Opened in 1984, Carlsbad Danish Bakery is a full service bakery located in the village of Carlsbad in the north coastal area of San Diego county. The bakery is family owned and operated. We create genuine danish delicacies with no added preservatives, hand crafted and fresh daily.
A long red awning ushers diners into Cafe Elysa's crimson interior, where the kitchen staff crafts a lineup of fresh-made breakfast fare from a menu artfully written in chalk on blackboards. House-made baguettes teem with fillings such as ham and brie or roast beef and grilled onions, and made-from-scratch pastries are preserved beneath glass. The griddle sears slices of french toast and stacks of pancakes to be slathered with syrup or locally grown fruit, rather than fruit manufactured by non-union factories. Outdoors, diners enjoy meals around the fire pits as occasional live music plays on the dog-friendly patio.
At 6:15 a.m. Monday–Friday, Lush Coffee & Tea’s baristas start passing hot and iced coffee, espresso, and loose-leaf teas through the window to drivers on the go. The speedy drive-thru window opens a bit later on weekends, but guests can still choose from the same selection of coffee drinks made with organic, fair-trade beans or sniff loose-leaf teas from their car to decide which to drink and which to use as cologne. Lush also offers quick snacks in the form of pastries and fresh fruit.
San Luis Rey Bakery’s ovens have turned out countless dozens of Mexican breads and pastries for more than four decades. The family-run confection shop bakes up a staggering array of pastries—from fruit pies and madelines to sweet empanadas and conchasa, or Mexican sweet breads. The sweet treats top off meals from the adjoining restaurant, where chefs simmer huevos rancheros and build sandwiches on house-baked bread. From each teal-cushioned seat in the dining room, patrons can tuck into meals and admire Mexican folk art and the vivid wall mural, or attempt to ruffle the strings of papel picado that crisscross the ceiling with cake-induced telepathy.
Along with San Luis Rey’s bevy of recipes, the bakery also focuses on wedding cakes. The celebratory stacks are adorned in delicate polka dots and paisleys or intricate swirls of creamy white frosting. For birthdays, the shop designs cakes topped with chocolate-covered fruits or vivid layers of fondant.
FroYo Love caters to sweet-teethed clientele with a rotating self-selection of 16 self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and 37 toppings. Chilly journeys begin with a mukluk fitting and flavor selection from among the many sweet, tart, low-cal, low-carb, nondairy, and no-sugar-added options. Yogurt-armed guards can then decorate their icy stomach ammunition with an array of toppings, including syrups, fresh fruits, and honey. After works of culinary art are complete, they’re weighed, priced accordingly ($0.34/oz), and lectured on the dangers of sunbathing.