We’re guessing that if you’re reading this blog, you also enjoy spending your free time ferreting out the BEST sweets no matter where you are. Well, so glad you found your way here! We’ll be listing all of our favorite recommendations by city so that you can enjoy the best sweets, no matter where you go.
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles’s ice cream game is strong. Here are a few of our favorites.
This little ice cream shop allows you to zig zag across the world without ever leaving Los Angeles. Flavors are inspired by the founders’ twin loves –travel and the cultural diversity of Los Angeles. Flavors range from Ube Malted Crunch, to Kinder Eggs, to Abuelita’s Hot Chocolate, and everything in between.
Salt & Straw
Salt & Straw is originally from Portland, OR and their crunchiness shows through in the depth of Vegan flavors. Seasonal favorites (other than Don Bugito’s Creepy Crawly Critters, which contains real insects…ew!) vary widely and are tasty across the board.
Although technically a Santa Barbara brand, there are so many Los Angeles shops that we feel comfortable claiming McConnell’s as our own. Their cookies’n’cream contains the most oreo per cubic inch that we’ve ever seen.
And, a few non-ice cream options…
Yes, we know, Pizzeria Mozza is a pizzeria, but it is also home to one of Los Angeles’s most delicious desserts. The New York Times described pastry chef Dahlia Narvaez butterscotch budino pudding as the “pudding to shame all puddings” and, frankly, we couldn’t have said it any better. Come for the budino, stay for the pizza.
New York, NY
After the tragic demise of Brooklyn favorite brand Ample Hills, we were relieved that the owners revived their ice cream-making in the form of Social Brooklyn. Thank god for persistence. Without it, we’d be stuck in a world without Monkeys Drinking Coffee, and what a sad world that would be.
Pâtisserie Au Kouign Amann
A sisters’ visit to Montreal famously involved zig zagging across the city in search of its finest treats. This Breton style bakery, known for its obscenely buttery and flaky Kouign Amann (think croissant with extra butter and sugar) was the star of the trip.
Mexico City, DF
Restaurante Pasteleria Matisse
No trip to Mexico City is complete without a stop (or two, or three) at Matisse, ideally at its charming indoor-outdoor Condesa location. The star of the show, for us, is the enormous (and enormously rich) almond croissant, which rivals any almond croissant ever made in Paris in our book and is so delicious that it has been illegally transported several times across borders.
True to its name, this tiny store in Condesa sells pretty much only chocolate. And, what chocolate! Gorgeous truffles flavored with lychee and raspberry, or cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, are among our favorites.
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