PhinneyWood’s trail of treats

PhinneyWood’s trail of treats
By mattc

Nutty Squirrel Gelato 

By Jamie Aaronson

PhinneyWood is home to many incredible cafes and bakeries. I’ve had the culinary pleasure of touring the neighborhood for delicious sweets and treats. Looking for a delectable adventure? Take a stroll down PhinneyWood’s “main street” and see if you can taste every delicious dessert on this tour!


Ice cream in waffle cone with street signs for Greenwood Ave and 74th St in background.

Enjoy a Bluebird Ice Cream cone during a summer stroll. 

The first stop on this delectable walk is Bluebird Ice Cream. This is their tenth summer serving delicious small batch ice cream in PhinneyWood. Their Snickerdoodle flavor will delight all ages or advanced taste testers can try their Stout Beer or Maple Sugar offerings. Bluebird has also been perfecting a Chocolate Pudding flavor and some batches of it have sold out within two hours!


Two flavors of gelato in a bowl.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato offers yummy flavors for every palate—from fruity to nutty. 

The second stop is Nutty Squirrel Gelato. They make everything from scratch daily at their Phinney and Magnolia shops—rotating through a whopping 400 seasonal flavors. Look out for Banana Split, Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea, and summer gelato pops. Visit their weekend pop-up at Phinney Food Truck Fridays for more fun on the town.


Overhead pic of chocolate tarts.

Celine’s treats are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Not to be missed next is the European-influenced Celine Patisserie. The owners have roots and influences from Moldova, Italy and Dubai. I recommend trying their one-of-a-kind Earl Grey-Infused Custard Croissant, Pistachio Cream Croissant, or Chef Daniela’s original Honey Cake.


Overhead pic of rows of different colored macarons.

Add some tasty color to your coffee order with macarons at Fresh Flours. 

Fresh Flours Bakery & Cafe offers fresh pastries and macarons baked from scratch daily. They serve classic lattes and croissants alongside many Japanese treats, include Green Tea & Azuki Red Bean Muffins, Azuki Red Bean Croissants, and Mushroom Mochas. Tokara Confectionary, a partner of Fresh Flours, also crafts traditional Japanese sweets seasonally in varying numbers and flavors. 


Whole pie on table with whipped cream frosting, nut topping, and the street out of focus through a window behind it.

Customers rave about the award-winning Bourbon Butterscotch pie at A La Mode.

Kitty-corner to Woodland Park Zoo is A la Mode Pies. They make pies impeccably well and serve 10-14 varieties of pie every day. One signature pie is the Bourbon Butterscotch: this beloved pie combines homemade pudding with rich caramel gently spiked with bourbon in a crust of vanilla wafers and toasted pecans. 


If there’s room in your second stomach for more desserts, you can find equally scrumptious treats at these outstanding PhinneyWood shops: Coyle’s Bakeshop, Chocolati, Pie Bar, TM Dessert Works, and Modern Japanese Cuisine

Find some desserts that you love? Remember to boost our local businesses with social media shout-outs while on your dessert crawl!

Photo Credit: all photos courtesy of the featured businesses.