Sweeten the summer

In the summer, California can reach temperatures of 95 degrees or even higher, so it is nice to get away from the heat and enjoy some sweet desserts. Here are some shops that just might sweeten the summer:

MILK is an ice cream parlor and bake shop at 7290 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. It offers ice cream and ice cream sandwiches, cookies and shakes. MILK is known for its colorful desserts such as the macaron ice cream sandwiches decorated with Fruity Pebbles. From Sunday through Thursday, it is open from 12 p.m.-10 p.m and, on Fridays and Saturdays, it is open from 12-11 p.m. For more information, visit the website: themilkshop.com

Diddy Riese is located near the UCLA campus at 926 Broxton Avenue Westwood, CA. It is known for ice cream sandwiches, but it also offers brownies and Hawaiian shave ice. Customers can design their own ice cream sandwiches with any cookie and flavor of ice cream that they choose. It is open from 11-12 a.m. from Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, it is open from 11-1 a.m. On Saturdays, they are open from 12 p.m.-1 a.m. and on Sundays, it is open from 12 p.m.-12 a.m. For additional information, visit the website: diddyriese.com

Porto’s Bakery and Cafe has a few locations, but the nearest is located at 3614 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA. The restaurant serves sandwiches and salads, but it is known for the array of desserts. Porto’s offers many pastries, coffee, smoothies and cakes. From Monday through Saturday, it is open from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., but on Sundays, it is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For any other questions, visit the website: portosbakery.com

Salt and Straw, similar to Blue Star Donuts and Voodoo Donuts, originated in Portland, Oregon. There are a few locations in Los Angeles, but the nearest scoop shop is located at 12180 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. It offers ice cream flavors that cannot be found anywhere else, such as the orange blossom sorbet with edible flowers or rhubarb crumble with toasted anise. Salt and Straw is open from 12-11 p.m. every day of the week. For more information, visit the website: saltandstraw.com

Bottega Louie is a cafe and patisserie located at 700 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA. It is also a restaurant; however, the the restaurant is open at different hours than the cafe. Bottega Louie is known for its assortment of macarons. The menu also includes pastries, hot chocolate and coffee, meringues, and many other desserts such as tiramisu. From Monday through Thursday, the cafe and patisserie is open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. On Fridays, it is open from 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. On Saturdays, it is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays, it is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. For additional information, visit the website: bottegalouie.com

Cold Rolled Ice Cream Company is located at 7266 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA. The ice cream is rolled on a stainless steel plate cooled to -15 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of the most common flavors include Oreos and cream and rock salted caramel. It is open from 12:30-11:30 p.m. For any more information, visit the website: coldrolledicecream.com

B Sweet is located at 2005 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. The menu includes bread pudding, cake, ice cream-filled donuts and beverages. However, it is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. From Wednesday through Saturday, it is open from 12-11 p.m and on Sundays, it is open from 12-8 p.m. For any questions or concerns, visit the website: mybsweet.com

Somisomi has a few shops but the nearest location is at  9301 Tampa Ave, Los Angeles, CA. It is known for the Taiyaki soft serve, also known as “Ah-Boong” in Korean. The process begins with the selection of a flavor or getting a twist of matcha, ube, milk or black sesame. Then, there is a choice of a filling of red bean, custard or nutella, and the ice cream is finished with free toppings. From Monday through Thursday, it is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. It is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. It is open on Sundays between 12-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the website: somisomi.com

Milk Tavern is located at 528 S Western Ave Los Angeles, CA. Milk Tavern is a cafe and dessert bar that brings you back to your childhood. It offers ice cream or milkshakes topped with cereal or just a bowl of milk and cereal. Milk Tavern also offers coffee, rainbow paninis and cake. From Sunday through Wednesday, it is open from 2-11:30 p.m. and from Thursday through Saturday, it is open from 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m. For any questions or concerns, visit the website: milktavern.com

The Pie Hole has a few locations but the nearest location can be found at 6314 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Instead of cake or ice cream similar to most dessert places, The Pie Hole serves savory and sweet pies such as the strawberry lavender hand pie or the salted honey custard. From Monday through Friday, it is open from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, it is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The menu differs daily and seasonally, so for more information, visit the website: thepieholela.com

Chocolate Chair has a few locations but the nearest location is at 621 S Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA. It is known for the desserts made with liquid nitrogen such as dragon breath. Dragon breath is cereal puffs mixed with liquid nitrogen. It also has nitrogen beverages and ice cream. From Monday through Thursday, Chocolate Chair is open from 12-p.m. and from Friday through Sunday, it is open from 12-10 p.m. For additional information, visit the website: chocolatechair.com

The latest food trends do seem interesting, but they are not too good for the body, so here is a healthier alternative.

Pressed Juicery has quite a few locations, but the nearest store is located at 2728 Townsgate Rd Ste 4, Thousand Oaks CA. Pressed Juicery is not a usual dessert place. It offers a signature blend of drinks and coffee, however, it also serves pressed freeze, a soft serve made without dairy or added sugars. The soft serve could be topped with fresh fruit, chocolate chips or a few other ingredients. The store is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. every day. For additional information, visit their website: pressedjuicery.com/shop

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