Holed up in a smart little space in the Hayward Hotel on Spring Street, Syrup is that odd thing in L.A.: a real dessert bar. There are cakes, pastries, even frozen yogurt—because, well, yogurt is everywhere—but the signature splurges here are the crepes and Belgian sugar waffles. Usually gussied up with chocolate syrup, a dollop of whipped cream, and strawberries, and chaperoned by a mound of ice cream, they’re a delightfully massive undertaking that covers all the food groups (so no need for guilt). Intelligentsia and LaMill beans are in the brew, and the minty-fresh mojito iced tea is even tastier when sipped from the loft lounge late at night. Downtown needed this.