If you're looking for a sweet treat while exploring Kamloops, you're in luck! While we might be best known for our brewpubs, Ribfest and restaurants serving locally-sourced dishes—Kamloops' dessert scene has indulgent dishes and sugary treats perfect for anyone.
From jam-filled pastries to delicate tarte tatin and fresh-made Bannock, there's something to satisfy every craving. Get ready to explore 10 local Kamloops stops serving up your next favourite dessert.
Sink your teeth into the sugary delights at Hello Toast, the ultimate destination for those who like to start their day with a sweet treat. Experience the energy of downtown Kamloops while savouring their 20 years of culinary excellence. With locally sourced ingredients and a passion for creating memorable moments, Hello Toast is your ticket to a mouthwatering journey of pure breakfast bliss. If you’re looking to really lean into the sweet grab the fruit compote stuffed french toast dusted with powdered sugar!
Local Tip: As it is a super popular brunch spot for locals, so don't fret if there is a line outside of Hello Toast! They have limited seating but specialize in turning over tables quickly with a smaller menu and quick service.
Bright Eye Brewing
Satisfy your cravings for both sweetness and hops at Bright Eye Brewing on Kamloops' North Shore. Prepared to be dazzled by their ever-changing lineup of innovative and fruity beers, featuring delightful creations like the Strawberry Pineapple Sour. Their rotating dessert menu is equally enticing. Whether you decide to sip or savour your sweet treat, from decadent chocolate cakes to 5-Spice sugar-dusted Belgian waffles, your cravings will be indulged.
Local Tip: Bright Eye has great gluten-free and vegan options before indulging in dessert.
Gold Leaf Pastries
Step into a world of delicate French-inspired desserts at Gold Leaf Pastries, where every creation is meticulously crafted using the finest ingredients. Under the skilled guidance of Red Seal Pastry Chef Carly Harding, Gold Leaf Pastries offers a remarkable array of imaginative and delectable treats that will enchant your taste buds. Indulge in their handcrafted cakes, heavenly macarons, tantalizing tarts, and irresistible cookies. Whether you need desserts for a small gathering or a grand event, Gold Leaf Pastries has you covered.
Local Tip: Be sure to check out Gold Leaf's Instagram account for featured items of the week!
Frozen Paddle Craft Ice Cream
Prepare for a delightful frozen adventure at Frozen Paddle Ice Cream! Co-Founders Wes and Kevin Pederson were inspired by the craft brewery movement, aiming to unite people through their delectable craft ice cream creations. From beloved classics like vanilla bean and cookies & cream to daring delights such as strawberry balsamic and London fog, Frozen Paddle takes pride in their bold and adventurous flavour profiles. They cater to dietary restrictions, and offer gourmet popsicles in an assortment of fun flavours, ensuring that everyone can enjoy their frozen treats.
Local Tip: Kamloops is home to 3 great ice cream parlours that each put their own unique spin on the frozen treat. Read our blog post all about them!
What started as an obsession with the Food Network turned into a decade of training and all-night bake-a-thons, and owner Brynn's dream of having her own bakery in Downtown Kamloops became a reality. For two sweet years, Brynn's Bakery has been enriching the lives of Kamloops residents, satisfying their cravings with delightful creations. Indulge in the irresistible goodness of fluffy sourdough loaves, pumpkin spice sticky buns, and vegan carrot cake drizzled in ooey, gooey caramel sauce and tap into some dessert bliss right in the heart of the Kamloops.
Local Tip: Brynn's sells lots of treats like their cakes and pies by the slice or the whole, so it's the great option for any size hunger!
Kekuli Cafe Indigenous Cuisine
Prepare to take a flavour-filled journey at Kekuli Cafe, the ultimate destination for indigenous cuisine in Kamloops. Every dish at Kekuli Cafe comes with Bannock or is served on Bannock that has been baked, fried, or grilled.
Their dessert Bannock rivals any treat from your favourite doughnut shop with fresh locally-sourced berries transformed into scrumptious jam spread, or honey-nut glaze slathered onto fresh Bannock crafted in-house daily. Load up on a box or two of assorted treats for an unforgettable experience celebrating the vibrant Indigenous culinary heritage.
Local Tip: Kekuli features seasonal berries and fruit for the interior BC area. For summer, check out everything Saskatoon Berry flavoured!
Throwback to your favourite classic diner desserts at Columbia Diner. From homemade pies and fluffy syrup-drenched pancakes to indulgent milkshakes, a rotating array of desserts and sweet dishes await you. Columbia Diner blends nostalgic flavours with modern twists, creating tantalizing treats that captivate the senses while paying homage to the classics and fan favourites.
Local Tip: Columbia Diner loves to remix your childhood favourites for a new generation, like their 'Worms in Dirt.'
Bubble Time Tea and Waffle
Bubble Time Tea and Waffle started when two passionate tea lovers with 15 years of food management expertise recognized the demand for a dedicated bubble tea haven in Kamloops. Bubble tea, also known as boba drink, pearl tea drink, or boba tea, originated in Taiwan in the early 1980s. The delightful 'bubbles' in bubble tea are made of tapioca pearls, but you can also get jelly cubes, taro balls, sweet potato balls and fresh fruit. The tea can be anything from classic Hong Kong-style black tea to fruity juices and smoothies mixed with any milk you could imagine.
Local Tip: If you're really craving a sweet treat, get an egg waffle with all the toppings like strawberries, chocolate, and whipped cream.
Saorsa at the Kamloops Farmers Market
If you have not visited the Kamloops Farmer's Market on a Saturday recently, you’re in for a delightful surprise. Nestled within this bustling market, Saorsa is the hidden gem crafting artisinal doughnuts that harmoniously blend the best qualities of yeast and cake donuts. The dough undergoes a lengthy fermentation process, reminiscent of sourdough, resulting in a truly exceptional treat. These delectable delights are meticulously hand-cut, flawlessly fried, and delicately dipped in an organic cane sugar glaze. Made with the utmost artistry, using ingredients sourced from farms and local organic suppliers, Saorsa's artisanal donuts will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Local Tip: Make sure you get there early, Saorsa often sells out of their doughnuts as the market goes on. Don’t worry though, they have fresh drip coffee available to reward you for your early morning.
Casa Azul takes pride in crafting delectable sweet treats that transport your taste buds south of the border.While their savoury dishes adorned with delightful salsas and sauces steal the spotlight, Casa Azul has a dessert menu poised to captivate your palate. There is something for everyone, from a traditional flan to fried churros and Mexican buñuelo to the banana empanada. Experience the warmth of Mexican hospitality, savour the mouthwatering sweet delights, and become a part of the Casa Azul familia.
Local Tip: Casa Azul has an extensive cocktail menu that includes a number of traditional Mexican drinks your sweet tooth will love.
Become a Foodie in Kamloops
If you find yourself craving a delightful indulgence while discovering the wonders of Kamloops, be sure to check out these 10 local places dedicated to serving up your next favourite dessert.
Looking for a bite to eat before your dessert? Choose from Kamloops' many restaurants, patios, pubs, and food trucks serving up fresh local fare. Paired with handcrafted beer, cider or wines made in the Thompson River Valley, get ready for a foodie adventure.