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The 20 best ice cream shops in Los Angeles

When L.A. gets hot, reach for local remedies: an ocean breeze, shady trees and, of course, the best ice cream in the city.

By Stephanie Breijo, Kate Wertheimer and Erin Kuschner

Endless summers in Los Angeles mean nonstop cravings for the best ice cream around. Not key lime pie, not jelly doughnuts, maybe not even soft serve—we’re talking rich, creamy ice cream. When temperatures climb, treat yourself to the city’s tastiest frozen treats, some of which are built on fresh fruits, herbs and veggies from L.A.’s incredible farmers’ markets. Whether you’re looking for jam-swirled seasonal flavors, globally inspired scoops or straight-up classic combos done right, L.A. has it all.

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Whether you like oddball flavors or your taste is more vanilla, get your frozen fix at these top ice cream shops, from classic parlors to new-wave purveyors


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