Think of the Sugar Factory as a beddazzled Cheesecake Factory on steroids. It’s got a large menu with just about everything on it. But, I can’t tell you if it’s good or bad because I only stopped by for a couple sweet treats with the family.

This place is actually broken up into four sections. The Sugar Factory American Brasserie is for dining, either indoors or on their patio overlooking the Strip and the Bellagio fountains. The Sugar Factory Chocolate Lounge is a more intimate space with sweets and drinks. The Outdoor Café, located right on the Strip, is a small outdoor counter serving up sandwiches, ice cream, gelato and other sweets. Finally, the Sugar Factory retail shop is the place to get sweets and merchandise (similar to their other shops around the Strip).

The retail shop was sensory overload — not only with the desserts, cookies, ice cream, and gelato, but also with all the crap, I mean merchandise, to buy. Plus, the place was packed with tourists. Not the place to be if you hate crowds (as I do). We purchased three items (for around $12) and found a small, quiet 4 seat counter near the Chocolate Lounge to relax.

The wife got a peanut butter cookie that she called average (and not enough peanut butter). The kid got a small cup of chocolate ice cream, which he loved. He’s 3, so of course he wasn’t picky about his ice cream.

I went with a key lime cupwich. It’s a great — albeit old — concept that I’m surprised hasn’t caught on with more cupcake shops. They take the bottom half of the cake portion of the cupcake and put it on top of the icing, making a sandwich. I’m a huge fan of the concept. Their version allows for a better icing-to-cake ratio and is easier to eat than most cupcakes. It looked beautiful with additional icing garnishing the top, along with a sugar-made flower and some sprinkles. It had a strong key lime flavor without being too tart. Unfortunately, the cake part was dry.

I’d possibly come back to try other sweets. Maybe even the food. But, if you just want desserts I’d recommend heading to Jean Philippe Patisserie at Aria or Bellagio before this place.

3 Stars

Paris Hotel and Casino
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 946-7000

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