Santa Monica darling Sweet Rose Creamery has added a third location to its growing franchise, opening a friendly spot on Beverly Boulevard just a couple blocks east of The Grove. Not one to play favorites, Executive Chef Shiho Yoshikawa brings her signature seasonal flavors to this outpost as well, where visitors can choose from farmers' market-inspired flavors such as ginger, licorice, and cognac prune ($3.75 for a single, $5.50 for a double, $6.75 for a triple). Classic options are on the menu as well—vanilla, salted caramel, and fresh mint are all staples—but if customization is your thing, try adding one of Sweet Rose Creamery's homemade toppings ($1.50), like pecan crumble or cacao nibs.
There's something for the breakfast club, too. Pastries from Milo + Olive tempt onlookers from behind a glass case: a sticky bun ($4.25) is nothing short of ooey-gooey perfection, and for those who require more savory sustenance in the morning, the quiche of the day ($6.50) is a solid start. Caffeine comes in the form of locally roasted Caffe Luxxe Coffee; try a Rustic Canyon brew ($3.25) or an expertly-made cappuccino ($4.25). Ice cream, beverages, pastries—maybe all of the above?—can be enjoyed inside or on the cafe's sidewalk patio.