9 Best Ice Cream Shops In San Diego, California

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San Diego is an amazing city located on the Pacific coast of California. The city is known for its rich wildlife parks, beaches, and warm climate all year around. Alongside, the city has numerous art galleries, studios, museums and gardens to ensure that the visitors can explore as many places and activities without getting bored. The mild southern California climate also calls to savor on the frozen treats in San Diego. It doesn’t matter how old you are, the diverse variety of flavors starting from unicorn milkshakes to black magic, vegan ice-cream or the creamy gelato is bound to melt your heart craving for more. If you are fond of those chilled creamy delights, here is a list of the best ice cream shops in San Diego that you must visit.

1. Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

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This famous ice-cream parlor in North Park is known for its 32 distinctive flavors of Hawaii’s Tropical dreams. You can savor your taste buds in trying some of the best ice-creams such as Ginger cream, Poha berry, and many more interesting flavors. These creamy delights are made with 18% butterfat, and almost 50% of the ingredients are brought from the Aloha State. You can even order a range of different flavors served in different mini cones.

Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

Address: 3077 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA

Website / Facebook Page: Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Opening hours: Mon - Thhu 12 pm - 11 pm, Fri 12 pm - 12:30 am, Sat 11 am - 12:30 am, Sun 11 am - 11 pm

Average price: 10 USD (approx)

2. Mariposa Ice Cream

Located in the height of San Diego, this ice-cream parlor has won awards for being the best ice-cream parlor in the city. The ice-creams are made using fresh milk and cream with a blend of other ingredients to attain the right flavor. The ice-creams are prepared using no eggs and compared to any other ice-creams; the sherbet contains way less sugar, air, and low-fat milk. The most popular flavors are Mexican chocolate and Banana Walnut.

Mariposa Ice Cream

Address: 3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Website / Facebook Page: Mariposa Ice Cream

Opening hours: Wed - Sat 1 pm - 9 pm, Sun 2 pm - 8 pm

Average price: 4 - 10 USD

3. Moosie's Ice Cream

Located in the heart of Kensington, Los angles delicious ice-cream fill in this parlor with its savory treats. The friendly staffs in the shop allow you to taste the 16 rotating flavors that are displayed such as the Dutch chocolate and coffee, Cherry vanilla and many more. You can even try and split a single scoop with two different flavors. If you are looking for something different, you must try the Moosie sparklers. It’s an amazing refreshing combination of ginger float with your choice of sorbet. Alongside, there are many more available items including the custom ice-cream cakes, hand-packed pints etc.

Moosie's Ice Cream

Address: 4073 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Website / Facebook Page: Moosie’s Ice Cream

Opening hours: Weekdays 12 pm – 10 pm, weekends 2 pm - 9 pm

Average price: 10 USD

4. Famous Oasis Ice Cream Parlor

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Since 1977, this family-run ice cream parlor in the South Bay is known for preparing home-made ice creams in traditional Mexican style that includes cucumber, chili, and rice pudding. They also infuse fresh fruits and special cream from Tijuana. Their diverse flavors vary from pistachio to mango. The owners make use of old fashioned cooking methods to prepare their secret recipes. You can even get your choice of three different flavors in a customized sundae.

Famous Oasis Ice Cream Parlor

Address: 1832 Coronado Ave, San Diego, CA 92154, USA

Website / Facebook Page: Famous Oasis Ice Cream Parlor

Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm

Average price: 5 - 10 USD

5. Bobboi Natural Gelato

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This ice cream shop in San Diego has evolved as the second best shop in America. The shop makes use of an authentic ingredient for preparing Italy’s world famous gelato with other seasonal ingredients to create their very own homemade signature flavors. The parlor allows you to enjoy the unique flavors of the hand-made ice cream while enjoying great views of the ocean. Some of the popular flavors include Dark chocolate sorbet, charcoal vanilla, Salted caramel made with Mediterranean Sea salt, Pistachio de la California etc. Apart from that, you can even choose from the wide options of coffee, where you can go for one scoop of gelato drowned in a double shot espresso.

Bobboi Natural Gelato

Address: 8008 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

Website / Facebook Page: Bobboi Natural Gelato

Opening hours: Sun - Thu 11 am - 9 pm, Fri - Sat 11 am – 10 pm

Average price: 10 USD

6. Lighthouse Ice Cream

This popular ice cream parlor in the ocean beach is a tiny ice-cream stand stacked with an array of malts, sundaes, cones, yogurts, and sorbets. The place is popular for its hot waffle ice-cream sandwiches. The shop boasts premium ice-creams of Cascade Glacier and Double Rainbow with each having 15 different flavors. If you have a real sweet tooth, then you must try the big Olaf special. The rich and creamy waffle scoop sundae with cream, nuts, cherry and your choice of topping will make you go crazy with the bursting of flavors in your mouth.

Lighthouse Ice Cream

Address: 5059 Newport Ave #102, San Diego, CA 92107, USA

Website / Facebook Page: Lighthouse Ice Cream

Opening hours: 11 am – 10 pm

Average price: 10 USD

7. The Baked Bear

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Located by the Pacific beach, this ice-cream shop is known for making premium class creamy ice-cream sandwiches that have won hearts of the locals and achieved great appreciation from Forbes, Thrillist and many more. The popular cookie flanked ice-cream sandwiches comes with diverse flavors of strawberry, coffee and many more to choose from. The shop makes freshly baked cookies, brownies, and donuts. It allows the guests to choose from the diverse choices of cookies and ice-cream flavor. Irrespective of whatever combination you choose, make sure you roll on your sandwiches on different toppings ranging from fruity pebbles to Oreo crumble.

The Baked Bear

Address: 4516 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

Website / Facebook Page: The Baked Bear

Opening hours: Mon - Thu 12 pm – 11 pm, Fri 12 pm - 12 am, Sat 11 am - 12 pm, Sun 11 am - 11 am

Average price: 10 USD

8. Creamistry

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Creamistry is known for creating an amazingly creamy ice-cream by using liquid nitrogen to freeze their ice-cream. The incredibly rich and creamy ice creams are prepared using premium ingredients and can be customized as per your choice. You can indulge in more than 60 diverse flavors with your choice of toppings and garnishes. Starting from “Captains Breakfast” to ‘Element’ and ‘Quantum Coffee’, there is something for everyone. All these premium ice-creams are handcrafted to ensure it meets your expectations.


Address: 7420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #108, San Diego, CA 92111, USA

Website / Facebook Page: Creamistry

Opening hours: 12 pm – 11 pm

Average price: 15 USD

9. Viva Pops

Inspired from the vibrant festive colors and traditional Mexican style pops, this Popsicle shop makes use of organic fruits and herds and creates unique flavors sourced from the local markets. This ice-cream cart started off a few years ago but now it has become a one-stop Popsicle shop selling tasty gourmet pops and natural treats. They don’t make use of any preservatives and tries to keep it natural, using fresh ingredients. Their unique and fancy flavors range from spicy mango chili, mojito, lavender lemonade, goat cheery cheesecake.

Viva Pops

Address: 3330 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA

Website / Facebook Page: Viva Pops

Opening hours: 12 pm – 5 pm

Average price: 10 USD (approx)

Venture the top Ice-Cream Shops in San Diego

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The ice-cream parlors in San Diego are as ubiquitous as the sun. The warm climate throughout the year invites you to explore those rich creamy frozen delights. The unique creations ranging from unicorn milkshakes to the old classics and vegan ice cream, you can have it all. So make sure you visit the recommended ice-cream shops to experience the best desserts in town.

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