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14 Outstanding Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles, Summer 2021

Where to find the best heat-beating scoops around town

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In the blink of an eye, June Gloom is gone and the heat is here. With temperatures remaining steadily in the 90s all week, it’s a good time to start thinking about summer resolutions — like where to get the best ice cream, soft serve, and gelato. Thankfully, LA is spoiled for choice when it comes to all that’s cold and creamy, with scoop shops parked everywhere from the Valley to the Long Beach. Here now are 14 outstanding ice cream shops in Los Angeles from north to south.

Removed: CVT Softserve Truck, Bennett’s Ice Cream, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Magpies, McConnells Fine Ice Creams, Wanderlust, Humphry Slocombe

Added: Bumsan Organic Milk Bar, Jamz Creamery, La Jerenzana Ice Cream Parlor, Long Beach Creamery, Kansha Creamery, Tondi Gelato

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carmela Ice Cream & Sorbet

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2495 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA
(626) 797-1405
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The salted caramel at Carmela Ice Cream is the stuff of legend, but that shouldn’t deter ice cream-goers from trying any of the other seasonal flavors on the menu, like the lavender honey and strawberry buttermilk, or rosemary with toasted pine nuts.

Pasadena’s Carmela ice cream is open for delivery and takeout
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2. Fatamorgana Gelato

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12021 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91604
(818) 606-0273
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Famous Italian gelato-maker Fatamorgana snuck into Studio City, opening up a West Coast location that has become a kind of flagship for the company plus another one in Beverly Hills. Despite the rotating seasonal flavors, plenty of folks still swing through a few nights a month for a taste of the iconic stracciatella.

3. Mashti Malone Ice Cream

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1525 N LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 874-6168
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LA's original Persian ice cream shop has been serving locals and tourists for decades, and its rose-infused ice cream still tastes like springtime. Don't forget to add a dash of sour cherry syrup to tame all of the sweetness.

4. Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.

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1824 W Main St
Alhambra, CA
(626) 282-6533
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This 100-year-old ice cream brand still churns some of the city’s best scoops, anywhere. Of course, the Alhambra-based company’s soda fountain options (floats, malts, and more) are worth the trip to the original location or the two-year-old space in Glendora.

5. Salt & Straw

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240 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 466-0485
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Portland import Salt & Straw fits right into its Larchmont location, amiably serving scoops of well-sourced ice cream. The brand has since expanded across the city, with locations in West Hollywood, Arts District, Studio City, and Venice, furthering the ice cream options in Los Angeles.

6. Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

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534 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 908-5192
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It’s all soft-serve all the time at Busman Organic Milk bar. The organic flavors are some of LA’s most unique with taro milk tea, matcha, and pineapple mango for starters. Eat it from a cup, but the best way to have a scoop is with Busman’s self-described croffle cone, a combination of croissant and waffle.

7. Big Softee

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128 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Local crowds descend upon Big Softee for highly Instagrammable swirls of soft serve. Flavors change daily and are inspired by Asian desserts, like Hong Kong-style milk tea, ginger-kissed tofu flower, and matcha almond.

8. La Jerezana Ice Cream Parlor

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2200 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 685-2699
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A fairly recent addition to Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, the family-owned La Jerezana opened in late-2020 where tequila ice cream, cheesecake paletas, raspados are made on-site. Plus, there’s a giant ice cream-wielding robot at the entrance.

9. Gelateria Uli

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541 S Spring St Ste 104
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 900-4717
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This Spring Street Arcade addition comes from Uli Nasibova, and features a rotating selection of seasonal flavors perfect for those hot days when everyone needs something satisfying.

A double scoop of ice cream from Gelateria Uli in Los Angeles, California.
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10. Sweet Rose Creamery

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970 Monument St
Pacific Palisades, CA
(310) 260-2663
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With multiple locations across Los Angeles, there seems to be no stopping Sweet Rose. The ice cream from Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb's Rustic Canyon family of restaurants is the brainchild of chef Shiho Yoshikawa and is full of delightful surprises, like its housemade candied nuts and mini marshmallows.

11. Jamz Creamery

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231 E Manchester Blvd #1717
Inglewood, CA 90301
(424) 351-8217
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Blocks away from SoFi Stadium is Jamz Creamery. This family-owned operation offers 27 flavors along with sundaes, shakes, banana splits, and an impossibly big ice cream sandwich. Toppings are plentiful, and they’ve even got a few vegan options available.

12. Kansha Creamery

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18515 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 953-7110
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Sporting a slew of ice cream made on-site, this Gardena shop comes from James Tatsuya and Elaine Yukari, who make different flavors every day and use fresh, seasonal ingredients. The hours are limited, with service from just 1 to 6 p.m. (closed Sunday and Wednesday), but the shop generously donates a portion of its sales to charities.

13. Long Beach Creamery

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222 E Broadway Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 435-0515
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It can be a little overwhelming when walking into Long Beach Creamery. There’s much more than ice cream, including the blueberry butter cake with a layer of jam slapped right in the center. Ask for a scoop of ice cream a la mode, or just ask for the actual butter cake ice cream, cannabis flavored ice cream, or a meyer lemon ice cream with a blueberry and blackberry swirl.

