Top 5 Ice Cream Shops in LA That You Have To Try

Had a good day? Celebrate with some ice cream! Had a bad day? It’s time to grab a pint full! The bottom line is, it’s always time for ice cream. But now you have a dilemma. How in the world are you to choose one ice cream shop in Los Angeles when every time you search for one, there are 10 new spots to try?

Being a self proclaimed ice cream connoisseur, I have done the dirty work for you. I’ve tried the good, the bad and the “you call this ice cream?” in order to bring you the Top 5 ice creams shops in LA.

Without any further ado, here are the top 5 ice cream shops in LA where you can submit to your cravings and get your ice cream fix.

 

5.) MILK

Ice Cream Shops in LA - Milk
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They may be known for their signature macaron ice cream sandwiches, but this ice cream parlor offers so much more. Indulge in classic sundaes, shakes, drumsticks, hand dipped ice cream bars and ice cream cakes! This is one you don’t want to miss. With flavors varying daily, make sure to check the menu before visiting.

Must try flavors:
Froot Loop Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich – I’d say this counts as breakfast.
Thai Tea Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich – Absolutely sweet and delicious!

4.) Dahlicious Creamery

Ice Cream Shops in LA - Dahlicious
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This is a next level creamery…let me tell you why. Not only do they serve ice cream on a cone, but they also serve it as rolled ice cream in a cup, as a cookie sandwich, as an edible cookie dough sandwich AND as tacos! They’ve totally nailed all the pairings and as a bonus, they’ve got an amazing selection of whimsical toppings.

Must try flavors:
Cotton Candy – Made for those with a sweet tooth; this flavor brings back childhood memories!
Cookies ‘n’ Cream – You can’t beat this traditional flavor made with milk’s favorite cookie.
Want a real treat? Smack your favorite ice cream flavor between a couple of their chocolate chip cookies. You can thank me later.

 

3.) Chichi Dango

Ice Cream Shops in LA - Chichi
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This Hawaiian style treat will instantly transport you to a tropical island paradise. Nothing is more refreshing than their Dole Whip float except maybe their Hawaiian shaved ice served with Japanese mochi (no artificial flavors and no crunchy ice, just natural fruits and homemade syrups for melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.)

Must try flavors:
Dole Whip Float – Pure pineapple bliss.
Strawberry Passion Fruit Shaved Ice – You can taste the love they put into every order with this fantastic and fruity treat.

 

2.) Cauldron Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shops in LA - Cauldron
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This handcrafted ice cream creamery uses liquid nitrogen to mesmerize its customers and deliver fresh, made to order ice cream for every customer. I love the artistic touch they put into crafting their ice cream roses as well as their spin on the traditional cone. Instead of your average sugar or waffle cone, they offer puffle cones (also known as bubble waffles, yum!) that are served HOT and pair perfectly with their delicious ice cream.

Must try flavors:
S’mores – Double chocolate ice cream dusted with graham cracker. Topped with toasted marshmallow fluff.
Pineapple Express – Sweet and tart Dole Whip. Vegan-friendly!

 

1.) Wanderlust Creamery

Ice Cream Shops in LA - Wanderlust
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This artisanal ice cream shop is inspired by travel and delivers the perfect, creamy consistency that will send your taste buds to the moon and back. Their signature and seasonal flavors are inspired by countries around the world.

Must try flavors:
Ube Malted Crunch – Inspired by the Philippines. Malted milk, sweet purple yams, & crunchy malted milk pieces.
Sticky Rice + Mango – Inspired by Thailand. Housemade rice milk, coconut cream, swirls of alphonso mango.

And there you have it, the Top 5 ice cream shops in LA that will satisfy all your cravings!

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