When you live in a place like Sin City, you get to know all the Seven Deadly Sins. Practice sloth at the pools, greed in the poker rooms, lust at the nightclubs, envy at the boutiques, pride at the spas and wrath at McCarran International Airport when you’re leaving Vegas. But save gluttony for dessert, because Las Vegas certainly serves up some fine dishes when it comes to this course. Here’s a look at the best desserts in Las Vegas. You can do your penance back home.
1 Chocolate & Spice Bakery
Former Aureole pastry chef Megan Romano now has Chocolate & Spice Bakery, serving up her infamous bon bons, truffles and bark. Inside find ice creams and shakes while tarts, pies and cakes are available for pick up and can be custom ordered to suit any occasion. Other tasty highlights on the menu include the Romano family recipe banana vanilla bean cream pie, a tequila lime chocolate bar, chocolate chip and tangerine zest cookies, almond rocher with fleur de sel and a dark chocolate truffle cake.
2 Jean Philippe Patisserie
While Vegas didn’t get its nickname because of chef Jean-Philippe Maury, the desserts here are certainly sinful. The French just know how to do dessert right, and this European-style pastry shop is no exception. Chocolates, cookies, cakes and crepes, the four Cs of the French dessert world, will find their way into pretty boxes that won’t make it home because you’ll be devouring them. At the Bellagio, look for the floor-to-ceiling chocolate fountain, an exercise in decadence at its finest.
3 Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro
Remember when you were a kid and your mom said you couldn’t eat just dessert? Well, she was wrong. This Parisian cafe from chef Francois Payard features a crepe station, chocolate shop and pastries. You must have the George V, a chocolate and vanilla mousse with carmelized peanuts and a biscuit. It’s a double dose of gluttony. Dine at the cafe or the restaurant.
4 BLVD Creamery
Childhood favorites and cool flavors come together at this ice cream shop that features organic ice creams along with sorbets, cereal-flavored milks and other dessert novelties including flavors such as watermelon-jalapeno, avocado and pinot noir. The ice creams here churn daily, ensuring each treat is fresh and delicious. Pops of pastel colors set against bright white walls and an upbeat soundtrack of indie alternative and post-punk new wave tunes welcome guests of all ages into a whimsical world of sweet treats.
5 Gelato Messina
Australia's Gelato Messina dishes up clever gelato flavors and cakes, such as the Dr. Evil's Magic Mushroom with dark chocolate gelato, peanut cookies and dulce de leche topped with layers of vanilla cream, chocolate sponge, a red ganache, and white chocolate buttons to finish. The stalk is filled with dulce de leche caramel surrounded by dark chocolate gelato. T