"Treat yo'self" should be a theme this summer. Forget the days of feeling guilty for indulging in sweets or avoiding them because of your diet. When a city like Atlanta is making desserts that sometimes look too beautiful to eat (and taste even better), you can't pass them up.
Here at Narcity we've done you the favor of compiling the best plates of sugary goodness in Atlanta. Each stop featured won't even break your wallet - these are the best dessert shops in the state that cost less than $8. This map will take you inside and a bit outside the perimeter, but we promise that everything listed is so worth it.
Address: 5950 North Point Pkwy Suite 129, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Address: 2131 Pleasant Hill Rd #135, Duluth, GA 30096
Why you need to go: These gorgeous macaroons are clearly made with such love and care, you almost don't want to eat them (but please do, they'll change your life). You can even build a box of your favorites online.
Snowflake Tea House
Address: 2180 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
Why you need to go: Their massive crepes stuffed with nutella with a side of ice cream are reason enough to keep coming back again, and again, and again.
Mango Mango Dessert
Address: 5177-A Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Why you need to go: These Hong Kong-styled desserts are known for incorporating mango, so it's basically "healthy" without losing all the goodness of a sweet treat. For starters, try the mango pancake or the mango sago with pomelo and mango ice cream.
Sweet Spot Dessert
Address: 6035 Peachtree Rd Suite A-115, Doraville, GA 30360
Why you need to go: There's a growing community of Asian-fusion dessert shops in Doraville, and Sweet Spot is rising to the top. Their ice cream bowls take creativity to a whole new level with 31 off-the-charts toppings.
Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee
Address: 745 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 +1 other location
Why you need to go: Step aside Krispy Kreme. Even though we love you, there's a new donut leader in town. Their menu rotates monthly, so you're in for something new each time you come in.
Sweet Stack Creamery
Address: 25 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Why you need to go: With some of the craziest ice cream sandwiches in town, Sweet Stack has a little something for everyone, even vegans! They're now open until midnight, so you can fulfill those late night cravings.
Address: 1380, 14160 Atlantic Dr #14160, Atlanta, GA 30363 + 1 other location
Why you need to go: Anyone remember Superman ice cream from their childhood? Kilwins carries that tasty reminder of the good old days (before we began drowning in student loan debt).
Batter Cookie Dough
Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Why you need to go: Instead of sneaking pieces of raw cookie dough and hoping you don't get salmonella, you can head to Batter. They'll prepare ready-to-eat cookie dough with all the toppings your heart desires.
Address: 1230 Caroline St NE Ste B110, Atlanta, GA 30307
Why you need to go: You can take these 100 percent vegan cinnamon buns and add a twist to them, like 24 different frosting flavors and 23 different toppings. We recommend pie crumble, graham cookies, and cookie dough. Who knew such a simple concept could be so life-changing.
King of Pops Window
Address: 337 Elizabeth St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Why you need to go: If you don't want to risk not finding your favorite pop flavor at a cart around town, you can head to the window where all the iconic flavors live.
The Little Tart
Address: 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 + 2 other locations
Why you need to go: These literal tiny tarts pack huge amounts of flavor. They also pair perfectly with one of the espressos on-site at Krog Street. What makes these little guys even more special is that they're packed with locally sourced ingredients. The blueberry scone and any brioche au sucre with fruit are to die for.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Address: 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 + 4 other locations
Why you need to go: Jeni's is so loved that even Tyler the Creator recently announced a collab with them for a new ice cream flavor called "Snowflake."
Address: 692 B Kirkwood Ave SE UNIT B1, Atlanta, GA 30316
Why you need to go: This shop sells the most unique cupcake flavors like creme brulee, salted caramel, and chocolate champagne. They're so good you might be tempted to buy a dozen instead of just one.
Address: 930 Spring St NW Ste 2, Atlanta, GA 30309 + 1 other location
Why you need to go: You simply cannot beat warm cookies being delivered to your door at 2 a.m., and that's exactly why Insomnia Cookies is a step ahead of the competition.