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Best Ice Cream Parlors in Los Angeles

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Back in the day, kids would race from their homes when they heard the music from the ice cream truck coming down their street. Ice cream has come a long way from when we were kids. The flavors have matured­ they are robust, savory and creative! Whether you like crazy combinations of ice cream flavors or you enjoy a traditional scoop of chocolate, Ice cream is still the perfect treat to cool you down with during the hot summer months or just when you need something sweet and soothing. The following Ice cream parlors offer traditional flavors as well as unique, dreamy flavors.

MILK Ice cream
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7290 Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-­6455

Milk is pretty close to perfect when it comes to ice cream! Get in line for homemade frozen desserts such as ice cream, sorbets, shakes and floats. The parlor is usually filled with customers eating massive, colorful Macaron ice cream sandwiches. Another favorite is their homemade Drumsticks available in either original or butterscotch. If you are a simple ice cream eater then order a cup of your favorite flavor. Milk also offers food, coffee drinks as well as other delectable treats. Enjoy their Blue Velvet cakes or a fresh cookie or better yet buy their cookie dough to take home with you! Milk provides indoor and outdoor seating with limited parking.

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712 N Heliotrope Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 906-­2649

Chef Tai Kim is the man behind the local chain Scoops. The no­frills shops features freezers displaying trays of their daily churned dairy and non dairy ice creams as well as vegan offerings. Black Cherry Xlnfandel, Tiramisu are a couple of their gelato flavors while Guinness Chocolate, Salty Caramel are a couple of their ice cream selections. Scoops has three locations with the original located on Heliotrope Drive across from LACC. Make sure to arrive early as flavors often run out.

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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
6834 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 466-0399

The San Francisco staple, Ghirardelli Chocolate has found it's way to Hollywood! Ghirardelli and Disney have united to offer delicious dairy treats to locals and tourists. Order their world famous hot fudge sundae drenched in homemade hot fudge. Ghirardelli's hot fudge is made daily on premises with real melted milk, dark or spicy chocolate. Enjoy your sundae in a homemade waffle cone for an additional fee. This isn't your ordinary ice cream parlor, Disney fans have an extra bonus as the gift store is stocked with Disney movies, plush toys, and books. Ghirardelli souvenirs and chocolates are also available for purchase.

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Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th St #51,
Santa Monica, California 90402
(310) 260-­2663

How does old fashioned vanilla ice cream dipped in Guittard chocolate sound to you? You can head over to Sweet Rose Creamery to indulge in a Bon Bon or maybe a S'mores Pie is more your speed. Kids will love to make their own sundaes and choose from 12­15 flavors of ice cream. Chefs use the best ingredients and create small batches of ice cream on site. Sweet Rose Creamery is located in Brentwood, Santa Monica and Mid City. Check their online menus as each ice cream parlor offers different items.

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225 26th St #51,
Santa Monica, California 90402
(310) 260-­2663

Fosselmans is a family run business who has been serving delicious old fashioned ice cream at their full service parlor for over 91 years.The only dilemma you will have at Fosselmans is choosing from 48 flavors! Order a soda fountain specialty or share a banana split on your next family outing. The kids will be fascinated by the classic candy section with 50 types of classic candies to choose from!

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2495 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 797-1405

This is the place to go if you have exploratory taste buds. The flavors here are out of the box and all really good. Everyday flavors include Brown Sugar Vanilla, Lemon Basil Sorbet and Strawberry Buttermilk, while seasonal flavors can include Brown Butter Sage and Pear Wine Sorbet. Your mouth will thank you. Trust me. If you can't make it out to Pasadena you can find them at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sundays.

Tee blogs about the coolest things to do, see and play at and at Twitter.

Adrienne Van Houten is a Glendale area blogger. She can be found blogging at Adrienne's House hanging out, come on over and put your feet up.

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