Best Ice Cream in Studio City [Los Angeles]
If you have a sweet tooth like me then you’re always on the lookout for the treats. Studio City has a lot of bars, bakeries, and cafes but what about the best ice cream? Studio City is home to many ice cream shops. A lot of them within walking distance of each other. This list is to help you figure out the best ice cream shop to visit when you’re in Studio City, California. All offer something different. If you’re with a group of friends you can do an Ice Cream crawl and get a sampling of each. Makes for a fun weekend activity. If you’re more into where to grab a drink make sure to check out the Top 5 Bars in Studio City. Now let’s get to it, here are the best 4 places for ice cream in Studio City.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream - 12073 Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA 91604
McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream has been around for 70 years. Yes, you heard right, 70 years. It started as a family-owned Dairy Farm in Santa Barbara until it decided to focus on only ice cream. A great decision on their part! In 2013 McConnell’s opened their flagship ice cream shop in Santa Barbara. They control the whole process of their ice cream. From day one McConnell’s has prided itself in the simplicity of their flavors. Starting with a base and making sure you taste the main ingredient.
McConnell’s is an experience. They have limited release seasonal flavors that you don’t want to miss, they often sell out! Some include Honey and Cornbread Cookies, Strawberry Rhubarb and Wild Sweet Clover.
I got the Churro Con Leche and the Cookie dough. I tried the Earl Grey Float. Which isn’t a popular choice but I enjoyed it with the honey and cornbread cookies ice cream,
Right now you can only find a McConnell’s Ice Cream shop if you visit California. That makes it a must-visit right there! Lucky to find a spot in Studio City.
Salt and Straw
Salt & Straw - 12180 1/2 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604
Founded by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek Salt and Straw started in Portland Oregon as an ice cream cart. It’s now grown into a brick and mortar store that has scoop shops around the US. Salt and Straw prides itself on small-batch artisanal ice cream. Rolling out themed flavors monthly. They partner with small businesses and local farmers for a lot of their ingredients. Following a “farm to cone philosophy” that contributes to their cult following. When I say unique flavors I mean completely out of the box. During October you can find flavors that include mealworms, blood pudding, and crickets. It gets crazy but that’s what makes it fun.
I love Salt & Straw and find myself visiting them monthly to see what they’ve conjured up. On top of their monthly flavors, they have staples that you can always find in their shop. One of them is my all-time favorite honey lavender.
Their most popular flavor is sea salt with caramel ribbons. One of their most crazy creations is bone marrow and smoked cherries.
Since opening, Tyler who is the co-founder and head ice cream maker has come up with more than 500 flavors. I hope he has no plans on stopping!
Fatamorgana Gelato - 12021 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Let me break something down right now. If you love gelato. Like real Italian “you studied abroad in Italy” Gelato then you need to come to Fatamorgana. If that’s not enough, there are 8 Fatamorgana locations in Rome Italy. The founder, Maria, has prided herself in creating gelato that is 100% gluten-free. We’re lucky to have one location in Los Angeles and it’s here in Studio City! Fatamorgana has 350 gelato recipes and offers 66 flavors daily. That’s a lot of gelato!
You’re going to see unique flavors with ingredients from all over the world. You can find flavors like Madagascar chocolate, fennel and licorice, cognac, and popcorn
You’re going to need time cause the flavor options are plenty but you’ll find something you love. If you want to get the most popular flavor then try the “Stracciatella.” That’s what I got and it was divine.
Drip N Roll
Drip N Roll - 11048 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
This is the newest location on the list. It’s a family-owned business that serves organic rolled ice cream and drinks. I love supporting family-owned businesses. What is rolled ice cream? This style of ice cream started in Southeast Asia, known as Thai-style. Rolled ice cream is created faster than regular ice cream. The ingredients are poured on a cold slab and then mixed together then chopped and scraped. This method reduces the amount of air in the ice cream. Creating a rich flavor.
I couldn’t decide on creating my own so I got their signature “Ice Cream Killer.” Which was a throwback to cereal in the 90s. I topped it off with condensed milk.
Ice Cream Tip!
Some of these places have major lines. If you want to “cut the line,” you can always bypass the sampling and buy a pint. You're taking a chance but it's ice cream so you'll pick a yummy flavor.
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