Cuisine Scene: Filipino Bakeries

Filipino baked goods are becoming increasingly popular and there is a growing number of bakeries in Long Beach serving them up. From longtime fixtures like Gemmae Bake Shop to newcomers like LaMon Bakehouse, there are several spots in Long Beach to pick up delicious breads, cakes, or other tasty treats to enjoy the Filipino tradition of masienda–a small snack between meals.



Foodologie (195 Claremont Ave), which opened in Belmont Shore in 2023, blends owner Maria Leyesa’s love of Filipino and American baked goods, primarily cookies and brownies. Her creations include ube brownies and s’mores cookies made with graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallows. You can find Leyesa’s treats sold in pop-ups and coffee shops around Long Beach, and she also ships goodie boxes nationwide via USPS.


LāMon Bakehouse

LāMon Bakehouse (2742 E Broadway) was founded by a husband and wife team who started by selling cookies and other treats at LA-area farmer’s markets, eventually opening their brick-and-mortar storefront in Long Beach in December 2023. Baker Monica comes by her expertise honestly–her parents run a bakery in the Philippines. LāMon still stocks their popular cookies, as well as pies, cakes, macarons, and brownies. Try the Ube Cheesecake Creme Brûlée, made with homemade Ube Halaya, the yam paste that gives the cake its stunning purple color.

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