There’s an ice cream revolution happening in Los Angeles with a new shop popping up on a daily basis, boasting a menu of organic, local ingredients and unique flavors. In a land of warm weather and a limitless amount of ice creameries to choose from, here's a collection of LA ice cream shops that take the cake… or the scoop.
“Will work for food,” takes on an entirely new meaning at Peddler’s Creamery where organic ingredients are churned by bicycle into the purest and most delicious ice cream in Los Angeles. Flavors include the classics like vanilla and chocolate, seasonal batches like pumpkin pie and strawberry mint, unique creations like honey lavender and orange dream and non-dairy options like chile mango and banana chocolate chip. If you want to get in on the action, the creamery invites volunteers to join the Peddler’s Club where they spend 20 minutes riding the stationary bike in exchange for sweet rewards like a free scoop for every batch churned and a flavor named in your honor for a week after reaching 175 miles.
Sweet Rose Creamery
You know that one friend you have that’s good at both art and science? The one that’s going to medical school, but dabbles in poetry on the side? That’s who Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan are in the culinary world—they excel in their every undertaking, from pizzas and pastries to wine and ice cream. First came the Rustic Canyon restaurant, followed by Huckleberry Café and Milo & Olive. The Sweet Rose Creamery, the pair’s fourth venture with three locations on the westside and a menu full of organic confections, is already a sweet success.
The eastside is no stranger to great ice cream shops. Burbank’s Quenelle takes a playful approach to their ice cream, using ingredients like blood oranges, red beans, and for a more grown-up approach, Red Bull and vodka.
The ice cream menu at Scoops Westside changes every day, but one thing remains the same: the flavors are as innovative on Monday as they are on Thursday. Maple Toffee, Vanilla Ricotta, Meyer Lemon Kiwi and Pecan Sage are only a few of their rule-bending flavors. Like the saying goes, “With great risk comes great reward,” preferably in the form of a sugary, scoop-shaped treat.
Carmela Ice Cream
Not only does Carmela Ice Cream have two brick-and-mortar shops plus an ice cream truck and carts that make appearances at three farmers’ markets throughout the city, but their mind-blowingly creative and delicious flavors like Guinness beer and Rose Petal are also available in stores so you can get your ice cream fix at any time.
First it was the cronut, then it was the ramen burger and now it’s the churro ice cream sandwich at the Churro Borough. The masterminds behind this creation wanted to combine two of LA’s popular street foods and so the churro ice cream sandwich was born. Filling flavors range from conservative vanilla custard to more adventurous peach cobbler. No matter what filling you get, you can rest assured knowing it was tailor-made to pair with the crunchy, cinnamon-dusted pillows of joy on the top and bottom. The only downside is that you can only find them sporadically at pop-up events that quickly sell-out. But then again, that's all part of their charm.
Afters Ice Cream
If cookies and churros weren't delicious enough paired with ice cream, Afters stuffs the frozen confection into a sweet donut and seals it for an outrageous on-the-go dessert. Classic flavors like Rocky Road and Madagascar Vanilla share the menu with creative items like Jasmine Milk Tea and Cookie Monster to cater to purists and risk-takers alike.