Got that sweet tooth? London’s got quite some options for you to choose from! If you happen to be around Soho, then save this London Soho Halal Desserts Guide where we’ve put together our favourite dessert spots in the area. Whether you’re fancying ice cream, cakes, pastries, matcha treats, pancakes and french toast etc., there’s definitely something for everyone. Looking for food before desserts? Then also check out our London Soho Halal Food Guide here. The area has so much to offer so go hungry!
Where to Find the Best Desserts in London Soho
No. 79 London
The newest addition to London Soho’s dessert scene is No. 79 Mousse & Cafe. A sister cafe to the ever-popular Hefaure, No. 79 Cafe also offers boba in addition to their alluring range of mousse cakes (which are halal). It’s not just your regular mousse cakes though. We’re possibly looking at the most adorable mousse cakes as No. 79 Cafe creates the cutest designs. The bear pictured above is their chocolate mousse and for other flavours, they have the likes of tiger, lion, dog, rose, etc. Seriously, they are all almost too cute to eat!
Address: 79 Dean Street, London W1D 3SJ
Chin Chin has certainly made its name one of the best desserts spots in London. Their hot chocolate is the quintessential London winter staple – lusciously rich and 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, Griddled Cookie Dough, Brownie Cookie Sandwich, etc.
Address: 54 Greek St, London W1D 3DS
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.
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.
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!
Wait, I thought you said this is a desserts guide? Yes, it is! We mentioned Wingmans Chicken as one of our favourite halal food spots in Soho. Banging wings aside, 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. We’re totally drooling over it now as we write this!
Said Dal 1923
The most decadent hot chocolate in town no doubt goes to Said Dal 1923. You would’ve seen their extravagantly rich hot chocolate, ladled with triple melted chocolate spilling all over the mug. And yes, you can get that indulgent melted chocolate ladled all over your slice of chocolate cake too and Said London is guaranteed to send you to chocolate heaven with that. It’s going to be messy but so going to be worth it!
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. The queues are still there today despite the hype slowing down. In addition to their original Chinatown branch, Bubblewrap has opened another branch in Covent Garden too.
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream Chinatown
The Filipino dessert parlour has been an incredibly popular hit ever since they expanded from Kentish Town into Chinatown (and in Westfield White City too). You can find all things Ube at Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, from ice cream to doughnuts, to Filipino Bilogs, halo-halo, and many more. And of course, you can also get their iconic Ube Hot Chocolate at their Chinatown store too. Other than Ube, you can also find the likes of Filipino Calamansi, Black Buko, Guyabano, Queso (i.e. cheese), and Milo flavour ice cream and treats as well.
Before Japanese cafes and treats became more popular in central London, there’s Kova Patisserie quietly tucked away in Soho and an unassuming go-to spot for many East Asians. It was all about their mille crepes 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!
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! All in all, Tsujiri is a solid spot to head to for matcha desserts.
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.
Address: 57a Dean Street London W1D 6AJ
Crumbs & Doilies
Crumbs & Doilies make some of the best cupcakes in London as well as delicious New York-style cookies! Flavours change daily, but if you can, do get your hands on their Cereal Milk Cupcakes, or the likes of Biscoff and/or Red Velvet cupcakes are fantastic too. If you’re on a diet but still fancied a little treat, they do mini cupcakes so you can enjoy them guilt-free!
Sakurado is quite a dessert galore with a wide variety of options available at their store. From regular cakes to mille crepe cakes, 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. Whilst we don’t think they make the best Japanese mille crepe cakes in town, they do win with the number of flavours available. We enjoyed most the Tiramisu Mille Crepe and Burnt Basque Cheesecakes.
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!
Named after the famous Tokyo district, Shibuya is a cute little spot along Shaftesbury Avenue (next to Hefaure). They have a savoury menu offering the likes of katsu and teriyaki which, unfortunately, aren’t halal. However, their desserts are definitely a highlight. They make a great croffle, i.e. a crossover between croissant and waffle, with plenty of flavours to choose from. Though the showstopping dessert would definitely be the bingsu, which is shaved ice!
Stepping into Creme London, you’d be immediately swept off your feet by its alluring aroma of freshly baked cookies. Flavours include Miso White Chocolate, Double Chocolate, and classic Milk Chocolate Chip cookies. They also sometimes have a seasonal flavour so make sure you keep your eyes peeled on their social media. The Milk Chocolate Chip cookies are the best out of the three in my opinion. Whilst we feel they are not necessarily the best cookies available in town, they’re still a good pick. You can read more about our thoughts on Creme London here.
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.
Address: 9 Wardour St, London W1D 6PF
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 of sweet salted egg yolk custard, which is a Chinese dim sum staple and addictively delicious.
Not technically Soho but I just have to add in my favourite bubble tea spot onto the list! Here’s my all-time favourite boba spot, The Alley. There’s no other bubble tea shop that consistently offers good quality boba across the country other than them. 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. They are also HMC-certified – not that you really it for a bubble tea shop though!