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Top 5 Dessert Shops in San Diego North County

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Rancho Santa Fe Elementary SchoolTorrey Pines High SchoolUniversity o.

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Rancho Santa Fe Elementary SchoolTorrey Pines High SchoolUniversity o.

Sep 14 4 minutes read

As a popular saying goes, STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards, and sometimes you just want to hunker down and have something sweet and comforting. For moments like these, the North County has got you covered with its amazing line-up of sweet shops serving baked goodness all ready for your belly.

Here are some of our recommended sweet spots!


1. MiaBella Yogurt & Desserts

1485 East Valley Parkway, Escondido CA 92029This dessert shop sells the most sublime cupcakes and treats your sugar-starved brain can imagine. Specializing in handcrafted, gourmet, nut-free sweets from Mili’s (who used to only bake for order and delivery), MiaBella also serves frozen yogurt, custard, gelato, and Italian ice. To go with your cupcake. Because you definitely need both, right? Drop by their Escondido branch, or visit the Vista location for your sweet rush!

2. Susie Cakes

7610 Via Campanile, Carlsbad CA 92009
So let’s say you’re craving mom’s homemade pie or banana pudding or 7-layer bars but mom’s not around. Don’t make her ship her baked goods! You can go to Susie! SusieCakes offers a classic desserts. Cupcakes, cookies, bars, puddings, pies, Susie’s has it all, including “old-fashioned” layer cakes for birthdays or other celebrations. Because nothing gives you more comfort than something that tastes like home.

3. Bobboi Natural Gelato

8008 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Voted #8 in Yelp's 2015 Best Reviewed Places to Eat in America, Bobboi is an Italian-style gelateria with a quaint, ocean view setting. Featuring an array of delicious gelato flavors, customers swear by the the incredibly smooth and tasty texture. Using only the best and freshest ingredients mean seasonal and varying flavors that go beyond mere ice cream. With flavors bursting in every bite, it's no wonder this is the best ice cream in San Diego!

4. The Baked Bear

5950 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego 92130

Founded by San Diego natives and childhood friends, Baked Bear specializes in made-to-order sandwiches using baked in-house cookies, brownies and donuts combined with craft ice cream in 12 flavors. Plus, there’s hot fudge sundaes and the store’s specialty item, the Bear Bowl, a warm chocolate chip cookie pie with a scoop of ice cream on top. If you’re going custom-ice-cream-sandwich, here’s how it works: you choose your cookie flavor (mix and match! or get a cookie on top and a doughnut/brownie on the bottom! or vice versa! or versa vice!), choose your ice cream flavor, then choose your topping. If you want, Baked Bear will even “hot press” your sandwich for gooey goodness. All the sugar!

5. Elizabethan Desserts

114 El Camino Real, Encinitas, California 92024

Elizabethan Desserts is all about nostalgic, American comfort food with an elegant touch. Using only the finest ingredients like real butter, heavy cream, premium chocolate, and local eggs, they pride themselves in making sure that it's all about taste! This small and charming bakery is the perfect go-to place for your special-occasion cakes, pies, cookies and other desserts!

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