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Top Sweet Treats in SLO

Life is short, eat dessert first! Lucky for you, San Luis Obispo offers many ways to satisfy your sweet tooth with a wide variety of delicious eateries. Read on to see what SLO locals enjoy indulging in, featuring the best bakeries, candy shops, ice cream parlors, and more.

Apple Farm Bakery

2015 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo

Apple Farm Desserts
Photo Credit: @applefarminn

World-renowned for scrumptious baked goods, the Apple Farm Bakery features an assortment of seasonal and special occasion sweets. Located just off the Monterey Street exit, it is the perfect stop to indulge in a delectable treat, created by Willette (Willie) Vey, Executive Pastry Chef, and Kathy Stanger, Baker & Cake Decorator.


1108 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo

Ice Cream Sandwich from Batch in San Luis Obispo
Photo Credit: @BatchSLO

Ice cream between two fresh-baked cookies? Yes, please! Stop by the quaint location in Downtown San Luis Obispo to treat your family (and yourself) to an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich. People can even rent the Batch Mobile to bring custom ice cream sandwiches to your events.

Brown Butter Cookie Company

1003 Osos Street, San Luis Obispo

For the past 10+ years, Brown Butter Cookie Company has been “making everything better” with their Original Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies.  Swing by their San Luis Obispo location to enjoy a complimentary sample cookie and pick up a dozen of these special sweet and salty treats.

Cowboy Cookie N’ Grub

778 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo

For over 30 years, Cowboy Cookie N’ Grub has been one of San Luis Obispo’s favorite treats since the beginning. Visit the rustic store located in Downtown San Luis Obispo and grab a festive tin filled with traditional cookies with a wide selection, including the “Maverick,” a sugar cookie with colorful sugar sprinkles, and the “Wrangler,” an oatmeal and coconut rice krispy cookie. You can even get their “Cookie Break” combo, including fresh milk and a cookie.

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

860 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo

Ice Cream Sundae from Doc Burnsteins
Photo Credit: @docburnsteins

Step into Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab and discover the ultimate parlor experience. This is a great space for a gathering, a date, or a cool treat on a warm San Luis Obispo day! Some of their original, one-of-a-kind flavors include the “Elvis Special,” which is banana ice cream made with fresh bananas and ribboned with peanut butter, and the “Merlot Raspberry Truffle” with swirls of black raspberries and soft, chocolate chunks.

Madonna Inn Copper Café and Bakery

100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo

Pink Champagne Cake from Madonna Inn
Photo Credit: @madonnainn1958

Popular with tourists and locals alike, the Madonna Inn Copper Café and Bakery is an iconic spot on the Central Coast. Elaborate cakes, pies, pastries, and cookies are offered at the charming, old-world café, complete with wood carvings, red leather seats, and hand-painted walls. You won’t want to miss out on the ever-so-popular Pink Champagne Cake with layers of Bavarian cream and whipped cream, topped with pink curls.

Nite Creamery

570 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo

Nite Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream in front of the creamery

Using the power of liquid nitrogen, Nite Creamery brings a new twist to San Luis Obispo’s ice cream scene.  Appropriately located in the Creamery Marketplace, Nite aims to create smoother, creamier, better ice cream without the use of freezers.  Their fresh, warm, bubbly waffle cones are also not to be slept on.

Powell’s Sweet Shop

1020 Court Street, San Luis Obispo

Featuring a classic assortment of nostalgic candy and toys, popcorn, gelato, novelty items, and sodas, Powell’s Sweet Shop walks you down memory lane as soon as you enter the door. On your birthday, you can even receive a free gelato when you sign up for their e-rewards and like their Facebook page.

Rocket Fizz

699 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo

Rocket Fizz Candy Shop in SLO

Taffy fan? Time to head over to the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop! Located in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo, this candy shop provides a wide assortment of on-the-go goodies and sodas.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

848 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is the destination of choice for San Luis Obispo chocolate lovers. Discover a fantastic variety of premium chocolates and other confections, cocoa, and gift baskets to satisfy the cravings of even the most ardent chocoholic.

Rolld Ice Cream Company

785 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo

Rolld SLO Ice Cream Cup with Fruity Pebbles and Chocolate Syrup

Thai-Rolled ice cream has found its way to San Luis Obispo!  Rolld Ice Cream Company features a variety of flavored ice creams, unlimited tasty toppings, and fresh, locally grown fruit to boot.  Roll up to their Marsh Street location to see what all the hype is about.

Scout Coffee

880 Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo

Scout Coffee's pastries behind a pane of glass.
Photo // @scoutcoffee

With locations on Foothill Blvd. and 1130 Garden Street in Downtown, you’re never too far away from an assortment of tasty baked goods and cozy drinks.  Trust us on this one- you can’t go wrong with one of Scout’s sweet, salty, big-as-your-face chocolate chip cookies!


793F Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo

SLO Donut Company Storefront in San Luis Obispo
Photo Credit: @slodoco

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, SLO Donut Company, commonly called SLO Do Co, is a local favorite for breakfast, a study spot, or a midnight snack. With a wide array of seasonal, tie-dye, and even custom order donuts, you will not regret stopping for a quick sugar fix. Did I forget to say Maple Bacon donut?!

Splash Café

1491 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo

Using only pure and natural ingredients, Splash Café Artisan Bakery makes bread, cakes, and pastries from scratch and hand-rolls Danishes and croissants. Enjoy beautiful, handcrafted bread and pastries or order a custom cake for a special occasion from the ever-so-popular Splash Café.

San Luis Obispo is a beacon of sugary delight with tasty treats scattered throughout the area. So be adventurous and discover some of the most delicious desserts around.

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