I don’t have to visit every ice cream shop in LA to know that Manhattan Beach Creamery is my absolute favorite. This colorful corner cafe, is located down the street from my cousin’s old house. When I moved to LA, I remember going to her house for dinner and she asked me if I wanted banana foster for dessert. I am NOT a banana person AT ALL but I said yes because I wanted to be polite. What I didn’t know was that I was about to indulge in a frozen bit of heaven that day and honestly I’ve been obsessed ever since.
The other day I was in a bad mood and just needed to get away. I decided to avoid the highway traffic and take the scenic route to Manhattan Beach where I could indulge in some of my favorite ice cream and take a second to have some “me time”.
Nestled on a street corner, Manhattan Beach Creamery is like a colorful cotton candy painted world. They have crepes, ice cream, baked goods, and so much more. Like I mentioned before, I came to Manhattan Beach Creamery to have a “cheat snack” and to get the banana foster Cream’wich sandwhich, which is banana foster ice cream scooped in between two fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookies. Normally oatmeal raisin is not my favorite at all but for some reason it just works in a Cream’wich.
I was pleasantly surprised to find new Beach Buns on the menu which is a glazed donut with icecream scooped inside. But that’s not all, the donut is then put into a warm press to heat it up. The end result is a delicious warm donut with ice cream inside. Definitely a calorie splurge but it’s totally worth it.
I opted for banana foster ice cream inside of my donut. Like I said before, I normally don’t like banana flavored things. But something about this ice cream with real banana chunks in it, seriously makes my taste buds so happy!
I love the relaxed beach vibe of Manhattan Beach. It reminds me of Ocean Grove, which is my favorite beach town at the Jersey Shore. I spent the rest of my afternoon walking along the pier, window shopping in the various boutiques, and just enjoying some much needed alone time. I ended up buying some overpriced stationary from one of those shops and then I realized I should probably go before I spent any more unnecessary money.
If you’re ever in LA, definitely stop by Manhattan Beach Creamery to get your sweet tooth fix. The price is kinda high dependnig on what you’re used to but everything in LA is expensive. After your ice cream (or cookies, or donuts, or crepes… they seriously have everything), you can walk off the calories with a bit of boutique shopping or maybe take a post-dessert nap on the sand since the ocean is literally steps away!
Manhattan Beach Creamery
1120 Manhattan Ave,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
I love discovering little places and sharing them with you. If you would like more posts like these, let me know in the comments below! Also don’t forget to check out my two recent Culver City adventures as well (1- Brunch at The Culver Hotel & 2- Climbing the Culver City Stairs!)