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Pastries from Artelice Patisserie in Burbank.
Pastries from Artelice Patisserie in Burbank
Matthew Kang

25 Incredible Pastry Destinations and Bakeries in Los Angeles

The best sweet desserts, pastries, croissants, and cakes across LA

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Pastries from Artelice Patisserie in Burbank
| Matthew Kang

Los Angeles has plenty of sweet shops, cake spots, and bakeries around the city, many adopting styles and flavors from around the world. It's perhaps the best trademark of LA's approach to baking: it's not tied to any particular style, such as classic European. Instead, find a wonderful amalgam of Asian influence in pastries (which is welcome, because they tend not to be as sweet) to glorious Mexican panaderias, which offer the ideal starters to every morning.

But some LA pastry shops are as American as apple pie, favoring classic preparations or perhaps adding in their own twist. These spots aren't afraid to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie or ham and cheese croissant. Here now, the essential places to find breads, cakes, and pastries in Los Angeles, listed from west to east.

Removed: Amandine, Creme Caramel, Superba, Lodge Bread, Joan’s on Third, 85 Degrees Bakery, Sqirl, Bottega Louie, Porto’s, Sweet Lady Jane, Pitchoun, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Gjusta

Added: Rockenwagner Bakery, Elaine’s Bread Pudding, Cobblers Cakes & Kream, Little French Bakery

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Huckleberry Cafe

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1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311
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Pastry chef Laurel Almerinda is at head baker at co-owner Zoe Nathan’s bakery, Huckleberry. The busy Westside shop showcases pastries, bread, and baked goods, as well as sandwiches, like the now-famous fried egg sandwich topped with arugula and a slab of bacon.

2. Farmshop

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225 26th St #25
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 566-2400
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Jeffrey Cerciello’s food emporium in Brentwood has everything from a larder to prepared goods to a full service restaurant. The bakery up front also has a terrific array of pastries that would make anyone swoon, from the chocolate croissant to the classic coffee cake.

3. Claudine Artisan Kitchen & Bakeshop

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16350 Ventura Blvd e
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 616-3838
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This expansive bakery in Encino brings a colorful array of American-style pastries and sweets, from cakes to cookies.

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4. Rose Cafe-Restaurant

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220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711
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This all-day eatery in Venice has one of the most ambitious, and spot-on, pastry programs in the area. Indulge in some chocolate croissants and cookies, or take home a loaf of crusty bread. Unfortunately breakfast service is on hold, though the pastry counter still has daily offerings.

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5. Milo & Olive

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2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
CA 90403, United States
(310) 453-6776
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Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb’s pizza and pasta-centric bakery serves up some of the top bread and pastries in town. Pastry chef Kelsey Brito’s classic bagel with crème fraiche, sliced cucumbers, red onion, and cherry tomatoes is always great, along with the collection of sweet treats that changes up daily. 

The pastry case at Milo & Olive in Santa Monica, California.
Milo & Olive pastry case
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6. B Sweet Dessert Bar

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2005 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 963-9769
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This popular dessert bar B Sweet is a convenient way to satisfy sweet cravings after meal on Sawtelle. Outrageous sweets include such hybrids as the halo, a hot doughnut ice cream sandwich; halo halo, Filipino shaved ice; and, of course, its signature bread pudding with flavors like ube, salted caramel, and banana chocolate. A sugar fanatic’s heaven.

7. Röckenwagner Bakery, Café + Market

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12835 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 577-0747
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Classic German-influenced bakery Röckenwagner continues to make some of the city’s top European-style pastries and desserts at their Culver City location, as well as at farmers markets around town.

Pastries from Rockenwagner bakery
Pastries from Rockenwagner bakery

8. Copenhagen Pastry

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11113 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 839-8900
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This Danish-style bakery has some of the best sweet treats in the city, with things like almondy kringles, raspberry danishes, nougat crowns, braided cinnamon lines, and more, all for very fair prices.

9. Chaumont Bakery & Café

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143 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 550-5510

This classic European-style bakery in the heart of Beverly Hills has some of the most elegantly styled desserts and pastries in town, with beautiful tarts, cakes, and more in an airy space on Beverly Drive. There’s also fresh baked bread, croissants, and danishes, all great for a breakfast or a light afternoon snack.

Chaumont Café and Bakery

10. Little French Bakery

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1820 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 504-0245
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This charming little French patisserie and bakery in Redondo Beach comes from Guillaume and Deborah, who had previously served their specialties in farmers markets across LA. With everything from croissants to gorgeous fruit tarts, the South Bay spot is destined to become a neighborhood favorite.

