For me, visiting a new city is the perfect time to indulge in all things sugar and sweet! For some reason, the thought of enjoying a treat on a holiday does not have the same caloric effects when compared to eating the same treat during the daily grind. Obviously, I am aware that my theory is flawed and is based on no scientific evidence…..but I am sticking with it and I will continue to enjoy desert with every meal in the places I am visiting! Recently, when I was visiting Los Angeles, I decided to embrace my theory and check out the below instagram-worthy and equally delicious gems! If you ever find yourself in LA LA land and are looking for the perfect fill for any sugar or chocolate craving….than the list below was made specially for you! Enjoy!
9495 S Santa Monica Blvd
Surgarfina came to life as a result of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The owners, Rosie and Josh, were enjoying their third date at the movies when they thought “why should kids have all the fun.” Fast forward a few years later and Sugarfina, the ultimate candy store for grown-ups, came to life. I highly recommend the champagne gummy bears or the peach bellini’s to add a extra bounce to your step!
9635 S Santa Monica Blvd
If you’re anything like me and cupcakes are the go to dessert for you…than Sprinkles Cupcakes is the OG (the world’s first cupcake bakery and all). If walking into the bakery wasn’t enough, they have since installed cupcake ATM’s at many locations around the US. What is not love….’sorry we’re closed‘….is no longer a problem!
700 S Grand Ave
Bottega Louie is literally macaroon, cake and pastry heaven! If the pale pink color palate doesn’t catch your eye initially than the endless options of desserts will. This bakery also has a 225 seat restaurant in the same location. I enjoyed a nice lunch with a friend and then made my way to the bakery for the perfect sweet ending! When it comes to dessert, the french always know!
8428 Melrose Place
Compartes is the nations hippest and trendsetting chocolate shop. Each bar is made from scratch using fresh natural ingredients from local farmer’s markets in Los Angeles. Each bar is wrapped in incredibly unique designs that match the delicious chocolate beneath. Compartes have collaborated with multiple well known photographers and designers, including Gray Malin and Kelly Wearstler, to design wrapping that sets this brand apart from all others!
8582 Santa Monica Blvd
This juice bar and smoothie shop is dairy free, organic, gluten free and even soy free. I am not sure what ingredients are left, but whatever they use they have it mastered. This place isn’t only incredibly healthy and guilt free but the entire shop is decorated head to toe in banana leaf print.
Blare June xx
photography: blare june