Summer and ice cream go hand in hand! While the heat is on, we put together a list of some of the best ice cream shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. From small, hip creameries to old fashioned parlors, this list is sure to land you in some of the best ice cream places around.
With two locations in San Francisco, Humphry Slocombe offers wild and unexpected flavor options. They have both kid-friendly and exotic flavors, like malted milk chocolate or Szechaun strawberry. Try the Secret Breakfast when you stop in!
Ice Cream Bar
Ice Cream Bar is an old fashioned, full service 1930s style soda fountain shop. This cool ice cream parlor even features servers in paper hats and bow ties! You can enjoy everything from ice cream sundaes to milkshakes or floats along with old fashioned tinctures and phosphates! This place is a lot of fun so make sure to add it to your list of places to visit!
San Francisco’s Hometown Creamery
Run by two brothers with a passion for the neighborhood and ice cream, San Francisco’s Hometown Creamery offers funky flavor combinations like honey lemon rosemary and ginger kumquat! Taste five flavors for $12 to decide which one you love! Need more convincing? This is the only shop in San Francisco that makes their ice cream entirely from scratch in house!
San Francisco, Los Alto, Oakland and Lafayette
Ever heard of the Brrr machine? Smitten is the home of this cool high-tech contraption that uses liquid nitrogen to create ice cream in 60 seconds! The original location has a limited menu (and a super cool atmosphere) but the newer outposts offer several more options.
Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop
Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop is located near Dolores Park so you can grab some ice cream made with mostly organic, local dairy products and then head over to the park for the kids to romp around and burn off their sugar high. The line is usually long but you can jump in their soft serve line if you are short on time and grab an ice cream sandwich or popsicle! Try their ricanelas (which are cinnamon with snickerdoodle cookie pieces)!