One of the perks of Los Angeles weather (which is, generally speaking, 365 days of blue skies and 75-degree days) is that it’s always ice cream season. Yes, a scoop of chocolate gelato is about as apt in January as it is in June. Still, it’s always good to reassess what the best options are come summertime. And so, in the interest of you scoring the best scoops possible, we’ve created a list of some of our favorite ice cream spots in town. Cup or cone? You decide.
Salt & Straw
Leave it to Portland, Oregon, that gray land of chilly winds and rainy days, to craft the perfect ice cream recipe. Salt & Straw has since opened up in Los Angeles, winning fans all around. The flavors here err on the side of peculiar-but-delicious, with options like Whey-Preserved Strawberries and Salt-Cured Backyard Citrus Creamsicle. Don’t ask questions. Just dig in.
240 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Milk is less an ice cream parlor and more an all-around sweets emporium. The Beverly Boulevard staple offers treats that run the gamut. Shakes, malts, floats, drumsticks: you name it, they’ve got it. Their ice cream sandwiches are made with macarons, which certainly ups the Instagram ante.
7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
One word: addictive. Magpies, which also recently added a second location in the Valley, serves up soft serve that redefines the genre post-Pinkberry. Their dairy-free options made with almond milk are better than the real deal. Everything here is small batch and made in-house, and the results show.
2660 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
In more savory concerns, Angelini Osteria has long been a neighborhood favorite. With Angelini Alimentari, their more casual concept, the team dives into sweeter fare. Here, it’s all about the gelato, which is made daily and by hand. Get yours served in a cup, cone, drowning in espresso, or sandwiched between brioche. Ciao, bella.
7317 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Wanderlust Creamery might technically be in Atwater Village, but its goal is to transport you somewhere else entirely. The shop has built a seasonal menu inspired by travel. Every scoop has a place of origin associated with it, like the Smoky Road (Pacific Northwest), Ube Malted Crunch (Philippines), or the Pretzel + Rúgbrauð (Iceland). It’s all the taste your curious palate craves, just without the passport.
3134 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Gresescent Ice Cream
Don’t just get a scoop of ice cream. Get a bouquet. Gresescent Ice Cream in Downtown LA has developed a presentation for the sweet stuff that is almost too pretty to eat. Mini scoops of their yummy flavors get piled into a waffle cone like, well, a bouquet. Just remember to quit staring and eat it before it melts.
850 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
By way of Brooklyn. Van Leeuwen’s brings its simple-but-delicious recipe to the West Coast with a new Downtown LA outfit. Their menu is a combo of classics (always there) and specials (rotating as they feel inspired). And if you’re vegan or gluten-free, they usually have an equally delicious flavor or two to accommodate your needs.
300 S Santa Fe Ave R, Los Angeles, CA 90013