Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles - Ranked with Map

HAPPY NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH!

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As an LA native and an ice cream expert, I’m willing to share my ice cream secrets in Los Angeles! I’ve ranked my favorite shops (best to last) and have even included a map for you to access anytime and anywhere in LA! Looking for vegan and dairy-free ice cream options? I have those too! Get scoopin’!




Strawberry Rhubarb and Blood Orange

Strawberry Rhubarb and Blood Orange

GINGER’S DIVINE ICE CREAMS

I discovered the best-kept secret on the Westside called Ginger's Divine Ice Creams! Ginger herself creates all ice creams and is often found at farmers markets in the area for the best local ingredients. So many fresh flavors such as Strawberry Rhubarb, Chocolate Covered Crack, Oaxaca Habanero, "The Dude" White Russian, Unicorn Cotton Candy, it’s hard to choose and you’ll want to return again and again! Her flavors are inventive and different from other scoop shops, see her latest mashups here: Gingers Divine Ice Cream Flavors.

Homemade cookies, pops, brownies, an pints to go are also available here as well!

I’m gonna call it the Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles and my favorite ice cream in LA!

See the full review here: Ice Cream Review: Ginger’s Divine Ice Creams


Rainbow Buttermilk on top of Cream Puff

Rainbow Buttermilk on top of Cream Puff

JENI’S ICE CREAMS

  • LA Locations: Santa Monica, Larchmont, Calabasas, Los Feliz

  • Website: jenis.com

  • Pricing: Great value for artisan ice cream flavors ($6 for a split scoop)

  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegan and dairy free ice cream options available

Jeni’s flavors are out of this world! A true artisan ice cream confectionary that started in Ohio and has made its way to California! So many flavors to choose from including Blackout Chocolate Cake, Boston Cream Pie, Cream Puff, Frozé, Coffee with Cream and Sugar, and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks… literally, try them all!

New flavors are featured each month (Jeni’s Ice Cream Flavors) and get this, you can even have an ice cream subscription and have ice cream delivered to your house monthly! Happy to help you eat them.


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SALT AND STRAW

  • LA Locations: Downtown LA, Mid-city (Beverly near Fairfax), WeHo, Studio City, Venice

  • Website: saltandstraw.com

  • Pricing: On the higher side, but the ingredients are more complex

  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegan ice cream options available

I LOVE Salt and Straw! So many interesting Classic Los Angeles Flavors including: Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Honey Lavender, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese, Freckled Mint TCHO-colate Chip, and Dandelion Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies & Cream).

They also offer about 6 new rotating flavors every month! For July, try their Berries, Berries, Berries series and don’t forget to come back for their Thanksgiving series in November - try the mashed potatoes with gravy or the stuffing! Weird but good!

You can always grab pints to go!


The Munchies and Cafe au Lait

The Munchies and Cafe au Lait

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY

  • LA Locations: Los Feliz - 1824 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

  • Website: amplehills.com

  • Pricing: Great value for your ice cream!

  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegan ice cream options available

I was ecstatic when I found out Ample Hills was coming to LA! I had been to a few locations in NYC and wished they would open a shop on the West Coast (let alone a 5 min walk from my office).

Ample Hills flavors sound like a 6 year-old came up with them and thats why I love them! My faves include: The Munchies (pretzel-infused ice cream bursting with a mishmash of snacky mix-ins: our housemade munchies mix of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and crushed M&M's), Ooey Gooey Butter cake, Cookies and Chocolate Milk and Café au lait.

Pints to go are also an option here!


