10 Best Sweets And Dessert Spots In San Diego, California - Updated 2021

desserts in san diego
Nyrene Grace Patricia
Nyrene Grace Patricia

A city dubbed as America’s finest city should live up to its name, especially in having the finest dessert spots all over town. While tourists, locals, and city guests are rushing around on busy schedules and spontaneous trips, an after-dinner dessert hunt is never out of the checklist.

Listed here are the finest, rarest and most delicious desserts in town from unique cake flavors, tropical fruit heaven, Instagram effects, and burritos you’ve never seen. San Diego has plenty of other desserts that are either the best of the traditional or the image of the unconventional. We all deserve treats once in a while, so scroll down to see the best sweets and dessert spots in San Diego, California.

1. MNGO Cafe

Longing for that refreshing mango dessert you had back in Asia? Visit this tropical heaven in San Diego! Aside from mango treats, they also have flavors like strawberry, ube, and coconut.

There’s almost always a crowd gunning for that mango ice cream or kakigori; spend your waiting time taking pictures with the mango tree decor to post on your Instagram! This is an ideal place for family bonding time or a date spot with your sweet summer romance.


Address: 4176 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

Website: MNGO Cafe

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 11pm

2. Le Parfait Paris

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Le Parfait Paris is known for fresh macarons, eclairs and a signature dark chocolate mousse you’ll never find elsewhere. The place may look minimalist in style, but their desserts are created to look and taste like perfection.

It’s known for breakfast and brunch dining, but you can also try to catch their happy hours on weekdays at 3 pm to 6 pm for great deals on some crepes, croissants, and desserts. Their weekday specials also offer deals on macarons, wines, beers, and cocktails!

Le Parfait Paris

Address: 555 G St, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Le Parfait Paris

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 8am - 10pm; Fri - Sun: 8am - 11pm

3. iDessert by Jean-Philippe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Happy Sundae Funday! Homemade strawberry sorbet and vanilla gelato topped with whipped cream and sprinkles! ...

Posted by iDessert by Jean-Philippe on Sunday, April 18, 2021

A cool and modern concept with cute and sweet delights; this is how you can describe iDessert! We can’t tell for sure what your full experience will be because, as they say, there are literally hundreds of thousands of possible desserts that you can create by building your own! You’ll be choosing from their pool of fresh ingredients: meringue crust, fruits, gelato and sorbets, sauce, cakes, flavored cream and crunch. The vegas bowl option only gives your dessert an icy, smoking effect for an added price, but it makes your creation Instagram-perfect!

iDessert by Jean-Philippe

Address: 1608 India St, Ste 104, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: iDessert by Jean-Philippe

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am

4. Moosie's Ice Cream

desserts in san diego | moosie's ice cream
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It’s every kid’s dream to be treated with ice cream as yummy and colorful looking as the raspberry bowl you see in this photo. While there are many great ice cream spots in town, Moosie’s is the one that has it all - great ice cream, quick and friendly serving, sweet decor and the best price! It’ll be a great bonus if you get lucky and arrive in time for occasional free samples; grab that chance.

Moosie's Ice Cream

Address: 4073 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Website: Moosie’s Ice Cream

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 2pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 9pm

5. Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts
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From 4th Avenue, Extraordinary Desserts is ready to rock your taste buds in this new location. Whether you’re in for a chocolate overload with the Viking or pleasant strawberry freshness of their Shangri-La cake, these sweets cannot disappoint you in any way. It’s another one of those dessert hubs that are so delicious that there will surely be a crowd lining up for the sweet feast.

Extraordinary Desserts

Address: 1430 Union St, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Extraordinary Desserts

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 11pm

6. LAB Dessert & Coffee

It’s not a drill; a cotton candy burrito truly exists here at LAB Dessert & Coffee! It’s ice cream wrapped in cotton candy and you get to combine flavors. They also have cloud cheesecake and macaron ice cream sandwich. How odd can these desserts get?

Creative desserts, delicious coffee, and pleasant ambiance - LAB is the perfect place for working, studying or having board game fun while you enjoy one of the rarest desserts of your life

LAB Dessert & Coffee

Address: 4817 Convoy St, Convoy Ronson Plaza, San Diego, CA 92111

Website: LAB Dessert & Coffee

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 9:30am - 10:30pm; Fri: 9:30am - 11pm; Sat: 12pm - 12am; Sun: 1pm - 10pm

7. Figaro Dessert Café

While previous spots on this list featured fun and chill vibes, Figaro Dessert Café brings class and elegance in serving great coffee and desserts. They offer a large menu filled with intriguing flavors and an exciting display of gelato, cakes, macarons, and tarts. The menu also offers dairy and gluten-free options! Next time you dine out, remember to drive by Figaro for the perfect after-dinner session.

Figaro Dessert Café

Address: 3011 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Website: Figaro Dessert Café

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 11pm

8. Chocolat Cremerie

Chocolat Cremerie arguably ranks at the top when it comes to mouthwatering gelato displays. This photo alone gives each of us an intense desire to try out all flavors behind the glass! Aside from the tempting gelato, the place also gives the best chocolate and crepes that satisfy any sweet tooth along with healthy breakfast sandwiches to kickstart a great day.

Chocolat Cremerie

Address: 509 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Chocolat Cremerie

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 9am - 1am

9. Up2you Cafe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Up2You Cafe lets you pour in your creative juices into your dessert. In this photo, the overload of toppings on the honey toast is Up2you’s popular delicacy and it comes in many other tempting combinations. Try to visit on a no-rush day because the small place can get crowded and parking might be challenging. Whether you’ll be taking your special date, your friends or family - it’s all up to you. Either way, they will surely have fun!

Up2you Cafe

Address: 7770 Vickers St, Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111

Website: Up2you Cafe

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12:30pm - 12am; Fri - Sat: 12:30pm - 1am

10. Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge

Skybound is your go-to coffee or lunch break lounge. They offer healthy sandwiches, with vegan options, and renders a consistently pleasing customer service.

They serve fine quality coffee, among the best in the area, that they might let you sample before ordering; you also can’t miss their eye-pleasing sweet treats that will make them your new favorite coffee and dessert shop!

Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge

Address: 181 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6:30am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 6:30am - 9pm

Delicious desserts in San Diego

Macarons and milk for a perfect dessert combo.
Source: Pexels

Having intensified dessert cravings? It’s time to visit one of these dessert spots and enjoy a sweet tooth moment in San Diego. With our list above, you have a variety of spots to explore and lots of sweet treats to try out. When planning your trip to San Diego, make sure you make time for a tasty dessert.

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Nyrene is a university student with a passion for writing. She finds joy in meticulously planning events and trips up to the smallest detail through her tracker sheets. From time to time, she...Read more

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