Salt & Straw

Ice Cream in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey
Andy Bender / Lonely Planet
Andy Bender / Lonely Planet

There always seems to be a line out the door at this branch of the hipster-cool Portland-based ice-cream fantasy land. Maybe it’s because there’s always something new to try: adventurous, seasonal flavors that change monthly – think farmers-market veggies to late-summer harvest. Check the website for current offerings.

There's also a selection of year-round flavors spanning the quirky and decadent (sea salt with caramel ribbons, black-olive brittle with goat cheese, or honey lavender for example), though Salt & Straw's certainly not above selling you a scoop of classics such as double-fold vanilla or gooey chocolate brownie. There are even some dairy-free options.