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Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

Frozen treats to try around town

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It’s officially ice cream season in San Diego, but really, when isn’t it a good time to treat yourself to a scoop or two? And there’s no shortage of frosty treats to be found, from creatively-flavored artisan ice cream to Mexican paletas and creamy gelato. Until COVID-19 subsides, sampling has been put to a halt and some places are bypassing scoops and only selling pints for the time being, but you can still satisfy all your frozen treat needs.

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Disclaimer: This map should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still COVID-19 safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the California Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. JoJo's Creamery

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937 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

Lick into a scoop of artisanal ice cream at this family-run shop in Encinitas’ Lumberyard Shopping Center where everything — from the caramel to the cookie dough — is made from scratch. All the 14+ flavors use organic, local ingredients. The shop also offers non-dairy options using coconut and cashew milk, plus gluten-free waffle cones. Visit the shop’s Facebook page for alerts of new flavors like lemon raspberry shortbread.

2. Salt & Straw

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3705 Caminito Court Suite 0580
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 345-1792
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You can experience this Portland-based ice cream chain at their Little Italy or Del Mar Heights locations. Seasonal flavors for San Diego include huckleberry cast iron corn bread and buttermilk pancakes, bacon and egg as well as regular local flavors such as double fold vanilla and sea salt with caramel ribbons.

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3. Somi Somi

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4620 Convoy St Ste J-K
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 435-2771

Visit the Convoy or Mira Mesa location for picture-worthy ice cream served in a ah-boong, Korea’s version of a waffle cone but in the shape of a fish. Cones come with a choice of fillings, including red bean and Nutella, before being topped off with a swirl of creamy soft-serve in flavors ranging from ube and black sesame to milk tea.

4. Bing Haus

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4425 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 276-9479
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This is the place for Thai-style rolled ice cream, a made-to-order frozen treat that’s whipped up before your eyes. Flavors like strawberry, green tea, cookies and cream, coffee and Thai tea rolls headline the menu alongside soft serve and bingsoo, a shaved ice concoction served with red beans and medley of fruits with condensed milk.

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5. Afters Ice Cream

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855 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

Home to the famed Milky Bun — a donut stuffed with scoops of colorful ice cream — this PB-based parlor has over a dozen handcrafted flavors, ranging from milk and cereal to cookie monster and Vietnamese coffee. Vegan flavors such as java chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie round out the menu.

6. Mariposa Ice Cream

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3450 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 284-5197
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This well-loved family-run Adams Avenue shop has won a slew of awards and accolades for its ice cream over the last 20 years. Several rotating seasonal flavors — think lemon, watermelon sorbet, and peach during summer — are found alongside a long list of staples, including coconut almond fudge and Mexican chocolate.

7. An’s Dry Cleaning

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3017 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 450-6166
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The gelato here is handmade and whimsically named after fabrics but inspired by seasonal farmer’s market produce. Regular flavors include Canvas (olive oil and rosemary) and Tweed (tres leche). Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for advance notice on private tasting menus.

8. Stella Jean’s Ice Cream

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4404 Park Blvd ste b
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 501-8252
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University Heights’ small-batch parlor wows with signature flavors like earl grey citrus tea cake and ube pandesal toffee. The shop creates thoughtful plant-based coconut milk ice cream options too, including mango enchilado and strawberry oat crumble. Request sprinkles if you want, they’re free.

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9. Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

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3740 Sports Arena Blvd #6
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 550-5893
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Purveyors of premium Tropical Dreams ice cream, Hammond’s offers more than 100 flavors on rotation across its two shops found in North Park and Point Loma. (Pacific Beach is closed until further notice.) It’s mostly known for its ice cream flight concept— their mini cone flights range from 6- to a mega 32-flavor option.

10. Mr. Trustee Creamery

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4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 259-5544

The Trust Group’s venture into ice cream is this walkup window found next to Cardellino in Mission Hills. Lead by Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville, the shop serves chef-centric flavors like malted chocolate brownie, kiwi cucumber sorbet with Tajin and Captain Crunch or malted milk soft serve.

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11. DixiePops

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915 W Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-5473
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Originally found at Downtown’s Roma Market, you can find the brick-and-mortar shop in Mission Hills. Alongside Dixie’s range of delicious frozen popsicles, with flavor profiles like Tajin mango and pineapple basil, there are homemade ice cream, shave ice and dog pops, too.

12. Gelati & Peccati

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3066 B University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 310-6305
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Roman-style pizza and gelato meet at this spot in North Park. Helmed by the Buona Forchetta Family of restaurants, this shop serves 18 flavors of gelato. For a combination of carbs and cream, order the GOLA: gelato stuffed into a pizza crust with whipped cream and hazelnuts.

