We love ending a day in LA with something sweet and lucky for us angelenos, we have some of the best ice cream in the city. There are so many places to try while you’re in town and babes we know it can get a little overwhelming. So we’ve rounded up the most delectable creameries with outstanding flavors and feel good vibes. These locations won’t disappoint when that sweet tooth starts kicking. Here’s where to get the ice cream in Los Angeles and no matter where you go first you’re in for a real treat.
Location: 2105 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles
The owner of Wanderlust Creamery spent years traveling the globe before realizing her passion for creating custom ice cream flavors. Each new flavor finds inspiration in her travels. You could get a cup of honey lavender sweet cream or a bright purple cone of ube malted crunch. The creamy texture hits the spot, especially if you’re a curious foodie like us.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A double-scoop cone of sticky rice + mango. Sounds a little out there, but trust us it works.
Location: 18515 S. Western Ave., Gardena
The rich aroma of freshly churned ice cream will follow you home after a trip to the Kansha Creamery. The founders began their shop to bring people together, which the community frequently does after the doors open nearly every day of the week. People can’t resist the unique ice creams, and we can’t either. Check out the shop’s most popular flavors, like caramel with oatmeal cookies, ambrosia melon and cinnabacon. There are over 145 other ice creams to try, so schedule a few return trips. You’ll want more time to savor each bowl or cone. The surfing Santa flavor alone will revolutionize your desserts.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A bowl with two scoops of strawberry elderflower.
Mashti Malone’s Exotic Ice Creams
Location: 1525 N. LA Brea Ave., Los Angeles
The Insta-worthy ice cream at Mashti Malone’s will take your breath away before you taste your first bite. The Iranian owner started the shop nearly 40 years ago and continues impressing customers today with his artful creations. Enjoy a bowl of saffron rosewater ice cream or the dairy-free rosewater sorbet to taste what everyone’s been raving about for decades.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A hand-packed pint of French lavender.
Bacio di Latte
Location: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
Head over to Century City Mall to pick up a few things to remember your trip and make sure to stop by Bacio di Latte while you’re there. The gelato shop is a gem within this treasure trove. People often get the famous bacio di latte flavor for its sweet cream dreaminess, but you can’t go wrong with passion fruit sorbet or cremino gelato either.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A waffle cone with two scoops of Nutellina.
Mateo’s Ice Cream & Fruit Bars
Location: 4234 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
You haven’t lived until you’ve had a Mexican ice cream bar aka a paleta. Mateo’s will treat you to the best in the business with its extensive menu and creative flavor combinations. We were surprised to find a tequila flavor alongside a container of eggnog and raisin ice cream, but they changed our whole perspective on what desserts can be. Remember to check out the fruit bars, too. Mateo’s makes them with real fruit, which packs every bite with more flavor. The watermelon, black sapote and cantaloupe bars are as juicy as they are colorful. You might not even need a napkin to catch any drips. You’ll finish enjoying the last bite before you can blink.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A coffee bar and veggie sandwich to go.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Location: 1258 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles
The Bruster’s chain began in Pennsylvania, but every location makes its ice cream fresh in-store. Check out the flavors that made people demand an LA location, like almond divinity, blueberry cobbler and deep-dish apple pie. The shop will even turn your favorite ice cream into a milkshake, cake, pie or sandwich. Bruster’s also serves dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan and fat-free versions of its most popular flavors.
The LA Girl’s Pick: Three scoops of purple dinosaur in a waffle cone.
Dear Bella Creamery
Location: 1253 Vine St. # 12, Los Angeles, CA 90038
You’ll want to visit the Dear Bella Creamery if you’re hoping for creamy, rich ice cream that’s also vegan. The shop has some of the best ice cream in Los Angeles because it rotates its seasonal menus without sacrificing its high-quality flavors. Celebrate the end of a long week with a pint of horchata, marble cheesecake or Taiwanese pineapple cake ice cream. The plant-based ingredients will amaze you no matter which flavors you choose. It’s one of the many LA stops you should add to your inspirational travel board while dreaming about where to go during your trip.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A pint of Honeecomb.
Location: 231 E. Manchester Blvd. #1717, Inglewood
Whether you’re in town for a concert at SoFi Stadium or a tour of the Centinela Adobe, Jamz Creamery is a nearby stop you need to add to your list. There are over 25 flavors to explore and new vegan menu options that are equally as creamy. Try the rum raisin or cotton candy ice cream between two homemade cookies baked fresh before you walk in the door.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A triple-scoop banana split with chocolate brownie ice cream. Just make sure you bring a friend to help you finish it.
Saffron & Rose Persian Ice Cream
Location: 1387 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles
Anyone in the heart of Westwood should find time to stop by Saffron & Rose. The shop owners began making their fragrant ice cream flavors in 1974, dazzling their friends and family members with velvet, creamy creations and natural ingredients. They opened Saffron & Rose to expand their menu possibilities. Customers still return daily for flavors inspired by global destinations, like pomegranate, faloodeh and cucumber ice cream. You can even get a pint or try the ice cream sandwiches made with crispy wafer cookies.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A cake cone with two scoops of pink rose.
Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co.
Location: 1824 W Main St., Alhambra
Stop by the original location of the Fosselman’s Ice Cream brand and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The menu includes seasonal flavors and an extensive soda fountain ready to make the ice cream float of your dreams. You can’t go wrong with flavors like cinnamon, burgundy cherry or crème fraiche.
The LA Girl’s Pick: One large green tea malt.
Location: 541 S. Spring St., Suite 104, Los Angeles
Over 20 flavors await you at Gelateria Uli. The store serves the best ice cream in Los Angeles (and it’s open in the mornings). Select from the flavors to fill a pint since they’re not offered in traditional bowls or cups. You’ll get twice as much to enjoy in a single stop, so prepare to eat it while walking around LA or after getting home. Either way, you’ll love indulging in options like fresh mint stracciatella and olive oil gelato. Some flavors are also vegan-friendly.
The LA Girl’s Pick: A pint of bee pollen gelato.
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