The Inside Scoop
By Caitlin Trebil
As the weather starts to heat up and summer approaches, there are plenty of things to do to cool down, like heading to the beach, going to the pool or treating yourself to some ice cream. Ice cream is a summer necessity, and whether you’re looking for something simple, dairy-free or thick like a shake, there are plenty of places to go in Long Beach.
Long Beach Creamery
4141 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach
222 E. Broadway, Long Beach
With two locations in the city, Long Beach Creamery is a must. They have signature flavors such as Burnt Caramel, LB Crack and Whiskey Vanilla. Seasonal flavors include Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Key Lime Pie. They also have vegan flavors that are made with coconut milk and bananas. I recommend getting a mini trio scoop ($5.75) so you can try different flavors. An additional plus: They use sustainable utensils and sell pints of ice cream in the shops.
The Thickshake Factory
335 The Promenade N, Long Beach
The Thickshake Factory, founded in India in 2013, opened its Long Beach store at the end of 2017 and shouldn't be overlooked. There are plenty of unique combinations for shakes, but you can customize yours however you like. Although they specialize in milkshakes, they also offer ice cream, slushies and iced tea. The store is small, but there’s plenty of seating right outside so you can soak up the sun while you eat.
5305 E. Second St., Long Beach
Among the cute shops lining Belmont Shore, you’ll find Paradis with vibrant colors that draw you in. Compared to the other shops on this list, this shop doesn’t offer many flavors to try, but the Vegan Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Chip is single-handedly worth the trip. This place is a bit pricey, with the smallest size, a kid’s scoop, being $4: if you want a slightly larger scoop, the price jumps to $4.90. Still, the unique flavors and lively atmosphere make it a good place for a special occasion.