Gourmet L.A. Bakery is one of the old-school Broadway businesses that I really, really, REALLY hope survives downtown gentrification. Located on Broadway next to Famima near 6th Street, this place is mobbed every morning with commuters buying cinnamon coffee, Mexican pastries and huge torta sandwiches (at $3.50 each, a super bargain).
But if you’re a DTLA parent, the real attraction here is the cakes, which seem to jump straight from some toddler’s sugar-fueled dreams. No matter what your kid’s current obsession may be—Disney princesses, Angry Birds, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Avengers—they can create a cake to feed it.
And the prices are insane: $40 for a custom decorated cake that will feed 10 kids. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and, our favorite, tres leches (aka three milks, a traditional Latino dessert). Did I mention they’re delicious too?
Gourmet L.A. Bakery
548 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90014
Hours: Generally open Mon-Fri, 7 am to 7 pm
Menu Highlights: A variety of pastries and other baked goods; selection changes daily. Torta sandwiches, including chicken, ham, roast beef, turkey, tuna, pastrami and carnitas. And cakes. Glorious cakes.