San Diego’s Best Sweet Spots

Posted by Rebecca Merritt

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BabyCakes

Sorry Sprinkles, but these tasty treats really take the (cup)cake. The desserts at this Hillcrest hotspot are consistently fabulous. And because they are a popular bar too, they will even mix you up a decadent dessert cocktail to compliment your confection.

Extraordinary Desserts

No false advertising with that name. These creations are truly out of the ordinary and almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

Seaport Village Coffee and Fudge

Set in the plaza on Harbor Lane, this gem of a sweet shop is in true tourist territory. But that doesn’t keep me away. While it can get crowded along the adjacent promenade, the city has recently installed plenty of outdoor seating along the bay with spectacular views.

The Julian Pie Company

This place is nothing short of legendary in SD. Named for the small mountain town just east of San Diego where it was first established, this well-loved little bakery now offers their pies at a variety of outlets throughout the county.

Panchita’s Bakery

With three locations in the downtown vicinity, this growing local fixture has been serving up authentic Mexican pastries and breads since 1983.

Petco Park

Decadent desserts at an MLB stadium, seriously? Seriously. According to this article from the San Diego Union Tribune, Petco Club 19, a full service bar and restaurant inside the ballpark, will soon be offering a chocolate-cola muffin slathered in pancake batter and deep fried. Game on.

Lighthouse Ice Cream and Yogurt

This old-fashioned ice cream parlor proudly serves the “world famous hot waffle ice cream sandwich.” They do sundaes and cones too of course, but whatever you decide on, get it to go. The Ocean Beach pier is just steps away and a great place to catch one of those famous SoCal sunsets. 

Fabrison’s

Never mind that this French creperie is tucked away on a side street in Little Italy, this place is totally au fait with traditional Gallic goodies. If you can resist the French dark chocolate crepe topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and powdered sugar, you might be superhuman.

San Diego County Fair  

It’s almost time for the annual smorgasbord of freakish fried foods you can’t believe actually exist. While the fairgrounds won’t release their official list of vendors for this summer until late May, you can expect some doozies. Previous years’ culinary curiosities have included deep fried Snickers bars, funnel-cake battered Oreos with chocolate syrup and fried coke. I can’t even begin to understand how you deep fry a drink but thankfully I’m not the one in charge here.

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