San Diego’s Most Instagrammable Desserts

In the mood for something sweet and Instagram-worthy? San Diego is filled with delectable desserts sprinkled throughout the oceanside county. Start your day indulging in picture-perfect donuts piled high with candy and confections, or enjoy a flight of gourmet ice cream cones on a hot spring day. We’ve put together a list of San Diego’s Most Instagrammable Desserts! These likeable creations are perfect for filling your feed AND your stomach.

Extraordinary Desserts

Stop into Extraordinary Desserts by Executive Pastry Chef/Owner Karen Krasne and see for yourself how this well-known pastry shop got its name. Offering specialty desserts that range from individual cupcakes and cookies to award-winning cakes fit for an entire party, Karen enjoys finding new ways to take her creations to the next level. Desserts this beautiful are meant to be photographed.

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Donut Bar

Featured on the Food Network, “Ellen,” “Conan,” and more, Donut Bar has become a household name in San Diego. Offering over 30 creations of gourmet donuts a day, this donut shop is known for its over-the-top creations. Choose from options such as the Homer Donut, which replicates the pink sprinkled donut loved by “The Simpsons” star Homer Simpson, or indulge in something more extreme, like the Big Poppa Tart Donut — stuffed with a Kellogg’s Pop Tart™ and sprinkled with more Pop Tarts on top!


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Le Parfait Paris

Stop by one of Le Parfait Paris’ five San Diego locations to indulge in French culinary expertise and heritage. Known for its award-winning macarons, pastries, and desserts, Le Parfait Paris is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious afternoon with some aesthetically pleasing treats.


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Hammonds Gourmet

Indulge in over 300 flavors of Tropical Dreams super-premium Hawaiian ice cream and sorbet at Hammonds Gourmet. Situated in the heart of Pacific Beach, just a few miles from The Dana at Mission Bay, Hammond’s is the perfect destination for a refreshing dessert. Order an Original Hammond’s Flight, which features 6 flavors of their rich and creamy ice cream — so you’ll never have to choose just one.


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The Baked Bear Pacific Beach

Head to Pacific Beach to try to best ice cream sandwiches in San Diego, at The Baked Bear. Made with freshly baked cookies, craft ice cream, and always topped with a smile, this ice cream shop is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Add sprinkles to your ice cream sandwich, or opt for a classic ice cream cone instead. Here’s a pro tip: Stroll along the beach as you enjoy your treat.


Photo credit: @thebakedbear