15 local and totally vegan delicacies
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, or just looking for plant-based dessert options, this guide has you covered. Some of the choices on this list may surprise you with their level of buttery smoothness, but I assure you, they are all vegan.
Tucson’s sweets are seemingly endless – donuts, ice cream, cheesecake, and more. There is a sweet confectionery for each of your cravings. Take a look below at some of Tucson’s best desserts.
50 E. Broadway Blvd.
Penca’s Pistachio Tarta is veneered art. Sweet pasilla de Oaxacan strawberry jam with a thick vegan pistachio custard on a Heirloom Masienda masa butter shortbread – a masterpiece of beautifully presented ingredients.
For more information, visit pencarestaurante.com.
With soft, buttery, and chewy layers, it’s no wonder Cal’s Bakeshop’s vegan options are served up all over town. Sweet and flaky croissant donuts Brioche donuts with coconut jam and lemon with berries introduced to Charro Vida to the tight-fitting pull-aparts Barista Barriothey are all too tempting to pass up.
For more information, follow Cal’s Bakeshop on Instagram.
234 E. 22nd Street.
Delicately and deliciously crafted in their unique appearance and flavors, Monsoon Chocolate’s vegan candies are an impressive feat of creative culinary concoctions. Every candy in their vegan selection is a 10/10, but Matcha sesame rice milkand Masala Chai are particular favorites.
For more information, visit monsoonchocolate.com.
Houlden’s rise above
Notice all the intricate details that go into each Houlden’s Rise Above bakery. Get your hands on one of Houlden’s Cruffins for an experience like no other. Find these lovely patisseries all over town and look forward to Houlden’s Rise Above store showcase coming up very soon.
Currently, you can locate Houlden’s Patisseries at Presta Roasters, Cartel Roasting Co., Coffee at the wheel, The Korean Rose, Whoops ! A bakeryand Red Captain Coffee Co.
For more information, follow Houlden’s Rise Above on Instagram.
7065 E. Tanque Verde Road.
Tear up Renee’s velvety smooth vegan Cinnamon sticks and sugar and feel instantly comforted. Order them alone or enjoy them in Renee’s new sweet and savory Vegan takeout box.
For more information, visit reneestucson.com.
spoonfuls of love
2990 N. Campbell Avenue #120
When it comes to summer in Tucson, one of the best ways to cool off is with a shake of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. With over ten flavor options, their version Orange ice cream is an icy blast from the past. It’s not a complete visit without one of Ashley’s delicious treats and a stacked wildcat burger.
For more information, visit lovinspoonfuls.com.
Del Cielo Tamales
3073 N. Campbell Avenue
Many people think that once you go vegan, you’ll have to skip classic, creamy, rich desserts like cheesecake and leave it behind as nothing more than fond memories of the past. A bite of Del Cielo’s Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake make you a believer again. Order a slice and experience the classic rich, creamy perfection that is Del Cielo.
For more information, visit delcielotamales.com.
HUB Ice Cream Parlor
245 E. Congress St.
Creamy Almond Joy and refreshing Berry sorbet – HUB Ice Cream Parlor’s rotating vegan sorbet and ice cream flavors are always on point. Ask for your balls to be served in a cake cone for a subtly sweet crunch.
For more information, visit thehubicecream.com.
Cakes, cookies, cupcakes and brownies – all of Chelsea’s delicious baked goods are a testament to her passion and creativity. Find 1220 Bakery’s whimsical baked goods every day at Turmeric.
For more information, follow 1220 Bakery on Instagram.
3950 E. 22nd St.
LeCave’s Bakery is steeped in Tucson’s history and culture and with their large selection of vegan donuts, you can’t go wrong with any of their selections – but let’s face it, the thick, fruit-filled donuts are the best. .
For more information, visit lecaves.com.
Maggie’s Cafe on 4th Avenue
745 N. Fourth Ave.
Café Maggie on 4th Avenue is an eco-friendly family business that serves gooey vegan cinnamon rolls, chewy cupcakes, crispy scones, bars and more. Their coffee drinks can be made to order with creamy vegan milk.
For more information, visit cafemaggieon4th.com.
Online ordering and pop-ups
Tilted Halo’s creates unique vegan and gluten-free treats. Track pop-up sales and candy boxes, including Javelina Cochitos, Mexican hot chocolate donuts, Dutch apple piesand more.
For more information, follow Tilted halos on Instagram.
Sweet & Salty Cuisine
613 E. Delano St.
From hazelnut caramel to strawberry cheesecake, Sweet & Salty Cuisine has over 20 delicious vegan ice cream flavors. Their mango and jalapeño ice cream is ideal for those looking for a touch of spice.
For more information, follow Sweet and savory cuisine on Instagram.
Rillito Park Farmers Market • 4502 N 1st Ave
Traditionally, Sundays are for the lazy, but now they’re for Churros Inzunza at Rillito Farmers Market on First Avenue and River Road. Crispy on the outside, soft and melty on the inside, these vegan churros can be served with cinnamon sugar or with a drizzle of sauce of your choice.
Keep an eye out for their vegan cinnamon rolls that are occasionally available, and don’t leave without a vegan horchata.
For more information, follow Churros Inzunza on Instagram.
La Estrella Bakery
5266 S. 12th Ave. • 901 N. Grande Ave. • 120 South Avenida del Convento #100
In case you didn’t know, La Estrella’s sugar and glazed donuts are free of animal ingredients and freshly baked every morning. Their regular size spinach tortillas and tortillas are also vegan.
For more information, visit laestrellabakeryincaz.com.