Where to fulfill your cravings for Asian desserts
The exterior doesn't look like much, but Fresh Roast is one of the few coffee shops in the SGV where you can get coffee beans from around the world and freshly made Hong Kong waffles stuffed with chocolate, peanut butter and even durian.
Flaky, creamy goodness in the form of egg tarts. Comes in 3 versions. Stellar pineapple bread.
Asian bakery with fluffy cakes and quirky bread creations. They also have Taiwanese breakfast in the morning.
Chinese food with a Southeast Asian twist. Great pastries (egg tarts) and fruity dessert selections. The Hainan chicken is impressive.
Best snow shaved ice in LA. Plus a load of nostalgic Taiwanese dishes. Come here for authenticity.
It's no Class 302, but Tasty To Go is a inexpensive, no-frills shaved snow eatery. Forget ice cream, Taiwanese ice is the new fad these days. A must: a oozing caramel snow with boba and big chunks of pudding.
Adorable dessert and coffee/tea spot. Good cocktails and all around solid place to bring a date. Think cushioned seats, avant garde decor and shiny chandeliers. Personal favorite: the gelato shaped like a chocolate bear.
Three words: squid ink bread. 85 C is a Taiwanese bakery chain with fluffy Asian breads and sea-salt caramel lattes. High-quality, long lines and lots of sugar and dough. They have three locations in Southern California.
Located in Pasadena, Flour + Tea is a newcomer to the tea scene in Los Angeles. They specialize in Asian-inspired breads plus mixed teas and coffees. Stand-outs: salted caramel mochi, sausage & cheese bread and green tea bread.
Brick toast on steroids. Solid drink selections. Main attraction is the decor. Tons of students -- teaming with teenage hormones.
A frothy combination of milk, pudding, caramel and boba. That's their signature drink. There isn't much emphasis on tea. It's all about appealing to the sweet tooth. Plus they dole out adorably-shaped fat cups.