Where to Get the Best Milkshakes in L.A.

The creamy treats at these joints are worth every delicious slurp

There’s something special and nostalgic about a milkshake. All that smooth, rich decadence ready to be slurped up. But, while a good one may be sublime, a poorly mixed shake made of unimpressive ingredients is just a straw-clogging waste. These are the best milkshake spots in L.A.–the ones that are actually worth the indulgence.

Monty’s Good Burger

The newly opened Monty’s Good Burger is a classic burger stand, but with one big twist: Everything is entirely vegan. That includes the shakes, available in vanilla, chocolate, coffee, or strawberry, which are made with non-dairy ingredients–and come with fresh fruit and fun toppings. 516 S. Western Ave., Koreatown.  



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MILK is all about fun flavors and bright, colorful presentations, and the milkshakes are no exception. Create your own dream shake or malt, or order one of their suggested combos, like the banana peanut malt, with banana-dulce de leche ice cream, malted milk, roasted peanuts, and malt ball candies. 7290 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; 1639 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake.

Fosselman’s Ice Cream


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The folks at Fosselman’s claim they make the “world’s best milkshake.” Bold words, but this ice cream parlor has been around since 1919, so its certainly had time to perfect the recipe. You’ll have to try one and decide for yourself. That should be easy with dozens of year-round and seasonal flavors, all available to be shake-ified. 1824 W. Main St., Alhambra.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt


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Old-school ice cream shop Handel’s started in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1949. It’s since expanded to a few California locations, including one in Redondo Beach, where you can get “olde fashioned” shakes and malts with your choice of flavor–or try the Boston Cooler, a shake-float hybrid, in which root beer is blended in with vanilla ice cream. 1882 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. 

Chocolate Covered Café


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If you want to go all the way over the top, Chocolate Covered Café is your shake place. Available in chocolate or birthday cake flavors, you’ll get a pile of rich ice cream, tons of chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and a plate full of chocolate-covered strawberries, as a side dessert. 12250 Paramount Blvd., Downey. 

Shake Shack


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The burger chain always has special shakes on the menu, made with its own custom custards. And they never disappoint. 8520 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood (additional locations across the region). 

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