My tour of coffee shops in Historic Uptown Whittier continues, this time taking me to La Monarca Bakery on Greenleaf. La Monarca Bakery has eleven locations throughout Southern California. All of their products are made with all-natural fresh ingredients, without the use of lard, frying or artificial preservatives, which is probably why they have won a few awards and why they were named in LA Times’ 2017 Guide to Great LA Bakeries.
The Whittier location is rather large with a lot of seating and is simply decorated with wood tables, exposed brick and a bright orange accent wall. They have a wide variety of pan dulce to choose from as well as quiche, yogurt, oatmeal, savory croissants, salads, molletes, tacos and tortas. Their coffee selection is pretty good as well, They have your typical americano, cappuccino , etc., as well as Organic Oaxacan Dark Roast, Organic Mexican Coffee, cortadito, cordoba, a variety of iced coffees and my favorite section the specialty coffees! They come in flavors such as: Tres Leches, Horchata, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Café Guaymas just to name a few.
This trip I went with a blended Mexican Hot Chocolate and an iced mocha for my drinks. The Blended Mexican Hot Chocolate is made with organic cacao, brown sugar and cinnamon, let me tell you it was DELICIOUS! You could taste the chocolate, the sweet brown sugar and cinnamon with every sip! I would drink this every day if I could. The iced mocha was good, it wasn’t very sweet, which I like, the espresso was strong and pulled correctly, overall it was well balanced and I would get it again.
The pastry selection is where I had the most issues deciding, everything looked AMAZING and it didn’t help that I was hungry. I ended up going with a chocolate croissant and a guava taco. The chocolate croissant was so good! It was light, flaky, buttery and FULL of chocolate flavor. I’m thinking they use dark chocolate as it wasn’t very sweet, but that’s okay with me because dark chocolate is my favorite anyway. The guava taco was my favorite though, it’s a light flaky pastry filled with delicious guava filling and covered in sugar. It was a little messy to eat but I had no issue getting in there and digging in.
Lucky for me, not so lucky for my waistline, La Monarca is close to where I get my nails done, so I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the coffee and pastries! Have you been to La Monarca? What is your favorite thing to get? Let me know in the comments below!