Vacations beckon indulgence, so while you’re here don’t hesitate to satisfy that sweet tooth and order dessert. Santa Barbara has hundreds of options, and this is our guide to the best desserts in town:
This local ice creamery is a Santa Barbara staple, and with a new location on State Street it is walking distance from Hotel Milo! Opened in 1949, McConnell’s prides itself on making high quality ice cream using the local ingredients. Try the Boysenberry Rosé Milk Jam, Churros con Leche, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Salted Caramel Chip, or one of the many other creative and original flavors available here.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams. 728 State Street. 805 324 4402.
Milkshake at Finch and Fork
Finch and Fork has a perfectly curated, seasonal dessert menu that leaves nothing to crave. The most delicious of all is the Fire Roasted Milkshake made with caramelized banana ice cream, graham cracker salted caramel and toasted meringue. Smokey, rich flavors combine to make this indulgence worth every calorie.
Finch & Fork. 31 West Carrillo Street. 805 879 9100.
Cake at Jeannine’s
Jeannine’s is another local favorite for everything from oversized cappuccinos to gourmet deli sandwiches, specializing particularly in cake. A small selection of slices is available everyday, and the carrot cake with crushed pineapple and cream cheese frosting is too delish to miss. Other classics include Jeannine’s Chocolate Heaven Cake with intense mocha flavor and the Raspberry White Chocolate Cake with fresh raspberry filling.
Jeannine’s Restaurant and Bakery. 1253 Coast Village Road. 805 969 7878.
Lilac Patisserie located on upper State Street is an entirely gluten-free bakery and café that specializes in sweet treats. Try the toffee nut cookies, apple rose tart or the pumpkin cheesecake, all delicious regardless of your dietary needs! While enjoying the sleek interior of Lilac, allow yourself to be tempted by the cake selection as well with options like bananas foster, and the popular Berry Patch made with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Lilac Patisserie. 1017 State Street. 805 845 7400.
All chocolate-lovers must head to Chocolate Maya while in Santa Barbara to enjoy the unique flavor blends of gifted chocolatiers. In addition to chocolates from all over the world, this spot makes a huge range of confections. Service is always amazing with helpful workers more than willing to let you sample some of the specialty bars like the lavender & eucalyptus, Jack Daniels & Nibs, jasmine caramel, and the crazy-thick hot chocolate.
Chocolate Maya. 15 W Gutierrez Street. 805 965 5956.