Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sweet Lane

Posted on Jan 16 2023

Twenty-eight-year-old owner and pâtissier, or baker, “Ashlyn” Chae Young Lee poses with her dessert shop, Sweet Lane Pâtisserie, which is in the same building as the Naked Fish Bar & Grill in Garapan across the American Memorial Park parking lot. (LEIGH GASES)

Willie Wonka had his chocolate factory, but now on Saipan, Ashlyn Lee has her Sweet Lane Pâtisserie where you can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with her delicious desserts.

Specializing in French-inspired desserts, you can find in this newly opened pâtisserie, or bakeshop: macarons, tiramisu, madeleines, s’more cookies, financier, canelé, brownies, dacquoise, and crème brûlée.

Madeleines, crème brûlée, tiramisu, and brownies as seen here are just some of the tasty desserts available at the Sweet Lane Pâtisserie. (LEIGH GASES)

Pair it up with freshly brewed Illy coffee, fresh fruit ade, or tea from the Dilmah T Series, and you have your perfect sweet tooth fix.

For those who are unfamiliar with some of these desserts, a macaron is a sweet meringue-based French cookie with buttercream filling.

A financier is a small French almond cake that is light and moist with a crisp, eggshell-like exterior, usually baked in a small mold; a canelé is a small French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust; and a dacquoise is a dessert cake made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream on a buttery biscuit base.

Macarons of different flavors are available to satisfy your sweet tooth at the Sweet Lane Pâtisserie in Garapan. (LEIGH GASES)

Originally from South Korea, 28-year-old owner and pâtissier, or baker, “Ashlyn” Chae Young Lee, has made it her life’s work to create tasty desserts. At a young age, she took up an interest and passion in baking as she watched her mom bake home-made goods, and eventually, she studied baking and confectionery at the Suwon Women’s University, then worked at 5-star hotels in Korea to perfect her skills, and eventually moved to Saipan in 2019.

Lee initially had no intention of starting a business, but said that her friends convinced her to open a shop because they loved the sweet treats that she baked which reminded them of the desserts in Korea, so Lee decided to give it a go. Sweet Lane opened last Dec. 1, 2022.

She said that desserts on Saipan are different from Korea—and with her shop—she wants everyone to try out the authentic French and Korean desserts that she bakes herself.

You can dine in and savor the tasty sweets, have a chat with your friends, and even take an Instagram boomerang of your treat with the fresh flower centerpieces on the tables. Don’t forget to follow them and tag them on Instagram @SweetLane_Saipan
Need a present for a loved one or coworker? You can choose any combination of desserts and they will wrap it up for you in an elegant treat box—you even get to choose a fancy bow—just pay for the desserts you chose.

Sweet Lane is located in the same building as the Naked Fish Bar & Grill in Garapan across the American Memorial Park parking lot. Operation hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 5:30pm.

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at
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