Artelice Patisserie has been quietly churning out some of the city’s most exquisite cakes and pastries since 2017. Tucked away on the Olympic side of the Olympic Center, a place I know very intimately thanks to my college years, Artelice is practically hidden, saved for those who know what they’re looking for. I mean, the place has a perfect Yelp rating, and no lines. Let’s keep it this way.
It had been on my radar for years before I finally went in, because let’s be real, most of the time I was coming to Sawtelle for…not French pastries. From the photos, it feels a little too fancy. Everything is polished, the cakes are impeccably displayed in neat rows. It looks expensive. Plus, they don’t really have seating besides a table outside, so when you’re looking to catch up with a friend over dessert, it never was a good choice. But damn. This is a looker with substance.
First of all, the prices are actually really reasonable. For the quality and size of the cakes, it’s actually cheaper than I’d expect, considering general LA prices. Second of all, everything is beautiful, living up to the hype of pretty French patisserie. Third of all, everything tastes amazing. This is an underdog to Bottega Louie‘s dominance worth rooting for.
So there you have it. West LA’s best kept secret.
|Address||11301 W Olympic Blvd #125, Los Angeles, CA|
|Hours||11am – 9pm Tuesday through Thursday and Sundays|
11am – 10pm Fridays and Saturdays
Closed on Mondays
|Price||$$-$$$, for the quality and taste, it’s really kind of a steal. Most of the cakes are $7.50, eclairs are $4.50 and macarons are $2|
|Aesthetic||polished patisserie, think clean white marble, well lit pastries|
Go here for: picking up the perfect French desserts to impress anyone.
Order this: their Napoleon ($7.50) is the best I’ve ever had, but you really can’t go wrong with anything in that beautiful pastry case.
Amount of time to spend: since they don’t have much seating, I prefer getting things to go.
When to come: earlier in the day and afternoon is better, as they may run out of some options later in the evening.
Parking: you can park in the Olympic Center lot for 15 minutes if you’re just picking up. They also do validation for the garage below. Otherwise, besides dinner hours, it usually isn’t too hard to snag a meter on Olympic. Don’t bother with the side streets, they’ve amped up all the parking restrictions over the years.
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Last visited: December 2019
Last updated: December 2019