The grassroots, Kickstarter-funded operation Peddler's Creamery may have started as just a boy and his bike — but it's now a DTLA neighborhood favorite. Owner Edward Belden fused his passions for sustainability, cycling and ice cream into a one-of-a-kind business that celebrates the creative, community-minded foodie culture of L.A. There's artwork and hand-knit tapestries by local artists for sale on the walls, 5 percent of profits going to environmental causes and a free-for-all pedaling policy. Customers can choose to climb on the bike up front and pedal (for 15 to 20 minutes at 15 mph) to churn their own bucket of organic, artisanal ice cream. Each batch churned gets you a free scoop from the daily selection of impossibly creamy dairy and vegan flavors, which range from childhood classics (mint chip, chocolate peanut butter) to exotic (cardamom, chile mango) and seasonal (sweet potato pie). The added bonus? You've just pedaled away the calories from your ice cream. —Bianca Douglas
458 S. Main St., dwntwn., 90013. (213) 537-0257, peddlerscreamery.com.