11. Cake Monkey Bakery

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7807 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 932-1142
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With creative takes on classic American pastries, Cake Monkey, a long time wholesaler, finally has its own retail space in the heart of Beverly Blvd. The vegan options are especially good, tasting essentially the same as the cane sugar-riddled sweets. Order up a massive sampler box of mini-rolled cakes and cakewiches for maximum fun.

Cake Monkey Babka

12. The Sycamore Kitchen

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143 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
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Karen Hatfield’s ode to the classic American bakery has its ideal form at this lovely bakery along La Brea Ave. The salted caramel pecan babka roll is more than addictive, as are the rest of the baked goods, but the sandwiches are truly special. The turkey sandwich might be one of the best in town, and the tuna sandwich is made from fresh tuna instead of the canned sort.

13. Sweet Red Peach

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1035 S Prairie Ave #2
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-2253
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Popular Inglewood bakery Sweet Red Peach turns out some of the finest homestyle cakes and sweets in Los Angeles. There are classics like red velvet cake and carrot cake, but also glorious banana custard cups and birthday cake-style slices. Be prepared to wait for these excellent confections.

Cake slices from Sweet Red Peach in plastic cartons.
Cake slices from Sweet Red Peach
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14. La Tropezienne Bakery

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211 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 413-2972
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Located on the burgeoning strip of La Brea is Saint Tropez export La Tropezienne. The marble-encrusted space is known for its light, raspberry-filled macaroon-like cakes and tarts that are a surefire crowd pleaser. 

15. La Brea Bakery Cafe

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468 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-6813
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The classic LA bakery, perhaps the originator of LA’s artisanal bread movement, is back just a block away from its first location. Touting some of the best breads in town, plus a complement of sweet baked goods, La Brea’s flagship still manages to impress pastry nerds.

La Brea Bakery
La Brea Bakery
La Brea Bakery

16. Republique

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624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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Margarita Manzke oversees this complete baking and pastry operation at the former La Brea Bakery (and Campanile) space, resulting in fantastic renditions of French and American staples, from croissants and cookies to house-baked baguettes. It’s hard to go wrong with anything here. 

Republique

17. Patisserie Chantilly

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2383 Lomita Blvd # 104
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 257-9454
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South Bay legend Patisserie Chantilly does Lomita proud with its Japanese-influenced French pastries. Locals line up for the black sesame cream puffs and other airy, hardly sweet desserts. Just be sure to come in in the early morning hours before the popular items sell out. 

18. La Monarca Bakery

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6091 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-0933
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Homegrown bakery chain La Monarca serves up a wide variety of Mexican pastries and coffee at prices that make it an affordable stop for a sweet treat. Pair the pan dulce with a cold-brewed café de olla, prepared with cinnamon and panela, for an unbeatable pick-me-up on a hot summer day.

La Monarca Bakery & Cafe

19. Cobblers Cakes & Kream

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2323 W Manchester Blvd # B
Inglewood, CA 90305
(323) 455-1224
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It’s easy to find something delicious at Cobblers Cakes and Kream. The Cobbler Lady is well-known in these parts for her essential peach or apple cobbler, red velvet cake, or chocolate chip cookie with walnuts. Those who know, will always take home a whole sweet potato pie. Just in case.

20. Elaine’s Bread Pudding

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Derrick Russell’s entire business is based on one dish and he does it extremely well. These compact bread puddings are a flavorful tribute to Russell’s mother Elaine, who passed away eight years ago. Now her signature recipe is on display with over 25 flavors in rotation, including bananas foster, lemonade, Orleans strawberry, peanut butter and jelly, caramel cake, and popular sock-it-to-me. Check Elaine’s Bread Pudding Instagram page for ordering instructions.

21. Artelice Patisserie

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117 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

Stunning new patisserie Artelice has some of the most beautiful, and technically sound, pastries and desserts in Los Angeles. With a full time patisserie in Burbank, as well as a weekend-focused spot in Sawtelle, these are grand sweets that would elevate any afternoon tea or evening gathering. The pastries and croissants are excellent as well.

Artelice Pâtisserie’s well-lit tray of French desserts and pastries, with lots of chocolate on Sawtelle
Desserts from Artelice Patisserie in Burbank
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22. Friends & Family

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5150 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 668-2000
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Daniel Mattern and pastry chef/baker Roxana Jullapat’s Thai Town restaurant, Friends & Family, is the perfect place to load up on some exceptional morning baked goods with a full roster of espresso drinks. Thankfully an expanding wholesale operations means the sweet treats will soon be found at plenty of coffee shops around town.

Friends & Family Wonho Frank Lee

23. Proof Bakery

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3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633
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Na Young Ma’s ideal meld between the best of classic European and American sensibilities reflect at this charming bakery in Atwater Village. The croissants are as good as they get, but the seasonal, daily offerings aren’t worth missing either.

