It’s a SWEEEET route!
Do you have a sweet tooth? Then you’ll love the 10-10-10 CicLAvia route! From Boyle Heights to East Hollywood, there are lots of great places for yummy sweeeeets!
Listed below are just a few of our favorite sweet treats along the route. (Apologies to places we left out.) Let us know your favorites via the comments!
>>> There’s a lot to choose from at Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop - an indescribably wonderful old-school place, with a huge assortment of all sorts of Japanese pastries and candies. Try their strawberry anco (not sure if we’ve spelled that right?) or get an assortment. They’re located at 315 East First Street in Little Tokyo.
>>> There are plenty of places on the route to get raspados – basically a latino street-vendor version of the humble snow-cone. They come in various flavors from fresa (strawberry) to bubble gum (why these are blue-colored gum, we’re not sure) to piña (pineapple, usually with little fruit chunks.) The Spanish word “raspado” comes from the same root as the English “rasp” – it describes how the treat’s shaved ice is scraped from a large block of ice. Look for raspado vendors at Hollenbeck Park or MacArthur Park or get yours at Mercadito Chavez at 1814 E. 4th Street – on 4th just east of Boyle Avenue.
>>> We’re huge fans of Scoops ice cream, rumored to be the best ice cream this side of the-former-planet Pluto. All sorts of zany flavors, and plenty of vegan options, too. They’re at 712 North Heliotrope Drive, in the Hel-Mel Bicycle District. One of our biggest fears for the day: will they have enough stock for CicLAvia?
>>> There are a handfull of panaderias where you can find muy delicioso fresh-baked pan dulce (Spanish for sweet bread) along the route. Try the capilotada – a dense moist rich version of a sort of baked bread pudding. We recommend Panderia Salvadoreña on 6th Street at Rampart, or La Nueva Estrella on 7th Street at Bonnie Brae.
>>> Another luscious Japanese fusion treat is mochi ice cream - cold sweet ice cream wrapped inside soft sweet rice pastry. Yum! (Don’t eat toooo many!) Available at Mikawaya in the Japanese Village at the corner of 1st and Central in Little Tokyo.
>>> For even more sweets in Little Tokyo, try Beard Papa very fresh and rich cream puffs. Conveniently located at the Little Tokyo Galleria on the 10-10-10 route at 3rd Street at Central Avenue.
What’s your favorite? What other places do you recommend along the 10-10-10 route?