By Matthew Lim
With summer right around the corner, everyone will be looking for a way to cool off when not studying for the SAT or waiting around for the new school year. What better way to cool off than with a good old fashioned scoop of ice cream. Here are some of my favorite ice cream parlors in LA, I hope you get a chance to check them out!
1. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
Location: Grand Central Market 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
About: The best ice cream I’ve had by far in Los Angeles. With 4.5 stars on Yelp, this ice cream parlor tucked into Grand Central Market is reason alone to drive out to downtown. The first thing that strikes anyone when looking at the menu is all the unique flavors. Churros Con Leche, Olive Oil and Salted Almond, and Eureka Lemon and Marionberries are all the most unusual and acclaimed flavors. The most common thing to do at McConnell’s is to get the single (a misnomer as one single is two scoops, each a flavor of your choice). What I feel really sets this parlor apart from the rest is the consistency a depth of flavor. Each bite is the same as the last, creamy, cold, and full of flavor. My favorite flavor is the Peppermint Stick; perfectly refreshing and sweet, it’s a great choice for dessert after any meal. Also available at the parlor are ice cream cookie sandwiches, banana splits, and milkshakes.
(Also something noteworthy: they will occasionally have half off prices for students on Thursdays, so make sure to follow them on their instagram and have your student ID ready.)
2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Location: 1954 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
About: A newcomer to the west coast, the formerly midwest exclusive ice cream parlor has just come to Los Angeles this past March. I first encountered Jeni’s while in Columbus, Ohio, for a fencing tournament and went no less than four times during my short stay. Creamier than McConnell’s but just as flavorful, Jeni’s sports its own menu of unusual flavors from Bangkok Peanut to Cadmium Yellow Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt to Noir D’Ivoire. Though more expensive than McConnell’s, Jeni’s is just as high quality and the fresh waffles cones are huge plus factors.
3. Mother Moo Creamery
Location: 17 Kersting Ct, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
About: A sharp departure from the previous two, Mother Moo Creamery is an organic based artisan shop in Arcadia. Cute and bright, this ice cream parlor has become a hit and has the advantage of not being so “DTLA pretentious.” With many more familiar flavors compared to McConnell’s and Jeni’s, Mother Moo is more concerned with bold flavors and organic ingredients. One of the most talked about flavors is their Organic Triple Milk. Creamy, full flavored, and still refreshing, it’s definitely one to at least try. If you’re not a cream person, they have plenty of fruit flavored choices as well, making any visit an enjoyable one.
4. Peddler’s Creamery
Location: 458 S Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
About: Peddler’s Creamery is unique for two reasons. One, of course, is that the ice cream is fantastic, but also, the real gimmick to Peddler’s is the stationary bike in the shop that lets you churn your own batch of ice cream. When you walk into the shop, you’re hit with a hipster vibe that comes from the decor of the parlor. The employees are very kind and helpful and are always open to help you make a decision. Similar to Mother Moo, Peddler’s focuses much more on traditional favors but has a very large variety and has something for everyone.
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