10 Best San Diego Restaurants for Dessert and Coffee

Trying to find the best desserts and coffee in San Diego? 10Best has you covered. Where you go depends on what you're looking for. The places mentioned on this list are dine-in, for those perhaps seeking a late afternoon snack or after dinner treat.

Perhaps the county's most famous dessert shop is Karen Krasne's Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy, one of the firsts to emphasize sweets. This location houses 7000 square feet of contemporary space in which to enjoy a glass of champagne or cup of coffee with a spectacular seasonal dessert. Now there's a Balboa Park location. 

If you crave a moist, dense cake--say carrot or banana with buttercream frosting--visit Come On In! Cafe in La Jolla (there are other locations throughout San Diego). Big slices of cake are offered dine-in or to-go. Call in advance to see if your favorite flavor is being cut that day. Or, lob in an order for a whole cake to-go, starting at an incredibly-reasonable $30. 

Feeling like pie? Betty's Pie Whole, a hidden gem in Encinitas, offers individual sweet and savory pies that can be eaten in a saloon-like cafe. We're talking chicken pot pie and even chocolate cookie dough pie up for grabs.

You can't go wrong with any choices on this list. All are good options!

Bread & Cie Bakery & Café

This is definitely the place for lovers of baked goods. Start the day at Bread and Cie with a bowl of homemade granola, or a blackberry-banana muffin and a cup of gourmet coffee. At lunch, the humble sandwich goes upscale, with combinations like...  Read More

Le Parfait Paris is San Diego's newest patisserie and boulangerie. Located in the downtown Gaslamp District, Le Parfait Paris is distinctly chic with its large, open windows and street-side patio. Intentionally minimalistic in design, a bevy of...  Read More

Extraordinary Desserts

Chef Karen Krasne earned a Certificat de Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and it has put her in good stead with area gourmets who flock here for a slice of coconut cream torte, a wedge of tangy-sweet tart, a scoop of intensely-flavored...  Read More


The restaurant draws inspiration from the cafes of Europe and takes its name from the tartine, an open-face sandwich originating in France. You can lunch on one at this Coronado café, or opt for a Panini, salad or quiche instead. But the baked...  Read More

Grab a taste of Italy in the Gaslamp at Chocolat Cremerie. Famous for gelato, exquisite chocolate and tasty crepes, this bistro is a local favorite. It's even open late-night for those who need to satisfy a sweet tooth. Try cream-stuffed...  Read More

Balboa Park

Influx has made a name for itself with its minimalist, white-and-red decor, excellent coffee, and house-made pastries. Folks stop in for delicious cups of coffee (Cafe Moto), cheese danishes, scones and muffins in the morning. At lunch, they...  Read More

North County Beaches

This saloon-style coffee and dessert spot is inside the Sunshine Gardens nursery. Despite an odd location--it's kind of a hidden gem--the pies are worth seeking out. But, they're only whole pies, no slices, prepared with real fruit, local eggs,...  Read More

Come on In! Café & Bakery

A reputation for great breakfasts, with healthy alternatives to the usual fare, plus excellent coffee and fabulous sweets have made this casual café a hit. Whenever a new one opens, it quickly becomes a local favorite. Early in the day, opt for...  Read More

Michele Coulon takes no shortcuts. She uses nothing but top quality ingredients: local produce (organic whenever possible), the richest chocolate, the finest liqueurs, and real butter and cream. In truth, everything she makes is fantastic, but...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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