La Jolla is San Diego’s Sweet Tooth Haven

Find top places for dessert in La JollaLa Jolla is a dessert lover’s heaven on earth…and a dieter’s disaster. Around every corner is a fresh cupcake, ice cream or warm puffed pastry just waiting to be devoured. With countless desserts being made at this very moment, it’s a good thing we have a list of our favorite La Jolla dessert destinations ready to go!

Cups is the “first all organic cupcakery, cupcake lounge, and full-scale teaching kitchen and party room,” according to their website. Not only do they serve arguably the best cupcakes in San Diego, but they are also the city’s only 3-Star Green Certified Bakery. The store offers 12 fresh flavors everyday including at least one vegan, one low glycemic and three gluten-free cupcakes. The icing on top of the cupcake are the deals during their daily Happy Hour. From 10am to 11am in the lounge, guests get 20% off coffee drinks and from 7pm to 9pm cupcake mongers receive 20% off their favorite flavor.

Nine-Ten, located in one of the premier luxury hotels in La Jolla (The Grand Colonial), is bound to have your mouth watering after you hear what Pastry Chef Rachel King is whipping up. One of the guest favorites is the Half Baked Chocolate Cake which is an ooey gooey rich chocolate cake topped with caramel sauce and either whipped cream or house-made vanilla ice cream. Another crowd pleaser is the Pecan Pie made with port poached pears, maple ganache and rosemary frozen yogurt.

The Brick and Bell Café is a longstanding local’s favorite when it comes to La Jolla dining and dessert spots. This cozy little coffee shop off Silverado Street is known for their fresh baked scones and cookies and they also serve up a delicious acai bowl. Sneak out on to their patio with a hot cup of coffee and a gourmet goodie to enjoy the quaint and charming atmosphere.

Girard Gourmet has been serving the city of La Jolla for 25 years and there’s a reason they’re still around. This European-style bakery only uses fresh ingredients to make a wide array of heavenly croissants, muffins, breads, cookies and rugulach. Girard Gourmet also takes orders for specialty cakes but usually has a select few in the window if you’re only interested in enjoying a single slice.

If you want to expand your horizons beyond dessert, then click here to view La Jolla Blue Book’s directory of the top restaurants, hotels and events in the city.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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