It always feels like summer in Southern California, but if you’re visiting Anaheim in the spring, nothing beats a sweet, creamy gelato for a special treat. The city is full of gelato shops, like the OMG! Dessert Lounge at 301 S Anaheim Blvd. Along with their unique gelato offerings, they’re also famous for their Freak Shakes, monstrous shakes topped with crazy extras including slices of cheesecake.
However, if you’re more of a traditionalist, Mangiamo Gelato Caffee at 650 Anton Blvd. in Costa Mesa is sheer perfection. The local chain boasts handmade gelato, sorbet, and coffee drinks. New flavors are made fresh daily, but favorites include the Banana Split with strawberries and chocolate flakes or the Bailey’s infused with real Bailey’s Irish cream.
Dolce Gelato is at 247 Broadway St, Laguna Beach and is known for their quaint parlor where gelato is hand-made each day. Almond milk is used in some sweet treats if you’re steering clear of dairy. Classic flavors include Guns ‘n’ Roses, Strawberry Fields Forever, American Pie, and Egg-seeds infused with real caviar.
Gelato Paradiso can be found at 448 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, and boasts surprising seasonal flavors along with cakes and more desserts. The tiramisu topped with lady finger cake is a real treat, or try the Pistachio, Panna Cotta, or Menta.
Satisfy your cravings—and try all four shops to choose your favorite.