Donuts? Been there. Shaved iced? Done that. It’s time for something new and if you and your crew of tiny dessert connoisseurs are looking for a sweet place to get your sugar fix, you need to visit Horchateria Rio Luna. This shop fuses traditional Mexican flavors with yummy, irresistible treats.

photo: Andre G. via Yelp

Tucked away in a busy strip mall, Horchateria Rio Luna might seem like just another storefront, but once you walk in and the smell of spices and baked goods hits you, you know you’re in the right place.

photo: Christina Montoya Fiedler

The Basics:
So, what exactly, is Horchata? Horchata is a traditional Mexican beverage that is made from rice and sweetened with sugar and cinnamon. It’s sweet, refreshing, and (heads up) totally addictive.

While Horchata is usually served over ice, Horchateria Rio Luna takes things to the next level by serving it in brand new ways. The menu is big, and because everything looks so good, it can be overwhelming for hungry tummies. We did some digging and found the best starter bets for your crew.

Quench Your Thirst:
You will love the horchata iced coffee — half cold brew coffee and half creamy horchata. Kid-friendly drinks include the ice blended horchata or churro frappe. And you can’t go wrong with strawberry paleta cooler — a smooth blend of fresh strawberry puree and vanilla milk. If you’re looking for something a little less sugary, try the agua frescas in rotating flavors like watermelon, lime, or cucumber.

photo: Christina Montoya Fiedler

Churro Time!
Forget those local theme park varieties. Horchateria turns out some of the best in the city. And that’s because these are the real deal — made to order and served piping hot with a generous coating of cinnamon and sugar. You can get them long and lean or in mini form. Whatever you choose, don’t forget the dipping sauce. Choose from cajeta (caramel), lechera (condensed milk), strawberry, guava, or Nutella.

photo: Adrian P. via Yelp

Ready to take things to the next level? There are two over-the-top options that are perfect for sharing. The churro sundae is a sight to behold — four extra long churros, two scoops of horchata ice cream, and three sauces of your choice. Or you can go with the pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) ice cream sandwich that is topped with whipped cream and coconut flakes.

photo: Christina Montoya Fiedler

Hang Time:
Things can get a bit crowded in this shop, so it works best when you have one person wait in line and the rest of your brood stake a claim at one of the tables. As you sit and enjoy your treats, be sure to check out the hand-painted murals. See if you can spy Frida Khalo, Selena, Loteria cards, suns and moons.

photo: Christina Montoya Fiedler

And if the food offering weren’t enough, there’s also a small shop area where you can buy stickers, books, artwork, candles and more.

Horchateria Rio Luna
15729 Downey Ave.
Paramount, CA 90723

Have you been to Horchata Rio Luna yet? Let us know your favorite dessert in the comments below.

—Christina Fiedler


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