Fraser Valley Dessert Destinations

Monday, October 4th, 2010

As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, it becomes extremely tempting to change into our jam-jams as soon as we finish dinner, and curl up for the evening. Give yourself something to look forward to by rounding up the family (or a few of your lady friends) and head out for a great dessert from one of these Fraser Valley dessert destinations! We promise that whichever destination you choose, you’ll be sure to leave with satisfied taste buds and a full tummy! Watching your weight? Don’t let that stop you – grab one dessert, two forks and share with a friend!

Afterthoughts Restaurant
#190 32500 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. 604.850.1014

Tucked away in Clearbrook Plaza, this little café is one of Abbotsford’s best hidden gems. With its blend of sporadic table layouts, neat chalk art, syrup displays and typical coffee shop buzz, Afterthoughts has become the go-to location for desserts in Abbotsford. Mile high chocolate cakes are common here, as are various kinds of cheesecakes on any given night. Not only are their prices competitive, their portions will have you doing a double take! Most serving sizes will serve two, and they’re even happy to give you a little extra of their homemade whipped cream if you ask! Craving something sweet, even though it’s late? On Friday and Saturday nights, Afterthoughts has you covered – they’re open until midnight!

TracyCakes Bakery Cafe
Three Great Locations!

  • #101 2636 Montrose Ave, Abbotsford. 604.852.1904
  • 15015 Marine Drive, White Rock. 604-541-4668
  • 23170 96th Ave, Fort Langley. 604-888-1984

If you haven’t had the pleasure yet of visiting a Tracycakes Bakery Café for dessert, find a way to fit it in your schedule! With three great locations in the Fraser Valley, you’re always within a hop, skip and a jump of a delightful dessert! With over 40 different kinds of cupcakes, it can be an intimidating choice. Not to worry, they come in babycake size as well, so you can try a few! If you’re stuck, be sure to try their Boston Crème or Crème Caramel cupcakes – they are to die for. Not in the mood for cupcakes? Tracycakes also serves up various kinds of cheesecakes, and mini dessert rounds as well. You’ll love the rustic, yet cozy home décor style of these cafes that will make you feel right at home.

Airport Coffee Shop
46244 Airport Rd, Chilliwack. 604.792.0814

Although this little airport café may not be your first choice for a date night (it is a diner after all), you can bet they’ll serve you up a mean piece of pie. In fact, many flying groups schedule this airport into their itinerary, just to order up a slice from this “famous in the Fraser Valley” coffee shop! With such a selection of fruit, berry and cream pies, it’s no wonder pilots starting using the phrase “I fly for pie!” The good news for you? You don’t have to fly to enjoy a piece, just stop on by! It’s great entertainment for the children as well; seat them next to a window so they can watch the planes fly in and out of the airport while you enjoy your coffee!

Cake Selection at Afterthoughts in Abbotsford
Attribution License by Ode to the Ordinary

Dolce Gelato
15045 Marine Drive, White Rock. 604.535.1070

Still trying to hold onto the last bits of summer, even as the leaves start to fall? Head to Dolce Gelato on the water in White Rock for a bit of gelato heaven! Known for their great customer service (even when things get busy), this little gelato shop makes and blends all 20 of their gelato flavours on site. Instead of staying in the café to enjoy your ice cream or gelato, make the best out of a starry evening and go for a stroll (or watch the waves and listen to tunes from a great parking spot!). The only downfall? Dolce Gelato only accepts cash, so make sure you have a bit on hand!

Porter’s Bistro Coffee and Tea House
21611 48
th Ave, Langley. 604.530.5297

This bistro and coffee house is a cozy dessert destination for any type of dessert craving, whether it’s cheesecake, cookies or simply a root beer float! Grab a loose leaf tea or organic fair trade coffee to accompany your dessert, and take in the local art, vintage photographs and rustic décor (don’t miss the vintage typewriters!). Visit Porter’s for dessert any Saturday night between 6pm – 8pm for live music in a family friendly atmosphere – a great alcohol free alternative for live music!

Now that you are fully prepared for the next time your sweet tooth hits – your only dilemma is who to share your delish dessert with… if anyone at all! Where are your favourite places in the Fraser Valley to visit when a dessert craving strikes?

Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

One Response to “Fraser Valley Dessert Destinations”

  1. Chrisy says:

    This article is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing those tidbits. Can’t wait to head out and dive into the delish treats!!

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