Gatlinburg is known for having delicious restaurants, but it’s also full of delicious sweets! If you’ve been craving something sugary while you’re in Gatlinburg, then you’re in the right place. Here are the 6 best shops in Gatlinburg that will satisfy your sweet tooth:
1. Donut Friar
Nothing beats the smell of freshly made doughnuts and coffee in the morning. If you wake up craving something sweet, there is no better place to go than The Donut Friar. This shop is located in The Village in Gatlinburg and opens at 5 a.m. daily. When you walk through The Village, you’ll be able to smell the aroma of doughnuts, cinnamon bread and pastries and know the Donut Friar must be near. For the perfect pairing with your sweet treat, grab a cup of coffee made to your liking.
2. Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is sure to catch your eye as you’re walking by! You’ll get to see the store’s famous saltwater taffy being made through the window. When you walk inside, you’ll be hit with the sight of hundreds of your favorite sweets. There is homemade fudge, chocolates, caramel apples, chocolate-covered cherries and more! Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen was founded in 1950, and since then has continued to serve tourists tasty, homemade candy.
3. Glades Soda Fountain
Glades Soda Fountain is located in the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community and serves up old-fashioned ice cream sodas, sundaes, malts, shakes and more! This old-fashioned soda shop gives visitors a taste of the past while providing you with the perfect treat to satisfy your craving. They are known to have the best shakes in town — but you can never go wrong with the root beer float!
4. Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts
You’ll have your choice of a variety of sweets at Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts! Mad Dog’s calls themselves your “one stop sweet shop!” With 24 different flavors of hand-dipped premium ice cream, a full selection of doughnuts, milkshakes and banana splits, you’ll have no trouble finding a tasty treat! But that’s not all — this shop in Gatlinburg has the best funnel cakes in town! And if you’re staying in one of our pet-friendly cabins in Gatlinburg, bring your furry friend along with you to Mad Dog’s! They have dog treats, toys and bowls of water for your dog.
As soon as you walk in the door at Kilwin’s of Gatlinburg, you’ll be hit with the sweet smell of chocolate, fudge and fresh, homemade waffle cones. Ice cream isn’t the only treat you’ll be able to find here. There are caramel apples, and chocolate-covered cherries, pretzels, oreos and more. You’ll even get to see the homemade products being made right in front of your eyes! Watch as fresh apples are dipped into their original caramel recipe, or as fudge is paddled the traditional way on marble tables. Grab a cone to go or sample some of the delicious fudge!
6. Heavenly Delights Cafe & Bakery
You don’t want to miss the chance to stop by Heavenly Delights Cafe & Bakery and try some of their scrumptious desserts! Your tastebuds will thank you. We recommend trying one of the mini cheesecakes! There are mini cheesecakes for every taste, with varied flavors like White Chocolate Raspberry, Snickers, Red Velvet and Cookies and Cream. You can also get fresh cupcakes made with only the finest ingredients and French macarons that melt in your mouth and come in 32 different flavors such as coffee, lemon and smores.
No matter which one of these shops in Gatlinburg you choose to get your treat, you’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! Browse all our Gatlinburg cabin rentals and start planning your visit to try all these amazing desserts.