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LA’s Top: Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles

Updated for 2021

The weather is amazing in Los Angeles all year long, which means any season is the right one for ice cream! Ice cream in Los Angeles is an art form so we’ve done our best to gather what we think are some of the best ice cream shops in LA – and don’t forget popsicles. Just because there’s only one National Ice Cream day does not mean you can’t have it any time you want. Go for it!

Ice cream is a treat we can totally get behind. Whether you are looking for Vegan Ice Cream, Dairy Ice Cream, Popsicles, Paletas, in a Cup or in a Cone – these terrific Scoop Shops in SoCal have what you’re looking for.

The Best Ice Cream Scoop Shops in Los Angeles

scoop of marionberry cheesecake ice cream at Van Leeuwen
scoop of marionberry cheesecake ice cream at Van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen
Multiple Locations around SoCal, including:
The Point at El Segundo, 850 S. PCH, El Segundo 90245
2925 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

This company started as a food truck in New York City, and have grown and spread all across the country. Their Dairy Ice Cream uses extra egg yolks for extra goodness, and means it needs to be called “French Ice Cream,” according to some authority. But we think it’s fine if you call it anything you want. They’re also known for changing their flavors with the season, so be on the lookout for new things to try all the time!

Afters Ice Cream
Multiple locations around SoCal

Afters Ice Cream is known as the home of the MilkyBun, a singular creation involving ice cream and a glazed bun (something like a donut but without the hole) that’s apparently not to be missed. The brand is also super popular on Instagram, and they’ve got a ton of very creative flavors.

Carmela Ice Cream
2495 East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91104

Established in 2007, Carmela offers artisan ice cream and sorbets with seasonally inspired flavors such as basil and lavender honey from locally grown and organic herbs, spices and flowers. Everyday flavors include Brown Sugar Vanilla, Lemon Basil Sorbet and Strawberry Buttermilk, while seasonal flavors can include Brown Butter Sage and Pear Wine Sorbet.

59 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103
8588 Washington Blvd. Culver City CA 90232

Coolhaus begn as a food truck and became so popular, so quickly that they opened shops in Culver City and Pasadena. Their ice cream parlors are known for selling gourmet, handmade and unique flavors such as Guinness Chip, Chicken and Waffles, and Lucky Charms.

253 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Creamistry serves made-to-order Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, which means it’s about as fresh as possible! Choose your base, your flavors and your toppings – it’s all customizable here! Multiple locations around SoCal.

1824 West Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-6533

A family owned and operated business, Fosselman’s has been scooping the most delicious ice cream to customers for over 90 years. Completely family friendly, the kids will love the candy selection and you’ll love the 48 ice cream flavors to choose from.

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Ginger’s Ice Cream and Devine Pops
Two Locations:
12550 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City 90066
8430 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90048

Ginger is the person behind Ginger’s Ice Creams and Pops. She shops at local farmers’ markets for fresh ingredients, and they make all their ice cream, cookies and brownies, too. They are known for their amazing flavor combinations, their Vegan Ice cream choices, and their seasonal flavors.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
Multiple locations around SoCal, including
8850 Corbin Ave., Northridge 91324

Launched in 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio, by Alice Handel, Handel’s has grown and moved all across the US. Flavors are made fresh daily in each location. Look for more spots opening in SoCal soon.

ice cream at Gingers
Ice Cream at Ginger’s

3377 Wilshire Blvd Suite 116, Los Angeles, CA 90010

HoneyMee only offers 5 things on the menu, but don’t let the small menu fool you, HoneyMee is offering sweet, smooth, all-natural ice cream. Its subtle floral honey and not-at-all-icy soft serve is sure to be the subject of your summer food fantasies.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Multiple Locations in Los Angeles, including:
4751 Commons Way, Calabasas 91302
540 Rise Avenue, Venice 90291

Jeni’s makes ice cream with a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with flavors like Wedding Cake, Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns, and Fluffernutter Pie, among many others. Jeni’s is also a Certified B Corporation, meaning they meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. 

McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream – Grand Central Market
317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

For almost 70 years, McConnell’s has been making their impeccable ice cream the same way – from scratch, in small batches, with Central Coast, grass-grazed milk & cream that they pasteurize at their creamery at The Old Dairy, and the finest local, sustainable and organic, raw ingredients, sourced from partner farms, artisans and purveyors.

Dear Bella Creamery
1253 Vine Street #12, Los Angeles 90038

What if you crave ice cream, but are staying away from dairy products? Head over to Dear Bella to get some Vegan ice cream right away! They’ve got flavors like Taiwanese Pineapple Cake, Mango Sticky Rice, Rocky Road, Sunflower Buttercup, and so many more. They also have treats to go with their ice cream, like cakes, cookies, and even gluten-free waffle cones! It all looks so good!

Magpie’s Softserve
2 Locations:
Silver Lake – 2660 Griffith Park Blvd, LA 90039
Tarzana – 18971 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana 91356

We were reluctant to add soft serve to a list of scoop shops, but this is not ordinary soft serve ice cream. Made from scratch by avowed ice cream lovers, Magpie’s boasts flavors like Malted Milk Chocolate, Corn Almond, Black Sesame, Brownie Batter and more, with Vegan options and daily flavors listed on their website. Bonus: Soft Serve Pies.

Mateo’s Ice Cream & Fruit Bars
4 locations including
1250 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006

With more than 25 different flavors of ice cream and 29 different ice pops, everyone in the family will find something they love at Mateo’s. Mateo’s opened in 1982 and their paletas are made with 100 percent real fruit.

7290 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Milk is a quintessential corner ice cream shop, where the only ingredients that matter are freshness, quality, & flavor. Milk serves up the ultimate indulgence with premium ice creams and sorbets, but that’s not all because they also whip up delicious baked goods, salads, & savory comfort foods.

Salt and Straw ice cream cone
Salt and Straw ice cream cone

Rori’s Artisinal Ice Cream
Several locations including
Westfield Century City Mall

10250 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90067

Rori’s Artisinal Ice Cream is made in small batches using Straus Family Creamery milk products and local herbs and ingredients. Rori Trovato makes all of the delicious ice cream and cookie recipes for locations from Santa Monica to Carpenteria. Flavors include Malted Milk English Toffee, Lemon Curd and Cinnamon Toast Cereal Crunch.

Salt & Straw
Multiple Locations, including
240 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Cousins Kim and Tyler Malek’s Portland based creamery, Salt & Straw, has gained fast popularity with their hand made fresh small batch seasonal scoops here in LA. When they launched here in LA, they crafted a new flavor just for us: a Meyer lemon buttermilk custard with ribbons of blueberry jam that they serve alongside some of their classics like salted caramel ribbon and snicker doodle.

Scoops – Westside
3400 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Open Monday through Saturdays only, Chef Tai Kim is the man behind the local chain Scoops in the Westside. The no frills ice cream shop features a rotating list of regular and non-dairy flavors, boasting creative combinations using multiple ingredients. Popular flavors run out quickly, so get in early.

Sweet Rose Creamery
7565 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Sweet Rose is a small batch ice cream shop that focuses on local, organic ingredients and farmer’s market fruits and produce (mainly from the Santa Monica Farmers Market). Sweet Rose pasteurizes on site and makes all ice cream, sorbets, and dairy free ice creams and cones on premises from scratch. They feature at least 5 classic flavors daily and 10+ seasonal flavors daily.

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