Nothing says summer at the beach like a refreshing frozen treat on a hot day! Whether you’re in the mood for sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurt, greek yogurt or traditional ice cream, Santa Monica offers a variety of sweet treat options to satisfy your cravings.
Dolcenero Gelato, an authentic Italian gelateria located on Main Street, offers a wide variety of gelato and sorbet flavors served in cups, house-made waffle cones, sugar cones or affogatos. Compared to traditional ice cream, gelato is lower in fat and is made with less air, giving it a silky smooth creamy texture.
Frozen Fruit Company
For those avoiding dairy, Montana Avenue’s Frozen Fruit Company offers plant-based vegan ice cream that uses minimal and clean ingredients. Their naturally sweetened fruit scoops offer fun rotating flavors such as banana pumpkin spice, depending on the season, with healthier topping options like fruit, mixed nuts, carob chips and shredded coconut. Chocolate, chocolate mint and passion fruit flavors are offered in grocery pints to go.
Go Greek Yogurt
Enjoy a cold, creamy sweet treat from Go Greek Yogurt‘s hand crafted Greek yogurt bar, where you’ll find a variety of deliciously balanced flavors such as rose, lemon honey, and hazelnut in addition to classics like plain and strawberry. Unlike ice cream and traditional frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt is lower in lactose, rich in protein and antibiotics and has less sugar and calories.
Rori’s Artisanal Creamery
A simple summer treat becomes a mood-altering experience with locally sourced ingredients and indulgent options at Rori’s Artisanal Creamery. Top one of two dozen artisan flavors with dollops of homemade honey hot fudge, or watch a scoop of “serious dark chocolate” slowly soften over a warm piece of toasted orange blossom pound cake, feeling your cares melt away with it.
Soda Jerks, an old-fashioned soda fountain on the Santa Monica Pier serves sundaes named after local landmarks, along with shakes, malts, and ice cream sodas created with Fosselman’s ice cream, made in nearby Alhambra since 1919 – because if it’s not broken, why fix it?
Think outside the box with Ah-Boong, a special Korean dessert. Located on the 3rd Street Promenade, SomiSomi is a great treat any day of the week. The fish-shaped waffle cone is first filled with your choice of custard, Nutella, Red Bean, or Taro before being topped with your choice of soft serve ice cream. Finish up your sweet treat by topping it with sprinkles, Oreo crumbs, Strawberry, and more!
Sweet Rose Creamery
Bite-sized, chocolate-dipped bon bons and ice cream sandwiches with homemade chocolate wafers share the stage with rotating seasonal flavors like lemon chiffon, creamy peanut butter, and orange guava sorbet at this small batch creamery. Everything at Sweet Rose Creamery is handmade, GMO-free and Kosher certified, right down to the rainbow sprinkles.
Check out a full list of ice cream spots in Santa Monica here.