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A Handy Guide to LA's Best Ice Cream Shops

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgThe mercury is going to climb up near the 100 degree mark this week, so what better time to take a close look at the best ice cream LA has to offer? From hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches to liquid nitrogen sorbet to classic Italian gelato, there's a wide array of frozen treats in this town. Get your tasting spoons ready.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Grom

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3886 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-9797

Steps from the Pacific, this Italian import captures everything we love about gelato: the creamy texture, rich flavors, and vibrant colors. The cantaloupe, cassis, and peach are the purest expression of fruit in frozen form.

2. Mashti Malone Ice Cream

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1525 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 876-6600

LA's original Persian ice cream shop has been serving locals and tourists for years. The rose-infused ice cream tastes like springtime. Don't forget to add a dash of sour cherry syrup to tame all of the sweetness.

3. Sweet Rose Creamery

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225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 260-2663

Three locations now serve the farmers' market fresh ice creams created by executive chef and co-owner Shiho Yoshikawa. The influence of partners Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb assures seasonality. The garnishes here are tops: pick from house-made candied nuts, mini meringues, and more.

4. Milk

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7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-6455
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Every evening, regardless of the temperature, a line curls around the block outside of Milk on Beverly. Besides plenty of scoop options, the malts and floats are some of LA's best. This is also a good place to get a warm brownie topped with a cold scoop or a French macaron ice cream sandwich.

5. Carmela Ice Cream

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7920 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

The most popular flavor at Carmela has always been their salted caramel, but we also love the strawberry buttermilk, toasted almond, and lavender honey, especially when nestled into a golden brown house-made cone.

6. Bulgarini Gelato

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8686 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90034

We prefer the commute to the Culver City location of this Altadena-based gelateria. No hyperbole here: the emerald green pistachio gelato is operatic.

7. Ramekin

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1726 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The made-to-order desserts and chocolate chip cookies are the main draw here, but don't miss the ice cream. Think: crème fraiche, guava, black sesame, or raw vanilla.

8. Peddler's Creamery

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458 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0257
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Peddler's combines the fun of riding a bike with the nostalgia of churning your own ice cream. Pick from traditional dairy, non-dairy, and sorbet in flavors like candied kumquat, cardamom, and banana chocolate chip.

9. Quenelle

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2214 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 843-1035
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Burbank has pastry chef John Park (Lukshon, Providence) to thank for the frozen treats at Quenelle. Combinations like yuzu mojito and blackberry lychee set off the more traditional flavors like blueberry pie with crumbly pieces of crust folded into the fruity swirl.

10. Coolhaus

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59 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 486-2700
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One of LA's most successful food truck start-ups, Coolhaus continues to build ice cream sandwiches out of classic cookies and unique ice creams. New to their line up are hand-dipped ice cream bars in flavors like coffee ice cream dipped in salted milk chocolate and crushed chocolate cookies.

11. Mother Moo Creamery

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17 Kersting Ct
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-9650
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Karen Klemens is behind the flavors here, which are all made with organic Strauss cream and milk. The spiced-infused ice creams are our favorite — pure and exotic.

12. à la minute

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19 East Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 307-3751
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There are liquid nitrogen ice cream shops closer to central LA, but the flavors at à la minute are worth the drive. Consider stopping in on a Sunday when they'll top their house-made cinnamon buns with a scoop of your choice (we'd opt for the olive oil vanilla or espresso chip).

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1. Grom

3886 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Steps from the Pacific, this Italian import captures everything we love about gelato: the creamy texture, rich flavors, and vibrant colors. The cantaloupe, cassis, and peach are the purest expression of fruit in frozen form.

3886 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

2. Mashti Malone Ice Cream

1525 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

LA's original Persian ice cream shop has been serving locals and tourists for years. The rose-infused ice cream tastes like springtime. Don't forget to add a dash of sour cherry syrup to tame all of the sweetness.

1525 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

3. Sweet Rose Creamery

225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Three locations now serve the farmers' market fresh ice creams created by executive chef and co-owner Shiho Yoshikawa. The influence of partners Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb assures seasonality. The garnishes here are tops: pick from house-made candied nuts, mini meringues, and more.

225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402

4. Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Every evening, regardless of the temperature, a line curls around the block outside of Milk on Beverly. Besides plenty of scoop options, the malts and floats are some of LA's best. This is also a good place to get a warm brownie topped with a cold scoop or a French macaron ice cream sandwich.

7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

5. Carmela Ice Cream

7920 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The most popular flavor at Carmela has always been their salted caramel, but we also love the strawberry buttermilk, toasted almond, and lavender honey, especially when nestled into a golden brown house-made cone.

7920 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. Bulgarini Gelato

8686 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90034

We prefer the commute to the Culver City location of this Altadena-based gelateria. No hyperbole here: the emerald green pistachio gelato is operatic.

8686 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90034

7. Ramekin

1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The made-to-order desserts and chocolate chip cookies are the main draw here, but don't miss the ice cream. Think: crème fraiche, guava, black sesame, or raw vanilla.

1726 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

8. Peddler's Creamery

458 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Peddler's combines the fun of riding a bike with the nostalgia of churning your own ice cream. Pick from traditional dairy, non-dairy, and sorbet in flavors like candied kumquat, cardamom, and banana chocolate chip.

458 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

9. Quenelle

2214 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Burbank has pastry chef John Park (Lukshon, Providence) to thank for the frozen treats at Quenelle. Combinations like yuzu mojito and blackberry lychee set off the more traditional flavors like blueberry pie with crumbly pieces of crust folded into the fruity swirl.

2214 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506

10. Coolhaus

59 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

One of LA's most successful food truck start-ups, Coolhaus continues to build ice cream sandwiches out of classic cookies and unique ice creams. New to their line up are hand-dipped ice cream bars in flavors like coffee ice cream dipped in salted milk chocolate and crushed chocolate cookies.

59 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

11. Mother Moo Creamery

17 Kersting Ct, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Karen Klemens is behind the flavors here, which are all made with organic Strauss cream and milk. The spiced-infused ice creams are our favorite — pure and exotic.

17 Kersting Ct
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

12. à la minute

19 East Citrus Avenue, Redlands, CA 92373

There are liquid nitrogen ice cream shops closer to central LA, but the flavors at à la minute are worth the drive. Consider stopping in on a Sunday when they'll top their house-made cinnamon buns with a scoop of your choice (we'd opt for the olive oil vanilla or espresso chip).

19 East Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373

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