2024 Visitors Magazine

The 2024 Discover Saint Charles Magazine has arrived!  The magazine features the people, places, and attractions that make Saint Charles unique.  Whether you’re interested in history, shopping, the arts, or gaming, there’s so much to do you’ll need more than a day. 

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St. Charles Ice Cream & Desserts

Top Spots for the Sweet Life

Calling all sweet tooths! Saint Charles, Missouri satisfies with cookies, muffins, ice cream, cake, fudge and more. Whether you're looking for an old-fashioned milkshake or some fresh baked goods, visit these nine places for Saint Charles' best treats. Come on, see what all the sweet talk's about!


Grandma's Cookies

Grandma's Cookies Mom & SonBefore you even walk through the door to Grandma's Cookies, the smell of freshly baked cookies wafts over you thanks to strategically placed fans. Located on Main Street, this small shop is the best spot to pop in to grab a few (or few dozen) cookies. Grandma's Cookies serves staple flavors like coconut, sugar, snickerdoodle and peanut butter, and it provides seasonal options as well, like the ginger spice cookie. However, Grandma's Cookies is best known for its warm, gooey, soft chocolate chip cookies. Not only is this arguably its most delicious cookie, but it's most memorable too. Grandma's Cookies shapes it with a cookie scoop, leaving the shape of the scooper on top so the cookie comes out looking like a little hat. And remember, "a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand".


SugarBot Sweet Shop

SugarBot Jackie and Mark HuebbeSugarBot Sweet Shop is the most unique spot in Saint Charles. When driving on 5th Street, you won't be able to miss the restored historic home painted a vibrant turquoise, and the front lawn adorned with gnomes and flamingos. Inside, the vibe is homey and whimsical, with wood floors and robot accessories. A bookcase neatly displays jars of candies. SugarBot makes the best of childhood classics and puts a twist on old favorites. Their moist cupcakes deliver a perfect combo of boldly sweet icing on top of flavorful, cakey goodness. You'll also find giant chocolatey brownies, cookies of a variety of flavors and designs, and marshmallows to go with a bottle of their hot cocoa mix. And amazingly, it's all made from scratch.


Riverside Sweets

Riverside ChocolateBest known for its ice cream and fudge, Riverside Sweets is located next to the Kister Park Gazebo on Main Street. On warm, sunny days you will find people walking with their ice cream cones over to the park to enjoy the lovely weather and view of the river. Back in the shop, Riverside has bagged goodies lining the walls, and huge pieces of fudge by the slab in display cases. Riverside's fudge flavors include chocolate walnut, cookies and cream, turtle fudge, maple walnut, peanut butter swirl, walnut divinity and the classics, such as vanilla and chocolate.



Ice Cream Kilwins FamilyStand on the sidewalk and look into Kilwins' main window to watch bakers work huge pieces of made-here fudge onto a large marble slab. If that doesn't draw you in, bright display cases filled with specialty candies, caramel apples, chocolate-covered Rice Krispies, truffles and, of course, fudge will. Hand-crafted with original recipes, this fudge is smooth, rich and decadent. A variety with nuts, or sea salt will contrast the sweetness, or if you're a purist, go for the chocolate-a creamy classic mix of butter, sugar and chocolate. Kilwins also carries its own caramel and chocolate toppings, boxes of chocolates and other sweet gifts. The far counter houses an inviting array of ice cream, which you can get piled onto freshly prepared waffle cones.


Picasso's Coffee House

Picassos Coffee Date 2022While  Picasso's Coffee House looks like a coffee shop with an eclectic, contemporary, artsy vibe, it goes above and beyond. To begin with, coffee is treated as a craft including options like nitro cold brew. There's a full breakfast and lunch menu, and in the evenings Picasso's offers a selection of wine, liqueur and craft beers. After ordering, plop down into a vintage armchair and admire the Picasso-inspired local art on the walls while soaking in the tunes of the live music this place so often features. The sweets at Picasso's are from the local LaBonne Bouchee Bakery. You can find gourmet cupcakes, mini cinnamon rolls, muffins and more. The cake bomb is an explosion of moist, rich chocolate confection, and the perfect indulgence to go along with a cup of Joe.


SugarBot Creamery

SugarBot CreamerySugarBot Creamery, also known as Little O's Soda Shop, is a retro soda fountain shop where you'll find old-fashioned candies, soda pop in glass bottles and Coca-Cola memorabilia to take you back to the '50s. Sit in a red booth or on a stool at the bar and listen to classic tunes while drinking a milkshake. Little O's also offers sundaes and ice cream by the scoop. If you want a local favorite, try its Gooey Butter Cake sold by the slice or by the pan. You can even get a Gooey Butter Milkshake!


Sucrose Bakery

sucrose coffee and fruit pastrySucrose provides Saint Charles with baked goods made with seasonal, local and natural ingredients. Its sweets have a European flair. Some of Sucrose's must-try items include seasonal crostata, individual cakes, the brookie (brownie and cookie in one) and its NY-style coffee cake. And if you are looking for something with that European influence, try the macaroons, canelés, and rugelach. If you're looking for a classic standby, Sucrose knows how to make a perfect chocolate chip cookie. With a scientific approach to texture and flavor, it comes out perfectly soft and buttery every time.


Sugar & Slice Bakery

Sugar & Slice BakeryThis extra-sweet bakery on Main Street, St. Charles, specializes in custom cakes, custom desserts & grab n’ go sweet treats. Sugar & Slice Bakery has all your sweet treat needs and more in their beautiful Main Street shop. Walk-ins are welcome to try any of their delicious cookies or cupcakes, and special to-make orders can be easily placed on their website, over the phone, or in person. Their famous fresh cinnamon rolls are also in the case Friday-Sunday! Cakes and cookies personally made are where Sugar & Slice truly excel. Numerous hours are put in to perfectly craft your special treat. 


So, if you're dropping into Saint Charles, make sure to check out one of these shops for delicious sweets and treats. Or make a whole day of it and taste a treat from each!