Proof Bakery

24. Valerie Echo Park

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1665 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-9365
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Echo Park has a elegant place to have breakfast or brunch, or even tea time. Valerie Gordon’s beautiful American-style goods like muffins, petit fours, chocolates, preserves, and confections. There’s also a great lineup of sandwiches, tartines, and other savory bites to go along with a strong tea program.

Valerie Echo Park

25. La Mascota Bakery

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2715 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 263-5513
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Boyle Heights legend La Mascota continues to push the envelope after all these years, innovating their coffee program and updating their pastries for a rapidly changing neighborhood. Luckily the backbone of the place, from their conch shell cookies to their holiday tamales, remains as intact as ever.

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1. Huckleberry Cafe

1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Pastry chef Laurel Almerinda is at head baker at co-owner Zoe Nathan’s bakery, Huckleberry. The busy Westside shop showcases pastries, bread, and baked goods, as well as sandwiches, like the now-famous fried egg sandwich topped with arugula and a slab of bacon.

1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Farmshop

225 26th St #25, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Jeffrey Cerciello’s food emporium in Brentwood has everything from a larder to prepared goods to a full service restaurant. The bakery up front also has a terrific array of pastries that would make anyone swoon, from the chocolate croissant to the classic coffee cake.

225 26th St #25
Santa Monica, CA 90402

3. Claudine Artisan Kitchen & Bakeshop

16350 Ventura Blvd e, Encino, CA 91436
Claudine

This expansive bakery in Encino brings a colorful array of American-style pastries and sweets, from cakes to cookies.

16350 Ventura Blvd e
Encino, CA 91436

4. Rose Cafe-Restaurant

220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Rose Cafe Wonho Frank Lee

This all-day eatery in Venice has one of the most ambitious, and spot-on, pastry programs in the area. Indulge in some chocolate croissants and cookies, or take home a loaf of crusty bread. Unfortunately breakfast service is on hold, though the pastry counter still has daily offerings.

220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

5. Milo & Olive

2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403, United States
The pastry case at Milo & Olive in Santa Monica, California.
Milo & Olive pastry case
Jakob Layman

Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb’s pizza and pasta-centric bakery serves up some of the top bread and pastries in town. Pastry chef Kelsey Brito’s classic bagel with crème fraiche, sliced cucumbers, red onion, and cherry tomatoes is always great, along with the collection of sweet treats that changes up daily. 

2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
CA 90403, United States

6. B Sweet Dessert Bar

2005 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

This popular dessert bar B Sweet is a convenient way to satisfy sweet cravings after meal on Sawtelle. Outrageous sweets include such hybrids as the halo, a hot doughnut ice cream sandwich; halo halo, Filipino shaved ice; and, of course, its signature bread pudding with flavors like ube, salted caramel, and banana chocolate. A sugar fanatic’s heaven.

2005 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

7. Röckenwagner Bakery, Café + Market

12835 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Pastries from Rockenwagner bakery
Pastries from Rockenwagner bakery

Classic German-influenced bakery Röckenwagner continues to make some of the city’s top European-style pastries and desserts at their Culver City location, as well as at farmers markets around town.

12835 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

8. Copenhagen Pastry

11113 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

This Danish-style bakery has some of the best sweet treats in the city, with things like almondy kringles, raspberry danishes, nougat crowns, braided cinnamon lines, and more, all for very fair prices.

11113 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

9. Chaumont Bakery & Café

143 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Chaumont Café and Bakery

This classic European-style bakery in the heart of Beverly Hills has some of the most elegantly styled desserts and pastries in town, with beautiful tarts, cakes, and more in an airy space on Beverly Drive. There’s also fresh baked bread, croissants, and danishes, all great for a breakfast or a light afternoon snack.

143 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

10. Little French Bakery

1820 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

This charming little French patisserie and bakery in Redondo Beach comes from Guillaume and Deborah, who had previously served their specialties in farmers markets across LA. With everything from croissants to gorgeous fruit tarts, the South Bay spot is destined to become a neighborhood favorite.

1820 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

11. Cake Monkey Bakery

7807 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cake Monkey Babka

With creative takes on classic American pastries, Cake Monkey, a long time wholesaler, finally has its own retail space in the heart of Beverly Blvd. The vegan options are especially good, tasting essentially the same as the cane sugar-riddled sweets. Order up a massive sampler box of mini-rolled cakes and cakewiches for maximum fun.

