Dessert is the best time to treat yourself. Although, that doesn’t always mean you have to spend a lot of money to do it. At these nine spots, you can enjoy gourmet-level deserts without paying gourmet-level prices. These Austin dessert items will only run you a few a dollars each (about $5 to $6 on avg.).



Ice Cream, Cookies, Shakes, and toppings are at your disposal to make the concoction of your dreams! If you can’t decide you can always go with their daily special shake.


photo credit to popbar website

Popbar recently came to Austin, opening a new store in the 2nd Street District. Popbar is the maker of customizable popGelato, popSorbetto, and yogurt Pops and was founded in New York City in 2010. All of their pops are made in-house daily with all natural ingredients.  On the menu, you’ll find over 40 rotating flavors that you can customize to your liking with toppings including chocolate, nuts, sprinkles, waffle cone, caramel corn, and more!


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photo credit Gayle S. of Yelp

Wanting to bring something a unique twist on soft serve ice cream to Austin, Cow Tipping Creamery layers exotic toppings through their homemade soft serve to form their decadent and insanely delicious stackers!


Steel City Pops makes fresh pops in small batches using all-natural or certified organic ingredients and sweetened with raw, organic cane sugar. Their menu features vegan-friendly fruity choices and all pops are gluten-free and vegetarian! Visit them at their new Austin store on 30th and Guadalupe to personalize your pop with toppings!


photo credit to Howard W. of Churro Co Google page

The duo behind Churro Co launched their truck in 2014 to bring their passion for traditional Mexican foods and churros to Austin. In their truck they make perfectly crisp churros tossed in cinnamon sugar and serve with dipping sauces and unique toppings, all under $5.


This famous doughnut shop made its way to Austin a few years ago and was instantly a hit. They’re known for their colorful and fun doughnuts (think captain crunch and the dirt donut covered in Oreos) and they are open in Austin 24/7! You’ll likely see these doughnuts carried around in bright pink boxes. At $1-$2 per doughnut, it’s no wonder people order them by the box!


This local Austin business is all about making honest ice cream with pure, wholesome ingredients. The Cilantro Lime, Dewberry Corn Cobbler and Sweet Persimmon and Sage ice creams are just some of the flavors inspired by and created with seasonal offerings from Texas. The vegan flavors made from coconut milk are absolutely divine as well!


photo credit to Jenny D. of Yelp

Gourdoughs is one of the most infamous food trucks in Austin! Toppings on some of their decadent doughnuts include fried chicken, bacon, grilled bananas, brownies, and more! We promise, that every bite you take will make you say “WOW”!


Serving up homemade cheesecake bites out of their 70’s themes air-steam trailer are Phiyllis and Kimmi, the friendliest business owner you’ll ever meet! Our favorites are the raspberry white chocolate and coconut cream, but we highly recommend trying their rotating seasonal flavors!