Ice Cream & Gelato

10 Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Los Angeles

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Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM

click to enlarge Banana split at Sweet Rose Creamery - JESSICA KOSLOW
  • Jessica Koslow
  • Banana split at Sweet Rose Creamery
Even though July is National Ice Cream Month, nobody needs an excuse to indulge in creamy cones, cups and sandwiches any time of year. Ronald Reagan was the president to drum up this designation in 1984, decreeing that the third Sunday of the month would be National Ice Cream Day. He wanted to recognize the cold treat that 90% of the U.S. population enjoys regularly. Turn the page for the scoop on the best ice cream and gelato shops in town to visit on July 21 -- this year's National Ice Cream Day -- or any other day, for that matter.

click to enlarge Coffee toffee with chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich at Milk - JESSICA KOSLOW
  • Jessica Koslow
  • Coffee toffee with chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich at Milk
10. Milk:

Walking into Milk is like stepping into a condensed version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. There's a stand-up fridge to the left with goodies such as butterscotch drumsticks, watermelon and red velvet macaroon ice cream sandwiches and frozen strawberry shortcakes. Piled high on the counter to the right are cookies, brownies and cakes. The menu board hanging overhead lists shakes, malts, floats and the classics, which include a warm ooey gooey chocolate sundae and the blondie with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch and pecan praline. Make Your Own Ice Cream Sandwiches are $5 with about 10 cookie types to choose from as well as flavors such as jasmine, nutella, blueberry crumble pie and their most popular pick, banana dulce de leche. 7290 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-939-6455.

click to enlarge Mint chip cone at N'ice Cream on Abbot Kinney Blvd. - JESSICA KOSLOW
  • Jessica Koslow
  • Mint chip cone at N'ice Cream on Abbot Kinney Blvd.
9. N'ice Cream:

Recently voted one of the best desserts around the world by Travel + Leisure, N'ice Cream holds two prime leases in Venice: one on Abbot Kinney and the other on the boardwalk. Owners Laura Nielsen and Christian Toxboe moved here from Denmark in 2008 to open an ice cream shop, and they fell in love with Venice. Check N'ice Cream's website for a list of their 16 daily flavors, which range from fruity strawberry banana to nutty pistachio and hazelnut chip. The No. 1 order is salted caramel, but most of the flavors run low come closing time. 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-396-7161 (plus three other locations).

click to enlarge Sea salted caramel with chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich at Coolhaus - JESSICA KOSLOW
  • Jessica Koslow
  • Sea salted caramel with chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich at Coolhaus
8. Coolhaus:

True to its name, everything is cool about Coolhaus: the handwritten names on the ice cream case; the young, stylish servers; its roaming food trucks; and flavors with names like Cuban cigar and Peking duck. The shop is petite and less than 10 people in line equals a crowd. But the ice cream sandwich, with two chunky, chewy homemade cookies on each end, is worth standing in line for. It's massive, with ice cream bulging out the sides, and makes a perfect treat for two. Popular Coolhaus picks are balsamic fig and mascarpone and salted caramel. 8588 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City; 310-424-5559.

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