Fall is here and so are the season’s best goodies. Whether you’re all about pumpkin spice or you prefer cinnamon and apple everything, there’s a San Diego sweet spot serving up delicious desserts for every kind of sweet tooth. Grab the kiddos and your favorite cozy sweater and read on for the best places to get fall-inspired sweets and treats!

photo: Haley Hill

Stella Jean's Ice Cream

A new season means new flavors at Stella Jean's Ice Cream. This small batch ice cream shop is offering scoops and pints to-go in creative and drool-worthy flavors like Pumpkin Cornbread + Pepita Brittle, Apple Butter + Crumble and Salty Caramel Corn. Don't forget the waffle cones! Waffle cones are available to-go and made with hints of maple, brown sugar, gluten-free flour and flax. Stella Jean's has many vegan and gluten-free options at their University Heights and Costa Mesa locations.

Online: stellajeans.com

photo: The Gluten Free Baking Co.

The Gluten Free Baking Co.

A gluten-free diet doesn't mean missing out on the season's best goodies. Check out delicious fall-inspired flavors from The Gluten Free Baking Co. like Cinnamon Rolls and Mini Pumpkin Loaves. Customers can also find Cranberry Lemonade Bars, Stuffed Apple Donuts, Cranberry Bread and lots of other gluten-free treats at their North Park shop.

Online: thegfbakingco.com

photo: Haley Hill

Pop Pie Co.

Nothing says fall like a slice of pie and Pop Pie Co. has a delicious fall line-up sure to please. Fall flavors include Pumpkin PieSalted Caramel Apple Crumble, Vegan Apple Crumble and the Honey Bourbon Pecan Pie with pecans, honey, orange zest and spiced bourbon on their signature crust. Grab a whole pie for a special occasion or a single slice for an after-school treat.

Online: poppieco.com

photo: Natalie Warr

Moniker General at Liberty Station

We'd be remiss not to mention the coveted fall coffee––the pumpkin spice latte. Moniker General at Liberty Station not only has this caffeinated classic, but also some other swoon-worthy beverages like the Campfire Cappuccino, a s'mores inspired drink with honey, chocolate syrup and topped with a graham cracker and toasted marshmallows. Or check out the fall take on a Moniker classic, the Apple Chai Latte with house-made chai steeped in local Julian apple cider. Need another coffee break? Take a peek at our other favorite kid-friendly coffee shops here.

Online: monikercoffee.com

Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw is bringing cozy autumn vibes to their delicious hand-crafted ice cream with a seasonal assortment of flavors. Head to their Little Italy and Del Mar locations where they're serving up dreamy concoctions like Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Beecher's Cheese and Apple Pie or grab a scoop of their best-sellers like Honey Lavender and Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Can't make it to a shop? Salt & Straw ships nationwide.

Online: saltandstraw.com

photo: Sugar & Scribe

Sugar & Scribe

Chef Maeve, winner of Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship, gives the classic Rice Krispie Treat a fall makeover at Sugar & Scribe in La Jolla. Her decadent Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treat is topped with M&M's, marshmallows, candy corn and gold sprinkles and is sure to be hit with the kids. Pair with a seasonal fall-inspired cocoa or coffee like their scrumptious toasted marshmallow, gingerbread or white chocolate pumpkin spice lattes.

Check out some of our other favorite spots to sip cocoa with the kiddos here.

Online: sugarandscribe.com

photo: Azucar

Azucar

Azucar, a Cuban-style patisserie, offers goodies perfect for settling into fall, like their popular Caramel Apple Scone made with fresh chopped apples, toffee bits and drizzled with a dulce de leche sauce. Get this and other fall-inspired treats like these s'mores tarts and pumpkin flan cake at their Ocean Beach location.

 

Le Parfait Paris

Transport yourself to a fall day in Paris with an afternoon splurge at Le Parfait Paris. Seasonal specials include a pumpkin spice and caramel seasonal tart and a fall brunch menu including a pecan, banana and caramel crepe. And, of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a macaron. Try fall flavors like the Bourbon Pecan Macaron or Campfire S'more Macaron.

Online: leparfaitparis.com

photo: True Photography

Babycakes

Sweeten up your weekend plans with a trip to Babycakes in Hillcrest or Imperial Beach. Cupcakes here are served up in flavors like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Red Velvet and the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Cupcake.

Online: babycakessandiego.com

Extraordinary Desserts

Splurge-worthy desserts are on the menu at Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy and Banker's Hill. Check out delicious seasonal offerings like the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar with layers of pumpkin and cheesecake on a pecan cookie crust. Or go sweet and salty with their Salted Caramel Butterscotch Pecan Cake with butterscotch mousse, salted caramel and a rim of fresh flowers.

Online: extraordinarydesserts.com

The Presley

Capture all those campfire vibes with the Roast Your Own S'mores dessert at The Presley restaurant in Point Loma's Liberty Station. The kids will love getting into the ooey-gooey DIY action with mallows, chocolate, graham crackers and tableside cast iron roasting station. Need more s'mores? Check out some of our other favorite spots to indulge in this camp classic.

Online: thepresleysd.com

photo: Sweet Revenge Bakery

Sweet Revenge Bakery

From Mini Pumpkin Pies and Pumpkin Cheesecake to Banana Pudding Pints and Bacon Maple Cupcakes, Sweet Revenge bakery has all the drool-worthy fall flavors for your next holiday gathering or weekend treat. Have a fall birthday? Sweet Revenge Bakery also offers gorgeous made-to-order designer cakes. Currently open for pick-ups only Mon.-Sat. from noon-4 p.m.

Online: sweetrevengesd.com

––Kerry Cushman

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