LA's Top 7 Frozen Desserts

As seen on ABC 7 ... Summer may be over, but the heat is on in LA. From exotic homemade ice cream to fruit paletas and unusual gelatos, find out where to go for frozen treats in LA and beyond.

Updated: September 27, 2010

Frozen Desserts in LA

Mashti Malone's Ice Cream

1525 N La Brea Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

Iranian brothers Medhi and Mashti have been serving homemade, all-natural ice cream for more than 30 years at this strip mall treasure. Here you'll find exotic flavors like saffron, rosewater, ginger and lavender alongside more classic flavors, including the creamiest peanut butter ice cream you'll ever have.

Caffe Primo

8590 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This outdoor cafe on the Sunset Strip is celeb-spotting central, but more there's more here than meets than eye. The gelato offered in some 30 flavors is a labor of love by owner Tony Riviera himself, the "only gelato master on the West Coast."

Mateo's Ice Cream & Fruit Bars

1250 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

This unassuming yet festive find in South LA is where to go for super-fresh paletas (that's fruit bars in English), ice cream and other Latin-tinged frozen favorites.

Bulgarini Gelato

749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

This family-owned gelateria beckons sweet-tooths from all over Los Angeles. Those willing to make the drive are rewarded with delicious homemade gelato and sorbetto in flavors like Ciocc al Sale, Yogurt all'Olio, Pistacchio and Goat & Nibs.


712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

A real favorite among Angelenos, this no-frills ice cream joint is where to get unusual flavors like the famed Brown Bread.

Gelato Bar Cafe

4342 1/2 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

This popular gelato bar in the Valley is perfect for wandering in for a coffee or snack, but the real draw is the Milanese gelato case brimming with billowing colored clouds of the Italian confection.

Pazzo Gelato

3827 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This perennially popular Silver Lake cafe focuses on local, all-natural ingredients for its tasty gelatos and vegan-friendly sorbettos.

Frozen Desserts in OC

Frati Gelato Cafe

122 West Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832

Owned and operated by a serious gelato aficionado from Italy, this might be the only place in the neighborhood where you can find 18 different flavors of old-fashioned, homemade gelato in one place.

Frozen Desserts in IE

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

373 S Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91786

Talk about frozen desserts! Handel's is where you can get frozen hot chocolate, smoothies, sundaes, waffle bowls, Hurricanes, shakes, floats, ices, Handel's Pops (ice cream covered in dark chocolate served on a stick), low-fat/non-fat/sugar-free frozen yogurt, and of course, ice cream in every imaginable flavor.

Frozen Desserts in Ventura County

McConnell's Fine Ice Cream & Yogurt

3241 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93003

This widely acclaimed sweet shop originally started in Santa Barbara in 1949 and their pledge continues today: that all their ice creams and fruit ices are free of synthetics and imitation flavorings, artificial stabilizers or fillers. See, eating ice cream is good for you!