Elado Ice Cream
In the southeastern suburb of Pico Rivera, Elado offers ice cream with a Latin twist. A quick look at their Instagram page will make your mouth water with their citrus and sweet treats. Their signature chabet is a Mexican-style sorbet topped with spicy-sweet seasoning that leaves you feeling refreshed. But don’t miss their horchata ice cream with cinnamon-covered churro bits on top if you need to get your sugar fix.
Elado Ice Cream, 6033 Rosemead Blvd., Pico Rivera CA, USA, +1 (562) 398-4226
Nothing sounds more like summer than an ice cream truck jingle, which is exactly what these grown-up versions of popsicles from Artesana Pops taste like. Bring back those childhood memories with these frozen treats based on traditional Mexican paletas, or popsicles. Fruity or creamy, Artesana Pops has it all and more with both their traditional and unusual flavor combos. Try their blackberry-pomegranate or spinach pineapple to cool down; for something more adventurous, they also have flavors like eggnog or Vietnamese coffee.
Artesana Pops, 220 West 8th St., Los Angeles CA, USA, +1 (213) 995-6905
Coolhaus Ice Cream
With a name like Coolhaus Ice Cream, there’s automatically a certain reputation to be expected. Rest assured, these gourmet ice creams deliver. Their summer special is the ‘fast food’ flavor – vanilla ice cream, chocolate malt balls with French fry crisp toppings. For something slightly less adventurous but equally surprising, have a scoop of the root beer float flavor. Its mild carbonation leaves a tingling feeling, almost like a reminder that ice cream is meant to put a smile on your face. Alternating between a food truck and two storefronts, check their website to find out where you can get your frozen fix.
Coolhaus Ice Cream 59 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA, USA, +1 (310) 424-5559
Salt & Straw
A cold scoop of ice cream may seem a little out of place for a rainy city like Portland, but that’s exactly where this quirky ice cream parlor started. Branching out to an LA location in the Windsor Square area, Salt & Straw has flavors just as contradictory as their origins. For a truly LA-inspired treat, have a scoop of their Stumptown Coffee ice cream – with chocolate-covered, caramel-dipped pecans from a Los Angeles chocolatier, this is definitely glamorous enough for Tinsel Town.
Salt & Straw, 240 North Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles CA, USA, +1 (323) 466-0485
The LA food scene would not be complete without a nod to the churro, making this list for a cool frozen twist. Churro Borough specializes in its flat-disked churro ice cream sandwiches. Located in the trendy neighborhood of Los Feliz, Churro Borough offers a plethora of options revolving around this cinnamon pastry. The churro ice cream sandwich is a must but their Churro Fries are a great alternative, with house made spiced sugar toppings and your choice of dipping sauce.
Churro Borough, 1726 North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 (323) 662-0341