A cozy and quaint dessert boutique, named after its owner Belen Bailey, is quickly becoming the destination to enjoy both sweet and savory treats. And although the dessert shop focuses mainly on Latin and South American desserts, you would be wise to drop by for tea time to enjoy her Pan Con Pollo or Empanadas, along with a few sweets of course.

Sweets By Belen honors Ms. Bailey’s mother and grandmother who carried the tradition of creating delicious desserts for their family. Now she continues to foster her love for homemade South American pastries and brings those same recipes for us to enjoy.

Milhojas, Empanadas, Alfajores, Macarons, Pan Con Pollo, Peruvian Tea

Sweets By Belen offers the perfect spread to enjoy a quick, yet amazing and fulfilling lunch, coffee, or tea time. Various specials are available with options that include your choice of Pan Con Pollo (Peruvian Chicken Salad Sandwich), Empanadas, Alfajores, and/or her Lucuma or Passion Fruit mini pies.

I went bananas over her Alfajores; they are honestly some of the best I’ve ever tasted! Sweets By Belen creates these delicate and crumbly butter confections four ways – traditional, chocolate, pecans and cornstarch. The shortbread cookies can be made with either wheat flour or cornstarch which are then filled with a creamy dulce de leche that holds them together. The cornstarch version results in a much smoother and crumbly cookie. They were absolute perfection.

You’ll come to find that there is so much to love and enjoy at Sweets By Belen. Make sure to try her Lucuma or Cherimoya Ice Cream, various Cupcakes (covered with dulce de leche), MacaronsPionono, and a plethora of cakes like her Whipped Cream Cake, Dulce de Leche Cookie Cake, Chocolate Cake, Coconut Cake, and Flan.

Before my visit was complete, I had to dig my spoon into the Tres Leches Cake or “Three milks” Cake. The moist vanilla cake is generously soaked in three different milks and covered with whipped cream and large shavings of milk chocolate. This dessert alone could be the reason I visit Sweets By Belen again and again and again.

Shanna "Urban Girl" Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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