“Will ube mine?”…is what all ube lovers are saying to each of the fifteen below shops that sell it in every shape, size and texture! If you’re here, you are probably just as obsessed with these vibrant purple desserts as we are. If not, here’s your lesson. Ube is a purple yam from the Philippines largely used in desserts (not to be confused with its purple vegetable cousin, taro). Similar to matcha’s rise in fame, ube has now become so widespread that it can be discovered at non-Filipino eateries across North America today.
From bright lavender ice cream to dark purple frosted donuts, ube can be seen and consumed in almost any sugar-y fashion imaginable. And there’s no denying how prevalent it has been in California! Sit back, relax, and feast your eyes on what is sure to be your next ube bae below.
Methodology: This is an all-time list of the best spots to grab ube in California according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurants and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning “ube,” then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “ube.” We included only two businesses per county for geographic diversity.