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13. Lighthouse Ice Cream San Diego

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5059 Newport Ave #102
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 222-8600
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Ice cream and beach views make for a perfect combination at this Ocean Beach institution. The real star here is the hot waffle ice cream sandwich stuffed with your choice of ice cream by Cascade Glacier or Double Rainbow Premium.

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14. Mutual Friend Ice Cream

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811 25th St Unit 100
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 344-0484
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Mai Marche and consulting chef Spencer Hue create the fabulous flavors at this lovely ice cream parlor in Golden Hill. Their menu rotates monthly, but current summertime offerings include Fancy French Flavor (creme fraiche with lemon curd) and toasted oats with lemon blackberry jam.

15. Tocumbo Ice Cream

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4686 Market St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 264-0391
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Choose from three locations (Market, Chula Vista or Barrio Logan) for your fill of Michoacan-style ice cream. Flavors range from the basics such as strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and Oreo to the more exotic like mamey, nanche and guanabana. For a satisfying treat, try the Michocan Basket, Tocumbo’s version of the sundae featuring ice cream of your choice, fresh fruit and whipped cream served in a waffle bowl.

16. Snoice

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8423 Paradise Valley Rd B
Spring Valley, CA 91977
(619) 432-5735
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Tucked inside the Kababayan Bakery in Spring Valley, Snoice serves up pandesal ice cream sandwiches filled with flavors like iconic ube (yam), buko pandan (coconut, screwpine leaves), and mais queso (creamy corn, cheese, milk) alongside shaved snow and favorite Filipino dessert halo halo.

17. Niederfrank's Ice Cream

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726 A Ave
National City, CA 91950
(619) 477-0828

National City’s answer to the old school ice cream parlor is Niederfrank’s, San Diego’s oldest ice cream manufacturer. Established in 1948, the shop still serves up small batch ice cream. Go here for avocado, macadamia nut toffee, cinnamon and Kahlua krunch. The shops also creates custom-made ice cream pies.

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18. Famous Oasis Ice Cream Parlor

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1832 Coronado Ave
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 429-8980
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This old-school (and cash only) gem in the South Bay has been making delicious Mexican style ice cream and traditional paletas, plus sundaes, fresh sorbets and banana splits since the late 1970s. Still family owned and operated, flavors here range from tropical guava and coconut to jamaica and tamarindo.

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1. JoJo's Creamery

937 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Lick into a scoop of artisanal ice cream at this family-run shop in Encinitas’ Lumberyard Shopping Center where everything — from the caramel to the cookie dough — is made from scratch. All the 14+ flavors use organic, local ingredients. The shop also offers non-dairy options using coconut and cashew milk, plus gluten-free waffle cones. Visit the shop’s Facebook page for alerts of new flavors like lemon raspberry shortbread.

937 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

2. Salt & Straw

3705 Caminito Court Suite 0580, San Diego, CA 92130
Salt & Straw/Facebook

You can experience this Portland-based ice cream chain at their Little Italy or Del Mar Heights locations. Seasonal flavors for San Diego include huckleberry cast iron corn bread and buttermilk pancakes, bacon and egg as well as regular local flavors such as double fold vanilla and sea salt with caramel ribbons.

3705 Caminito Court Suite 0580
San Diego, CA 92130

3. Somi Somi

4620 Convoy St Ste J-K, San Diego, CA 92111

Visit the Convoy or Mira Mesa location for picture-worthy ice cream served in a ah-boong, Korea’s version of a waffle cone but in the shape of a fish. Cones come with a choice of fillings, including red bean and Nutella, before being topped off with a swirl of creamy soft-serve in flavors ranging from ube and black sesame to milk tea.

4620 Convoy St Ste J-K
San Diego, CA 92111

4. Bing Haus

4425 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Bing Haus/Facebook

This is the place for Thai-style rolled ice cream, a made-to-order frozen treat that’s whipped up before your eyes. Flavors like strawberry, green tea, cookies and cream, coffee and Thai tea rolls headline the menu alongside soft serve and bingsoo, a shaved ice concoction served with red beans and medley of fruits with condensed milk.

4425 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

5. Afters Ice Cream

855 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Home to the famed Milky Bun — a donut stuffed with scoops of colorful ice cream — this PB-based parlor has over a dozen handcrafted flavors, ranging from milk and cereal to cookie monster and Vietnamese coffee. Vegan flavors such as java chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie round out the menu.

855 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

6. Mariposa Ice Cream

3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

This well-loved family-run Adams Avenue shop has won a slew of awards and accolades for its ice cream over the last 20 years. Several rotating seasonal flavors — think lemon, watermelon sorbet, and peach during summer — are found alongside a long list of staples, including coconut almond fudge and Mexican chocolate.

3450 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

7. An’s Dry Cleaning

3017 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

The gelato here is handmade and whimsically named after fabrics but inspired by seasonal farmer’s market produce. Regular flavors include Canvas (olive oil and rosemary) and Tweed (tres leche). Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for advance notice on private tasting menus.

