As much as I’d like to pretend that I have any sort of affiliation with Little Tokyo’s Frances Bakery and Coffee, unfortunately, my connection to them is nothing more than as a mere admirer. This local shop tucked within Honda Plaza proved to be a special surprise for my friend and I this past week; giving us sheer delight with their delectable confections. The assortment of cookies, cakes, and pastries was impressive for a smaller bakery. Classy looking items such as their chocolate-raspberry cake and beautiful tarts were showcased next to cream puffs and a colorful assortment of French macarons at shockingly affordable prices.
I had heard many great things about Frances and was eager to try treats from the downtown bakery that bears my name. The verdict? I am hooked! It was an unusually warm winter’s day and we were seeking a bit of sweetness after a delicious trip to the iconic Philippe’s, so I opted for their strawberry shortcake and my pal went with the aforementioned chocolate-raspberry. Our cakes were moist and delicious with just the right amount of sugar and a beautiful lightness. My shortcake was a delicate two-layer chiffon cake with whipped cream frosting and generous chunks of fresh strawberries. It was so good, I am ready for the summer to begin. For good measure, I snagged a green tea and a lavender macaron. Small in size, but bursting with flavor, these little ones still don’t hold a candle to ‘Lette and Bottega Louie, but they’re definitely worthy contenders.
Frances Bakery & Coffee is located at 404 East 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012.