ADVENTURE: Eating all of the hottest, newest ice cream spots and treats in the Bay Area // CRAVE: One of these San Francisco ice cream desserts every day!
Sunday is National Ice Cream Day and there’s just
one 31 things to do. Dip into our favorite San Francisco ice cream scoops, including some fro-yo, gelato, and vegan versions too—because hey, we don’t discriminate.
Shell Dips: Everyone knows Gott’s Roadside for its delicious burgers, but the soft serve ice cream is one of their best treats. Just in time for summer, Gott’s has released an array of sweet new toppings including raspberry, blueberry, and peanut butter shell dips that add a colorful twist to your cone. // 1 Ferry Building #6 (Embarcadero), gotts.com
Taiyaki Cones: Uji Time brings another level of fun to soft-serve San Francisco ice cream with cute fish-shaped cones, evocative of the traditional Japanese bean-paste-filled dessert. Head over to Japantown and grab your fish cones, each made fresh in about 15 minutes and filled with satisfying swirls of matcha, sesame or tofu flavored froyo. It’s the ultimate smile-inducing treat. // 22 Peace Plaza, #440 (Japantown), ujitime.weebly.com
The Trend: Food porn followers are familiar with the popular rolled ice cream trend that’s taken over Instagram. Tucked at the edge of the Inner Sunset, Let’s Roll Ice Creamery creates its sweet concoctions right before your eyes, pouring a generous amount of liquid ice cream onto a freezing stone before chiseling it off into perfect rolls. // 1152 Irving St. (Inner Sunset), facebook.com
Chimney Cones: From food truck to brick-and-mortar, Garden Creamery is turning the San Francisco ice cream scene on its scoop with their tasty “chimney” cones, made from Hungarian cake dough twisted around a cylinder and baked to form its unique shape. Only available on Saturdays (2-4pm), these fluffy, sugary cones have ice cream lovers lining up around the block. // 3566 20th St. (Mission), gardencreamery.com
Ice Cream Flights: If choosing is agony, this one’s for you. San Francisco Hometown Creamery solves San Francisco ice cream indecision with flights of five scoops of daily flavors. Move over beer flights, you’ve got competition for our calories. // 1290 9th Ave. (Inner Richmond), sfhometowncreamery.com
Food Truck Phenom: Fans of FK Frozen Khustard can now grab of a scoop of this creamy goodness at Trademark & Copyright, a new bar in SoMa. The smooth, black vanilla ice cream covered in thick drizzles of chocolate sauce in a blinged-out black and gold cone is like nothing else. // Trademark & Copyright, 1123 Folsom St. (SoMa), frozenkuhsterd.com
Sweet Sandwich: The folks at Milkbomb have officially disrupted the old ice cream sandwich by stuffing scoops into a sliced, hole-less doughnut for one delicious sugar bomb. Opt for vibrant ube (made of purple yam and pronounced ooh-bae) ice cream rolled in mochi and fruity pebble toppings —taste the rainbow! // 1717 17th St., Ste. 105 (Potrero Hill), milkbombicecream.com
Seasonal Flavors: Smitten is a hometown favorite that has proven itself beyond the semi-gimmick of instant ice cream making via onsite liquid nitrogen machines. Each scoop is made to order, and you’ll never regret ordering the seasonal flavor, bursting with fresh, local ingredients. (Psst…right now it’s blueberry lavender!) // Multiple locations, smittenicecream.com
Worth the Wait: There’s only one really good reason to wait in line for food. Bi-Rite Creamery delivers legendary San Francisco ice cream that, in turn, delivers Instagram pics to forgive the queue around the corner. Go for the old favorites (balsamic strawberry, salted caramel, honey lavender), or take a gamble on the latest crave—don’t miss the Summer of Love (fennel pollen, hemp seed oil, and blackberry swirl). // 3692 18th St. (Mission), and 550 Divisadero St. (NoPa), biritecreamery.com
Shaved Sno: Powder brings something all new to SF: gourmet, shaved-to-order, fluffy ribbons of icy ice cream. Snag the Cereal Milk, which tastes like the sugary liquid leftovers from a bowl of Frosted Flakes. It may seem weird but, trust us, you want this ASAP. // 260 Divisadero St. (Lower Haight), powdershavedsnow.com
This is an excerpt of the portion of an article written and photographed by me for 7×7. You can view the original here.
Want another sweet treat? Get some awesome pastries deliverd to your door with Baker Doe or sign up to make your own ice cream with Smitten’s Churn Your Own Ice Cream class.