By Pepper

It’s hot, and wouldn’t a nice cold ice cream sundae hit the spot right now? Nothing beats a couple scoops of ice cream, topped with syrup, whipped cream, nuts, cherries….or anything else you can think of!

We all know about major chains like Ben & Jerry’s, Baskin’ Robbins, Haagen Dazs, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen, and McDonald’s (which are great), but if you’re looking for some gems that are less well-known, here are our picks for the Best Places for an Ice Cream Sundae in Southern California!


A La Minute in Redlands, Orange, Claremont, and now Temecula: Partners with local farmers and Straus Family Creamery.

Creamistry: Order one of their specialty sundaes, or create your own!

Handel’s: Don’t forget the whipped cream!

Pepper Tree Frosty in Vista: Get dinner, stay for dessert!

Scoops in Los Angeles: An ice cream haven for vegans.

Grandma Pucci’s at the Shoppes at Chino Hills: And a new location in LaVerne!

Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont: It’s not just musical theatre!

Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe in Orange: California’s Original Soda Fountain.

Stax in Irvine: The Original, Cookie Crumble, or Brownie!

All American Ice Cream in Moreno Valley: You’ll find all kinds of desserts in here!

CREAM: Start with a cookie or brownie, add a scoop of ice cream, pick two toppings, and enjoy!

Tony’s in Devore: Try the Diner Double Dipper.

Bear House in Crestline

Farrell’s: The Buena Park location is newly re-opened! Be prepared to eat massive amounts of ice cream in a retro setting.


And if you like non-traditional sundaes, here are more suggestions:

After’s: Try their limited edition Hello Kitty flavors until August 12th. Plus – the Irvine location is all decked out with the Hello Kitty motif!

La Michoacana: Specializing in Mexican desserts, check them out in Beaumont and Perris!

Snowopolis: Shaved ice in a glow-in-the-dark environment!

Creme de la Creme: Oui oui!



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