The East Bay is known for being home to famous sports teams and prestigious schools, but it also contains a variety of dessert options. From old-fashioned ice cream parlors to stylish cupcake shops, the East Bay has unlimited options when you want to have something sweet.
C.R.E.A.M. (Cookies Rules Everything Around Me)
2399 Telegraph Ave Berkeley, CA 94704
This popular spot in Berkeley offers a variety of ice creams flavors as well as freshly baked cookies every day. Can’t decide between the two? Have both! One of C.R.E.A.M.’s signature items on the menu is a Cookie Sandwich. This gives you your favorite flavor of ice cream hugged on both sides by a delicious cookie of your choice. Also included on the menu are milkshakes, floats, and malts.
Crepes Ooh La La
1548 Locust St. Walnut Creek, CA 94956
In the mood for some authentic French crepes? Then Crepes Ooh La La is the place for you! Upon entering the small restaurant, the music and decor transports you to a quaint cafe in France. With quick service and cheap prices, this place really delivers. Not to mention, the crepes are to die for. The menu offers a variety of signature crepes, savory and sweet, as well as the option of making your own creation.
Republic of Cake
2 Theatre Sq. #151 Orinda, CA 94563
Cupcakes have recently become one of the country’s most desired baked treat. Republic of Cake, a local cupcake bakery in Theater Square, offers monthly flavors and daily discounts. Always available are their signature Basic Cupcakes, however, this month for the holidays, ROC offers Chocolate Peppermint and Gingerbread Meyer Lemon flavors.
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
3591 Mount Diablo Blvd Lafayette, CA 94549
This dessert haven has something for everyone. Located in the heart of Lafayette, Powell’s offers everything from chocolate truffles and fudge to gelato of all flavors. You can also fill a bag full of your favorite candies to take home and enjoy later.
1273 Locust St. Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Fro-yo fever has swept the nation! Frozen yogurt franchises have popped up all over the country and with new flavors, toppings, and ingredients, it has become more popular than ever. Coco Swirl, located next to the Century 21 movie theater in Walnut Creek, is self serve, allowing for as much yogurty goodness as you can handle. Some favorite flavors include Red Velvet and Cheesecake, however you can never go wrong with their signature Original.
Ici Ice Cream
2948 College Ave Berkeley, CA 94705
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! At Ici, all ice cream, sorbet, and even ice cream cones are made from scratch with choice ingredients. The Berkeley dessert shop offers 11 varying flavors along with delicious hot fudge and caramel toppings. Additional treats like bon bons, ice cream sandwiches, and a selection of cookies are also available.