Photography By: Bhadri Kubendran
Photography By: Bhadri Kubendran

Ready to Die of Cuteness? Here’s 10 San Diego Foods That Will Melt Your Heart

Start Thinking of Captions Now, Because These San Diego Foods Are Totally ‘Grammable

It’s no secret that San Diego is home to a little over three million foodies who love to fork! By fork, we mean explore the delicious abundance of food San Diego has to offer. And while you may be able to name the cutest coffee shop or most decadent dessert spot, there are only a few places that have truly mastered the “art of food.” With that said, we present to you 10 San Diego hotspots serving up food and drink that may be too cute to consume. Instagrammable Food San Diego

Grab your iPhones—trust us, you’ll want to capture the cuteness.


1 | Get Your Buns Over Here Instagrammable Food San Diego


Must Order: Character Buns

Harumama’s steamed character buns will have you swooning for a pic. From bumble bees and bunnies to piggies and pandas, these little guys are as cute as it gets. Stay tuned for holiday specials—I hear they’re serving up Lucky Turtle Buns in March!

Little Italy | Carlsbad | La Jolla

EXP 5/30


2 | HOLY CUTENESS Instagrammable Food San Diego

Holy Matcha

Must Order: Gluten Free Collagen Waffle Bouquet

With two locations in the heart of North Park and downtown, Holy Matcha is an Instagrammer’s heaven. This pretty pink paradise is home to some of the cutest sips and snacks, including frosted matcha donuts, soft serve swirls, and the crown jewel: the Gluten Free Collagen Waffle Bouquet—a beautiful brunch dish that’s topped with a pile of edible flowers!

Holy Matcha
North Park | Downtown

  Exp 6/13


3 | Sweet as Can Be Instagrammable Food San Diego

Le Parfait Paris

Must Order: Macarons

When it comes to sweets, the French know best. San Diego’s Le Parfait Paris features an abundance of beautiful baked treats, desserts and crêpes. Create your own colorful box of macarons with fun flavors like honey lavender, garden rose and tropical coconut! As for the other desserts, leave the presentation to them—you won’t be disappointed.

Le Parfait Paris
Gaslamp Quarter | Liberty Public Market | Fashion Valley Mall |James Coffee Co


4 | Funky Re-Fresh

Louisiana Purchase

Must Order: Pablo Discobar

Grab your drinking buddy and head to North Park’s Louisiana Purchase for a groovy Pablo Discobar! This funky drink is made with Earl Grey Elyx, Colombian rum, oleo saccharum, guava, mango and kombucha, all served in a sparkly disco ball. Ooh la la! Grab a straw and bring your dancing shoes!

Louisiana Purchase
2305 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104


5 | Melts Your Heart


Must Order: Ice Cream by the Sea

I don’t know about you, but we scream for ice cream! And BING HAUS is whipping up some of the sweetest little creations we ever laid eyes on. Order their Ice Cream by the Sea—a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with soft serve and fruit—or try their Watermelon Bingsoo, which is made with milk shaved snow, condensed milk, Fruity Pebbles, mochi, and vanilla soft serve, perfectly piled in a half watermelon bowl for extra cuteness!

4425 Convoy St, Ste 216
San Diego, CA 92111


6 | More Sexy Than Cute

Born and Raised

Must Order: Porterhouse Steak

Grandeur and presentation are beyond compare at this high-rolling steakhouse in Little Italy. Born and Raised does just about everything with boujee, artisanal grace. From a porterhouse steak sliced in the shape of a whale’s tail to a cut of carrot cake layered to infinity with spicy cake and cream cheese frosting, sexy doesn’t even begin to describe the fare at Born and Raised. So go ahead, undress it all for yourself.

Born and Raised
1909 India St
San Diego, CA 92101


7 | For Licks and Giggles

Holy Paleta

Must Order: Strawberry Mint Pop

There is no doubt that these all-natural artisan pops from Holy Paleta are crafted with love (and cuteness) in mind. Keep on the lookout for holiday specials like their Easter pops, Fourth of July pops, Pride pops and Halloween monster pops. At Holy Paleta, happiness is just a lick away!

Holy Paleta
4230 Bonita Rd, Ste B
Bonita, CA 91902


8 | Color & Charm Instagrammable Food San Diego

S3 Coffee Bar

Must Order: Rainbow Latte

Sip pretty and up your weekend coffee routine with a Rainbow Latte from S3 Coffee Bar. These colorful creations are a swirl of absolute adorableness in a cup. It’s time to treat yourself!

S3 Coffee Bar
6171 Mission Gorge Rd, Ste 102
San Diego, CA 92120


9 | In Pie We Crust

Pop Pie Co.

Must Order: Guava Cream Cheese Hand Pie

Dig into a selection of perfect little pies from University Heights’ Pop Pie Co.—but remember, the photo eats first. The cutest of ‘em all? We’d say their seasonal, heart-shaped mini pies, but you can take your pick.

Pop Pie Co.
4404 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116


10 | Straight 🔥 Instagrammable Food San Diego


Must Order: Young Guns Cocktail

Campfire draws inspiration from the people, places and things that are dear to their hearts. And boy, that list of people, places and things must be beautiful considering the splendid presentation of their crafty cocktails. Try the Young Guns, which features mezcal, smoked guava, blood orange, passionfruit, damiana and lemoncuteness in liquid form.

2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008


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