Food & Drink

LA's 11 Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

Published On 07/15/2015 Published On 07/15/2015
Churro Borough
Jeni's Los Feliz
Diddy Reise
Sweet Rose Creamery
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1. Churro Borough 1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Churro Borough sandwiches rotating ice cream flavors like bright matcha green tea or brown butter cookie between two housemade churro discs. We recommend getting the vanilla custard, but let’s be honest, you really can’t go wrong with any option. Make sure to get there early since -- to no one's surprise -- it usually sells out. Fast.

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2. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams 1954 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

When you combine sugar, spice, and everything all natural, you get Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Although the company got its start in Ohio, Jeni’s Los Feliz outpost keeps up with the hype, serving creamy, luscious flavors like brown butter almond brittle and wildberry lavender. It’s worth the wait, but with over twenty different flavors available for sampling, the line can get quite long. When you've had your fill, take a hike up the nearby Griffith Observatory to walk off the calories.

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3. Coolhaus 8588 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Founded by two ladies with design and realty backgrounds, Coolhaus blends ice cream with architecture and eccentric flavors. Most of the menu offerings here are named after famous architects and combine savory with sweet, like the Louis Ba-Kahn Sammie – a scoop of brown butter-candied bacon ice cream served between two chocolate chip cookies. Even if the puns don’t register, the flavors here are beyond your wildest dreams (Whiskey Lucky Charms, anyone?). Coolhaus also rolls deep with a fleet of ice cream trucks, so you can satiate your sugar cravings on the go.

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4. Diddy Riese 926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Choose your own adventure at this magical ice cream sandwich emporium, where you can mix-and-match ANY of the ice cream and cookie varieties for a sweet sandwich. At two bucks a pop, the hearty desserts are certainly affordable.

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5. CREAM 3335 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This counter-service artisan ice cream spot focuses on all home-made ice cream sandwiches. Cookie flavors like red velvet, turtle, and peanut butter can be paired with ice creams ranging from vanilla to rocky road to a soy-based mint chocolate chip. They also serve ice cream tacos (!!!). The shells come in traditional or red velvet flavor, and are stuffed with three whole scoops of ice cream and two toppings, in any combination you want.

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6. Milk 7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This bakeshop and ice cream parlor serves tons of sweet goodness, plus they keep a short menu of hot pressed sandwiches and salads. But really, treats like a banana dulce de leche ice cream sandwich and a Warm Ooey Gooey Chocolate Sundae are what your going to want to order (and what you should).

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7. Ice Que 401 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Ice Que: home of the funnel cake ice cream sandwich. Do not try to discount the importance of this innovation -- you know you want to try one.

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8. Upstairs Rooftop Lounge at Ace Hotel 933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The only thing hipper than the Ace Hotel DTLA is its rooftop lounge, aptly named The Upstairs Bar. Though the roof boasts a pool and lounge chairs, the emphasis isn't really on swimming -- probably because the concrete pool is small enough to be a hot tub. But you're not there for poolside cabanas, you're there for the impeccable drinks and daily event lineup, which includes everything from DJ sets and live concerts to book release parties and yoga classes. Add in stunning city views, and you've got an unquestionable classic in the rooftop game.

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9. Sweet Rose Creamery 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Sweet Rose concocts a variety of delicious ice cream flavors, and also makes most of their toppings from scratch, including marshmallows to shortbread bits. Known for exotic creations like yam swirl with salty sesame brittle, or cherimoya, this ice cream shop is a homegrown talent (the first of its five LA locations is at the Brentwood Country Mart). But don’t worry: it also has classics like coffee and salted caramel, all of which are made from organic milk, cream, and eggs.

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10. Night + Market 9041 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

From LA-raised Thai chef Kris Yenbamroong, this critically-acclaimed ode to Thai street food in West Hollywood is doling out a rotating menu of spicy salads, pad thai, curries, and so much more. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. By the way, a meal at Night + Market isn't complete without an order of coconut ice cream for dessert.