I’m baaaack! After a week of galavanting around San Diego eating everything under the sun (or clouds as was the case), I’m back to share some of my favorite sweet spots to visit in San Diego with you!
If you’ve been following along on Instagram you might have noticed that all of my geotags last week were from the West Coast. Colin and I were exploring Southern California and I made sure to make the most of the trip to eat as many sweets as possible. The wedding is just under two weeks away so I really should be eating healthier but I figure by now the dress is fitted so as long as I stay about the same I should be fine. Otherwise, closing the dress on my donut-filled hips is what my bridesmaids are for, right?
With locations up and down the West Coast, the Baked Bear’s ice cream sandwiches were my absolute favorite. You can buy the cookies separately and they are so perfectly soft that you definitely should. I love having the ability to make my own sandwich, starting with mismatched cookies and ending with the toppings you can roll around the edges of the sandwich. Plus it was founded by two young entrepreneurs with a passion for sweets, something I can always appreciate.
Why you should visit: Because if you ask they’ll warm up your cookies before making a sandwich, making them extra gooey.
Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Picking just one or two ice cream flavors is often the hardest decision I make all day (unless I’m in the thick of wedding planning). When I saw Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream’s flights of mini ice cream cones I knew I was in heaven. As a bonus, their flavors tend to be a creative twist on classics. My usual go-to of mint chocolate chip was in fact a spearmint! Yum.
Why you should visit: Because the Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream shops are adorable. Seriously. I’m looking into how I can put all my kitchen tools to use wall decor after visiting the North Park location.
Okay so warning, this one isn’t in San Diego proper. Yocadia Creamery is just up the California coast in the the cute beach town of Encinitas, down the street from moonlight beach, and is so worth the drive. The soft serve covered in sweet toppings is what I left craving more of but they also make frozen treats in the style of the DQ Blizzard that Colin was a big fan of.
Why you should visit: If you’re visiting San Diego a trip to a beach town up the coast is a must and a frozen treat from Yocadia Creamery is the perfect frozen afternoon treat. Plus the patio is full of giant games, in case you want to relax while you indulge.
I was torn on whether to include Extraordinary Desserts on the list because I experienced quite possibly the worst service ever when I stopped in for dessert last week. Even so, I had heard so many good things before visiting that I thought I’d add it with a disclaimer. Honestly, the system is a rather strange one. You fill out an order form while looking at the treats in the counter, and then get seated where you hand the order form to your waiter. It feels like a lot of steps just to get a dessert covered in flowers.
Why you should visit: The treats are enormous, decadent and screaming to be photographed. Plus, if you love sweets like I do, you’ll be a fan.
I crave ice cream far more than donuts when I’m on-the-go, which is likely why Donut Bar is the only donut spot on this list. It’s listed as the number one donut spot in the country by many lists so of course I had to at least try it! I’m not one for waiting in lines but I lined up with everyone else bright and early on Saturday morning to get a box. Much like many of the other sweets I had in San Diego, the donuts were gigantic. Seriously, enormous. My favorite? The Vermont maple syrup bacon cinnamon roll donut. The name is the mouthful but the donut is decadent!
Why you should visit: There’s a lot of hype but if you love feeling like you’re part of it all, head out early to stand in line before all the good ones sell out!