Location: 702 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Hours: bakery is open daily, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cafe closes at 1:45 p.m.
Opening its doors for the first time in 1984, The Buttery is a great place for dessert in downtown Santa Cruz. The Buttery is both a bakery and a cafe, so you can pop in, grab a pastry, and be on your way, or sit down for a nice lunch. The Buttery’s bakery specializes in exquisite cakes of all varieties, so you should try a slice of one of its many chocolate cakes.
They’ve got everything from chocolate coconut to chocolate cheesecake. If delectable light pastries and great coffee are more your thing, the Buttery has got you covered with a colorful range of cupcakes, croissants, and tarts. In addition to its cozy indoor seating areas, The Buttery also has an outdoor seating area perfect for enjoying the many sunny days of Santa Cruz.
Marianne’s Ice Cream
Location: 1020 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Hours: open Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Marianne's Ice Cream is the way to go for a creamy dessert in Santa Cruz from a well-established local chain. Marianne’s has been around since 1947 and has been devoted from the get-go to the mission of making the best ice cream in town. It's fair to say they’ve succeeded in this mission because Marianne’s has since become a Santa Cruz institution. The original store at the Ocean Street location is still going strong as the top spot for dessert near downtown.
As a vintage ice cream parlor with charming retro decor, Marianne’s is always innovating with new recipes and flavors to expand its range of offerings. In the early days, they had about 13 flavors, but today Marianne’s offers a veritable wealth of 105 original ice cream flavors, including twelve chocolate flavors and an amazing 16 vanilla varieties. Any flavor you can imagine, chances are Marianne’s has it. Irish coffee and chocolate chip? Check. Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough? Check. Marianne’s Chocolate and Cheese? Check!