After a long day of lounging at the beach or walking around the Funk Zone a cold ice cream or a cup of flavored shaved ice is more than necessary. Santa Barbara offers a wide array of sweet treats that locals and tourists alike love.
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The warm Santa Barbara sun makes ice cream a popular dessert year-round. Two of the best places to pick up this creamy indulgence are McConnell's Fine Ice Creams and Rori's Artisanal Creamery.
McConnel's has both frozen yogurt and ice cream in all flavors from Sea Salt Caramel Chip to Chocolate Covered Strawberries. There are 3 locations in Santa Barbara where locals go to get their ice cream fill.
Additionally, Rori's Artisanal Creamery is known for its elegant flavors and small neighborhood atmosphere. They also have three locations in downtown Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpinteria. Their fresh flavored ice creams also have a wide variety of dairy-free options.
A Santa Barabra locals favorite, Crushcakes and Cafe, bakes the best cupcakes in town. The cafe also serves breakfast and lunch with a menu full of sandwiches and salads as well as a gourmet coffee bar, but the small bites of goodness definitely steal the show.
Their classic flavors such as Red Velvet and Lemon Drop are amazing as well as some of their creative flavors such as Half-Baked and Peace Cake.
No matter what time of the day, breakfast or dessert, these cupcakes are impossible to resist!
A brunch favorite, Renuedes Bakery and Bistro as well as Jeannine's Bakery are both popular breakfast spots as well as scrumptious bakeries. Their pastries are flakey buttery and sweet. Additionally, their gourmet cakes are perfect for any occasion.
A special bakery in town, Lilac Patisserie, has a wide variety of gluten-free options that taste amazing. Located on State Street, this classic little bakery is always busy with locals trying to order their cakes or pick up a coffee.
New to the Santa Barbara scene ParadICE Shaved Ice recently opened up in the downtown mall Paseo Nuevo. Locals have been raving about its authentic Hawaiin Shaved Ice that can even be made with an ice cream base.
Right in the mall, this spot is super convenient for a quick break to cool off when doing afternoon shopping!
Ice Cream's cousin, frozen yogurt is another popular dessert in sunny Santa Barbara where it's always warm enough to crave a refreshing treat. Many ice cream places in town sell frozen yogurt as well such as Mcconnels detailed above.
However, one special frozen yogurt spot is The Lovin Spoonful on the Mesa. The creamy desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth any time of the day.
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Jordan Klanfer is a high school student from Santa Barbara, California. In her free time away from school she loves to enjoy Santa Barbara's beautiful weather at the beach swimming and surfing as well as spending time with friends and family.