I Scream, You Scream, For San Diego Ice Cream!

Because there’s no better (or more delicious way) to beat the summer heat than a cool and creamy ice cream treat, here’s a handy video and guide on where to sample San Diego’s finest.

The Baked Bear
When childhood friends Rob Robbins and Shane Stanger opened their first location in Pacific Beach in 2013, little did they know how much their idea would take off. Because today, you’ll find Baked Bears from California to the midwest – proving that no one can resist whimsical, colorful ice cream flavors and toppings stuffed between fresh-baked cookies.

Big Kahuna’s Ice Cream
As the name implies, this boardwalk stand specializes in Hawaiian-style frozen treats. While the home made ice cream is certainly no slouch, you can’t miss the legendary shaved ices. Unlike snow cones, the ice for these is feathery and powdery, so it fully absorbs the colorful syrups. Each spoonful, from the first to the last, is sweet, light, and completely refreshing.

Chocolate Haus
Confectioner Pete Close might be best known for the hand-crafted chocolates doled out at his adorable shop just off the boardwalk in North Pacific Beach, but his ice cream shouldn’t be missed, either. Also made in-house, it’s superbly smooth and creamy, with the flavors leaning towards traditional (think vanilla, brown butter pecan, and mint chip).

Mr. Frostie
Since 1949, this San Diego mainstay has been turning out the city’s best soft serve. Whether you prefer your soft serve plain, dipped, in a sundae, or whirled into a shake, you’ll always be rewarded with friendly service and affordable prices. There’s also boardwalk-style snacks (like chili cheese dogs) if you’re feeling peckish.

Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Because one ice cream cone is never enough, this cheerful nook in North Park smartly offers flights. On any given day, you can mix and match from two to six of the daily 32 flavor offerings. All the ice cream comes from Tropical Dreams in Hawaii, so expect to discover some more unusual flavors, including Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut and Lilikoi Cream.


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