When the Californian sun is beating down on the LA streets and beaches, there’s only one thing to do – eat ice cream! But where to go for the best sweet treats? There are plenty of places and here are some of the choicest:
Universally listed as one of the best ice cream shops in Los Angeles, the Sweet Rose Creamery on the edge of the Brentwood Country Mart is so good that it actually have to put a limit on its free tastings to two per customer! With a selection of around fifteen flavors daily ranging from salted caramel to fresh mint, this parlor will have you queuing to get in and not regretting it.
Expanded from the original Scoops parlor on Heliotrope Drive, Scoops Westside is a trendy ice cream parlor on Overland Avenue that offers a wide range of flavors, both sweet and savory, with a large choice of non-dairy options too. With a menu of well over fifty flavors a week to choose from, some of Scoops Westside’s most popular choices include caramel, brown bread and candied grape-nuts.
Pazzo Gelato is a parlor in a fantastic Los Angeles location along Sunset Boulevard at the heart of Sunset Junction. Their most popular and acclaimed flavor is undoubtedly their sea salt caramel gelato, but if that isn’t your bag then don’t worry; their flavor menu is over three pages long and includes weird and wonderful combinations like avocado with cayenne pepper and a promise that they can make any flavor combo you desire.
Bittersweet Treats is located just across the street from Pasadena City College and as a result is always filled to the brim with hungry students and visitors! A pastry shop as well as an ice cream parlor, the smell coming from the store is always divine and gelato flavors include earl grey, mint choc chip and some more adventurous choices like honey lavender, cinnamon and basil and sassafras. White corn has also proved to be a big hit with regulars and first timers alike.
Nestled in the corner of a mini-mall in Sierra Madre, Mother Moo Creamery has the comforting feel of a small country establishment but has the advantage of actually being in the heart of Los Angeles! Karen Klemens is the parlor’s owner and is also an award winning jam maker, and serves an exclusively limited amount of ice cream every day, specializing in weird and wonderful flavors such as cornflakes and black pepper, cardamom and orange and even a beer inspired mixture named ‘last call’.
As the name might suggest, everything about Culver City’s Coolhaus is, well, cool! From the handwritten names on the ice cream cases to the stylish young employees and the retro travelling food trucks, Coolhaus is the epitome of hipster ice cream culture. The shops is very small but with flavors like Peking duck and Cuban cigar on offer, it is really worth a visit. Their famous ice cream sandwich is absolutely to die for!
Walking into Milk has been described by many as like walking in to a smaller incarnation of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. With delicious treats like butterscotch drumsticks, red velvet and watermelon macaroons and frozen strawberry shortcakes to choose from, you will be lost in a world of sugary goodness. Wash down your treat with one of Milk’s acclaimed shakes or malts and you will be in ice cream parlor heaven!
This has made me hungry for something cold and delicious. Where do you go for artisan ice cream?
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