Fodor's Expert Review Extraordinary Desserts

$ Little Italy Café Fodor's Choice

For Paris-perfect cakes and tarts embellished California-style with fresh flowers, head to this sleek, serene branch of Karen Krasne’s pastry shop and café. The space with soaring ceilings hosts breakfasts, lunches, and light dinners, accompanied by a wide selection of teas, coffee, organic wines, and craft beers. For those who don’t want to start with dessert, there are sandwiches, soups, salads, and artisanal cheeses, plus a kids' menu of grilled cheese or free-range turkey served on local bread. When it’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth, try a slice of passion fruit ricotta cake, a mini-banana cream pie, or helping of croissant bread pudding. The original shop near Balboa Park, at 2929 5th Avenue, serves only desserts, coffees, and teas.

Café Casual Breakfast Lunch Dinner Coffee Dessert $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

1430 Union St.
San Diego, California  92101, USA


Known For:
  • Blueberry coffee cake for breakfast
  • Chocolate dulce de leche cake
  • Housemade dips including onion dip and Parmesan pesto
  • House-made dips including onion dip and Parmesan pesto

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