if you can, get your hands on their Cereal Milk Cupcakes, or their Biscoff and Red Velvet cupcakes are fantastic too. If you’re on a diet but still fancy a little treat, they do mini cupcakes so you can enjoy them guilt-free!
For an absolute dessert galore, you’ve got to check out Sakurado. From regular cakes to mille crepes, Japanese cheesecakes to brownies, choux, mochi etc., Sakurado literally has it all. Pretty much all of their treats are halal with the exception of the rum cake. We enjoyed most the Tiramisu Mille Crepe and Burnt Basque Cheesecakes.
When you think of eclairs, Maitre Choux immediately pops up in mind. Maitre Choux offers eclairs of dreams, with a wide variety of flavour combos available which are also halal-friendly. Our favourite flavours include Pistachio and the Hazelnut & Milk Chocolate ones. Eclairs aside, their selection of Choux and Chouquettes are an absolute delight too!
Cutter & Squidge
Their Dream Cakes are made with the dreamiest layers and are super delicious. Cutter & Squidge boasts itself as an all-natural bakery and all its products are free from artificial flavours. Cake flavours change seasonally, but we have enjoyed the likes of Billionaire Cake, Lemon Meringue Cake, etc. from them. In addition to their cake slices, the Biskies are a must-try, which is essentially like a cookie sandwich but with a more cakey texture. Depending on the time of your visit, there may be some unique seasonal flavours available!
Cafe de Nata
Fancy some pasteis de nata but couldn’t be bothered to walk to Covent Garden for Santa Nata? Cafe de Nata is an easy fix in the area. Regular traditional pastel de nata aside, they also make different flavours such as Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Apple & Cinnamon, Coconut, Chocolate, Passion Fruit natas. More recently, they have also launched a vegan option so there’s definitely something for everyone!
They may not have an Instagram account (or website) but they’re definitely Insta-famous! Bake 麵包屋 is a Cantonese bakery in Chinatown and makes an irresistible Taiyaki-cone soft serve. Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese fish-shaped cake, typically in small mini sizes and filled with custard. These are available as well at Bake but the one that everyone hypes about is having Taiyaki as an ice cream cone for soft-serve ice cream! You can choose between vanilla or matcha soft-serve, or get a mix of both.
Cantonese custard buns hit differently and Bun House has absolutely nailed the craft of it. Their savoury options are unfortunately not halal, but who needs them when you have such stellar sweet custard buns?! Hot and freshly steamed, the fluffy buns ooze with sweet salted egg yolk custard, which is a Chinese dim sum staple and addictively delicious.