Just in time for the hottest days of summer, Honeymee, a honey themed soft-serve ice cream shop, has opened a new location on Sawtelle in Japantown, one of our favorite cool hoods. It’s the perfect place to take the entire family for a different kind of icy sweet treat. Savor the moment, as summer and your delicious soft serve milk ice cream treat will both bee gone before you know it!

photo credit: courtesy of Honeymee

To Bee or Not To Bee?
This land of milk and honey serves true milk ice cream made from California milk from a family-owned, certified Kosher dairy factory. They’re perfect for your kiddos because they don’t add any artificial colors or flavors, it’s gluten free and the ice cream isn’t too sweet. Their menu is oh-so-simple, but deciding what to get might take you longer than your average bedtime routines. If you bring the whole family, everyone can get something different to share and satisfy that sweet tooth.

photo credit: Judy Park

What to Get
You can experience the “Darling” if you’re down to try the authentic flavor of true milk ice cream and savor the creamy, icy texture as it melts in your mouth. But don’t go to Honeymee without trying the dreamy “Sweetie,” where your milk ice cream is drizzled with 100% natural liquid honey swirls. If you’re really feeling adventurous, get the “Honeymee” with a honeycomb chip. There are just six soft-serve items on the menu, but definitely something for everyone, including chocolate and sweet buns stuffed with ice cream. Recently added are their honey hot/iced tea items (in case we do get that rainy El Nino season they’re promising) and five flavors of honey milk shakes. Everything hits the sweet spot.

photo credit: Judy Park

Queen Bee Treatment
Good and good for you: if you’re into the health benefits of yogurt, Honeymee contends that their deliciousness also increases antioxidant levels along with other anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral benefits. So you can feel a little virtuous about this treat…or at least less guilty.  You can even browse through their selection of honey products while you wait. Aside from being totally picture-worthy for your Instagram account, they’re also giving out free ice cream every week to the best IG photo, so don’t leave the hashtag bee-hind. Get a stamp card (you’ll definitely return) and with every 10 stamps you get a free ice cream.

photo credit: Judy Park

Good to Know
Street parking is available, as is 45-minute validated parking in the underground garage inside the Olympic Collection Plaza. For kids with sensory food issues, the honeycomb can feel waxy, so skip it (for them, you’ll definitely want to try it for yourself!). Avoid the crowds by going in the early afternoon before the dinner rush. There’s limited seating, another reason to get there before the crowd swarms in. And keep those diaper wipes on hand because you’ll get plenty of sticky fingers.

Honeymee is new but is taking the city by storm with locations in Koreatown, Buena Park and Rowland Heights, in addition to this newest spot on Sawtelle.

Honeymee Sawtelle
11301 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 104
Online: honeymee.com

Let us know what you and your kiddos think of Honeymee. Are you more of a “Sweetie” or a “Darling”?

—Judy Park

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