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Best Places For Cheesecake In Los Angeles

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Cheesecake is a five-star dessert, originating from ancient Greece. It wasn’t until 1872 when cream cheese was created that America took this sweet and creamy dessert to new levels using the soft cheese ingredient. Today, cheesecake is featured on many dessert menus and offered in a variety of flavors, both traditional and gourmet. Pastry chefs put their signature touch on these desserts giving L.A. many exceptional cheesecake options.

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Magnolia Bakery
8389 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-0636

Opening its first location in a quiet street in New York City's West Village in 1996, Magnolia Bakery has since become one of the leading bakeries in not only NY, but LA too. The West 3rd street location offers Angeleno's delicious baked goods ranging from specialty cupcakes, pies, cakes, icebox desserts, and of course, cheesecakes. But Magnolia Bakery is not a one-stop cheesecake shop. Instead, this bakery offers a variety of flavors to choose from. The smooth and velvety, old-fashioned style cheesecakes come in flavors ranging from caramel pecan, key lime and vanilla & chocolate swirl to chocolate, red velvet and pistachio. They are also individually portioned on a cookie crumb crust so you won't feel the need to get a huge pie if you're just looking for a smaller portion.

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The Cheesecake Factory
The Grove
189The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-0511

It may seem like an obvious place, but you can't really skip a place that offers such a huge selection of deliciously made cheesecakes with flawless dependability. From their 'Original' which started it all and comes with a graham crackers and sour cream topping to their fresh strawberry cheesecake, a salted caramel cheesecake, and a lemon meringue cheesecake, you can't go wrong with whatever you order. But, that's just the start. A favorite is their Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Galore which is a Hershey's Cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache. Finished with toasted housemade marshmallow and Honey Maid® graham crackers, it's divine. The list goes on and on though with Dulce De Leche cheesecakes, Tiramisu and much more. We promise you won't be disappointed!

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Harriet's Cheesecakes Unlimited
1515 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(310) 419-2259

Opened in 1986, Harriet's Cheesecakes Unlimited has become a fan favorite ever since. Located in the Centinela Center strip mall, this unassuming spot offers cheesecakes of all kinds. From 8 inch cheesecakes to slices, at Harriet's you can get cheesecake variations and flavors you never thought of as well as the typical types. What's on the menu? From a sweet potato cheesecake with secret spices, a potato puree and sour cream on top, to other delicious flavors like cookies and cream, pineapple, German chocolate, banana pudding, Snickers, lemon, Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua chocolate, mango lime, white chocolate raspberry, French Vanilla, you won't be at a loss on what to order.

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House Of Pies
1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-9961

With a menu that offers an overwhelming amount of delicious options, it may be tough to pick just one confection here. But, if you've got to choose, then some of their best options are their cheesecakes. From a New York strawberry cheesecake with fresh strawberries, glaze and whipped cream, to an almond cheesecake, and a chocolate fudge cheesecake, you can't go wrong with whatever you order. Other options on their menu include their turtle cheesecake, a rich vanilla cheesecake with ground chocolate baked right in and topped with a delicious caramel sauce, pecans and chocolate fudge. Or, if you're wanting something old fashioned, order up their plain vanilla cheesecake.

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Proof Bakery
3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633

Atwater Village's Proof Bakery might not offer a ton of cheesecake options, but their Fromage Blanc Cheesecake more than makes up for the lack of cheesecake options. With a delicious graham crust, and a seasonal fruit topping, it's one of the best treats in the city to indulge in. The cheesecake is available in either an 8" pie or by the slice.

