Top Los Angeles Cinnamon Rolls

Take a break from sugar bombs like cupcakes and donuts and discover the simple pleasures of a well-balanced cinnamon roll. Learn about my top Los Angeles cinnamon rolls, which are all fairly different, listed in alphabetical order.

Huckleberry, 1014 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 451 2311

Cinnamon Rolls Los Angeles

Huckleberry co-owner Zoe Nathan comes from the Tartine Bakery school, so it’s no surprise her cinnamon roll ($3.75) resembles her mentors’ legendary morning buns. Still, Nathan makes the baked good her own, utilizing a dense, sticky pastry, a modest cinnamon infusion and almost every millimeter coated with granulated sugar, including the hollow center.

La Grande Orange Café, 260 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 356 4444,

Cinnamon Roll Los Angeles

This is by far the most expensive cinnamon roll on the list because the only way to get one is to order the Dixie Pan-Fried Chicken ($19). The dinner-only roll comes with two boneless chicken breasts, a generous pile of buttery mashed potatoes and al dente green beans. The snail-shaped delight is the softest and flakiest of the bunch, sticky but subtly sweet. Be warned: you won’t be able to get through the chicken before you attack the warm, pull-apart roll.

Little Flower Candy Co., 1422 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, 626 304 4800

Cinnamon Roll Los Angeles

Christine Moore may be best known for her sea salt caramels, but at her bakery & café on Pasadena’s western fringe, you’ll also find a scintillating cinnamon roll ($2.50). The inner flap of Little Flower’s flaky, pull-apart pastry is coated with cinnamon paste and bits of pecan. The middle definitely offers the top bites. It’s a sugary core that’s rife with cinnamon, sugar and heap of pecans.

If you have a favorite cinnamon that I didn’t include, please let me know below in the comments.


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THE best cinnamon rolls>? Belles Café!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Large, pillowy with yeast flavor the best. Not swimming in bad frosting! Enjoy with GREAT coffees. REPEAT: BEST CINNAMON ROLLS ANYWHERE!

Artsmart, Thanks for the Belle rec, and for reading.

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