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.
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.
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.
La Brea Bakery Cafe is the home of one of L.A.'s best bakeries. The La Brea Bakey was founded by Chef Nancy Silverton (of Campanile fame) in 1989; she's since sold out and gone on to win huge accolades with her work at Osteria Mozza. But her legacy of baking top-notch artisanal breads lives on. The latest from the La Brea Bakery Cafe are the single-origin heirloom wheat breads made from whole grains grown in Montana; those textured, dense loaves sell out every day, so best to arrive early to get yours. While there, indulge in a tasty homemade tart or pastry and a cup of delicious gourmet coffee. Of course, a slice of the bakery's chocolate almond cake, chocolate whiskey cake, or old-fashioned apple pie is equally acceptable, but don't miss the banana bread pudding if it is on offer the day you go, for it is a dense, crunchy, slightly sweet mouthful of wonderful.
Recommended for Dessert because: La Brea Bakery is the standard for artisanal bread in the City of Angels; a visit to their cafe is a must-do while in Los Angeles.
Jenny's expert tip: The Fortuna Wheat Artisanal Breads – Pain de Campagne, Struan or Fortuna Wheat Loaf – sell out every day, so stop in early to get one of those very special loaves.
Aroma Coffee and Tea is a bustling gem in Studio City known for its delicious coffee and vast dessert selection. Set in a quaint backyard patio setting, Aroma's atmosphere is leisurely yet vibrant. While it began as a neighborhood coffee and pastry shop, it has now grown into a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast lines can often be seen running down the street. Still known for its incredible desserts, visit this café to sit outdoors and sample their cakes, pastries, chocolates and candies. Desserts are delivered daily from local Los Angeles bakers. Order at the counter, then take your number to a table and await the deliciousness.
Local Expert tip: Avoid the long lines at breakfast and try a late afternoon or evening coffee and dessert instead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This hip spot delights patrons with hot, fresh poppyseed muffins and Wilshire's tastiest coffee. Folks frequently stop in for an early morning caffeine fix or for a post-show pick-me-up. Homemade pastries are certain to please your sweet tooth any time of day or night, and fabulous brunch and breakfast fare have folks returning again and again.