How Sweet It Is! L.A.'s Top Dessert Spots

When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth, Los Angeles has countless restaurants, bakeries, ice cream shops and cafes that serve up tasty treats. So how is a dessert lover to choose? Like much of what happens in L.A., choices are often made by proximity. It's tough to drive for 20 miles in traffic for your favorite piece of pie, let's face it. But sometimes, the travel time is worth it, as proven by these top places for dessert and coffee that range all over our gigantic city. A number of the most delicious are found in downtown L.A., including Pitchoun! French Bakery Cafe, Bottega Louie and BierBeisel Imbiss, all places where customers can have a full meal before indulging in their epic desserts. Out by the beach in Santa Monica, Huckleberry reigns supreme, while in the San Fernando Valley, Porto's Bakery always draws a crowd. For classic treats all night long, Du-par's has been satisfying peoples' dessert cravings (especially for pie) since 1938, still in the Fairfax District right by The Original Farmer's Market where it began so long ago; and Fosselman's is the grandaddy of them all, making homemade ice cream since 1919 in Alhambra and drawing fans from every corner of the city. So no matter where you roam in the City of Angels, there's a place to indulge in a piece of pie, a chocolate fantasy, a churro, cobbler or mousse, an ice cream cone or gelato scoop. It's the beauty of living in a city this large.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
Photo courtesy of Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

Everything Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe serves is made on site, using top-quality ingredients, including organic flour, Vahlrona chocolate and farmers' market produce. As the menu explains, their offerings are "almost exclusively" organic and...  Read More

North Hollywood
Republic of Pie
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It's pretty easy to figure out what Republic of Pie does best – this NoHo Arts District pie place and coffeehouse consistently offers up slices of warm pie that simply melt in your mouth. Classics including Strawberry Rhubarb, Pecan or Banana...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Fosselman's

The 48 flavors of homemade ice cream that Fosselman's makes were born in Iowa in 1919 and brought to Alhambra in 1924 by three brothers dedicated to making the very best. It's obvious that they had the right idea, as the soda fountain continues...  Read More

Bottega Louie Restaurant, Gourmet Market and Patisserie
Photo courtesy of Bottega Louie

The lure of Bottega Louie is obvious from the moment you step through the doors. Suddenly, your senses are assaulted by the brilliant colors of a bakery case chock full of French Macaron cookies, gorgeously displayed. Keep walking and you'll see...  Read More

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
Photo courtesy of Jenny Peters

It doesn't matter what time of day or night you are hungry, Du-par's is open and ready to feed you. Since 1938, this homey diner has been satisfying just about any craving you could have, be it a hearty breakfast of fresh eggs, pancakes, French...  Read More

BierBeisl Imbiss
Photo courtesy of BierBeisel Imbiss/Jill Paider

BierBeisl Imbiss, which opened in July 2015, marks the return of Austrian Chef Bernhard Mairinger, who wowed Los Angeles in 2012 with his original spot in Beverly Hills. Now he's downtown in the heart of the city, with a casual "Imbiss" (snack...  Read More

Fairfax District
Photo courtesy of Milk

Milk is all about dessert. Don't come to the Beverly or Silverlake locations looking for anything but luscious homemade ice cream, gooey cookies, cupcakes, whole cakes and more. Sure, there's all sorts of coffees, teas, juices and lemonades to...  Read More

Porto's Bakery & Cafe

Rosa Porto emigrated to Los Angeles from Cuba in 1960 and brought with her the recipes that have sustained her famous bakery ever since. She's now retired, but her kids and her extended family still bake up her world-class delicacies at three...  Read More

La Cienega Corridor
Sweet Lady Jane

It was over 25 years ago that Jane Lockhart brought her passion for cakes to Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood; nowadays Sweet Lady Jane has three more locations, in Santa Monica, Encino and Newport Beach. Her custom cakes are constantly sought...  Read More

Pitchoun! French Bakery Cafe
Photo courtesy of Pitchoun! French Bakery Photo by Anne Fishbien

At Pitchoun! French Bakery Cafe, Frederic and Fabienne Soulies prepare everything from scratch using their family's traditional recipes. The couple migrated from France to Downtown Los Angeles in order to bring those unique French boulangerie...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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