3017 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

8. Stella Jean’s Ice Cream

4404 Park Blvd ste b, San Diego, CA 92116
Stella Jean’s Ice Cream/Facebook

University Heights’ small-batch parlor wows with signature flavors like earl grey citrus tea cake and ube pandesal toffee. The shop creates thoughtful plant-based coconut milk ice cream options too, including mango enchilado and strawberry oat crumble. Request sprinkles if you want, they’re free.

4404 Park Blvd ste b
San Diego, CA 92116

9. Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

3740 Sports Arena Blvd #6, San Diego, CA 92110

Purveyors of premium Tropical Dreams ice cream, Hammond’s offers more than 100 flavors on rotation across its two shops found in North Park and Point Loma. (Pacific Beach is closed until further notice.) It’s mostly known for its ice cream flight concept— their mini cone flights range from 6- to a mega 32-flavor option.

3740 Sports Arena Blvd #6
San Diego, CA 92110

10. Mr. Trustee Creamery

4033 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA 92103
Pints of ice cream
Mr. Trustee Creamery

The Trust Group’s venture into ice cream is this walkup window found next to Cardellino in Mission Hills. Lead by Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville, the shop serves chef-centric flavors like malted chocolate brownie, kiwi cucumber sorbet with Tajin and Captain Crunch or malted milk soft serve.

4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103

11. DixiePops

915 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

Originally found at Downtown’s Roma Market, you can find the brick-and-mortar shop in Mission Hills. Alongside Dixie’s range of delicious frozen popsicles, with flavor profiles like Tajin mango and pineapple basil, there are homemade ice cream, shave ice and dog pops, too.

915 W Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103

12. Gelati & Peccati

3066 B University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Cup of gelato
Gelati & Peccati

Roman-style pizza and gelato meet at this spot in North Park. Helmed by the Buona Forchetta Family of restaurants, this shop serves 18 flavors of gelato. For a combination of carbs and cream, order the GOLA: gelato stuffed into a pizza crust with whipped cream and hazelnuts.

3066 B University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

13. Lighthouse Ice Cream San Diego

5059 Newport Ave #102, San Diego, CA 92107
Waffle ice cream sandwich
Darlene Alilain-Horn

Ice cream and beach views make for a perfect combination at this Ocean Beach institution. The real star here is the hot waffle ice cream sandwich stuffed with your choice of ice cream by Cascade Glacier or Double Rainbow Premium.

5059 Newport Ave #102
San Diego, CA 92107

14. Mutual Friend Ice Cream

811 25th St Unit 100, San Diego, CA 92102

Mai Marche and consulting chef Spencer Hue create the fabulous flavors at this lovely ice cream parlor in Golden Hill. Their menu rotates monthly, but current summertime offerings include Fancy French Flavor (creme fraiche with lemon curd) and toasted oats with lemon blackberry jam.

811 25th St Unit 100
San Diego, CA 92102

15. Tocumbo Ice Cream

4686 Market St, San Diego, CA 92102

Choose from three locations (Market, Chula Vista or Barrio Logan) for your fill of Michoacan-style ice cream. Flavors range from the basics such as strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and Oreo to the more exotic like mamey, nanche and guanabana. For a satisfying treat, try the Michocan Basket, Tocumbo’s version of the sundae featuring ice cream of your choice, fresh fruit and whipped cream served in a waffle bowl.

4686 Market St
San Diego, CA 92102

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16. Snoice

8423 Paradise Valley Rd B, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Tucked inside the Kababayan Bakery in Spring Valley, Snoice serves up pandesal ice cream sandwiches filled with flavors like iconic ube (yam), buko pandan (coconut, screwpine leaves), and mais queso (creamy corn, cheese, milk) alongside shaved snow and favorite Filipino dessert halo halo.

8423 Paradise Valley Rd B
Spring Valley, CA 91977

17. Niederfrank's Ice Cream

726 A Ave, National City, CA 91950
Niederfrank’s Ice Cream

National City’s answer to the old school ice cream parlor is Niederfrank’s, San Diego’s oldest ice cream manufacturer. Established in 1948, the shop still serves up small batch ice cream. Go here for avocado, macadamia nut toffee, cinnamon and Kahlua krunch. The shops also creates custom-made ice cream pies.

726 A Ave
National City, CA 91950

18. Famous Oasis Ice Cream Parlor

1832 Coronado Ave, San Diego, CA 92154

This old-school (and cash only) gem in the South Bay has been making delicious Mexican style ice cream and traditional paletas, plus sundaes, fresh sorbets and banana splits since the late 1970s. Still family owned and operated, flavors here range from tropical guava and coconut to jamaica and tamarindo.

1832 Coronado Ave
San Diego, CA 92154

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