Phoenix Bakery is known primarily for its cakes, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, wedding or anniversary—any occasion that calls for some strawberries, quite honestly. Founded in 1938 by the Chan family, the bakery attracts sweet-toothed fans looking for their famous strawberry whipped cream cake, which is available daily by the slice (or order 24 hours in advance for a whole pie). You’ll also find traditional Chinese pastries (ask for the almond cookies!) and a selection of European goods, like eclairs, fruit tarts and cream horns.
Walk down Broadway in Chinatown—or any strip mall in the SGV—and you’ll likely be hit with the scent of sweet bread baking. At Chinese bakeries around Los Angeles, shelves are stocked to the brim with pillowy buns, loaves and tarts, some filled with red bean paste, others shining golden with egg custard. There’s usually a method to the madness: Grab a tray, fill it with individually-wrapped desserts and then head to the register (where you’ll probably have to pay in cash, as many of these bakeries require a minimum to use a card). Not sure where to start? Check out our favorite Chinese bakeries for something sweet to get you through the day.