Matcha parfait from Cafe Maiko Las Vegas

Tasty and unique desserts in Las Vegas


It’s already March, and the pools and day clubs in Las Vegas have officially opened.

This week’s forecast shows 70 to 80 degrees Farenheit during the day, and still a cool 50 – 60 degrees Farenheit during the evening. I’m so excited for our “winter” to be over, and for warmer temperatures to finally come! April and May in Las Vegas has beautiful weather: not too hot, and not too cold.

Even though summer’s a couple of months away, here’s a list of tasty and unique desserts in Las Vegas to get us in the mood. Like all my other articles, I’ll update this list if I find something worthy to add.

Anything matcha

MATCHA Cafe MAIKO | (702) 247 – 1779 | 3400 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89146
Open Sunday to Thursday: 12 PM to 10 PM, Friday to Saturday, 12 PM to 11 PM
About 12 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip

So you’ve had a matcha green tea latte at Starbucks, but have you tried a matcha parfait (pictured above) or matcha shaved ice? You can get both at Matcha Cafe Maiko!

Cafe Maiko is a really cute cafe in Las Vegas Chinatown that specializes in everything matcha. They serve matcha (green tea) flavored soft serve, lattes, coffee & desserts. If you just want hot green tea, they have that too.

According to their website, their matcha comes straight from Japan. It’s also impressive that all ingredients for their desserts such as their green tea sponge cake are made in-house.

It’s a cute place to treat yourself on a hot summer day in Vegas, and it’s a must for all matcha fans visiting. My husband and I both got matcha parfaits which had matcha soft serve, mochi, cornflakes, and green tea sponge cake.

Anything ube

Cafe 86 | (702) 478 – 7783 | 5697 S. Jones Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89118
Open 11 AM to 10 PM
About 14 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip

Growing up in the Philippines, ube (purple yam) flavor was as common as chocolate here in the U.S. If you’ve never tried ube before, Cafe 86 in Las Vegas is the perfect place to start.

Cafe 86 offers lattes, milk teas, pastries, and desserts in ube (and other flavors, too). I got the ube cupcake topped with flan, and it was everything I wanted a dessert to be: decadent and perfectly flavored!

This cafe is definitely worth the 15-minute drive (or Lyft) for their unique desserts in Las Vegas, especially if you’re a foodie!

Cotton candy burrito

Creamberry | (702) 863 – 2385 | 7965 S. Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89139
Open 12 PM to 10:30 PM
About 24 minutes away from The Strip

Cotton candy burrito? Yes, it’s exactly how it sounds like! If you have a major sweet tooth, and you want to post something unique for your ‘gram then make the 20-minute drive to Creamberry at the southwest part of town.

You can make your cotton candy burrito as crazy as you want it to be. They had an assortment of ice cream flavors and toppings to choose from. The team member that worked there was very patient with helping me figure out what flavor ice cream to mix with the cotton candy. I opted for chocolate chip ice cream with rainbow cereal flakes, mochi and oreo flakes as my toppings. I was afraid the combination of the flavors I picked wouldn’t match, but it somehow worked together (my husband and I ate it all). The burrito was big enough for two, so save room after lunch!

If you’d rather try something else, Creamberry also offers other unique desserts like puff waffles, rolled ice cream, honey toasts, and more.

Mochi shaved ice

Meet Fresh | (702) 478 – 9188 | 3930 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89102
Open 12 PM to 12 AM
About 10 minutes away from The Strip

Moving to Las Vegas from the Midwest, I was amused at the amount of shaved ice and ice cream places around the valley. Meet Fresh is a new, unique place for shaved ice in Chinatown.

This Taiwanese-based desserts and tea shop is known for their shaved ice with natural toppings like mochi (chewy rice cake), taro balls, fruit & beans. You’ll also feel good that they don’t use artificial flavors, coloring, and preservatives.

My husband and I ordered the Pudding & Q Mochi Shaved Ice and we were surprised at how big it was! It’s definitely big enough for a family of 4 to share on a hot summer day. It’s also Instagram-worthy, so check it out if you want something unique to share on your social media feeds (it tastes good, too!).

Desserts bar

Sweets Raku | (702) 290 – 7181 | 5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89146
Monday to Friday: 6 PM to 12 AM, closed on Wednesdays
Saturday: 12 PM to 12 AM; Sunday: 12 PM to 9 PM
About 16 minutes away from The Strip

You’ve probably been to a bar, but have you been to a desserts bar? Sweets RAKU is as cute as one can imagine a desserts bar to be.

Sweets Raku serves artfully presented Japanese-French desserts, sandwiches, cheese plates & other small bites in Las Vegas. They also serve sake, wine & champagne. Currently, they have a dessert special where you can get two desserts for $18 with a wine pairing for an additional fee.

They don’t take reservations, so line up and take a seat at one of the conventional tables or the seats by the bar. They assemble the desserts in front of you, so sit by the bar if you want to watch. The desserts are served in a plate, so you’ll feel fancy with a relaxed atmosphere.

It’s the perfect place for a girls night out, romantic date, or if you want to experience something new. It may not be good for large groups since the space is so small. I suggest calling them ahead, to see if they can accommodate a large group.

My husband took me here for my birthday a couple of years ago. We got an earl grey tea-flavored flan and Ichigo (see above), which were both photogenic and tasty.

The best part is Sweets RAKU is only a 10-minute ride to Chinatown from The Strip, and there are plenty of restaurants nearby if you want to eat somewhere else before dessert.

Flaming halo-halo

Full House BBQ | (702) 227 – 4663 | 9890 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89183
Open 11 AM to 9 PM
17 minutes away from The Strip
What’s a halo-halo, and why is it in flames?

Halo-halo is a Filipino shaved ice dessert topped with evaporated milk, canned fruits & beans, ice cream, and in this special case, with a flaming flan.

My husband and I drove to Full House BBQ just so we can experience this beauty in person. Our server somehow knew we wanted to make a video (maybe because we had our big camera out…) and poured the condensed milk on the halo-halo while we filmed.

Full House BBQ also serves dishes like pancit, pork belly & sisig with a fusion twist, so if you’ve never tried Filipino cuisine before, now’s your chance.

Tasty and Unique Deserts in Las Vegas

Going on vacation means trying out new cuisines and food that you may not have in your hometown. The great thing about Las Vegas is it’s a melting pot of different cultures. There’s always something new to try!

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