Sweets and Treats on Coronado Island
Those with a sweet tooth will be very happy to hear that there are plenty of places on island to satisfy it- here’s some of our favorite places to enjoy everything from macarons to the best ice cream sundaes in town!
A local favorite since its opening in 1998, Mootime lets you get creative with how you enjoy your ice cream. Try out a mootaco – a waffle cone in the shape of a hard shell taco filled with ice cream, dipped in chocolate, and then topped off with sprinkles, peanuts, or chocolate chips. A personal favorite is their moopies, which sandwich ice cream in between two freshly baked cookies. The sundaes can’t be passed up either – “Low Tide Mud Slide” is a tasty combo of “vanilla, caramel, and chocolate ice cream layered with gooey caramel, hot fudge, and marshmallow cream. Topped with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and a cherry” as described on the Mootime website. Looking for something a little nuttier? “Miah O’my” is described as a “Peanut butter and chocolate ice cream layered with crushed Reeses cups, peanut butter and hot fudge. Topped with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a cherry”. Delicious flavors of the month are sure to keep you coming back to try the latest and greatest Mootime creations. Mootime has so many options for anyone coming in for a visit, but you can also keep it classic and opt for a waffle cone!
Nado Gelato is the spot for the best, high-quality gelato. Their website states that they hand peel and juice every fruit necessary in their kitchen for their fruit flavored gelato, and that they import their pistachios and hazelnuts from Italy. There’s always some new flavors to try here, but I always come back to stracciatella – black vanilla is another favorite when offered. Coffee, lemon, panna cotta, and watermelon are some flavors you can count on being offered most trips. Although not necessarily a treat, don’t skip out on a chance to try their coffee either. I love their iced vanilla latte, and trying any of the new seasonal drinks. A friend of mine recommends the spicy mexican mocha for something a little different than your usual. The staff here is so friendly and always makes great recommendations, so don’t hesitate to ask for some coffee or gelato flavor suggestions!
Located on First Street, European-style cafe Tartine has everything from savory to sweet. This restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and specials, but I’ll focus on their bakery items. The lemon tart cannot be skipped when getting a taste of what Tartine has to offer, and is sure to be a hit with anyone you’re sharing with. Gingersnap, chocolate chip, and lemon cookies, as well as coffee cakes and scone assortments are perfect to pair with a cup of coffee. Pumpkin, carrot, apple, lemon drop, chocolate cinnamon crumb are a couple of their loaf options available to try. A variety of cakes offered here are perfect for special occasions as well! Overall, Tartine is a great spot to satisfy any sweet cravings you have throughout the day.
Fuzziwig’s is sure to become a favorite spot during your Coronado trip. The entire store is lined floor to ceiling with all types of candy and treats, from homemade fudge to familiar favorites such as twix and dippin dots. And don’t miss out on mixing your own custom bag of jelly beans at the jelly belly self-serve section of the store! Dozens of saltwater taffy flavors await you from salted caramel to bubblegum to sour apple. If you’re visiting around a holiday, stop in to check out any seasonal treats! A popular item here is the caramel apples – I personally love the sprinkle covered one, but they offer M&M and nut covered caramel apples as well. Apart from candy, this local favorite also has some awesome Lego sets and smaller toys to choose from. Squishables and Douglas plush toys can also be found hanging out around the shop! Fuzziwig’s is the perfect spot for kids and adults alike.
The newest location on this list serves up cakes, macarons, pastries, and various other treats reminiscent of Parisian bakeries. Macarons take the spot for the most popular item on this bakery’s menu, and for good reason- there’s so many flavors to choose from! Oreo, Caramel Sea Salt, Lavender Honey, Campfire S’mores, Garden Rose, and Tennessee Bourbon are just some of the macaron flavors sold here, and you can check out the entire menu on Parfait Paris’ website. Tarte Aux Fruits is an option for those wanting a sweet combination of fresh, seasonal fruit on top of an almond flavored pastry crust with vanilla custard. And you can’t beat a classic creme brulee, made with crunchy caramel, vanilla bean, organic fruit, and meringues. Parfait Paris is the perfect destination for those looking for specialty desserts on island.
Clayon’s Bakery and Bistro
Another newer addition to Coronado, Clayton’s Bakery and Bistro has very quickly become a go-to spot for both locals and tourists. Their dessert and pastry menu has something for everyone! Monkey bread is something you have to try here if you haven’t before – this warm, buttery, brown sugar dessert topped with cinnamon sugar pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. You can also choose from nutella or raspberry filled donut holes, and four different cake flavors (red velvet, vanilla bean, chocolate, and carrot) year round. For those looking for something sweet but a bit more filling, check out their warm beignets with fresh strawberries, lemon curd, and powdered sugar. There’s always some specialty pastries as well, so make sure to check Clayton’s Bakery and Bistro off your list next time you visit!