Ice cream. Seems simple enough. Once you’ve had a cone you’ve had them all, right? Well, these ice cream spots in SF would beg to differ. We want to take you on a mini tour of four of our top picks for amazing ice cream in the city (in no particular order) and show you how these places really differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. First up is Milkbomb located at 1717 17th St. If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, this is the place for you because they take ice cream to the next level with their flavors, cones, and toppings.
Above is one of their red velvet cones with scoops of vanilla and matcha ice cream, topped with fruit loops, fruity pebbles, and strawberry drizzle. Beyond it tasting incredible and more than satisfying our sweets craving, look at that presentation! Almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. Below are two other awesome choices from Milkbomb. Best believe you can have your ice cream INSIDE a donut! And you can customize your ice cream creations to your heart’s content.
Our next pick is awesome, not necessarily because of their innovation, but rather their dedication to tradition, quality, and uniqueness. Lush Gelato at 1817 Polk St makes their own unique gelato flavors from scratch right in their San Francisco shop. They supply multiple restaurants in the city with their gelato, but the best experience is to just walk in on a warm day and grab yourself a scoop or two… or three like we did!
Above in the small cup are scoops of chocolate, honey nutmeg and candied plum, and crème brûlée. Below, from top to bottom is mango, mint chip (highly recommended!!), and chocolate. Note: Their mint chip was SO good! It tastes like mint leaves, not the typical artificial mint flavor, which was an amazing surprise.
Next on our list of ice cream spots in SF is Roll Up Creamery & Cafe. Ever had your ice cream rolled up, put in a donut and slathered in tasty toppings? Part of the fun here is watching the staff actually spread and then roll your ice cream up, and when you see the different flavors and toppings they offer you’ll be jumping up and down when they hand the finished product over to you.
Above is their ube ice cream with whipped cream, wafers, Oreo’s, and mochi in a donut bun. Yep, donut bun. Below is their matcha ice cream with whipped cream, Oreo’s, blueberries, strawberries, and rainbow sprinkles in a taco “cone”
But that’s not all! They also have some of the most awesome soft serve we’ve had in a very long time. They have two flavors – ube and fior de latte – which are both nomtastic on their own, but we opted for the swirl and it was definitely a great call. Check out that awesomeness below!
Last, but most definitely not least, is Garden Creamery located at 3566 20th St. They not only have super unique flavors, but they also take more common flavors and add a twist to them that gives your taste buds a familiar, yet new feeling. And you HAVE to try their chimney cone! It’s hard to go back to a plain cone after having one of those.
Above from top to bottom is ube pandan coconut, mango li hing mui, and strawberry umeboshi. See what we mean by twists on classics?! Below is their matcha ice cream in a chimney cone. Zomg, guys, seriously though.
What are your favorite ice cream spots in SF? Let us know in the comments! Till next time, Nomsters!