LA’s Best Ice Cream and Dessert Shops for Kids

LA’s Best Ice Cream and Dessert Shops for Kids by Yombu
Yombu Post Author Chanel Hoole

Written by (Author):  Chanel Hoole
Last updated:  November 13, 2023

Whether you’re a local or just visiting with your family, Los Angeles offers a wide range of delightful ice cream and dessert shops that cater to kids’ ever changing taste buds. From classic ice cream parlors to innovative dessert spots, there’s something for every young palate. I’ll let you in on some of our sweet journey favorites through some of LA’s Best Ice Cream and Dessert Shops for Kids.

Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw, with multiple locations throughout LA, is famous for its small-batch, handcrafted ice cream. Their menu features classic flavors alongside imaginative creations like Honey Lavender and Chocolate Gooey Brownie. What sets Salt & Straw apart is its commitment to using locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients. They even offer a rotating menu of seasonal specials, ensuring there’s always something new to try.

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Afters Ice Cream

Afters Ice Cream is known for its iconic Milky Bun, a warm glazed donut filled with your choice of ice cream and toppings. Kids can personalize their treats with colorful cereal toppings, making it a fun and delicious experience. With various locations across LA, Afters is a convenient choice for families on the go.

Little Damage

For kids who appreciate a touch of whimsy with their desserts, Little Damage is a must-visit. This trendy ice cream parlor serves up innovative flavors like Unicorn Tears and Black Roses, all served in eye-catching black cones. The Instagram-worthy aesthetic makes it a hit with both kids and parents.

Big Man Bakes

Turning our attention to cupcakes . . . If your family has a passion for cupcakes, make a beeline for Big Man Bakes in downtown LA. This cozy bakery offers a wide selection of moist, flavorful cupcakes in kid-friendly flavors like Chocolate, Red Velvet, and Funfetti. They also have gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions.

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Sweet Lady Jane

Sweet Lady Jane is a delightful bakery known for its delectable cakes and pastries. While it might not be solely an ice cream shop, their desserts are heavenly. Kids will be enchanted by the colorful array of treats, from fruit tarts to decadent chocolate cakes – their berry cake is a sight to behold and like Christmas in your mouth. It’s an excellent place to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a sweet slice of life. It’s perfectly upscale and perfectly delicious.


For a healthier option that kids still love, head to Yogurtland. This self-serve frozen yogurt shop lets kids choose their favorite flavors like cinnamon churro cereal, pumpkin pie, cookies and cream and birthday cupcake batter, and pile on the toppings. From gummy bears to fresh fruit, the possibilities are endless. Plus, the pay-by-weight system allows for a budget-friendly treat.

Milk Jar Cookies

Milk Jar Cookies offers scrumptious cookies baked to perfection. While not an ice cream shop, their cookies are the perfect complement to a scoop of their ice cream or locally sourced milk drink. The warm, gooey cookies are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages with flavors like salted butterscotch, mint chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, waffle cookie and birthday cookie with hundreds and thousands (and gluten free and vegan options too!)

Whether your kids have a penchant for classic ice cream flavors or enjoy experimenting with new and innovative desserts, this pick of the LA’s Best Ice Cream and Dessert Shops for Kids are sure to satisfy their cravings. So, gather your family, explore the diverse culinary landscape of LA, and create sweet memories that will last a lifetime.


Which 3 ice cream flavors are kids’ favorites?

You can never go wrong with traditional flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, but kids also love a fruity something-something like peach or blueberry flavors. Kids over eight tend to be more adventurous.

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