7 Ice Cream Shops That Are Undeniably Unique To LA

LA is infamous for a lot of things: year-round sunshine, never-ending traffic, plastic surgery centers galore.

Sure, let everyone else make fun of La La Land because you know the City of Angels is so much more than a cliché. If there’s one adjective to describe Los Angeles, it is diverse. Each and every LA enclave offers different sights, sounds and tastes you can’t find in just one city.

There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with a scoop of ice cream, but of course Los Angeles doesn’t offer just any old vanilla ice cream. Want to try some uniquely LA ice cream spots? Here are 7 for you to check out:

7 Unique Ice Cream Shops that are Soooo LA

1. WANDERLUST CREAMERY: Ready for a round the world ice cream experience? Wanderlust offers up ice cream flavors inspired by far-flung destinations such as Thailand (Sticky Rice + Mango) South America (Tonka Bean) and the United Kingdom (Earl Grey). You’ll never get bored of the flavor profiles at Wanderlust, especially since their offer once a month seasonal flavors.

2. MASHTI MALONE'S: Open for 37 years and counting, founder and ice cream chef Mashti Shirvani creates delectable Persian ice cream flavors such as rosewater saffron with pistachios and Persian cucumber.

3. CVT SOFTSERVE: You just might find yourself chasing down a CVT Softserve food truck to try the “best tasting soft serve west of the Atlantic.” The Charlie and Frankie classic food trucks keep it really simple, offering chocolate, vanilla or the swirl with only sprinkles or sea salt toppings. Follow CVT on Twitter to see where they’re popping up next.

4. GINGER’S DIVINE ICE CREAM: You’ll have a tough time choosing between Ginger’s handmade gourmet popsicles, ice cream cookie sandwiches or a traditional waffle cone filled with Billionaire Brownie ice cream.

5. GELATERIA ULI: Are you a gelato lover? Well, get thee to Gelateria Uli where the gelato is handmade in small batches on the daily. You can check the website for the daily flavors at the Downtown and Farmer’s Market locations with classic flavors such as Stracciatella (chocolate chip) and more innovative tastes like Coconut Lemongrass.

6. MIKAWAYA: After a day of touring Little Tokyo, enjoy a mochi sweet treat at Mikawaya, where traditional Japanese ice cream flavors like plum wine, red bean and green tea are wrapped and frozen in a sweet rice dough. Delicious!

7. FOSSELMAN’S ICE CREAM COMPANY: For any business to survive almost 100 years in Los Angeles, you know it must be good. Established in 1919, Fosselman’s is an old school ice cream and soda fountain joint. Order up a classic banana split or try one of the newer ice cream flavors like Taro or Lychee.  

Looking for more LA fun in the sun? We’ve got you covered, from family-friendly things to do in Downtown LA to some fun "me time" shopping and pampering in nearby Santa Monica.