For some, dessert is a rare indulgence taken on fancy occasions, while others require a daily sweet treat. Whether you prefer the richness of chocolate, the sweet taste of fruit or the mouth-coating quality of cream, the area abounds with spots to satisfy any dessert craving.
Colophon CafÃ© 1208 11th St. 647-0092
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Colophon’s light and silky white chocolate cheesecake and the flavor-packed peanut butter pie are the ultimate indulgences. For something fruity, try the daily cobblers and crisps, or chow down on a slice of chocolate chunk cake and what co-owner David Killian calls the best carrot cake in town.
Dutch Mothers Family Restaurant 405 Front St., Lynden 354-2174
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Sunday
Dutch Mothers offers up deep-dish pies fresh from the Lynden Dutch Bakery. Owner Debbie Black favors the warm caramel apple pie with ice cream. For dieters, the restaurant offers sugar-free bumbleberry pie. Other favorites are the huge, sticky cinnamon rolls and “The Volcano,” a brownie served with hot fudge, ice cream, almonds, whipped cream and a cherry.
La Vie en Rose 111 W. Holly St. 715-1839
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday
For a taste of Paris in the Northwest, head to La Vie en Rose. Try Michon’s chocolate dreams, the slightly spicy gingersnaps with molasses and the classic croissants. Or pick up a loaf of the hearty multigrain bread to take home.
Lafeen’s Family Pride Donuts 1466 Electric Ave. 647-1703
Hours: Daily 6-11 p.m.
Lafeen’s has perfected the art of dessert for breakfast. The blueberry and apple fritters and old-fashioned doughnuts are always popular at any hour of the day. Or sit down to a cup of organic coffee and a scone, muffin, cookie or turnover.
Mount Bakery CafÃ© and Creperie 308 W. Champion St. 715-2195
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with dinner from 6-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Closed Monday
Owner Olivier Vrambout has brought his European taste from Belgium to Bellingham. The most popular dessert he offers is the chocolate truffle cake, though his personal favorite is the crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e. Other items include croissants, dessert crepes and custom-order cakes.