11 L.A. Ice Cream Spots to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day


July 19 is National Ice Cream Day and here in Los Angeles, there are plenty of scoop shops to help you celebrate. Enjoy ice cream stacked up high on a waffle cone or inside a bubbly float—the options and flavors seem endless.

To help you decide where to spend your ice cream money this National Ice Cream Day, our team shares some of our favorite spots in L.A. County. Hit them up on July 19 or all month long because July is deemed National Ice Cream Month, too. Stay cool, Angelenos.



Scoops (Multiple Locations)

These guys are the OG’s of the L.A. artisanal ice cream movement. Scoops ice cream flavors are not only delicious but experimental, and the fact that they change on a daily basis just keeps people coming back for more. It’s also cool that they take customer suggestions when creating flavors. –>  More information — Christina Champlin


Honeymee (Multiple Locations)

Koreatown has so many places to get all sorts of ice cream, but my favorite remains Honeymee. From a little walk-up window in Brown Derby Plaza, you can order their rich, creamy “true milk” soft serve topped with a chunk of honeycomb. Other drizzling options include honey without the comb, chocolate, caramel, and matcha. And if you’re not in K-town, they’ve expanded to several other locations, too, each with their own special offerings. –> More information. — Juliet Bennett Rylah


Wanderlust Creamery (Multiple Locations)

Wanderlust is inspired by travel and ingredients from around the world. The signature menu includes global spins on traditional flavors, like a Japanese Neapolitan or Vietnamese Rocky Road. Their monthly seasonal menu can draw lines out the door and it’s notorious for selling out. For July, they are dropping FOUR boba-inspired flavors guaranteed to be a huge hit. –> More information — Christina Champlin


POPS Artisanal Creamery (San Fernando & Van Nuys)

Owner Martin Ken specializes in exotic tropical flavors like soursop, lucuma, mamey, and yellow cherry. The ice cream and sorbets are packed with so much flavor you’re going to want multiple scoops. Forgo the cone and opt for a trio sundae. It’s served in a coconut or pineapple shell!  –> More information — Christina Champlin


Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream

Mashti Malone’s features Persian ice cream in flavors like saffron pistachio rosewater, Persian cucumber, Turkish coffee, and the dairy-free Herbal Snow made with a blend of herbs and spices. It’s one of the most unique offerings in L.A. and it’s been around since 1980. –> More information. – Juliet Bennett Rylah


Magpies (Silver Lake and Tarzana)

Husband-and-wife team Warren and Rose Schwartz have been whipping up artisanal soft serve since 2016. Their made-from-scratch lineup of flavors includes lots of vegan options, with special daily flavors like Corn Almond, Birthday Cake, Brownie Batter, and Fresh Banana. Plus, if you need something for an occasion they do pies and birthday cakes as well. They’re now offering online ordering (including pints for sale) to make it easy during these times of social distancing. –> More information — Brian Champlin


Fosselman’s (Alhambra)

Fosselman’s is old-school in all the right ways. The family-owned institution has been scooping since 1919. Flavors include all the traditional offerings and fun seasonal creations like Thin Mint and Fresh Peach made with real peaches. –> More information — Christina Champlin


Sweet Rose Creamery (Multiple Locations)

Find Sweet Rose Creamery at Brentwood Country Mart or in Santa Monica near the ocean. They specialize in small-batch ice creams made with ingredients from local farmers and waffle cones made fresh daily. July flavors include Blueberry Muffin, Summer Corn, and a dairy-free stone fruit sorbet, among others. –> More information. – Juliet Bennett Rylah


Float (Pasadena)

Fosselman’s delicious ice creams are transformed into decadent floats at this small cafe in Pasadena. You can build your own float or go for a classic combo like the Creamsicle made with craft orange cream soda, French vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. If you want to go big, try something from the seasonal menu. Creations are usually topped with a baked treat like rice crispy squares, mini donuts, or a cookie. –> More information — Christina Champlin


Long Beach Creamery (Long Beach)

Long Beach Creamery puts a focus on organic, small-batch ice cream using locally sourced ingredients, including produce from Long Beach-area farmers. They now boast two locations in Long Beach (Downtown, Bixby Knolls) plus a shop at Steelcraft Bellflower. For National Ice Cream Day weekend, the lineup of flavors will include Sweet Summer Corn, Crispy Mallow, Buttercake, and Banana Chip Sorbet (vegan). –> More information — Brian Champlin


Coolhaus (Delivery or Pickup in Culver City)

Coolhaus offers ice cream by the pint or smushed between cookies as a sandwich. They have plenty of dairy-free flavors, plus fun offerings like Milkshake & Fries, Chocolate Molten Cake, and Take the Cannoli. On July 19, Coolhaus is doing a giveaway with delivery platforms including Postmates, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Caviar. All delivery and pickup orders will get a random gift, which may include a Coolhaus face mask, a tote and pin, a signed Coolhaus cookbook, and more. If you purchase their new dairy-free EnjoyMINT For All pint, 100% of proceeds benefit The Okra Project. –> More Information— Juliet Bennett Rylah


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *