West LA Specialty
11311 Mississippi Ave., West LA
Understandably, kids go absolutely nuts for this place, and not just because of the miniature penguin mascot. The flavored “snow cream”—it’s a cross between shaved ice and ice cream—comes in four basic flavors (sweet milk, green tea, strawberry, and black sesame) and can be dressed up in toppings that run the gamut from coconut flakes to honey boba to mochi. They’ve recently introduced seasonal gourmet popsicles, like green tea pistachio and pomegranate lychee.
Honey Mee Ice Cream
11301 W. Olympic Blvd., Sawtelle
While there’s no dearth of ice cream shops in LA, somehow quality soft-serve is still difficult to get a hold of. Honey Mee not only fills the hole in the market but it does so in a way that’s just a little bit healthier. There’s no unnecessary flavors added to make the ice cream taste like vanilla, this results in an exceptionally creamy consistency that’s slightly less sweet than the traditional stuff. What’s more, in lieu of sugary toppings there’s granola, honey oats, slivered almonds, and real honeycombs, meaning that both kids and grownups get their fix without going into a full-on sugar coma. There's another outpost in Koreatown.
The Bigg Chill
10850 W. Olympic Blvd., West LA
With the original '80s logo intact more than 20 years later (there are even old-school pleather chairs and a matching neon sign), walking into The Bigg Chill sort of feels like a time warp. The frozen yogurt stacks up, too, with a wide assortment of flavors and endless toppings. The location is admittedly random, but as anyone who grew up here will gladly tell you, this is the kind of place that's worthy of a drive.
Top Tier Treats
11511 W. Pico Blvd., West LA
Formerly known as Jamaica Cakes, this unassuming little bakery on Pico cranks out some of the most jaw-droppingly elaborate, Food Network-worthy cakes we've ever seen. While not quite as festive as the multi-tiered creations, the cookies, pies, and cupcakes are just as delicious.
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