Summer is here and it has us craving frozen, delicious treats non-stop–and while there now seems to be some kind of fancy, artisan creamery on every other corner, a lot to them are heavy on the cream element, which doesn’t work so well for those who avoid dairy. Luckily, we’ve found a number of places serving up delicious dairy-free ice cream options, so you’ll never have to settle for a lonely sno-cone again.
The folks behind this fully vegan (also mostly gluten-, nut-, and soy-free) creamery makes all their scoops in-house at their adorable Hollywood shop. In addition to a selection of over a dozen flavors, they offer vegan and gluten-free options for waffle cones and ice cream cakes–and they’ll even make you a kombucha float. 1253 Vine St., #12, Hollywood
Van Leeuwen imparts a rich, creamy texture to its vegan ice cream by using a blend of cashews, coconut, and cocoa butter. You’ll find nine classic flavors and a couple of special seasonal options available in shops and onboard the brand’s ice cream trucks (catch the trucks at the Broad and cruising Abbot Kinney). 5915 Franklin Ave., Hollywood Hills; 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown; 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Hug Life isn’t just dairy-free—it’s explicitly “anti-dairy.” Everything at this plant-based, Tupac-inspired shop is vegan and certified-organic, including custom-made ice cream cakes and ice cream-cookie sandwiches. Inventive flavors include mango chamoy, Thai tea, black sesame with activated charcoal, and taro root. 14241 Euclid St., Garden Grove
If you prefer your vegan ice cream in a softserve swirl, Magpies is the place. Flavors rotate, but there are vegan-dedicated dispensers at each location that keep four flavors ready to sate your cravings. Most of the toppings at Magpies are vegan as well, so you can include a dollop of chocolate sauce or a sprinkle of toasted maple coconut chips as well. 2660 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake; 18971 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana
The Santa Barbara-based purveyor of traditional ice cream from local cows has just released a new line of dairy-free treats. Rather than rely on a nut-milk base, McConnell’s uses a distinctive pea protein-base which makes it allergy-safe and gives a light, sherbet-y texture to the finished product. 12073 Ventura Place, Studio City; 4634 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz; 317 S. Broadway, downtown
Available in scoop and fun push-pop form, the plant-based deserts at vegan comfort food cafe by CHLOE. are a welcome treat. The flavors run the gamut from traditional chocolate and strawberry to inventive offerings like kale cookies and cream or quinoa-horchata. 2520 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake
There are always a handful of dairy-free and vegan ice cream options on the menu at Wanderlust. On the signature menu, try sticky rice and mango or gianduja–and there are always specials based on seasonal produce and dessert-wizard Adrienne Borlongan’s current inspiration. 609 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; 3134 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; 18511 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana