Desserts and Sweets on Melrose Never Fail

Desserts and Sweets on Melrose Never Fail

Here are some things we know about sweets:

  1. Sweets are awesome.
  2. Sweets can take many forms, from a delicate sorbet to a hefty piece of cake. They can be warm or cold. They can be liquid or solid. They can include chocolate.
  3. Sweets can be eaten at any time of day. Sweets SHOULD be eaten at any time of day.
  4. Sweets can be decadent, but can also be healthful.
  5. If you love sweets, you will be plenty happy when you come to Melrose Avenue.

Whether you want to sugar-charge after a long day of shopping, or finish that long day with something special, your options are abundant on Melrose.

Winchell’s Donut House


Donut shops are a big deal here in Los Angeles, and Winchell’s is a SoCal original and one of the best. They really do have all the old-school beloved favorites: donuts, cinnamon rolls, and muffins served fresh and warm. Love the chocolate glazed and colorful sprinkles? They are here! Crunchy on the top, moist in the middle blueberry muffin? Those, too! And hey, if you’re not a traditionalist and can’t make it for breakfast, the shop is open 24/7 for any time you need comfort food.

7158 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
All day, every day

Blu Jam

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Maybe you like the sweet and savory combo. Then Blu Jam is your jam. But get in line, because this is one of Melrose’s hottest dining options. It offers a hearty brunch-type menu that uses local, seasonal ingredients served by an exceptionally friendly staff in a comfy casual environment. And the sweet signature dish: Crunchy French Toast, a plate guaranteed to shut down any table conversation when it arrives. Brioche, dipped in a secret batter, rolled in corn flakes, grilled, and topped with powered sugar, fresh berries, and vanilla bean sauce – what else is there to talk about?

7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Daily 8a – 4p

Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese


One should never have to choose between cheese and dessert. Luckily, at Greenspan’s you don’t have to. If it’s possible to have tummy room after one of the delicious grilled cheese sandwichs, the room can be filled with The Elvis: white bread, banana, and peanut butter cream cheese. Moreover, if you check in on Yelp there’s a free s’mores sandwich in your near future!

7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Daily 12p – 8p

La Creme Cafe


Macaroons and sweet crepes? YAS PLEASE! La Creme Café is an adorable European café inspired by dishes from the Old Continent. Using organic ingredients, and with gluten-free options, there’s no guilt involved here. Sweet crepes are mostly fruit-focused, but honey and chocolate can join the party if you’d like. The handmade macaroons come in 23 (!) flavors including lemon, rose, pumpkin pie spice, caramel, and Nutella with marshmallows. And they’re small enough you can easily try more than one.

7376 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Daily 8a – 9p

Lala’s Argentine Grill


Thanks to the ancient Romans for creating baked custard (flan), and to the French for adding caramel. Additional thanks to Lala’s for the spectacular traditional flan on dulche de leche that has become one of the Argentine restaurant’s most popular desserts. An perfect meal-ender with one of the delicious offerings on Lala’s thoughtful wine list.

7229 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sunday – Thursday 11a – 11p,
Friday and Saturday 11a – midnight



Spartina, one of the newer restaurants on Melrose, is an exquisite dining experience, with clever and beautiful food served in an airy, vibrant space. Naturally, the Moroccan brick dessert is a unique take on a North African dish that is usually savory. It’s a bowl of stacked, lightly fried thin pastry dough, covered with orange crème anglaise.

7505 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Nightly dinner at 5:30p, Friday lunch noon – 3p,
Saturday & Sunday brunch at 10a

The Village Idiot

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The Village Idiot has it all: a great pub menu with an eye on sustainability and local organic resources, plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options, and The Mason Jar. Wait until you hear what’s in it: a Guinness brownie, Bailey’s pudding, cashew brittle, and Jameson crème anglaise. And if you’re not in your car headed to Melrose by now, let me tell you about the cinnamon mini churros with kahlua creme sauce. Yum!

7383 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Friday 11:30a – 2a,
Saturday & Sunday 10a – 2a

Neveux Artisan Creamery & Espresso Bar


Gotta love a place that posts a daily menu, especially when those flavors include Caliente Cinnamon Chocolate, Honey Lavender, and Espresso Caramel. Any of the flavors can be made into a Whoopie Pie Ice Cream Sandwich, which sounds better than ham & cheese any day. Neveux Artisan Creamery rotates its roster based on seasonal availability and the creamologist’s imagination. And he is the Wonka of ice cream.

7407 ½ Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sunday – Wednesday 10a – 9p,
Thursday – Saturday 10a – 10p

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.