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SWEET ROSE CREAMERY

  • Locations: Mid-city (Beverly near Fairfax), Brentwood, Palisades, Santa Monica

  • Pricing: The sundae is the best bang for your buck

  • Dietary Restrictions: Dairy-free ice cream options available

I’ve loved Sweet Rose Creamery for a long time! Not only do they make their own ice cream in house, they make all their cones and toppings as well! Favorites include: Peanut Butter Fudge, Fresh Mint Chip (so fresh and made from mint extract - also, it’s not green!), Toasted Coconut. Check out their current flavors here: Sweet Rose Creamery Flavors

Ice cream pints, homemade toppings, ice cream cakes, party packs and other frozen treats can be delivered straight to your door through Postmates, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Doordash and Caviar!


Frozen Rose

Frozen Rose

WANDERLUST CREAMERY

  • Locations: Tarzana, Atwater Village, Venice

  • Website: Wanderlust Creamery

  • Pricing: Great value for your ice cream!

  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegan ice cream options available

Wanderlust Creamery is literally my dream ice cream shop, combining my favorite things, ice cream and travel! Their motto is A DESTINATION IN EVERY SCOOP and flavors are amazing concoctions using ingredients from around the world. To give you a taste, you can try flavors like: Vegan Sticky Rice Mango inspired by Thailand, Abuelita Malted Crunch inspired by LA, Japanese Neapolitan, Violet Marshmallow inspired by France. Don’t miss out on their Ube cone (made from yams, another weird but good combo) and their monthly flavors: Wanderlust Creamery Monthly Flavors.

Don’t miss them at Smorgasburg LA over the weekends in Downtown LA. Ice Cream alley is coming soon! Get pints to go here too!


chocolate chip cookie dough with pretzels

chocolate chip cookie dough with pretzels

SMITTEN ICE CREAM

Smitten Ice Cream has AMAZING ice cream made from scratch with organic milk and cream, blended with liquid nitrogen in their Brrr Machine right in front of you! The chocolate chip cookie dough with pretzels is to die for!  

See the full review here: Smitten Ice Cream


Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean & Fresh Mint CHip

Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean & Fresh Mint CHip

CARMELA ICE CREAM

  • Locations: Mid-city and Pasadena

  • Website: carmelaicecream.com

  • Pricing: Get a split scoop in a bowl for your best value. The cones are really good too.

  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegan ice cream options available

This shop is classy, pretty, and feels like an ice cream parlor. They make all their own flavors (favorites include Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean, Intelligentsia Espresso, Salted Caramel, White Peach Vanilla Bean), and you can smell the fresh waffle cones once you step in the door! See their seasonal flavors here: Carmela Flavors

Get a cone, an ice cream sandwich, or try their delicious coffee, something for everyone! You can even take an ice cream class and make your own ice cream!

Pints to go are available and you can even order them on Uber Eats and Doordash!


Wild Berry Chocolate Crisp and Malted Milk English Toffee

Wild Berry Chocolate Crisp and Malted Milk English Toffee

RORI’S ARTISANAL CREAMERY

  • Locations: Santa Monica, Century City, Long Beach

  • Website: rorisartisanalcreamery.com

  • Pricing: Get a split scoop in a bowl for your best value. The cones are really good too.

  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegan ice cream options available

Rori’s originates here in California, freshly scooped from Carpinteria! Owner, Rori Trovato, makes all the ice cream, cookies, cones and candy recipes, and try some of her great flavors like Biscoff, Black Pepper Pistachio, Fresh Mint Patty, Malted Milk English Toffee, Nutella, Peanut Butter Candy Swirl - mix a unique flavor with a classic flavor for the best combo!

Get shakes, floats, homemade cookies, brownies, What the Fudge bars, and pints to go here too! They even cater parties, but you have to invite me if you hire them! ;-)


Peppermint Stick

Peppermint Stick

VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM

  • Locations: Hollywood, Silverlake, Downtown LA, Culver City, and a Food Truck!

  • Website: vanleeuwenicecream.com

  • Pricing: More on the expensive side but really creamy exquisite ice cream.

