The Inside Scoop: 7 Ice Cream Shops in NOR CAL
Looking for a cold treat to satisfy your taste buds this summer? Don’t worry – we’ve got the scoop. Indulge in these must-try ice cream shops in and around The Bay!
Fentons Creamery & Restaurant – Oakland
Not only is this old-fashioned ice cream parlor featured in Pixar’s Up, but this charming diner has been a sweet spot for both locals and tourists for decades. Fentons Creamery dishes up classic ice cream flavors in an array of forms – from splits to malts to just good ole’ fashioned cones. Pop in for a quick scoop to-go, or take a seat and indulge in the full American diner menu Fentons offers.
Mitchell’s Ice Cream – San Francisco
A San Francisco staple since 1953, Mitchell’s is a crowd-pleaser with rich, authentic flavors that cater to its multicultural patrons. Don’t let the lines discourage you from picking up a scoop of horchata (Mexican), yucuma (Peruvian), or ube (Filipino) ice cream. The wait will definitely be worth your while!
Humphry Slocombe – San Francisco
Indulge your inner quirk with Humphry Slocombe – an offbeat ice cream shop making a unique splash in San Francisco’s Mission District. Treat yourself to a myriad of experimental flavors like mushroom, prosciutto, or balsamic caramel. With retro décor and a daily rotating scheme of eccentric flavors, Humphry’s is definitely not for the faint of heart. Taste at your own risk!
Gunther’s Ice Cream – Sacramento
This long-standing landmark is the gold standard of old-fashioned ice cream parlors, delivering rich, homemade ice creams in a large spectrum of classic flavors. Gunther’s takes it back to basics with decadent ice creams featuring a premium 16 percent butterfat – a step up from most commercial 8-10 percent creamy concoctions. If dairy isn’t your sweet spot, you can whet your palate on Gunther’s famous fruit freezes – a luscious blend of fruity goodness served to your heart’s content.
CREAM – Berkeley (multiple locations)
Known for their indulgent take on ice cream sandwiches, CREAM constructs divine confections sure to make any dessert-lover swoon. Fresh-baked cookies are paired with a decadent ice cream of your choosing to create a sweet ice cream sandwich unlike any other. And CREAM is sure not to leave anyone out, crafting vegan flavors of cookies and ice cream for all to love and enjoy.
John’s Ice Cream – Brentwood
John’s Ice Cream will please both your palate and your wallet with $1 scoops. These will definitely have you coming back for more. Take your pick from more than 16 flavors of rich ice cream provided to you in a quick-serve setting. You’ll get in and out the door in no time. Pick up a scoop or two of old-fashioned ice cream slathered in fudge, sprinkles, pecans or chocolate chips for just a buck or two – because that’s what John’s Ice Cream is all about.
Meadowlark Dairy – Pleasanton
This family-owned, time-honored drive-through is sure to meet your every dairy need. It offers everything from milk to cheese to some of the best soft-serve ice cream east of The Bay. Support local agriculture by popping in to pick up a sweet treat along with a few fresh dairy groceries. A soft-serve cone from Meadowlark will run you a measly $2 and you can take your pick from a variety of flavors – orange-vanilla swirl, anyone?
Taste buds tingling? Get out there and treat yourself! And don’t forget to comment below to let us know your favorite California ice cream shops! In the meantime, check out this tantalizing Frosted Lemonade you can indulge in this summer.