- A stop at SA Pops is mandatory on the way to the zoo.
After a savory dinner or a particularly trying day, we can't think of anything better than a sweet treat or two. But why wait until the end of the day to satisfy those sugary cravings when San Antonio's got a multitude of dessert options ranging from delicate macarons to decadent conchas stuffed with ice cream?
If you're feeling decadent, head to Bliss (926 S. Presa St., 210-225-2547) where classic seasonal desserts, such as the flourless chocolate cake and goat cheesecakes wow eaters. While still in Southtown, visit Liberty Bar (1111 S. Alamo St., 210-227-1187) and nosh on their velvety coconut custard.
Of course, when it comes to bakeries, both twee and tasty, head to these three San Anto go-tos: After relocating to the Pearl, Bakery Lorraine (306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 110, 210-862-5582) is still delivering artful tarts, drool-worthy eclairs and quality macarons to the masses. Stop here for holiday-themed pastries come Valentine's Day, Easter and even Spurs playoff season. If you're looking for an insane grilled cheese to pair with pecan bars and teensy cupcakes, stop by Bird Bakery (5912 Broadway, 210-804-2473), owned by Elizabeth Chambers and Armie Hammer. The newest bakery to hit the block (at least with a brick-and-mortar locale) is The Bread Box (555 W. Bitters Road, Suite 115, 210-277-8612) a new addition to the Alley on Bitters. It's hard to not stock up on loads of brownies and perfectly decorated birthday cake after finishing off a bowl of their soup du jour.
Options abound if cool treats are what you're after. Head to South Alamode Panini & Gelato Company (1420 S. Alamo St., 210-788-8000) where you'll find more than a dozen seasonal flavors of gelato, including a heavenly pistachio, ricotta and blackberry, and a slew of dairy-free sorbettos. Visit SA Pops (3420 N. St. Mary's St., 210-882-8903) on your way to the San Antonio Zoo and find real fruit popsicles, soft serve and shaved ice all created by chef Andrew Gutierrez.
Finally, if you're in the mood for a gluttonous pick-me-up, visit The Old Main Assoc. (2512 N. Main Ave., 210-562-3440) where chef Lorenzo Morales and co. created the concha ice cream sandwich that pairs vanilla ice cream, a pink concha from El Folklor Bakery on Ingram, cinnamon-laced whipped cream and a Abuelita-flavored chocolate syrup. Yes, please.