14. Tondi Gelato

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401 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 680-1631
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Head right into the husband and wife-owned Tondi, where staff are likely whipping up a new batch of vegan or full creamed gelato on-site, with pistachio, salted caramel, lemon, or the potent espresso. Creamy and full of coffee flavor, it’s a wonderful, joyful bite, which is best savored while slowly walking down the promenade, or to-go in an insulated bag and dropped into a cooler filled with ice for the trek back to Los Angeles.

A scoop of ice cream from Tondi Gelato
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1. Carmela Ice Cream & Sorbet

2495 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA
Pasadena’s Carmela ice cream is open for delivery and takeout
Carmela
[Official Photo]

The salted caramel at Carmela Ice Cream is the stuff of legend, but that shouldn’t deter ice cream-goers from trying any of the other seasonal flavors on the menu, like the lavender honey and strawberry buttermilk, or rosemary with toasted pine nuts.

2495 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA

2. Fatamorgana Gelato

12021 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

Famous Italian gelato-maker Fatamorgana snuck into Studio City, opening up a West Coast location that has become a kind of flagship for the company plus another one in Beverly Hills. Despite the rotating seasonal flavors, plenty of folks still swing through a few nights a month for a taste of the iconic stracciatella.

12021 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91604

3. Mashti Malone Ice Cream

1525 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA

LA's original Persian ice cream shop has been serving locals and tourists for decades, and its rose-infused ice cream still 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

4. Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.

1824 W Main St, Alhambra, CA

This 100-year-old ice cream brand still churns some of the city’s best scoops, anywhere. Of course, the Alhambra-based company’s soda fountain options (floats, malts, and more) are worth the trip to the original location or the two-year-old space in Glendora.

1824 W Main St
Alhambra, CA

5. Salt & Straw

240 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Portland import Salt & Straw fits right into its Larchmont location, amiably serving scoops of well-sourced ice cream. The brand has since expanded across the city, with locations in West Hollywood, Arts District, Studio City, and Venice, furthering the ice cream options in Los Angeles.

240 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

6. Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

534 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

It’s all soft-serve all the time at Busman Organic Milk bar. The organic flavors are some of LA’s most unique with taro milk tea, matcha, and pineapple mango for starters. Eat it from a cup, but the best way to have a scoop is with Busman’s self-described croffle cone, a combination of croissant and waffle.

534 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

7. Big Softee

128 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Local crowds descend upon Big Softee for highly Instagrammable swirls of soft serve. Flavors change daily and are inspired by Asian desserts, like Hong Kong-style milk tea, ginger-kissed tofu flower, and matcha almond.

128 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

8. La Jerezana Ice Cream Parlor

2200 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

A fairly recent addition to Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, the family-owned La Jerezana opened in late-2020 where tequila ice cream, cheesecake paletas, raspados are made on-site. Plus, there’s a giant ice cream-wielding robot at the entrance.

2200 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

9. Gelateria Uli

541 S Spring St Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA
A double scoop of ice cream from Gelateria Uli in Los Angeles, California.
Gelateria Uli
Gelateria Uli website

This Spring Street Arcade addition comes from Uli Nasibova, and features a rotating selection of seasonal flavors perfect for those hot days when everyone needs something satisfying.

541 S Spring St Ste 104
Los Angeles, CA

10. Sweet Rose Creamery

970 Monument St, Pacific Palisades, CA

With multiple locations across Los Angeles, there seems to be no stopping Sweet Rose. The ice cream from Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb's Rustic Canyon family of restaurants is the brainchild of chef Shiho Yoshikawa and is full of delightful surprises, like its housemade candied nuts and mini marshmallows.

970 Monument St
Pacific Palisades, CA

11. Jamz Creamery

231 E Manchester Blvd #1717, Inglewood, CA 90301

Blocks away from SoFi Stadium is Jamz Creamery. This family-owned operation offers 27 flavors along with sundaes, shakes, banana splits, and an impossibly big ice cream sandwich. Toppings are plentiful, and they’ve even got a few vegan options available.

231 E Manchester Blvd #1717
Inglewood, CA 90301

12. Kansha Creamery

18515 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

Sporting a slew of ice cream made on-site, this Gardena shop comes from James Tatsuya and Elaine Yukari, who make different flavors every day and use fresh, seasonal ingredients. The hours are limited, with service from just 1 to 6 p.m. (closed Sunday and Wednesday), but the shop generously donates a portion of its sales to charities.

18515 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248

13. Long Beach Creamery

222 E Broadway Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

It can be a little overwhelming when walking into Long Beach Creamery. There’s much more than ice cream, including the blueberry butter cake with a layer of jam slapped right in the center. Ask for a scoop of ice cream a la mode, or just ask for the actual butter cake ice cream, cannabis flavored ice cream, or a meyer lemon ice cream with a blueberry and blackberry swirl.

222 E Broadway Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

14. Tondi Gelato

401 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
A scoop of ice cream from Tondi Gelato
Tondi Gelato
Mona Holmes

Head right into the husband and wife-owned Tondi, where staff are likely whipping up a new batch of vegan or full creamed gelato on-site, with pistachio, salted caramel, lemon, or the potent espresso. Creamy and full of coffee flavor, it’s a wonderful, joyful bite, which is best savored while slowly walking down the promenade, or to-go in an insulated bag and dropped into a cooler filled with ice for the trek back to Los Angeles.

401 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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