Food & Drink

17 Places to Find Great Cheesecake in Seattle

Ube, Basque, Japanese, and Other Varieties
July 26, 2021
Channel your inner Golden Girl with a slice from Saltadena Bakery. (Saltadena)

Friday, July 30, is National Cheesecake Day. We've rounded up this list of options in town, from the cult-favorite ube cheesecake at Hood Famous List to the burnished Basque and fluffy Japanese varieties at other bakeries, so you can channel your inner Golden Girl without paying a visit to a certain factory. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

Bakery Nouveau
The popular bakery offers both a classic vanilla cheesecake with a fruit glaze or a rich mocha dark chocolate cheesecake. Each comes with a graham cracker or chocolate crumb crust.
Burien, Capitol Hill, West Seattle

The Confectional List
For years, fans have flocked to this Pike Place standby, which specializes in heavenly cheesecakes and stocks a variety of flavors, including a Seattle take on classic New York cheesecake, raspberry white chocolate, quadruple chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, mochaccino, lemon white chocolate, and caramel. They also offer cheesecake dips and truffles.
Pike Place Market

Dahlia Bakery List
Tom Douglas's newly reopened and expanded bakery may be best known for its famed triple coconut cream pie, but they also serve a tangy, refreshing key lime pie cheesecake.
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, indoor seating

Dingfelder's Delicatessen List
On the hunt for a classic New York cheesecake? Capitol Hill's Jewish deli aims to do the Big Apple one better with its "better than NY NY cheesecake™," available by the slice or as a whole cake (which can range from 4-400 slices, in case you need to feed a crowd).
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery

Fuji Bakery
Japanese cheesecake (also known as soufflé cheesecake or cotton cheesecake) is known for its light, fluffy, airy texture. The inimitable French-Japanese bakeshop Fuji Bakery makes its own version of the classic, available by the slice or as a whole cake. Advance pre-orders may be required, so be sure to call ahead to check availability or order online.
Chinatown-International District, Interbay

Holy Bee's Bakery List
A far cry from the sugary wedges you might ordinarily picture when you think of cheesecake, Basque burnt cheesecake is inspired by the Spanish tarta de queso and offers a more sophisticated flavor profile, with a slightly bitter, burnished crust and a soft, creamy, jiggly interior merging for a crème brûlée-like effect. This Belltown bakeshop owned by a couple sells the specialty by the slice or as six-inch or eight-inch cakes and offers flavors like chocolate, green tea, and ube in addition to the original.
Pickup, delivery

Hood Famous Cafe and Bar List
You can't talk about cheesecake in Seattle without talking about Chera Amlag and Geo Quibuyen's Filipinx-inspired bakeshop, which made a name for itself in its pop-up days with its signature brilliant purple ube cheesecake with a coconut butter crust. But don't sleep on the other, less well-known flavors, such as white chocolate guava, Vietnamese coffee, and coconut pandan.
Chinatown-International District
Pickup, delivery

Kiki Bakery List
Miyazaki fans will appreciate this Taiwanese bakery with a black cat mascot (inspired by Kiki's Delivery Service), which serves Japanese soufflé cheesecake and other sweets.
Haller Lake
Pickup, delivery

Koku Cafe + Market List
Inspired by kokumi, the elusive "sixth taste" that describes a "rich flavor" or mouthfeel found in fats, this Japanese teahouse and market serves sandwiches, salads, and rice bowls replete with funky fermented flavors and house-made ingredients, like miso and black garlic compound butters, and also serves fluffy Japanese cheesecake on its dessert menu.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

La Dulce List
This Saturday, just a day after Cheesecake Day, this Filipinx bakery pop-up Past Event List will bring its creamy, gooey Basque cheesecakes in original and ube flavors to GoPoké List in Chinatown-International District, in addition to treats like silvanas (Filipinx frozen cookies) and dipped croissants. (Bonus: GoPoké will also be participating in the C-ID Food Walk that day and will be offering $6 mini poké bowls for the occasion.) In case you can't catch them there, their cheesecakes are available for pre-order (with additional flavors like mango, coffee Kahlua, Biscoff, white chocolate matcha, and hojicha) and are now also available at Sip & Smile List in Renton anytime with no preorder required.
Chinatown-International District, Renton

Machiavelli List
Capitol Hill's beloved Italian red sauce joint makes a creamy cheesecake with real vanilla bean from scratch for dessert.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, indoor seating

Macrina Bakery
For an adorably diminutive option, try Macrina's seasonal mini vanilla cheesecake with a walnut biscotti crust and fresh blueberries tossed in marionberry jam.
Various locations

Modern Japanese Cuisine & Desserts List
Past Stranger contributor Naomi Tomky has written, "While the udon soup makes for a lovely lunch and the sushi is fresh and serviceable (particularly lovely when eaten on the tables of the hidden back patio—which, both covered and heated, is lovely year-round), what lifts this from neighborhood café to citywide destination are the pastries. Japanese pastry chef Setsuko Tanaka turns out an assortment of delectables every day, each one a masterpiece, both visually and in flavor." The selection currently includes baked cheesecakes and Japanese-style no-boke matcha cheesecake.
Phinney Ridge
Pickup, delivery

Nana's Green Tea List
This Japanese teahouse chain known for its desserts made with ceremonial-grade matcha serves a New York-style cheesecake made with yuzu jam, available by the slice (in-store) or as a six-inch or eight-inch cake (for pre-order). They also offer whole matcha burnt Basque cheesecakes for pre-order.
South Lake Union
Pickup, delivery

Saltadena Bakery List
This Bellingham bakery occasionally serves slices of cheesecake drizzled with sauces like date caramel, blueberry compote, and cherry compote. Check their online daily menu or call ahead for availability.

Simply Desserts List
You'll find cheesecakes in flavors like Bailey's Irish cream, lemon cheesecake, and white chocolate at this tiny Fremont bakery.

Zylberschtein's List
The Pinehurst Jewish deli and bakery makes its New York-style cheesecake with a homemade graham cracker crust and seasonal fruit.
Pickup, delivery

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