A city made of ice cream? Not exactly. Can you imagine that? But if a city can claim the title of being named “City of Ice Cream”, I imagine it would be this city. With already an abundant of ice cream shops like Milk, Carmela Ice Cream & Sorbet, Sweet Rose Creamery, IOTA, and Diddy Riese, Los Angeles continues to be the forefront of the ice cream boom. New stores are popping up what seems like every other week. With this summer expected to be extra dry and hot, we welcome anything to help combat the triple-digit heatwaves. If that means opening a slew of ice cream stores, then so be it! Like anyone is actually complaining about more ice cream stores opening. With that in mind, here are ten ice cream shops to look out for this summer.
Big Gay Ice Cream
124 West 9th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
West coast rejoice. After two successful pop-up ice cream truck in Los Angeles, the New York based Big Gay Ice Cream is finally expanding to the City of Angels. Big Gay is known for their large portions of delicious soft-serve with their quirky names like Salty Pimp, Bea Arthur, and Mexican Affo’gay’to. They’re projected to open sometime in late summer.
168 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
There is a reason why Bulgarini has the best gelato around. Owner, Leo Bulgarini, not only studied gelato-making in Italy (where gelato was originated), he also makes sure he has the best ingredients by importing pistachio from Sicily and chocolate from France.
Various pop-up locations
Inspired by the Los Angeles street food culture, Sylvia Yoo created what could be the next Cronut by combining ice cream that includes flavors like Horchata, Mexican Chocolate, Vanilla Custard, Panna Cotta, and Peach Cobbler; sandwiched in between two warm, rolled-up churros. Follow their Facebook or Instagram to find out where their next pop-up location will be!
Ever had bee-pollen before? Gelateria Uli offers 16 carefully crafted flavors, including a Bee-Pollen flavor (which is not sweet and tastes nothing like honey), made fresh daily in their kitchen. If you need a pick-me-upper, try their espresso or drip coffee, poured over ice cream for an affogat.
3377 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 116
Los Angeles, CA 90017
The name says it all. This little shop in Koreatown specializes in milk-flavored soft serve topped with your choice of a block of fresh honeycomb or swirls of liquid honey, a popular summer treat in Korea. You can opt out on the honey if you just want a plain ice cream or you can have your ice cream in between their Babee Bun for an unique ice cream sandwich.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
317 Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Made at The Old Dairy, in downtown Santa Barbara, using fresh California Central Coast milk and cream and the finest local, sustainable and organic, raw ingredients, McConnell’s has been churning and serving their made-from-scratch artisan ice cream for over 65 years. No wonder McConnell’s is considered a local landmark of Santa Barbara.
Salt & Straw
240 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Listed in GQ’s ‘The 10 Ice Cream Shop You Need To Visit‘ and named one of Oprah’s favorite ice cream in O Magazine, Portland’s famed farm-to-cone organic ice cream shop will be opening up in Larchmont neighborhood in August. Anything backed by Oprah has to be good.
727 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90032
One of LA’s “cult favorite” ice cream shop, according to LA Times Daily Dish, Scoops, just opened it’s 4th location in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. Flavors rotate daily within the four stores so check their Twitter to find out what each location is carrying.
Small Batch Ice Cream – Playa Provisions
119 Culver Boulevard
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Inside the newly opened multi-purpose, 4-in-1 eatery and bar is Small Batch Ice Cream. Nothing better than a nice stroll on a SoCal beach and some delicious homemade ice cream with flavors like Thai Iced Tea or Chocolate Malted Crunch.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Another New York favorite has expanded to LA. The LA storefront isn’t expect to open until later this year, but in the meantime, you can find their trucks popping up at various locations. Van Leeuwen fans can expect the same classic flavors like Vanilla, Chocolate, Pistachio, Earl Grey, Currants and Cream, Palm Sugar, as well as 4 vegan flavors. To find out where their trucks will be serving, follow them on Twitter.
I don’t know about you, but writing this article has got me hankering for some ice cream. I smell another Food Challenge coming on.