Top dessert destinations in Richmond, Virginia


Richmond, Virginia was recently named on National Geographic's list of "where to visit for food in 2016." Richmonders have known this for years. From the Fan and Carytown to Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom, Richmond area restaurants source local beef, organic vegetables and other fresh ingredients to create these delicious dishes. As we all know, the finishing touch to any meal is a decadent dessert. If there were a dessert category, we're sure Richmond would take the cake (so to speak) in that category as well.

Conch Republic
The Key West-themed Conch Republic is located at Rocketts Landing, which overlooks the James River and the downtown skyline. Outdoor seating is available, and the bar is usually a happening place. Enjoy shrimp, calamari, conch chowder, Islamorada fish tacos or Cajun meatloaf, but save room for the key lime pie. This traditional dish (it's yellow, not green) has a graham cracker crust and just the right amount of sweet to complement the tart. Add a strawberry and a dollop of whipped cream and you'll think you're in Key West. Or wish you were, whatever the case may be. Other dessert choices include Key Largo bread pudding and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

Kuba Kuba
Tucked into a small corner in Richmond's Fan district, and sporting a neon rooster over the door, Kuba Kuba is a popular spot for VCU students, hipsters, families and regular folks to just sit back and enjoy good Cuban food. After you've downed a Cuban sandwich, seafood sofrito or a sloppy josé loaded with cheese, order a slice of tres leches cake. This light, spongey slice of heaven is made with evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. Yes, it still has a light taste after soaking in all of that milk. Tres leches cake is available in both chocolate and vanilla. Kuba Kuba's tres leches cake has been deemed "the best thing I've ever eaten" by Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes." If that's not validation, we don't know what is.

Shyndigz
Shyndigz is Richmond's first, and so far only, strictly dessert restaurant. You read that right. All they do is dessert. You can dine in or carry out. In fact, even if you dine in you may end up carrying half of it out. It's just as delicious the next day (or at midnight). The most popular item on the menu is the salted caramel chocolate cake, which consists of five inches of sweet and salty goodness. Rich chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, sea salt and caramel make up each delicious layer. Other choices include pecan streusel bread pudding, ultimate chocolate cake, strawberry cobbler and peanut butter mousse pie. Shyndigz has eight items that are permanently on the menu, and the rest changes daily. Everything is made from scratch, and they also feature a selection of coffees, teas and wines.

Sandy has lived in Richmond for more than 25 years. She writes on a variety of travel and lifestyle topics for outlets that include AFAR.com, Examiner.com, and AXS.com.