Whether it’s baked goods or candy or even ice cream, let’s face it, everyone loves something sweet.
Thankfully, Los Angeles has no shortage of options when it comes to satisfying your hankering for sugary goodness.
Check out my choices for the best places to fulfill to your sweet dreams and desires.
Finally, ice cream done right!
The Ice Cream Lab instantly freezes every order with a blast of liquid nitrogen to create the freshest, creamiest, and tastiest frozen treat possible.
With unique flavors like Blue Velvet, Banilla, and Strawberry Basil, they are constantly coming up with new flavors to tantalize the taste buds.
Break up a day of shopping or cap off your evening with a stop at this Beverly Hills icy haven.
A plus, all flavors are kosher, and they even have vegan options.
Concierge Tip: Be sure to try their Salt Lick Crunch—with pretzels and caramel, it captures the best of salty-sweet and crunchy-smooth.
A real world Willy Wonka mixed with “It’s A Small World!” Sweet! Hollywood is a candy store experience like no other.
There are tasting machines to try before you buy and customized candy stations to create individualized chocolate bars to individualized hard candy treats.
Sweet! Hollywood is a gigantic candy playground!
Located in the heart of Hollywood, this sweet emporium brings out the candy fanatic in all of us. And honestly, I don’t mind at all!
Concierge Tip: Sweet! Hollywood makes the best gift bags and presents. Seriously, do you know anyone that would turn down candy? Sugar = Happy. Really, it does.
If you haven’t made your way to Porto’s yet, you haven’t lived.
This family-run business specializes in the best Cuban recipes, from fresh breads to cookies to outstanding cakes.
They even have a cafe to round off your visit.
Come for the pastries and stay for a meal.
You don’t have to take my word for it, the next time you’re at LAX, see how many bags of Porto’s make their way through security!
Concierge Tip: Their Cheese Rolls and Caramel Kisses keep me coming back for more!
A little bit classy, a lot scrumptious. ‘lette Macarons are the perfect sweet treat!
With over 14 flavors baked daily, from seasonal favorites to classics like pistachio, sweet wedding almond, and rose, every chewy bite instantly transports you to the beautiful streets of Paris!
Purchase a box or build a party tower, either way it’s a win.
They have five locations around Los Angeles and two more throughout Southern California, so you are bound to be close to one!
Concierge Tip: Place in the refrigerator to keep them fresh up to three days! Let them hang out in room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Bon appetit!
Blue Star Donuts
Blue Star Donuts is a gourmet donut concept founded in Portland, OR, in 2012.
Their donuts are made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the south of France.
The dough takes 18 hours to make and is made by hand every day!
Made with high quality bread flour, cage-free eggs, whole hormone-free milk, and European-style butter. They are made with love!
Their donuts, glazes, and fillings are made fresh throughout the day. And they only cook their donuts in rice oil.
With flavors like Blue Bourbon Basil, they are commonly known as the “Donuts for Grownups!”
Concierge Tip: Looking for a coffee and donut fix? Their Venice location serves Verve Coffee. Trust. This ain’t no Dunkin Donuts experience.
Salt and Straw
Another sweet gourmet concept born in Portland (Man, I gotta move up North!).
When a long lost dream to open up an ice-cream store meets a talented cousin, this family-born venture was an immediate hit.
With flavors like Apples and Sidecar Donuts, Roasted Strawberry and Toasted Coconut, Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese, and Avocado and Strawberry Sorbet, there are few ice-cream concepts like this.
If Bluestar is the Donuts for Grownups, Salt and Straw is the ice cream equivalent!
Concierge Tip: Not near one of their awesome locations, you can actually order their ice-cream to be delivered in the mail! Yassss!