Scoops Westside is a small gourmet ice cream shop in Culver City, right on the cusp of Mar Vista. It’s tucked away in a small lot just off Overland Ave. The parking lot is a bit cramped and doesn’t have many spots available, but their ice cream is so good it’s worth it even if you need to search a bit for street parking.
The ice cream is made fresh in Highland Park and then brought to Scoops Westside. They specialize in gourmet ice cream with unique and out of the box flavor combinations. Some fan favorites include Guinness chocolate, strawberry balsamic, and brown brown bread. Since the ice cream is so fresh, the selection is constantly changing. You can check out the flavors of the day here before you go.
For those who are vegan or lactose intolerant they also offer a large variety of delicious non-dairy options like chocolate apricot, peanut butter burnt sugar, and pear mint wine sorbet.
The service was great. The staff is very knowledgeable and will help you create the perfect ice cream pairing, like, for example, vanilla malt and Thai iced tea. Plus if you’re not sure what flavors to get, they’ll let you try as many as you like until you find what’s right for you. They’re also environmentally friendly and use actual teaspoons (not plastic ones) for tasting.
The ice cream is exceptionally creamy and has the perfect consistency: delicate and smooth. The Thai iced tea tasted dead on and had the perfect amount of sweetness. The malt in the vanilla was well balanced and not overpowering.
Pricing is quite affordable especially for the quality of the product. A medium is $4.75 and lets you pick 3 different flavors. You can even get a pint to take home for $7 (4 flavors included). They also serve Intelligentsia coffee and make every order fresh, one cup at a time.
So challenge your palate and journey outside the box of traditional ice cream. Check out Scoops Westside and if inspiration happens to strike, there’s a customer suggestion chalkboard for new flavor ideas. Maybe yours will be the next big hit!
And for those who think the Westside location is too big of a trek, have no fear! There's a Scoops in East Hollywood and one in Highland Park as well.