Old-Fashioned Sweet Shops to Visit in Southern California

Feeling a bit nostalgic? Have a taste of yesteryear with a sweet treat from one of these old-fashioned confectionary shoppes in Southern California.




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Balboa Candy
Newport Beach, La Jolla, and Palm Springs


Balboa Candy has been a family business for over 16 years! They carry one of the largest selections of salt water taffy in the world. There’s also a large selection of nostalgic candies, retro soda, gummies and more.



Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
Irvine & San Clemente


The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops are one stop shops for all of your soda pop and candy cravings. There are thousands of bottled soda pops and candies from all over America, and the world.


Candy Baron
Laguna Beach


The Candy Baron in Laguna Beach carries every kind of treat imaginable with baskets and barrels piled up everywhere.



Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain


Located in the heart of South Pasadena, this charming establishment has been serving the community since 1915. Their menu consists of ice cream scoops, hand-dipped milkshakes and malts, floats, and ice cream sodas! There’s also of course a wide selection of vintage candies and yes, there’s also a pharmacy!




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Logan’s Candies


The Logan family first opened their small candy shop in 1933 in Downtown, Ontario California. Logan’s carries over 600 different candy items, ranging from retro candy bars to gummy and sour candies.

Over 200 of those candies are made in house by hand and you could sign up for a Candy Making Demo! You’ll get a full demonstration of the candy making process and get to bend your own, warm candy cane or ribbon candy.




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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Los Angeles


The shop began as a small Italian grocery store more than 100 years ago. Although the store now focuses on soda pop from around the world, they still have their Italian deli in the back! They’ve also got nostalgic candies and retro toys.




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Cousin’s Candy Shop
Old Town San Diego


The original Cousin’s Candy Shop was founded in 1970 in Virginia City, Montana. Judy McCord bought the shop from retiring owners in 1987 and eventually settled in Old Town San Diego. The shop makes its own saltwater taffy and fresh creamy fudge and offers a variety of candies including various treats made of huckleberry.




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Polar Playground
Huntington Beach


They’re not an old-fashioned store, but it is an old-fashioned candy with a twist! Polar Playground makes amazing cotton candy art of your favorite characters. They also serve ice cream, milkshakes and more. Follow their Instagram to know what characters they’re offering that day.



Did we miss your favorite old-timey confectionary store? Let us know below!



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1 Comment

  • Melanie

    I like Holy Honey in Oak Glen; apple butters & other goods, old time candy, stone & kitchen ware, candles, tshirts, aprons, & bakery

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