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Pacific Cheesecake Company
4820 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 763-1488

Started in 2010, Pacific Cheesecake Company stirs things up a bit by not creating their cheesecakes in the same variation of the traditional types. Instead of creating these cheesecakes in slices, Pacific Cheesecake Company offers up their delicious desserts in a cupcake shape. But, don't be alarmed. They are 100% cheesecakes and one of the best out there. The cheesecake guru's here churn up delicious cheesecake confections, including both sweet and savory types. From banana, banana foster, blueberry, Boston cream, chocolate banana, and chocolate chip to coconut, creme brulee, cookies and cream, German chocolate, Italian cream, lemon, and strawberry banana, there are an endless amount of flavors to choose from. Other favorites include their s'mores, salty caramel pretzel, and happy birthday cheesecakes (vanilla cheesecake with rainbow sprinkles and whipped cream on a shortbread cookie crust). The shop also offers gluten free options as well! For a full and extensive menu, visit their Sweet menu, as well as their Savory menu, too.

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Fig & Olive Melrose Place
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

Known for its flavors and cuisine from the Riviera and coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain, FIG & OLIVE is located in the heart of West Hollywood, with locations around Southern California too. Executive chef Pascal Lorange, who works closely with locally family-run farms, sources the freshest produce for his seasonally driven menu. Crafted by executive pastry chef Andrew LeStourgeon, the cheesecake dessert here is beautifully presented. This caramelized cheesecake is delivered to the table with an olive oil crisp, and served with Tenerelli Orchards caramelized Glacier white peaches. Signature dinner dishes don’t disappoint either – seared sea scallop with truffle artichoke tapenade, grilled lamb chops smoked with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence and porcini and gorgonzola jamon Iberico ravioli with porcini olive oil.

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Greenblatt’s Famous Deli
8017 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90046
(323) 656-0606

Established in 1926, Greenblatt's Deli has been serving the Hollywood community and entertainment industry with classic deli food, as well as delicious desserts like their signature New York Cheesecake. So, if you are feigning for cheesecake after a night out clubbing on Sunset Boulevard, Greenblatt's is the place to go since it keeps its doors open until 2am every day of the year. The deli also offers a delicious pumpkin cheesecake for those who like to celebrate Thanksgiving year-round. The deli menu is pages long featuring customer favorites including homemade matzo ball soup, hot pastrami reuben, the #3 hot corned beef sandwich and lots more where those came from.

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Alcove Cafe
1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-0100

Los Feliz's Alcove Cafe is not only great for brunch, and their patio seating that is dog friendly. They also offer one of the most extensive dessert menus in the city. From a huge selection of layer cakes and more, the real draw here are the cheese cakes. Included on the menu here is their apple caramel (a fan favorite) cheesecake, a smooth New York style cheesecake topped with luscious caramel, and silky caramelized apples, as well as the banana fudge, with fresh ripe bananas folded into their creamy cheesecake, and the chocolate chip cheesecake. But, other flavors like chocolate mousse and chocolate raspberry are also up for the taking. Whatever you decide to order, you can't go wrong.

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The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0115

Located throughout L.A., including in the Arts District of downtown L.A., Hollywood and Pasadena, The Pie Hole is known for their sweet and savory desserts. One of the most popular is their cereal killer cheesecake. This egg-free cheesecake is packed with Fruity Pebbles cereal and then topped off with Frosted Flakes. With a Nilla Wafer Crust, it's absolutely delicious and one-of-a-kind. It's sure to bring back childhood memories with each and every bite.

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Pure Cheesecake
Currently Online Order Only
(818) 688-8148

It's all about cheesecakes here, all the time. Pure Cheesecake is L.A.'s source for handmade, baked-the-old-fashioned-way cheesecake. The family-owned company uses the finest, freshest ingredients that are certified organic and purchased locally. These cakes are never frozen and each cake is made to order. Find every size and shape possible. Mini cheesecakes are single-serving size and available in several signature flavors including s'mores, maple bacon, classic cherry, the original, luscious lemon, chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter delight and strawberry and pumpkin, which are offered seasonally. Perfect for entertaining, Pure's mini traditional cheesecake pops are covered with Belguim dark chocolate with or without mixed nuts, and the bakery's classic cheesecake bars are made with a graham cracker crust with pecans and brown sugar. Check the website for new flavors.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at

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