7807 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. The Sycamore Kitchen

143 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Karen Hatfield’s ode to the classic American bakery has its ideal form at this lovely bakery along La Brea Ave. The salted caramel pecan babka roll is more than addictive, as are the rest of the baked goods, but the sandwiches are truly special. The turkey sandwich might be one of the best in town, and the tuna sandwich is made from fresh tuna instead of the canned sort.

143 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

13. Sweet Red Peach

1035 S Prairie Ave #2, Inglewood, CA 90301
Cake slices from Sweet Red Peach in plastic cartons.
Cake slices from Sweet Red Peach
Matthew Kang

Popular Inglewood bakery Sweet Red Peach turns out some of the finest homestyle cakes and sweets in Los Angeles. There are classics like red velvet cake and carrot cake, but also glorious banana custard cups and birthday cake-style slices. Be prepared to wait for these excellent confections.

1035 S Prairie Ave #2
Inglewood, CA 90301

14. La Tropezienne Bakery

211 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Located on the burgeoning strip of La Brea is Saint Tropez export La Tropezienne. The marble-encrusted space is known for its light, raspberry-filled macaroon-like cakes and tarts that are a surefire crowd pleaser. 

211 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

15. La Brea Bakery Cafe

468 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
La Brea Bakery
La Brea Bakery
La Brea Bakery

The classic LA bakery, perhaps the originator of LA’s artisanal bread movement, is back just a block away from its first location. Touting some of the best breads in town, plus a complement of sweet baked goods, La Brea’s flagship still manages to impress pastry nerds.

468 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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16. Republique

624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Republique

Margarita Manzke oversees this complete baking and pastry operation at the former La Brea Bakery (and Campanile) space, resulting in fantastic renditions of French and American staples, from croissants and cookies to house-baked baguettes. It’s hard to go wrong with anything here. 

624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

17. Patisserie Chantilly

2383 Lomita Blvd # 104, Lomita, CA 90717

South Bay legend Patisserie Chantilly does Lomita proud with its Japanese-influenced French pastries. Locals line up for the black sesame cream puffs and other airy, hardly sweet desserts. Just be sure to come in in the early morning hours before the popular items sell out. 

2383 Lomita Blvd # 104
Lomita, CA 90717

18. La Monarca Bakery

6091 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
La Monarca Bakery & Cafe

Homegrown bakery chain La Monarca serves up a wide variety of Mexican pastries and coffee at prices that make it an affordable stop for a sweet treat. Pair the pan dulce with a cold-brewed café de olla, prepared with cinnamon and panela, for an unbeatable pick-me-up on a hot summer day.

6091 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

19. Cobblers Cakes & Kream

2323 W Manchester Blvd # B, Inglewood, CA 90305

It’s easy to find something delicious at Cobblers Cakes and Kream. The Cobbler Lady is well-known in these parts for her essential peach or apple cobbler, red velvet cake, or chocolate chip cookie with walnuts. Those who know, will always take home a whole sweet potato pie. Just in case.

2323 W Manchester Blvd # B
Inglewood, CA 90305

20. Elaine’s Bread Pudding

Los Angeles, CA 90018

Derrick Russell’s entire business is based on one dish and he does it extremely well. These compact bread puddings are a flavorful tribute to Russell’s mother Elaine, who passed away eight years ago. Now her signature recipe is on display with over 25 flavors in rotation, including bananas foster, lemonade, Orleans strawberry, peanut butter and jelly, caramel cake, and popular sock-it-to-me. Check Elaine’s Bread Pudding Instagram page for ordering instructions.

21. Artelice Patisserie

117 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
Artelice Pâtisserie’s well-lit tray of French desserts and pastries, with lots of chocolate on Sawtelle
Desserts from Artelice Patisserie in Burbank
Matthew Kang

Stunning new patisserie Artelice has some of the most beautiful, and technically sound, pastries and desserts in Los Angeles. With a full time patisserie in Burbank, as well as a weekend-focused spot in Sawtelle, these are grand sweets that would elevate any afternoon tea or evening gathering. The pastries and croissants are excellent as well.

117 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

22. Friends & Family

5150 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Friends & Family Wonho Frank Lee

Daniel Mattern and pastry chef/baker Roxana Jullapat’s Thai Town restaurant, Friends & Family, is the perfect place to load up on some exceptional morning baked goods with a full roster of espresso drinks. Thankfully an expanding wholesale operations means the sweet treats will soon be found at plenty of coffee shops around town.

5150 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

23. Proof Bakery

3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Proof Bakery

Na Young Ma’s ideal meld between the best of classic European and American sensibilities reflect at this charming bakery in Atwater Village. The croissants are as good as they get, but the seasonal, daily offerings aren’t worth missing either.

3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

24. Valerie Echo Park

1665 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026