Desserts are arguably the most important (read: delicious) part of every meal, the one course without which mealtime is incomplete. Maybe you are mesmerised by gooey chocolatey variety or a fruity combination of flavours; perhaps you like your dessert served hot, molten or cold; one thing is certain: desserts make life a lot more flavourful and delicious. If you’re on the hunt for the best desserts in Islamabad, here are the places you need to visit:
A place known for its sweet treats, Hotspot is the go-to place for Islamabadis looking for the perfect way to end their meal. The décor of the café will take you back in time while its desserts will keep you coming back for more. Aside from their range of ice cream flavours, sundaes and shakes, some of the most popular desserts include:
- The Killer Chocolate Brownie (with ice cream of course)
- Freshly Baked Waffles (best with ice cream)
- Banoffee Pie
- Squidgy Chocolate Cake
- Nutella Chocolate Cheese Cake
- Chocolate Molten Cake
- Fresh Apple Crumble
- Philadelphia Cheese Cake
A favourite of locals, the main branch of Hotspot is located in Sector F-7 (near Sattar Buksh and Howdy). However, there are now two more branches in the city, one on Ataturk Avenue in Sector F-6 and another in Sector F-10’s Markaz.
2. Burning Brownie
From humble beginnings as a small stall at Sector F-7’s petrol pump, Burning Brownie has written its history in everything sweet. They don’t just serve brownies though. Their desserts menu includes a range of cakes, tarts and pastries. Some of the bestselling desserts are:
- Snickers Pastry
- Chocolate Fudge Cake
Burning Brownie is situated at Beverly Centre in Islamabad’s Sector F-6, and a second branch has opened up in Sector F-11’s Markaz.
3. Funky Bake
Initiated as a home-based baking business, Funky Bake used to be known for its customised fondant cakes. However, they’ve expanded their menu to include delicious cupcakes too. Their must-try desserts include:
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Chocolate Cupcakes
- Chocolate Cheesecake
- Coffee Caramel Cupcakes
Funky Bake’s sweet treats are available in store, at Sector F-11’s Markaz. You can also find their outlet in Centaurus Mall, Sector F-8.
4. Street 1
Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Street 1 café has several tasty treats to tantalise your taste buds. These include pancakes, waffles, brownies and more. Let’s take a look at some of the best desserts that you can indulge in here:
- Hit Me Skillet Cake
- Belgian Chocolate Lava Gateau
- Belgian Waffles with Chocolate or Caramel Sauce
Street 1 café is located in Kohsar Market, Sector F-6.
5. Tuscany Courtyard
Inspired by the Tuscany region in Italy, the restaurant is a fine dining establishment offering deliciously cooked food to its patrons. We’re here to talk about the best desserts in Islamabad though and Tuscany Courtyard does not disappoint. From brownie skillets served hot with melted chocolate to bread and butter puddings, there is a lot to excite your taste buds. The desserts that you should not miss are:
- Strawberry Mille Feuille
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie Skillet
- Molten Lava Cake
- Oven Baked Bread Pudding with Ice Cream
Sector F-6’s Kohsar Market is home to the Tuscany Courtyard and its yummy desserts.
6. Chaaye Khaana
While Chaaye Khaana began due to the love of tea that almost all Pakistanis share, what few people know about is that it does some amazing desserts as well. Whether you want something sweet to go with your tea or just want to satisfy a craving, Chaaye Khaana has some of the best desserts in Islamabad:
- Chocolate Molten Cake
- Toffee Walnut Crunch
- French Toast
The main branch of Chaaye Khaana is in Sector F-6’s Markaz and a second branch is present in Sector F-11.
7. Nocciola Chocolaterie
This one is for the lovers of the yummy chocolate-hazelnut spread known and loved worldwide. From Parathas and Naans to toppings and cakes, everything is now served with a Nutella flavour twist. And no one can do it better than the eatery that used to be named for it. Starting off as The Nutella Spot, the name of the outlet was changed to Nocciola Chocolaterie after a major rebranding effort. It has the following desserts that make it a must-visit:
- Nutella Waffles (with a range of toppings and ice cream)
- Chocolicious Molten Lava Cake
- Banana Kiwi Crepes
- Nutella Stuffed Donut
- Brownilicious Crepes
- Succulent French Toast
- Banana Pancakes
Nocciola Chocolaterie is situated in Sector F-11’s busy Markaz.
Now you know just where to go when that craving for something sweet hits you hard. These are just our top 7 picks for the restaurants offering the best desserts in Islamabad, but the city has a lot more to offer when you want to pick a spot to close a meal on a sweet note.