  • Dietary Restrictions: LOTS of Vegan ice cream options available

I first tried Van Leeuwen ice cream in New York many moons ago! Again, I was so excited when they first had a food truck and then shops started to pop up! I Love their fun flavors which are pretty classic but mighty tasty: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cookies & Cream, Honeycomb, PB Marshmallow Crunch, Pistachio, and Salted Carmel to name a few. There are a lot of vegan options here! Seasonal flavors are also offered here, I love the Peppermint Stick during Winter, right now (July 2019) they have Blueberry Pie, Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle, Vegan Oat Milk Chocolate Crunch, Vegan Brownie Deluxe, but keep up with their seasonal flavors here: Van Leeuwen Flavors

Order from anywhere or send some to me through Goldbelly!


MILK SHOP

  • Locations: Beverly and Silverlake

    • Beverly - 7290 BEVERLY BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90036

    • Silverlake - 1639 SILVER LAKE BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90026

All ice cream is made from scratch in their kitchen in LA from locally sourced products! You have to try their ice cream sandwiches! See all the best combinations here: Ice Cream Sandwich Flavors

Best combos: Fruity Pebbles, Grasshopper (mint) and California Strawberry


Coffee caramel and red velvet cupcake with sprinkles on top

Coffee caramel and red velvet cupcake with sprinkles on top

LITTLE DAMAGE

  • Location: Downtown LA - 700 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

  • Website: littledamage.com

  • Pricing: Great price for soft serve. Take a free picture in the photo booth!

  • Dietary Restrictions: Dairy-free ice cream options available

This family owned soft-serve ice cream shop is located in the heart of Downtown LA and known for its signature charcoal cones with an impressive rotating list of unique flavors. My favorite combo: Coffee caramel and red velvet cupcake with sprinkles on top. The cookies and cream is really good too!

Their ice cream is prepared daily in small batches, using local ingredients supplied by organic dairy farmers. The signature black cones are naturally colored with activated charcoal, and hand rolled minutes before you get one.


Silverlake Location - Go get em Tiger

Silverlake Location - Go get em Tiger

McCONNELLS FINE ICE CREAMS

  • Locations: Downtown LA, Silverlake, Studio City

  • Website: mcconnells.com

  • Pricing: Fair pricing for good flavors! I’ll get a pint now and again!

  • Dietary Restrictions: Dairy Free Ice Cream Options Available

McConnell’s has been serving creative fun flavors to LA since 1949! Still family owned, the third generation is still scooping divine ice cream. So many great options here: Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Double Peanut Butter Chip, Salted Caramel Chip, Sprinkle Cake, Sea Salt Cream and Cookies, and my absolute favorite: Whiskey Pralines and Cream!

Join their Pint of the Month Club! You can get 3 of their best flavored pints 3 months a year delivered right to your door!


HALO TOP CREAMERY

Love ice cream? Hate dieting? Halo Top’s got you covered - a lower calorie treat yet creamy and full of surprises. I recently visited their Scoop Shop in Century City and tried their fabulous soft serve ice cream! They also serve a selection of their best flavors that you can also find in most grocery stores!

See the full review here: Halo Top Scoop Shop

Peach Soft Serve

Peach Soft Serve


MANHATTAN BEACH CREAMERY

  • Location: 1120 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

  • Website: mbcreamery.com

  • Pricing: Their Sundae has the best value!

  • Dietary Restrictions: Gluten Free Options Available

Ice cream and ocean views? What could be better! Check out why Manhattan Beach Creamery is one of the best places for ice cream in Los Angeles! Where to go in LA and things to do in Manhattan Beach! Try the Super Sonic ice cream, a sweet cream taste, filled with lots of sprinkles!

See the full review here: Manhattan Beach Creamery

Manhattan Beach Creamery - Super Sonic Ice Cream

Manhattan Beach Creamery - Super Sonic Ice Cream


Cookie Monster Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cookie Monster Ice Cream Sandwiches

THE BAKED BEAR

Love cookies and ice cream? Get the best ice cream sandwiches at baked bear, made fresh to your favorite combination! See my favorite concoction and where to pick up one of these bad boys!

Read the full review here: The Baked Bear


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MOTHERMOO CREAMERY

  • Location: Sierra Madre - 17 Kersting Ct, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

  • Websitemothermoo.com

  • Value: Great value for a scoop!

  • Dietary Restrictions: Dairy Free Ice Cream Options Available

MotherMoo’s ice cream is made in store as small batch, homemade ice cream using locally sourced ingredients, many grown within miles from the scoop shop. Favorite flavors include: Salty Chocolate, Dutch Apple Pie Crumble, Pretzel and Caramel, Peppermint Stick, Fresh Coffee, House made Peppermint Patty. Most interesting flavors: Roasted Fig Leaf, Organic Celery, Fresh Basil, Orange Peel & Szechuan Pepper. See all flavors here: Mothermoo Flavors

Not only do they have phenomenal ice cream, but they also have cookies, pies, and cakes!


AFTERS ICE CREAM

Afters is very trendy ice cream scoop shop with relatable quotes. Afters offers many unique flavors including Cookie Butter and Cookie Monster (it’s blue), also home of the Milky bun, which is a warm glazed bun (donut like) stuffed with ice cream! As they say, “Less talk, more ice cream!”

Read the full review here: Afters Ice Cream

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Thanks Give Me a Cookie and Graham Central Station

Thanks Give Me a Cookie and Graham Central Station

HANDEL’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

  • Locations: Northridge, Long Beach

  • Websitehandelsicecream.com

  • Value: SO MANY SCOOPS IN ONE CONE!

Great options here - cones, pops, ice cream sandwiches, smoothies, and pints! They even have a Hurricane which is similar to a McFlurry, ice cream blended with mix-in candies!

Lots of fun flavors that differ from store to store and many seasonal options. Huge fan of their Graham Central Station and Thanksgiving flavors! Thanks Give Me a Cookie is basically ice cream with a ton of different kinds of cookies!


Dark Chocolate and Cookies & Cream

Dark Chocolate and Cookies & Cream

SAFFRON AND ROSE

  • Location: West LA - 1387 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

  • Websitesaffronroseicecream.com

  • Value: Great, a small comes with 2 scoops

  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegan Ice Cream Options

Saffron and Rose serves up Persian style ice cream! It’s lower on my list because it has all of those weird flavors like lavender and rose... things that smell amazing but not fragrances I prefer in my ice cream. See all the florals, nutty, and chocolate flavors here: Saffron and Rose flavors

You get 2 scoops even for their smallest size, so I played it safe and went for the dark chocolate (that had brownie bites and walnuts in it) and cookies n cream! The guy at the register judged me for taking my picture and said “Nice picture” in a move out of the way tone. Judge away, I’m doing it for the gram, dude! Oh well the ice cream was good, though!


Coffee and Oreo topping

Coffee and Oreo topping

CREAMS AND DREAMS

  • Locations: Santa Monica - 3rd Street Promenade

  • Website: creamsdreams.com

  • Price/Value: There was so much ice cream in a single serving, I took it home and had some for 2 nights!

A modern ice-cream shop with creative flavors made with liquid nitrogen as well as cold-brew coffee & espresso… or amazing coffee ice cream! The liquid nitrogen makes the ice cream so creamy and dense, it’s hard to eat it all in one sitting! I enjoyed their ice cream but did manage to take some home!

Also try their coffee, tea, and pastries!


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CREAMISTRY

  • Locations: Downtown, Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Glendale

    There are many locations throughout California, Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas. Find one near you: Creamistry Locations

  • Website/Menu: Creamistry Menu

  • Price/Value: I thought it was a little pricy but you get a pretty good sized serving!

  • Dietary Restrictions: Non-dairy ice cream and Gluten Free items


GO FORTH AND ENJOY NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH! TRY ALL THE ICE CREAMS!

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