You’d be hard-pressed to find a dessert that’s more beloved across the world than ice cream. This is your comprehensive guide to finding 10 of the most popular vegan and dairy-free ice creams in Los Angeles. From swirls of fro-yo to generous scoops of gelato, we came up with a list that will help satisfy your desires for dairy-free dessert. We chose these products based on Yelp reviews and popularity but also used our discretion to be certain we were being fair to the many contenders – there are so many great ice creams out there! This list is not based on ranking, priority, or any other particular order. All reviews are real, from real Yelpers. Happy eating!

Below are the 10 most popular vegan and dairy-free ice creams in LA along with real quotes from people who have tried them!

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  1. Scoops: Salty Chocolate (Various locations)*

    Jenny L./Yelp

    Non-dairy options change daily to include flavors such as salty chocolate, Thai iced tea, coconut green tea, and coffee molasses. 

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “OMFG. Best vegan ice cream EVER.” –Pixel P.

    2. “BEST vegan ice cream I have EVER had!” –Kyle S.

    3. “Vegan ice cream so good so good so good. its better than the dairy version. it has less the creaminess but more of the fresh and refreshingness. TRUST ME JUST GET THAT VEGAN ICE CREAM.” –Bryan A.

    4. “Best vegan ice cream in the world, I always have to stop by Scoops anytime I am in LA because it is that worth it.” –Dylan D.

    5. “”I don’t go a day without eating the latest vegan ice cream at scoops. I Love ’em. No one say anything bad about them, they make my days seem brighter.” –Adam W.

    *Multiple flavors at this location are dairy-free.


  2. KindKreme: Banana Split (Echo Park)*

    Roland L./Yelp

    Build a banana split with an assortment of flavors that include superfood, chocolate espresso chip, beet ginger grapefruit, and mint cacao nib.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “I cannot even begin to describe how infatuated I am with this place. By far the most amazing vegan ice cream I have ever had.” –Jasmine C.

    2. “Ice cream is the best in town.” –Justin K.

    3. “You can sample all the flavors until you commit to one. My favorite is their coconut ice cream. ridiculous!” –Chanel C.

    4. “Amazing ice cream and I’m oh so thankful this is here! Its about time people snapped out of the narrow-mindedness of cow milk only.” –D M.

    5. “Love this place. Delicious, and doesn’t leave your body feeling like crap! Try mixing and matching the flavors.” –Sage S.

    *All ice creams at this location are dairy-free and based with coconut, almond milk, and cashew.


  3. Peddler's Creamery: Salted Caramel (Downtown)*

    Elena C./Yelp

    Non-dairy flavors include salted caramel, chile mango, cardamom, chocolate peanut butter, and many more.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “The Vegan ice cream was so creamy and so delicious, couldn’t believe it was really vegan!” –Toni C.

    2. “Absolutely the best VEGAN ice cream with THE MOST delicious vegan waffle cone in the world and I’ve had quite a bit!” –Sandra A.

    3. “Try the vegan chocolate ice cream. I believe the base is coconut and it is oh so creamy and delicious!” –Jay E.

    4. “I died and came back to life. This ice cream was soo good!” –Jose G.

    5. “The vegan flavors are made with organic coconut milk instead of cream. Wow. SO GOOD!” –Carter C.

    *Multiple flavors at this location are dairy-free and coconut-based.


  4. Sweet Lucie's: Chocolate and Mint Chip (Mar Vista)*

    Andrew Z./Yelp

    Non-dairy flavors include chocolate, mint chip, vanilla bean, and many more.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “There is a bunch of vegan flavors that aren’t sorbets and they actually taste like ice cream and are creamy… Definitely the best vegan ice cream in LA.” –Lauren G.

    2. “They have the best vegan ice cream (made with coconut milk) that I have yet to find. –Marisa B.

    3. “Coconut based vegan vanilla ice cream is my new found favorite, and Sweet Lucie’s makes it just right – sweet and refreshing.” –Esther C.

    4. “…vegan ice cream or not, everything tastes good.” –Christine M.

    5. “This business could sell me used tires and I would go.” –Amuka B.

    *Multiple flavors at this location are dairy-free and coconut-based.


  5. Salt & Straw: Toasted Coconut With Candied Macadamia Nuts (Windsor Square)

    Jen B./Yelp

    A coconut based, non-­dairy ice cream with candied California­-grown macadamia nuts, toasted coconut cookies, and a house-made caramel sauce.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “They have vegan ice cream that won’t know it’s vegan unless you are told!!! It made with coconut milk and it’s really the best ice cream I’ve ever had.” –Esther H.

    2. “We must say that not only was the *Toasted Coconut Candied Macadamia Nuts* the winner, it was also one of the best ice cream we ever had – period.” –CandidRebellion C.

    3. “Mmmmmmm! I had the vegan coconut ice cream with hot fudge and it was like eating a rich heavenly mountain of Somoas.” –Sunshine K.

    4. “Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts is also a fav (I didn’t even know it was vegan).” –Arrionne A.

