As anyone who knows me knows, my love of NYC runs deep – when it comes to the debate between the coasts, I’m an East Coaster and a New York City girl through and through. I’m sure California is absolutely lovely and I know the weather is amazing, but I’ve just never felt much of a pull towards the West Coast. That is, until I became aware of a few amazingly charming spots for sweets that happen to be (inconveniently for me) located on the opposite side of the country. If anything could encourage me to take a trip to the West Coast, of course it wouldn’t be the sunny weather, the beaches, or anything like that – nope, for me it’s all about the sweets! Here are a few places that I’m dying to visit (or dying to have open up NYC outposts!)
Miette: San Francisco
Miette (French for “crumb”) has been serving up delightfully charming cakes, pastries, and candies since opening in 2001. Founder Meg Ray says in this lovely video that she starts each day at the bakery with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake…now that’s a woman and a philosophy that I can get behind! They have several locations (including two in San Francisco), and each one appears to be more charming than the last. I’m obsessed with their wallpaper, their pastel color scheme, their candy-colored cake stands…I’m honestly head over heels in love with everything about the place! Even more so than sampling the sweets, I would die just to be able to photograph a pretty interior like this. For now I’ll probably have to settle for adding their adorable book to my collection.
Bottega Louie is a restaurant, cafe, patisserie, and gourmet market all in one, and everything about it appears to be perfect beyond words. The opulent, Versailles-esque decor, the high ceilings, the colorful sweets, the gorgeous pastel boxes…I think I would seriously enjoy spending an afternoon in this lovely eatery. Again: would DIE to photograph this prettiness!