The best dessert parlours in Chinatown
The best sweet spots that’ll go down a treat
If there’s one thing that unites all of Chinatown London’s wildly different, but temptingly good, dessert parlours it’s that all their perfect puds are beyond Instagram-worthy. And they taste like heaven too. With a slew of candy-coated newcomers to the area, we’ve polished our sweet-tooths to bring you the best dessert parlours in Chinatown.
Elevating the humble doughnut to something altogether gooier, glazier, and totally gluttonous, Doughnut Time is a must-visit for sugar-freaks. The bright mint green store on Shaftesbury Avenue has row after row of bakes in the window luring you in. Expect colourful, creative, hand-finished rings of joy like No Share, topped with chocolate and Ferrero Rocher, or Sia Later, a red velvet doughnut with vegan butter cream.
Doughnut Time, 96 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5ED
A hip dessert parlour with an ultra-cool 80s vibe, RoRo serves up neatly-coiled crêpe rolls and beautifully-layered square cakes. With neon lights and pastel walls, it boasts one of Chinatown’s coolest interiors. But let’s talk about those puds. Whether you’re more of a fruity or chocolate-inclined persuasion, there’s a crêpe roll for your taste, finished to perfection with a yummy filing and topping. To wash your desserts down you need one of RoRo’s Colour Changing Sparkle drinks. Totally two-tone, the colours come separated until you shake – the Lychee & Aloe and Passionfruit & Mango juices taste as good as they look.
RORO, 20-36 Newport Ct, London, WC2H 7PR
Guo C 100
For a more traditionally Hong Kong-esque treat, make a beeline for Guo C 100. The Chinatown London outpost of China’s most loved dessert brands is all about keeping things simple – and healthy, almost. Expect fresh, fruit-based Asian puddings like Mango Taro Ball – 100% natural with fresh mango, tapioca pearls, grass jelly, and coconut milk. Or Mien Mien – shaved ice on a bed of strawberry and mango. Feeling adventurous? Try Guo C 100’s Durian Pancake made from the infamous ‘stinky’ fruit…
Guo C 100, 35 Newport Ct, London WC2H 7PQ
The emporium that launched a thousand waffle cones, held aloft in front of Chinatown London’s grand gates. Yes, Bubblewrap’s cuddly waffle cones, generously stuffed with fresh fruits, ice cream and Oreo have been clogging-up feeds of dessert devotees since the parlour opened in 2017. What can we say about Bubblewrap’s sensational, Hong Kong-style snacks? Waffle down, pronto!
Bubblewrap, 24 Wardour St, London, W1D 6QJ
In what’s got be one of the most genius dessert mash-ups this century, Yolkin combine mouthwatering macarons with smooth, creamy ice cream. These signature sweet sandwiches are the brainchild of founder Sammie Le who came up with the idea of using discarded yolks to make ice cream after making macarons. With an ever-changing array of East-meets-West flavours like Snickers, Milo & Cookies, Taro & Cornflake, you’ll fall in love at first lick.
Yolkin, 24 Rupert St, London, W1D 6DQ< Go Back To Food