Desserts & Coffee

Trying to find the best Desserts & Coffee in Los Angeles? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Alcove, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Le Pain Quotidien. We also help you find areas where Desserts & Coffee are prominent - the West Hollywood area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Los Angeles's best.

10 Sweet Lady Jane
Devoted diners flock to this 18-seat cafe for exceptionally creative desserts. Although triple berry cake is a local favorite, choices are extensive. Try a lemon tart, chocolate fudge blackout cake, or one of the many delectable cheesecakes or pastries. A real dessert-lover's paradise, Sweet Lady Jane also serves light lunches — soups, salads, and sandwiches. Whole cakes begin at $35 for a 6" round. (323-653-7145)

9 Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts
Located in the LA Farmer's Market in stall #450, Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts offers some of the finest doughnuts, tea, and premium coffee in all of LA. Kids will love the specialty doughnuts (dinosaurs and kitties), and the biggest draw is Bob's cinnamon roll, a critic favorite. Flea markets and farmer's markets have always been known as the place to get some good quality down-to-earth food and Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts proudly carries on this tradition of affordable culinary delights. ((323) 933-8929)

8 Kings Road Cafe
This cafe with its adjoining bakery is an inviting place for a lingering weekend respite. The streetside patio affords excellent people-watching opportunities and is a sunny place ideal for sipping endless cups of notoriously strong coffee. Brewed coffee, espressos, macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, and hot teas are on the menu and can be flavored with sweet vanilla (or an organic soy substitute). Indulge in biscotti, muffins, croissants, scones, or even vanilla bean crème brûlée as well. (323-655-9044)

7 LAMILL Coffee Boutique
A wall of glass, lots of sleek surfaces, curvy upholstered chairs, and a bucolic mural add cachet to this stylish eatery. Known for serving excellent handcrafted coffees and teas (including Clover-made selections), the coffee boutique also pleases with gourmet fare and dessert offerings. Among the options? Hangar steak with fries, chai-spiced Muscovy duck breast, and a selection of panini, salads, and baguettes. To finish, you can't go wrong with milk chocolate coffee panna cotta. Do realize that the expense is commensurate with the quality. (323-663-4441)

6 Le Pain Quotidien
French for "Daily Bread," this café and bakery features warm, inviting European ambience and is a favorite haunt of models and celebrities. Even so, the establishment is not out to set trends or attract a fashionable crowd; rather, its main goal is to provide scrumptious, open-face sandwiches fashioned of items like smoked salmon, duck pâté, and fresh breads. After you've indulged in them, give yourself over to the cafe's delicious cakes, pastries, and baked goods too. A communal table is available, as are individual perches. (310-859-1100)

5 Misto Caffe & Bakery
A quiet neighborhood establishment, Misto is popular with grandparents and young mothers, who adore taking a break from the day, sipping flavored coffees or teas on the patio, and chatting up a storm while their kids entertain themselves in the play area. Although gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and California-style pizzas are a huge hit, folks are really mesmerized by Misto's fresh-baked breads and treat-laden display cases. A tasty neighborhood hangout. (310-375-3608)

4 Diddy Riese
For dessert or a mid-day snack, head to Broxton Avenue at almost any time of the day, and you'll find a long line. No, it's not a line wrapping around the building for the latest electronic or to get into a hot nightclub. It consists of people - students, locals, visitors - who want ice cream. And not just any ice cream - this is Diddy Riese, home of the famous $1.75 ice cream cookie sandwich. ((310) 208-0448)

3 Cora's Coffee Shoppe
This reinvigorated 1920s coffee shop is a frequent morning hangout for area tourists, as well as for locals who know to snag a seat on the patio. A major draw is Cora's superb, if expensive, coffee — Illy is the brand of choice. If you're in the market for sustenance too, wonderful morning eats include extremely popular orange and blueberry pancakes, omelets, frittatas, and oatmeal. Lunch brings chicken arugula salad, polenta, and a Kobe beef burger. Great for a drink and snack or for something more substantial. (310-451-9562)

2 Michel Richard
In need of a pick-me-up? This patisserie features a glass case of delectable treats — from coffee custard eclairs to apricot tarts. Michel Richard creates extremely high-quality pastries and desserts using fresh, natural ingredients, including some organic ones. Dark chocolate truffles with Grand Marnier have a loyal following, as do sugar cookies, almond twists, and light-as-air palmiers. Sidewalk tables mean you don't have to travel far before you can dig in. (310-275-5707)

1 Alcove
This cozy corner hangout features extensive outdoor seating, shaded by umbrellas, as well as a pleasant, if cramped, indoor space. While the cafe serves three meals a day, there's always a rush on desserts and pastries, thanks to creations like brown butter berry tarts and praline fudge bars with homemade vanilla caramel. Alcove's take on the moon pie is an extravagant one — two chocolate chip cookies encase made-from-scratch marshmallow, and the whole is dipped in chocolate and hand-decorated. Layer cakes, bundt cakes, pies, and loaves of bread are also available. N.B. Alcove begins serving food an hour after opening times. (323-644-0100)


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Sweet Lady Jane 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Delivery, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: La Cienega Corridor
COST: $
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Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
COST: $
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Kings Road Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
COST: $
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LAMILL Coffee Boutique 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, New American
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
COST: $$
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Le Pain Quotidien 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, Belgian, European, French
Dining Options: Take Out
COST: $
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Misto Caffe & Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $
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Cora's Coffee Shoppe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
COST: $
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Michel Richard 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, French
Dining Options: Catering, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Melrose
COST: $$
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Alcove 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Catering, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: EAST HOLLYWOOD
COST: $