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“A little something sweet in Cali”

Diddy Riese

926 Broxton Avenue

Westwood, CA 90024

In Westwood Village — UCLA’s fun “downtown” district located around West Los Angeles — one dessert place towers over the rest. Diddy Riese earned its status as one of the most popular dessert places in L.A. for its delicious and dirt-cheap cookies and ice cream. Appreciated most by UCLA students, but well-respected by the general Los Angeles region, Diddy Riese regularly draws hordes of customers — thankfully balanced out by lightning fast service. One can choose 2 of 10 fresh-baked cookie varieties and one of 12 creamy ice cream varieties in creating the bakery’s favored treat, an ice cream sandwich (for only $1.50!). On my latest visit, I opted for a fairly traditional sandwich: one white-chocolate cookie, one chocolate cookie, and vanilla ice cream — and was more than satisfied. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, their Hawaiian shaved ice with ice cream is the perfect indulgence for a sunny summer afternoon.

Going on its 27th year in Westwood, Diddy Riese offers a desirable and traditional college student’s dessert that sticks in the mind for being both its affordable and undeniably delicious. You’ll find yourself returning again and again when you’re in the mood for something sweet.