The Best Places in Los Angeles for Vegan Ice Cream

Vegan Planet Earth ice cream at Van Leeuwen ice cream truck in the Arts District | Photo: @vanleeuwenicecream, Instagram


Vegan ice cream—yes, it’s a thing that sweet dreams are made of, and we are swimming in it here in Los Angeles. We ate our way through the city to find 10 places where you can keep your cool while being kind and cruelty-free.

Chill by CHLOE. | Instagram by @losvegangeles

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Where else can you get a vegan push-pop just like the ice cream man used to sell, only healthier? These fun-to-eat novelties are available from Chill by CHLOE. in these flavors: Chocolate Chocolate, Salted Caramel, and Matcha Coconut, with cake or cookie on the bottom as a bonus.

Frozato | Photo courtesy of Hugo's Tacos, Facebook

Hugo’s Tacos



A longtime local fave in Studio City and Atwater Village, Hugo's Tacos serves the Frozato, a homemade sweet potato-based soft serve that comes in chocolate or vanilla, or better yet, swirled together. It’s so good, even dairy lovers like it.

KindKreme at Sage Organic Vegan Bistro in Echo Park | Instagram by @tarabreathless

KindKreme Echo Park



Winner of PETA’s “best vegan ice cream in America” nationwide search, KindKreme serves up raw, vegan, organic and nut-based ice cream from two locations—inside Sage Organic Vegan Bistro in Echo Park, and on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. Both have a nice rotating case of flavors using ingredients like superfoods, maca, cacao, espresso and even durian fruit for the adventurous.

Photo courtesy of Kippy’s Ice Cream Shop, Facebook

Kippy's Organic Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop



What better place to enjoy a bowl of organic, non-dairy raw ice cream than Venice Beach? Kippy’s makes magical sorbets and ice creams using minimal ingredients and no crazy-sounding preservatives. The fact that it’s available for delivery makes it a wee bit dangerous to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Animal Crackers at Magpies | Instagram by @magpiessoftserve

Magpies Soft Serve



Years ago, vegan soft serve was hard to come by, but this Silver Lake sweet shoppe offers a buffet of flavors and toppings, which explains why there’s often a line out the door. The “Fried Pie” (corn almond soft serve layered with vegan fudge, honeycomb, topped with non-dairy whipped cream and fried corn flake streusel) is perfect for parties or celebrations. Not everything is vegan, so study the menu or ask the friendly staff questions before ordering.

Freeze, by Pressed Juicery | Photo: Pressed Juicery

Pressed Juicery



If you like drinking their juices, you’ll love eating them frozen and whipped into a creamy frenzy. Healthy toppings like berries, nuts and puffed rice make it a light treat and locations throughout the L.A. area make this brand a breeze to find.

Scoops

Scoops - Highland Park



This locally-owned chain of mom and pop shops, while not 100% vegan, was a pioneer in the L.A. alternative ice cream world by always offering several non-dairy options. Each Scoops location offers sweetness with a smile, and they even host a weekly “Scoops Cup” flavor-making challenge via their Instagram feed at @scoopsbic.

Vegan Planet Earth ice cream at Van Leeuwen ice cream truck in the Arts District | Photo: @vanleeuwenicecream, Instagram

Van Leeuwen Franklin Village



This bi-coastal chain offers a cashew-based vegan menu of inventive and classic flavors. (Warning: pints of black sesame and vegan chocolate chip cookie dough may not make it home.) If you’re nowhere near their three L.A. locations, just look for the pastel-colored truck.