As any true bruin would tell you, it’s not about Diddy Riese. Saffron & Rose is the ice cream shop of Westwood, and easily one of the most beloved ice cream shops in the city. Situated right in the center of Little Tehran south of Wilshire on Westwood Blvd, Saffron & Rose has been serving the Westwood community for over four decades now. The family-owned shop has exploded in popularity in the age of Yelp (not to mention the great Anthony Bourdain came here too) with many food lovers making their way to Westwood just for this.
When it comes to flavors they have plenty to choose from, from traditional Persian flavors like, well, saffron (which comes with pistachio) and rose (they have white and pink versions), to classic American flavors to the Asian-inspired flavors that are growing in popularity (like ube and green tea). But let’s be real, you came to a Persian shop for a reason so get that faloodeh and a scoop of floral ice cream sandwiched in light wafers. More cities need to have places like this.
Go here for: a cold treat on a hot day, or an after dinner dessert
Order this: saffron and pistachio, orange blossom (personal favorite), jasmine, pomegranate
Amount of time to spend: a 10 min pit stop to pick up a pint, or stay a bit and enjoy the ice cream here
When to come: day time on a weekday tends to be pretty slow, it does get packed at night
Parking: can be a hit or miss. Earlier in the day or at night you can probably snag a meter on Westwood Blvd or some free street parking on the side streets, but rush hour might require a few circles around the block.
Other things to note: Now they have a location by UCI too (copy cats 🙄)
Last visited: September 2021
Last updated: November 2021