When it comes to the end of the meal, everyone has a little extra space (if not a lot) for some dessert. From cupcakes, to key lime pie, tiramisu and ice cream sandwiches, Los Angeles restaurants and bakeries serve up the most delicious desserts found anywhere. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to get desserts.
7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If there’s one place you must visit for desserts, LA’s MILK on Beverly Blvd. is one of them. Offering a place to stop by after a meal or just because, MILK features items like their ‘Warm Ooey Gooey Chocolate Sundae,’ or their ‘Banana Split,’ as well as double fudge brownies, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches with flavors changing daily, shakes, malts, floats with all types of flavoring for you to choose, as well as ice cream cakes, and homemade ice cream and sorbet. The list really goes on and on at this dessert mecca. At their bakeshop, choose from their signature cookies like chocolate chip, their famous ‘Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip’ cookie, snicker doodle cookies, super chunk peanut butter cookies, as well as cakes.
700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
With a ton of awards under their belt, this large gourmet market, patisserie and café in Downtown Los Angeles is a feast for your eyes in addition to your belly. Their macarons and desserts, in general, are as gorgeous as they are delicious. At the counter, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of flavors you can choose from for their macarons including flavors like espresso, strawberry and praline, in addition to the go-to flavors of vanilla, raspberry, and lemon. The restaurant also serves a myriad of options to satisfy your dessert craving like their famed chocolate soufflé, a tiramisu with espresso & rum soaked almond dacquoise with mascarpone cream, a butterscotch budino with butterscotch custard, fleur de sel,candied almonds & Chantilly whipped cream and a salted caramel macaron, as well aa gelato, sorbet, beignets and much more.
235 N Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Known worldwide, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery is the place to go to enjoy if you’re looking to snack on a huge variety of desserts. The bakery menu includes items like cookies (chocolate chunk, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal pecan, better nutter and more), macarons, coffee cake, seasonal muffins, chocolate Éclairs, seasonal tarts, brownies, shortbread, toffee, caramel popcorn, and much more. Or trysome macarons along with a cup of coffee which come in a variety of flavors. Grab a seat outside in the sun and taste the unique flavors like peanut butter and jelly, salted caramel and Earl Grey, along with chocolate, raspberry and pistachio. Whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong with the flavor(s) you choose.
Salt and Straw
240 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
What started off in Portland has quickly become LA’s hottest freshly made ice cream parlor. Why is it so good? Sure, there is an ever-rising amount of ice cream shops throughout LA, but this one stands out for its rich taste and interesting and flavors. The creation of cousins Kim and Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw offers unconventional flavors that has LA all a buzz as of late. Flavors like “creepy crawly critters,” “essence of ghost,” “a potion of malicious delight” and “the great candycopia” can really only be tasted to described. But, trust us, you’ll thank us after your first, second and subsequent visits.
8588 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
What started as just an LA-based cart selling ice cream sandwiches eventually and thankfully expanded into a Culver City outpost that either serves up their famed ice cream sandwiches or you can simply get their ice cream in a cup or cone. The name of the game here are their unique flavors though. There are a number of sandwich combinations that could be made from the various cookies and ice cream flavors. A favorite is the Peanut Butter Captain Crunch cookie with a fat scoop of Banana Honey Speculoos or with two Oatmeal cookies with Sweet Potato and Marshmallow ice cream. The menu changes often, so make sure to try whatever sticks out to you as it may not be there the next time you stop by!
Related: Best Ice Cream Sandwich Spots in LA.
Sprinkles Cupcakes / Sprinkles Ice Cream
9635 S Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
While there are several Sprinkles Cupcakes locations around town, the Beverly Hills one in particular is great because not only does it have a cupcake ATM (yes, seriously), but you also have the Sprinkles Ice Cream shop that serves a eye popping amount of flavors to choose from. Choose from cupcake flavors like banana, chai latte, coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla, salty caramel, cuban coffee and literally a ton of others, or mix it up by ordering cookies with it too in a variety of flavors like snickerdoodle. Or, try out their cookie/brownie sandwich, which is their version of the ice cream sandwich. Need more reasons to visit this dessert haven? How about fudge brownies with dense and rich valrhona dark chocolate and gooey cake hidden beneath a light crisp outside, or their popular ‘Sprinkles Sundae,’ which is essentially a single scoop of ice cream between a cupcake top and bottom. Yum.
The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
With locations in Downtown Los Angeles and in Pasadena, The Pie Hole is without a doubt a must for anyone who loves pies. From sweet pies like their “Mom’s Apple Crumble,” or items like their seasonal cheesecake, salted chocolate chip cookies, Mexican chocolate, a strawberry lavender hand pie, an apple & peanut butter hand pie, or their bananas foster, you really can’t go wrong with whatever you get here. They offer freshly baked sweet pies by the slice, or individual savory pies along with coffee too.
Sweet Lady Jane
8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Sweet Lady Jane has been on the scene for quite a while, but that has only gained its popularity. For the past 25 years, Jane Lockhart, or founder of this Melrose sweet spot, has been serving up the finest one of a kind pastries and desserts in LA. The menu here is enormous and features everything from pies (apple, blueberry, boysenberry, pumpkin, strawberry-rhubarb, peach, mixed berry and others), tarts (chocolate caramel walnut, key lime, chocolate pecan, lemon meringue and many others) to cupcakes (coconut, red velvet, carrot, maple, peppermint), specialty cakes, cheesecakes, a variety of chocolate cakes, and specialty items just to start. It can be overwhelming at first, but try something and you’ll come back time and time again to try everything else.
1751 Ensley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Century City’s Clementine is not just a destination for those business workers in the towers that dot this mini-downtown. In fact, Angelenos come from far and wide to eat their delicious fare and pick from a huge selection of dessert items on display as soon as you walk in.