Where to Satisfy Your Sweet Treat Cravings in Gulf Shores

gulf shores ice cream shops

Sometimes on vacation, nothing else will do other than a satisfying sweet treat after dinner or in the morning to get you going for the day.

Fortunately for those with a sweet tooth, there’s no shortage of ice cream parlors and dessert shops in both Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores. From tropical ice cream flavors, to topping-filled donuts, to New Orleans-style beignets, Fort Morgan does not disappoint when it comes to sweets.

So, grab the kids and head out down Alabama’s Gulf Shores on a mission to satisfy that sugar craving. Here are a few must-visit dessert shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants in Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores.

Scoops Ice Cream

Scoops is a bustling classic ice cream parlor. This Gulf Shores hotspot looks like it’s right out of a movie. The restaurant serves up both ice cream and frozen yogurt. It has outdoor patio seating so that guests can enjoy their ice cream under the sun.

Try to the coconut-pineapple-flavored ice cream and you’ll feel like you’re sipping a piña colada in a pool. Family-owned and run, Scoops aims to provide friendly, efficient customer service. Their “super scoopers” will work to keep wait times to less than five minutes, even on the busiest of nights.


Matt’s ice cream is on a level of its own – it’s arguably the best ice cream in Fort Morgan. The best part? This ice cream is made in-house and in small batches, guaranteeing both freshness and deliciousness. Matt’s has tons of interesting flavors of ice cream. Try the Cookie Monster, Lemon Ice Box, and Blueberry Cheesecake.

They also shop also serves up an impressive banana split and crunchy waffle cones. The décor at Matt’s is best described as retro-modern. It has a black-and-white zig-zag pattern floor, bright green chairs, and a main wall with “Matt’s” splashed across it in pink and green.

Flip Flop Deli

Flip Flop Deli is as cute as it is tasty, a café-style eatery with yellow walls and colorful stools that line the bar. Visit for the savory – sandwiches, hotdogs, and pizza are all on the menu – and stay for the sweet. Flip Flop serves up a mean ice cream cone, as well as giant, overflowing sno-cones.

Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts

If you’re not a big fan of brain freeze, opt for a donut over a cone and head to Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts. When laid out in a bakery box, Sassy Bass donuts create a rainbow of color. Flavors include bacon, Fruit Loops, Apple Pie, Oreo Speed Wagon, and Over the Rainbow – covered in colorful sprinkles, of course. It looks like a gas attendant hut – except that it has two rainbow-painted benches outside – a slat for every color.

Café Beignet

For a New Orleans-style breakfast treat, check out this café on Fort Morgan Road. Here, everything is dusted in powdered sugar.

It might not look like much from the outside, with its strip mall location and retro green leather chairs reminiscent of a ‘90s restaurant chain, but the sweet treats are delightful.

Try beignets filled with creamy vanilla or tart lemon pudding, doused in chocolate or strawberry syrup. Get them with a simple black coffee or an unsweetened cappuccino for balance.

The café is opening early in the morning for a quick boost to get the day going – from 6:30 a.m. – until about noon.

Visit Hope’s Cheesecakes in Gulf Shores, arguably the city’s best bakery.

Hope’s Cheesecake

Cheesecake: it’s just one of those things that you either really love or don’t. For those who do love it, Gulf Shores has a treat for you.

Hope’s Cheesecake is feast for all the senses, as their cakes, slices, and pies are beautifully decorated, giving them an aesthetic appeal to accompany the big flavor. Types of cheesecake include classic and modern flavors, such as New York-style, Cherry, Coconut Cream, and Red Velvet.

If you’re looking for a great way to spend part of any sunny day in Gulf Shores, rent a car and drive from one of our beachfront rentals in Fort Morgan to town in search of a morning beignet, an afternoon cone, or a post-dinner donut.


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6930 Hwy 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542, USA
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