    5. “My all time favorite is the (and this is the proper name) Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts, which I believe is vegan, although, I am not. I could easily eat a tub of it without feeling the least bit guilty after.” –Linz E.


  6. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream: Dark Chocolate (Venice)*

    Lauren S./Yelp

    Rich and creamy non-dairy dark chocolate ice cream.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “This is premium quality stuff! Other vegan ice creams don’t even compare.” –Devki P.

    2. “HOLY SHIT … chocolate vegan ice cream was insanely delicious and smooth and rich and creamy. I thought I was eating real ice cream.” –Charles F.

    3. “It was probably the best Vegan ice cream I’ve tried so far.” –Jocelyn M.

    4. “I’m not vegan, but I love their vegan options (made with coconut milk and cashew milk). So creamy and delicious!” –Kat H.

    5. “…The vegan chocolate made with coconut milk reminded me of sinking my teeth into a mounds bar on steroids…dark, rich, and creamy with a nice coconut taste!” –Ryan F.

    *Multiple flavors at this location are dairy-free and made with cashew milk, coconut milk, coconut oil, and cocoa butter.


  7. Saffron & Rose Ice Cream: Saffron Pistachio (Westwood)

    Akiko I./Yelp

    Persian-style soy-based saffron ice cream with whole pistachios.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “Vegans: the consistency of the ice cream is amazing.” –Christina Z.

    2. “They always have at least one vegan, soy-based flavor. They also have a vegan poppyseed slush and rice fiber slush. Everything is always delicious.” –Andi A.

    3. “They have two vegan options and both were very GOOD. The first option was their soy pistachio and saffron ice cream (two ingredients that shouldn’t work but oddly did!) and the second was frozen rice flour with lemon syrup (even stranger sounding but absolutely delicious). A definite must-try!” –Kenneth A.

    4. “This might be the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I can’t comment on the dairy options, but the lactose-free (and 100% vegan for those who need) are also GF (yay, Celiac-friendly!) and are AMAZING. ” –Taylor T.

    5. “I love their vegan ice cream and mixing it with green tea.” –Jane G.


  8. Milky's Frozen Yogurt: Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt (Pico-Robertson)*

    Sara S./Yelp

    Soy-based peanut butter soft serve.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “I love the vegan ice cream despite not being vegan myself.” –Joanna A.

    2. “Definitely worth a stop for vegan soft serve ice cream!” –W.G.

    3. “Vegan Peanut Butter, 5 stars – yum! This is a light and refreshing frozen yogurt. It tastes like peanut butter, but you don’t get that thick sticky feeling in your mouth! Definitely worth getting.” –Betty H.

    4. “Vegan froyo with multiple options!!!! What a dream come true.” –Sarah K.

    5. “Peanut Butter Vegan froyo was the best! Lots of toppings to finish your creation off!” –Laura K.

    *Multiple flavors at this location are dairy-free.


  9. Ice Cream Lab: Chocolate and Vanilla (Little Tokyo)*

    Steve S./Yelp

    Pure coconut milk, agave nectar, dark cocoa powder, and vanilla beans.

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “The vegan ice cream was creamy and didn’t even taste vegan!” –Christina L.

    2. “Ice Cream Lab had this delicious vegan vanilla ice cream that was so creamy, it made me second guess the lady.” –Teeontay M.

    3. “It’s pretty neat watching ice cream being made using nitrogen. You may choose from signature or classic selections and add toppings…. They also feature … vegan flavors such as vanilla, strawberry sorbet, and chocolate.” –Maria R.

    4. “Liquid nitrogen ice cream is a delicious treat.” –David C.

    5. “The entertainment from watching your ice cream come to life is an added bonus.” –Blessie V.

    *Multiple flavors at this location are dairy-free.


  10. Pazzo Gelato: Dark Chocolate and Coconut (Silver Lake, Downtown)*

    Kristofer D./Yelp

    Creamy non-dairy gelato made with almond and coconut milk. 

    Here’s what people are saying about this ice cream…

    1. “OOOOOOhhh man! They have amazing vegan coconut gelato- I am obsessed.” –Melanie E.

    2. “I got the chocolate sorbetto and the coconut sorbetto. I kept asking them if they put any dairy in it cuz how … is it so creamy? So good and dairy and soy free.” –Jin Y.

    3. “The chocolate, unbeknownst to me when I picked it, was vegan, and oh so rich.” –Erika M.

    4. “Vegan chocolate gelato? Wow.” –Jennifer H.

    5. “Tons of vegan options. Actually more vegan flavors than non-vegan flavors.” –Sada V.

    *Multiple flavors at this location are dairy-free and coconut based.


  11. BONUS! Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

    Don’t live anywhere near LA but still want to spoon some delectable dairy-free ice cream into your mouth? Here are five recipes you can make at home!

    1. Date Plum Sorbet

    2. Marzipan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae

    3. Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

    4. Blueberry Ice cream With Tofu and Cashews

    5. No Churn Sweet Corn Ice Cream

    See 100’s of our Ice Cream Recipes here!