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Trying the best of Berkeley’s sweets can be an all-day affair with so many local choices. Start the day in the North Shattuck district with a croissant at Masse’s Pastries, a world class European-style bakery, paired with a robust cup of coffee from the original Peet’s Coffee and Tea on Vine Street. For an immersive experience into the history and food that put the Gourmet Ghetto on the map, take a food walking tour with Edible Excursions!
If you find yourself closer to Fourth Street, treat yourself to a souffle pancake at Bette's Oceanview Diner. Bette's bakes up these cloud-like confections with banana rum or better yet chocolate swirl. After a savory lunch at Tacubaya or Cafe M, look no further than organic ice cream shop Three Twins to get you back on track with fun flavors mint confetti and mocha difference.
California produces more ice cream than any other state in the US! Berkeley has certainly done its part to raise the bar for ice cream. Humphry Slocombe on College Avenue is a truly unique ice cream shop where imagination keeps the flavors unique and fresh. Secret Breakfast, Carrot Mango Sorbet, and Hibiscus Beet, stop by their shop and treat yourself to a cone.
The Elmwood is no stranger to sweet options. Sweet Dreams is a toy and candy store par excellence, purveyor of handmade confections since the '70s! And Dream Fluff Donuts on Ashby near College is not playing; the maple French and apple fritter are epic.
It's pretty much always Uji Time on Telegraph Avenue, where Japanese fusion desserts reign. Matcha soft-serve, anyone? And Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea delivers on the promise of bubble tea with a twist, using only home-made organic cane sugar, seasonal fresh fruits, natural ingredients, and zero concentrated juice and powders. Every sip reveals the freshness of the tea and sweetness of the fruits, recreating the authentic and classic Taiwanese flavor. There's a reason why a line is usually snaking out their door.