Paris Bakery Cafe Desserts

Best Dessert Places in Monterey

Monterey’s culinary delights attract locals and visitors on a daily basis, but today we’re sharing the top places to feed your sweet tooth. From bakeries to restaurants and ice cream check out our list of the best places to grab dessert in Monterey (and even better, they’re all within a 6 minute walking distance from the Portola Hotel & Spa!).


Dessert at Jacks Monterey

Right here in our lobby, you can enjoy dinner and indulge in dessert right after at Jacks Monterey. Try the decadent Angelina’s Chocolate Cake. It’s the perfect chocolatey dessert to enjoy right after any dinner entrée at Jacks!

Chocolate cake dessert garnished with whipped cream berries and chocolate sauce Angelina’s Chocolate Cake at Jacks Monterey

Revival Ice Cream

Revival is a handcrafted ice cream shop that is a local and tourist favorite, often having a line out the door. They have unique flavors like Banana Carmel, Apple Pie, and their award-winning Bee’s Knees, made with honey, beeswax, pollen, and honeycomb candy.

Revival Ice Cream's Milk & Cookies flavor in a cone dessert Revival Ice Cream’s Milk & Cookies flavor

Alta Bakery & Café

Alta Bakery & Café is another Monterey staple offering delicious pastries, baked goods, and coffee using local and seasonal ingredients. The bakery is in the Cooper-Molera Adobe, home of John Bautista Rogers Cooper, an American sea captain. When you visit, be sure to check out the surrounding historical buildings and gardens.

Coffee, Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, and a Chocolate Chip cookie Coffee, chocolate chip banana bread, and a chocolate chip cookie at Alta Bakery & Café


Dessert at Rosine’s Restaurant

Rosine’s is an award-winning American restaurant, with a great dessert menu. Specifically, they are known for their rich six layer cakes that are made fresh daily. Some of their flavors include Cookies and Cream (made with Oreos), Chocolate Raspberry, Blueberry Cream, and Chocolate Peanut Butter (made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups).


Red’s Donuts

Many Monterey locals call Red’s Donuts, the best donuts in Monterey. This donut shop has been on Alvarado Street, serving fresh donuts daily since 1950! They have many flavors, but if you want to enjoy their selection, get there early as they regularly sell out.

A glazed donut at Red's Donuts, the perfect morning dessert A glazed donut at Red’s Donuts

Paris Bakery Café

Paris Bakery Café is a French bakery owned by Jackie Jeget who started his baking career at 16 as a baker’s apprentice in France. The café has a variety of delicious cookies, pastries, cakes, and other baked goods including French bread and croissants. It’s a great spot to grab a bite and enjoy a cup of coffee.


Bring your Sweet Tooth to Monterey

These noteworthy spots happen to be within walking distance of the Portola Hotel & Spa, but the Monterey Peninsula has many other great dessert places! When you plan your visit to Monterey, don’t forget to add dessert to your travel list so you can enjoy the local flavors of this beautiful place.

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