18 Of The Best Pies To Buy During The Holidays In San Diego

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18 Of The Best Pies To Buy During The Holidays In San Diego

Nothing says ‘happy holidays’ like mouthwatering pie!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the rest of the holiday season ahead, we thought it would be a great idea to round up the best pies around San Diego. With these delicious and hearty desserts, you are sure to be the best host or guest around! Our 18 favorite spots range from your quintessential American pie shops to gluten-free options as well as delicious savory options!

Here are our 18 favorite pies to pick up and take to your next holiday dinner:

1. Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe

This quintessential Carlsbad spot is the ultimate old-school cafe and bakery. They have quite a range of pies from apple, peach, strawberry, blueberry to cream-filled lemon, banana, coconut, lime, and so much more. They have festive and seasonal favorites, like pumpkin and delicious apricot and cherry.

Location: 950 Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008

2. Debbie’s Restaurant & Pie Shop

Debbie’s Restaurant and Pie Shop in San Marcos is a definite must for pie enthusiasts. You’ll find great breakfast and lunch menus alongside their outstanding pies. Some of our favorites are their Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch and Dutch Apple Crunch. Special orders do require 72-hour advance notice.

Location: 740 Nordahl Rd Ste 114, San Marcos, CA 92069

3. Pop Pie

This local favorite pie shop serves up some of the most delicious pies around. They are known for their all-butter crust, which makes the perfect base for all their fabulous fillings. You’ll find both sweet and savory options so you can have a whole meal of just pies! Their holiday pie selection includes Honey Bourbon Pecan, Salted Maple, Honey, and Pumpkin Pie.

Location: 4404 Park Blvd, Ste A, San Diego, CA 92116, San Diego, CA 92116

4.The French Oven

The French Oven has delicious treats made by Chef Yves, who grew up in a small village near the French Alps called Veyrier du Lac. Today, he represents the 5th generation of bakers in his family! You’ll find delicious holiday pies there, like their excellent Chocolate Pecan Tart and Pumpkin Tart.

Location: 0299 Scripps Trail Ste. E, Scripps Ranch

5. Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon

At Betty’s Pie, you’ll find nostalgic American comfort food with an elegant touch. Among their selection, you’ll see classics such as Banana Cream Pie, Berry Crumble Pie, Apple Crumbly Pie, and Pumpkin Pie. Their prices range between $24 to $28 for a whole pie or $6.50 for a slice.

Location: 155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

6. Elizabethan Desserts

Elizabethan Desserts is the sister shop to Betty’s Whole Pie Saloon. Elizabeth Dessert has many types of desserts like pastries, cakes, bars, and, you guessed it…pies! They have a rotating seasonal selection which includes chocolate pecan, apple lattice, and pumpkin crumble.

Location: 114 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

7. Starry Lane Bakery

This San Diego allergy-free bakery was started by two sisters who wanted to provide safe and delicious treats for those with food allergies. They serve up mouthwatering treats like pastries, bars & brownies, cakes, and pies. You can place your order online, and we recommend their apple crumb and chocolate silk.

Location: 3925 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

8. Julian Pie Company

This iconic SoCal company may not have an actual store in San Diego. However, we can luckily get our hands on their delicious creations! You’ll find their mouthwatering pies at shops like Siesel’s, Just Peachy, and Cardiff Seaside Market.

Location: 4131 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110


If you don’t happen to have much of a sweet tooth, you can still enjoy a comforting warm pie from Perky’s. There you’ll find many savory options of South African pies like chicken curry, pepper steak, cornish pasty, vegetable curry, and spinach and feta.

Location: 8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #117, San Diego, CA 92111

10. Cane Patch Kitchen


Cane Patch Kitchen is a southern family-owned bakery. You can get their food at Liberty Public Market or order online for pickup. Their outstanding Sweet Potato Pie is a must-try this holiday season!

Location: 2820 Historic Decatur

11. Chicken Pie Shops

What’s more comforting than a warm and delicious chicken pot pie? At this San Diego institution, you’ll find these savory pies served along with whipped potatoes! And best of all, you d¡ont have to go anywhere else for dessert because they also have delicious banana, lemon, chocolate, and coconut pies!

Location: 2633 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

12. Susie Cakes

This classic American shop has traditional whole pies such as Pumpkin, Pecan, and Apple with delicious homemade whipped cream. Both locations will be closed on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

Location: 3705 Caminito Court, Ste. 0500, Del Mar, 7610 Via Campanile, Ste. 144, Carlsbad

13. Azucar

Azucar is a Cuban bakery in Ocean Beach offering flaky and buttery goodness. Their meat pies are worth the line you’ll see around the shop. At $2.75, the price is more than worth it! These savory treats are paired perfectly with their housemade picadillo! Yum

Location: 4820 Newport Ave., San Diego, CA 92107

14. Peace Pies

Peace Pies provides outstanding food with a purpose. They are committed to Raw, Vegan, Guten, and Soy-Free food. Their menu includes pizzas, salads, wraps, and pies! Their Pecan Pie is a must-try!

Location: 4230 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

15. Hans & Harry’s

Hans & Harry’s Bakery has a wide variety of tasty desserts. Their pies are particularly delicious, and we recommend their chocolate pecan and pecan and pumpkin pies.

Location: 5080 Bonita Rd b2, Bonita, CA 91902

16. Moms Pies

Moms Pies have the most comforting and delicious pies around. The two locations open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, so there’s plenty of time in the die to grab a slice!

Location: 2119 Main St., Julian
4510 Hwy. 78, Julian

17. Nutmeg Bakery

Nutmeg Bakery has delicious pies that all come with a pint of homemade spiced whipped cream! Orders must be placed 72 hours in advance.

Location: 10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Scripps Ranch
12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy., Scripps Ranch

18. The Gluten-Free Baking Co.

The Gluten-Free Baking Co. provides delicious and gluten-free goodies! They have freshly baked apple, cherry, pumpkin, and pecan pies available.

Location: 4594 30th St., San Diego, CA, 92116


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