Best Sweets in Long Beach
By Caitlin Trebil
Sweets may be an everyday staple item of your daily life or saved just for a special occasion. From cookies to chocolate to cake, there are hundreds of options to choose from. If you’re in Long Beach and craving something sweet, these are some places you need to know of.
COLONIAL BAKERY (355 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802)
If you’re someone who likes sweets in the morning like me, Colonial Bakery is the place to go. There’s nothing fancy about this place, but it serves all the right purposes. The interior has a few booths for you and your friends. It has a large variety of donuts from simple glazed to large jelly-filled donuts. I highly recommend the apple fritter, which is flatter than what most other donut shops offer, or the glazed old fashioned donut where you can taste the buttermilk. But if sweets aren’t in your morning agenda, the shop also offers savory breakfast sandwiches. Bring a dollar or two because this place is cash only.
SWEET & SAUCY SHOP (3722 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807)
Don’t be fooled by this shop! The outside may seem a little dark, but the inside is full of pastel colors and delicious goodies. They don’t just make wedding and specialized cakes; the shop also offers daily treats such as cupcakes, cake pops, and macarons. At first, I thought I was in the wrong the place, but when I saw all the delicious cupcakes lined up behind the glass, I knew I was in the right place. To get a taste of how good their cupcakes are, I recommend getting the half-dozen of their mini cupcakes ($12). My favorites were the coconut cupcake and carrot cake cupcake. Their frosting is so good it makes your mouth water. This is a must if you’re in Long Beach!
PIE BAR (450 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802)
The Pie Bar is so small you could drive right past it. Out of all these locations, this is the one you have to go to. They have a variety of sweet or savory pies. You can either get pie shots, a slice of pie, or mason jar pies known as cutie pies. I’m a huge fan of banana cream pie, so I got it to go in the mason jar. It was one of the best pies I’ve had! Although this place is a bit pricey (the cutie pies are $8.25), it’s definitely worth it. The shop is quite small so I recommend either getting there early or grabbing a to-go cutie pie. Not hungry? There are plenty of drink options—from coffee to wine!