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Japanese Village Plaza, 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
134 Japanese Village Plaza MallUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90012
(213) 346-9910cafedulce.co
$CafeToday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Casual counter-serve cafe offering specialty coffees, light fare, pastries & baked goods.- Google
"...Maple Bacon Donut Hole - Fruity Pebbles Donut Hole - Black Sesame Donut..."
8 reviewers
"They also have hot and cold iced tea and coffee drinks as well."
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Phyl B
4 weeks ago
We tried the bacon donut hole and original brick toast. Both were so interesting and new to us and super delish. The brick toast was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with hint of coconut flavor. Must try
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Pauline Cao
a month ago
Always a must when I am in the area! I usually go here after Marugame Monzo. What I Got: - Maple Bacon Donut Hole - Fruity Pebbles Donut Hole - Black Sesame Donut - Blueberry Donut All the items I got were good but my favorite would have to be the Fruity Pebbles. I always loved that cereal as a kid and I still love it now! I like the fact that they have it in a donut hole size so I don't have to eat a whole one! :) Perfect for people wanting to taste it before they commit to buying it.
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Juvi Guevara
4 months ago
This awesome little cafe has really gone up in quality, taste, variety, & popularity since I started coming here a few years ago. They still have their most popular best-sellers, such as the Fruity Pebble Donut Holes & 3 different varieties of Brick Toast, (their most popular still being the original). Not to mention the chewiest Koko Churros, the most Heavenly Roti Buns, the most decadent doughnuts, and the best Vietnamese Iced Coffee made with Stumptown Coffee Beans. But they have now added "real food" to the menu, such as delicious Portobello Burgers & artisan-style sandwiches made with fresh, high quality ingredients. Add to that their gorgeous cakes, fruit tarts, & banana bread pudding, and you have one of the most well-rounded cafes in all of LA. Oh, and one more thing I should mention: Cinnamon Toast Crunch donut. 'Nuff said.
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Mandi Tom
10 months ago
Hmm, I've heard good things about this spot - it's located in the Japanese Village Plaza, right by Yogurtland, Shabu Shabu house, etc. I'm not sure why this place has such good ratings. It's possible I ordered incorrectly. My froworker (friend + coworker) was craving some Vietnamese style coffee. You know, the iced, strong, sweet coffee that will keep you up for the rest of day. So we went in and ordered one. Uh did that just say $4.50 for a TINY cup of coffee? Uh. no thanks. Even taste wise, it was an odd taste. Not sure if it was the coffee they used, or the condensed milk. Uh, pass. I'll be spending a $1.50/2.50 in my hood. Heck even some of the other bougie places don't charge as much. The bacon donut and bacon donut hole caught our attention. At $1 for the bacon donut hole, it's not bad. It's pretty fluffy and a good mix between the doughy bacony salty, sweet taste. Overall decent. Would I try it again, probably not because it's not worth the calories. There's a sizable menu for food, but just judging by the amount of people, it's a pretty popular place for stuff. I might have ordered the wrong things. I'll give it one more try before I definitely write it off.
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A Google User
2 months ago
Well, I've been here twice now, and I think that's probably enough for me to structure a review on. I...just don't like it very much. There's too many little things that aren't working for me. And it doesn't help that there are soo many competing coffee places in the area, if this were in another town somewhere on it's own my opinion might be totally different. I've had two different drinks here, the Vietnamese iced coffee, which tasted like I was going to go into diabetic shock after drinking it, and the Dulce latte iced, which was actually pretty good, but best coffee in LA? *shrugs* The prices aren't exactly low either, but I'll get to that in a minute. Like the saying goes, it's the little things that kill. I don't go to a coffee place just for the coffee, I go to chill out comfortably WHILE I have my coffee. Nothing about this place reflects this. The air conditioner, if that's what that device is at the door, does nothing. I sweat my ass off every time I'm in here. All they have for seating is a long counter with not-so-comfortable stools. And without fail they will start playing the most annoying electronic or crap hipster music. They fooled me for a minute last time by playing some great electric blues for the first 7 minutes. After that? Right back to awfulville. And the pièce de résistance? NO BATHROOM. Or at least for people who actually made purchases, I assume the employees have one. That's lame. Even Starbucks has a bathroom. Heck, Demitasse has a really nice one! It's like they are deliberately trying to find ways to get you the hell out of their place as quick as possible. So yeah, not a fan. Why? See above.
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Jenelle Bossett
2 months ago
Possibly THEE best damn donut I ever had. Soooo tasty, so unexpected. Yelp really came in handy when I wanted to find something sweet and mindblowing. Now they have ALL types of tasty delights from Captin' Crunch Donuts to Apple Tuna sandwiches to fresh brewed coffee. I just went on the safe side and got their Strawberry Cream donut. MY GOODNESS. The look of it was otherworldly. It had strawberry jam glazed upon it, a dollop of what tasted like cream cheese frosting, fresh berries and fluffy strawberry cream squeezed in the middle. It was paradise at first bite. Although it is a bit messy to eat (dont even try cutting it with a knife) it was worth the mess. The donut was moist and fluffy while all that jelly and cream provided an incredible strawberric flavor boost. Its without a doubt something every taste-bud bearing individual should try. It was that darn good!
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Christine Tran
10 months ago
Located inside the Japanese Village Plaza is a cute little donut shop called Cafe Dulce. They've been opened for about 3 years now and have been doing extremely well. They have a bunch of different types of donuts including ones topped with fruity pebbles and even bacon. Prices range from $2.50- $3 for a donut. I thought it's a tad pricey for what it is in term of taste and quality. They also have hot and cold iced tea and coffee drinks as well. Salads and sandwiches are an option and you can even place your order online. Good place to stop in for an iced coffee or tea drink and snack if you are inside this plaza. Other than that, it is extremely inconvenient to get to as parking is little to none or you'd have to shell out some money to park at a nearby lot.
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Vickie Chan
10 months ago
This place is the perfect spot to grab a drink or dessert after dinner in Little Tokyo! My fave drink here is the London Fog, which is a tea latte. The sweetness, milk, and tea all blend together perfectly for a great cup of tea latte! And choose any one of their baked goods to compliment your coffee or tea. All their baked breads and donuts are so good that I can't choose one to specially recommend. There is something for everyone's taste: bacon donut, fruity pebble donut, roti bread, churro bread, cream puffs, and even cakes!
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