Carmela Ice Cream is a popular family-owned and operated Pasadena ice cream shop specializing in small-batch, artisanal ice cream. Ingredients are locally sourced from sustainable farms, and the owners themselves are involved in creating each and every new flavor that comes to market.
You’ll find all the standard flavors here, and regulars say the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice creams are all simple but delicious. But what really sets this shop apart from the rest is its range of decadent and unique flavors, including lavender and honey, brown butter sage, and cucumber sorbet. The shop itself is a small, cheerful place, with yellow walls lined with Carmela’s framed awards and accolades, as well as chalkboards listing the day’s current flavors. In warmer months, there’s even an ice cream cart parked outside to make picking up a cone even easier as you stroll by.