Maybe it’s eating dairy – or the thought of eating it – that makes you ill. Either way, you’re not screaming for ice cream. Summer’s around the corner, and cool desserts reign supreme. Don’t get stuck with just a popsicle or an icy sorbet. Here’s the scoop on dairy-free ice cream in Los Angeles
Salty Oreo and maple hazelnut are only a few of Scoops’ soy-based, non-dairy flavor combinations that change daily. Guests can write suggestions for flavors on a blackboard overflowing with quirky ideas. Avocado ice cream, anyone? Be sure to check Twitter for flavor updates before you go. A scoop goes a long way. (It’s more like two.) A vegan option is usually available as well.
Scoops East Hollywood, 712 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 906 2649
Scoops Westside, 3400 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 405 7055
Scoops Chinatown, 727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 739 8675
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Take your dessert for a spin — literally. This downtown creamery churns its cream by bicycle. Peddler’s keeps at least one dairy-free, vegan variety available at all times, and makes it from a coconut milk base. Seating is limited, but you can sign up to be a peddler to earn (and work off) some ice cream.
Peddler’s Creamery, 458 S Main St., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 537 0257
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Restaurant, Vegan, none
Kippy’s! Ice Cream
Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
Kippy’s! Ice Cream
Smiling, colorful flowers on the windows bring you into the whimsy of this Venice shop. All flavors at Kippy’s! are dairy-free, made from homemade coconut cream and sweetened with raw honey. Feel environmentally friendly by enjoying your ice cream in a ceramic bowl or get it to go in a post-consumer to-go cup.
Kippy’s! Ice Cream, 245 Main St. #3d, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 399 4871
Finding snow in Southern California can be difficult, but at Snow Station, creamy, fluffy shaved ice cream is the specialty. Frozen flavors are sliced with Hawaiian shave ice machines to create the dairy-free, vegan dessert. Flavors like strawberry, lychee, mint and almond are part of the set menu. Just like for Goldilocks, the sizes range from Mini Bear to Hungry Bear. Mini Bears include one flavor, one topping, and a drizzle. Try the green tea with strawberry mochi and a honey drizzle. Your tastebuds will thank you.
Snow Station Eagle Rock, 2114 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 739 9665
Snow Station Westminster, 9938 Bolsa Ave. #117, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 531 7669
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If you’re missing soft serve, try the frozato at Hugo’s. The dairy-free, soy-based vegan soft serve will take you back (if you could ever eat it), and is great by itself or after a few tacos. (What isn’t better after a few tacos?) Frozatos are made in-house, and come in chocolate, vanilla, or a swirled combination of the two. The cream has a slightly nutty taste and comes in a cup or on a cone.
Hugo’s Tacos Studio City, 4749 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 818 762 7771
Hugo’s Tacos Glendale, 3300 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 664 9400
Hugo’s Tacos Woodland Hills, 22941 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 818 222 7700
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Dessert Shop, American, $$$
Quenelle’s cream is icier than most, but the unique flavors make up for the more sorbet-like texture. Flavors continually rotate, with dairy-free options like grapefruit margarita, bay leaf limeade, soy milk chocolate hazelnut, and purple drank (Koolaid) available. The shop also serves up specialty popsicles, just in case the plethora of dairy-free options leave you in awe. A scoop is $3.
Quenelle, 2214 W Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA, USA, +1 818 843 1035
Gelato Bar & Espresso Café
Cafe, American, $$$
Gelato Bar & Espresso Café
This cute European-style shop in the Tujunga shopping area of Studio City serves coffee, gelato and sorbetto — gelato made with water instead of milk. The sorbetto isn’t like sorbet; it’s richer, and comes in fruity and chocolaty flavors. The cafe features sidewalk seating, which paired with the mixed berry sorbetto, makes for a delightful afternoon.
Gelato Bar & Espresso Café, 4342 Tujunga Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 818 487 1717
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Saffron & Rose Ice Cream
Little Tehran’s Saffron & Rose serves thick, gooey Persian ice cream created using rosewater and ground orchid root. Parking can be a pain, but there’s always a dairy-free ice cream on hand. Try the saffron with pistachio, and taste the rosewater undertones. Also dairy-free is the faloodeh, a rosewater ice (not ice cream) containing wheat-based noodles.
Saffron and Rose Ice Cream, 1387 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 477 5533
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream started in New York City, but travels through Los Angeles in buttery yellow food trucks, which can be located via Twitter. A brick-and-mortar location is also available in Culver City. Vegan creams crafted with cashews, coconut, and cocoa butter come in flavors like dark chocolate, salted caramel, and Sicilian pistachio. They taste much creamier than those created with soy milk alone.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Culver City, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA, USA, +1 424 341 0850
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