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List of the Top Dessert Places in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee

There’s no better way to celebrate National Dessert Day than with a visit to one (or multiple!) of our local bakeries or candy shops. 

Places for Desserts and Ice Cream in Abingdon, VA 

Anthony’s Desserts

Anthony’s offers a wide selection of homemade treats. The convenient location on Main Street in downtown Abingdon makes it an ideal stop for a fresh dessert, ice cream or coffee.  

Ice Cream Stop

Visiting the Ice Cream Stop for a sweet treat is an Abingdon tradition for many locals. From soft-serve cones to hand-dipped favorites to delicious milkshakes, there are many options to enjoy a tasty treat. In addition to the wide variety of flavor choices, there are tons of toppings to complete your ice cream bowl or sundae. 

Blended Pedaler

With two locations in Abingdon and downtown Bristol, the Blended Pedaler is a great dessert stop in the region. Choose from the list of local favorites, or create your own acai bowls to enjoy a snack any time of the day. Another option is to grab a superfood-packed smoothie. If time allows, rent an e-bike at the Blended Pedaler to enjoy a short bike ride around downtown Abingdon or downtown Bristol TN/VA. 

Places to Grab Desserts and Ice Cream in Bristol, TN/VA

Blackbird Bakery

While Blackbird and Black Bird on the Fly offer a great selection of donuts and coffee, they also have delicious cakes and cupcakes to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Bristol Bagel & Bakery

Bagels aren’t just for breakfast! Bristol Bagel & Bakery in downtown Bristol provides a selection of dessert-flavored bagels and cream cheeses. Your taste buds will thank you for making a stop by Bristol Bagel & Bakery. 

Ladybug Cafe & Cakery

I think many would agree that cupcakes make a great dessert any day! Ladybug offers classic, specialty, and seasonal cupcake flavors to appeal to almost all tastes. 

Southern Churn

Are locally-made fudge and candies your go-to dessert? Then, Southern Churn is a must! Enjoy a slice of your favorite fudge flavor or try something new to maybe find a new favorite. Or, if you want a cooler treat, try a milkshake or malt. In addition to the large selection of homemade treats, the candy shop is full of vintage, novelty and gourmet favorites for kids or kids at heart to enjoy. 


Known for their wandering waffles (mini gluten-free waffles), Whimsicals offers smoothies and coffee drinks that make a great morning or afternoon treat. 

Dessert Places and Ice Cream Shops in Marion, VA

Dip Dog Stand

Dip Dog Stand is a staple in the Marion community and is known for its “best” ice cream. In addition to their sundaes, milkshakes, and custard, you can enjoy a mudslide brownie or apple pie for dessert. 

Hester’s Country Store & Fudgery

If you’re not near downtown Bristol and have a craving for homemade fudge, visit Hester’s! As a sister company to Southern Churn, you can enjoy the same great small-batch fudge flavors and hand-dipped ice cream in downtown Marion, Virginia. 

Sisters’ Cafe & Gifts

Whether it’s a smoothie or the delicious daily special, Sisters’ Cafe is a cozy spot for top-notch desserts. 

Other Dessert Stops in Southwest Virginia

Main Street Coffee and Cream

Located in Damascus, VA, Main Street Coffee and Cream offers an excellent selection of baked goods to pair with your coffee or latte. Reviews also rave about their milkshakes and ice cream offerings. 

Crossroads Creamery

Located in Rural Retreat, VA, Crossroads Creamery is a one-stop shop for soft-serve and hand-dipped ice cream. When visiting this hidden gem in SW Virginia, you can enjoy sundaes, floats, banana splits, cones, or cups of your favorite ice cream flavor. 

While this is not an exhaustive list, it gives you some ideas for celebrating National Dessert Day or the next time you need a sweet treat. 

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