Here are a few delicious ways to deal with the L.A. heat.
The temperatures are soaring and so is the desire to dive straight into the ocean or cannonball into the nearest pool. But with beaches being crowded and pools not being a feature in every home, the next best thing you can do is plunge straight into a sweet, heavenly frozen dessert.
Here’s are some delectable icy treats to go and enjoy or even have delivered to you in L.A. right now.
1. Queens’ Coffee, Coolhaus
Because coffee is essential but also unthinkable in the heat. So why not make is a frozen frappuccino? This flavor is a treat that’s worth the splurge—but so are many of the other options like Brown Butter Ice Cream, Cinnamon Sugar Churro Dough, Chocolate Chip Swirl, or Midnight Munchies. Plus they have a cute adult ice-cream truck that also doubles up as a bodega.
8588 Washington Blvd. Culver City CA 90232
2. Matcha Cake, Van Leeuwen
Van Leeuwen went from a humble ice cream truck to becoming a frozen dessert empire. And that’s simply because it creates wildly exciting flavors for every palate and every dietary requirement. Even if you aren’t vegan, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not trying the Matcha Cake, Honeycomb Pint, Ginger Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble, or Pistachio Pint. Tubs cost around $10 each (because you’ll want to take one of those along with you after devouring your scoops).
300 S Santa Fe Ave, Suite R, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (multiple locations)
3. Dairy-Free Vanilla Coconut Pint (with homemade marshmallows), Sweet Rose Creamery
It would be hard to find something as creamy with absolutely no cream. Sweet Rose is known for those gorgeous scoops of color perched atop crunchy cones, but a pint of the vanilla coconut will go down just as quickly.
225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, United States
4. Cannabis-infused Oreo Cookie Rush Ice Cream, Angel Haus
Angel Haus Creamery adds indulgent chunks of Oreo to their very own, cannabis-infused “Vanilla Angel” ice cream. This is the mad sugar rush with all the chill you need for a weekend scorcher.
113 N. San Vicente Blvd 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Order online or text your orders to (213) 810-7991
5. Ube Softserve Pie (Vegan), Magpies Softserve
Take full advantage of the fact that no one is going to see you in anything other than jogging gear for the next few weeks with this ice cream pie. That’s right, a whole pie of delicious Ube Softserve to keep you cool this week—or however long it lasts.
2660 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States
6. Cereal Milk Soft Serve, Milk Bar
Sweet swirls that are made with the famous Cereal Milk that’s made with milk, cornflakes, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. It’s basically the ultra-delicious frozen incarnation of the bottom of your Cornflakes cereal bowl.
7150 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States
7. Nieves De Leche, La Michoacan
Anything from here is a full-blown flavor festival and it’s the best way to cool off and treat yourself. Choose from a whole range of yummy scoops and don’t look back.
7221 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405
The ice creamery has been delivering sweet, icy, artisanal dreams to L.A. for around 15 years now. The sweet brown bread flavor in particular has become a cult classic. But there are tons of wild flavors to let your palate explore like
727 N Broadway, #125, Los Angeles, CA 90012
9. Pots of Gold & Rainbows, Salt & Straw
Salt & Straw simply oozes deliciousness. Every scoop is dripping with flavor and some inventive topping that’s an entire event on its own. The Portland-based, small-batch ice cream shop goes from strength to strength and Angelenos are pretty obsessed with anything that they make. Pots of Gold & Rainbows was only introduced in March but has quickly become the go-to for fans. You’ll probably spot some of their Sea Salt & Caramel Ribbons sauce which looks like liquid gold, but you can try it out on your inevitable return.
8949 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States (multiple locations)
10. Mixed Feelings, BAE & Co.
These velvety swirls come in mesmerizing colors and flavors with exciting topping artfully balancing atop (including actual gold). The colorful vegan cones come in flavors like matcha, black, and red valentine and have the perfect amount of sweetness to finish off with. Of course, amongst the highly ‘grammable beauties, the black and cream-colored Mixed Feelings (charcoal pineapple/vanilla) is just as good as it looks.
369 East 2nd St., Little Tokyo
Featured Image: Bae & Co.