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. Please let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite!
Please note: During the COVID-related Safer at Home order, you should check to be sure the place you want to visit is open before you head out the door. Things are changing constantly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ginger’s Ice Cream and Devine Pops
12550 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066
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.
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.
1824 West Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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