The 5 Best Ice Cream Shops Near Downtown, San Diego

Updated: August 7, 2022

Do you think it needs to be hot to enjoy a fudge Sundae or a strawberry ice cream pop? Not with these Downtown stores. For this ultimate list of ice cream spots, we analyzed top review sites and incorporated user and critic reviews. Get to these stores for the freshest fruit ice cream or fizziest vanilla floats in Downtown.

Find the perfect Ice cream spot

Cali Cream Ice Cream

Desserts, $, Gaslamp QuarterDesserts, $San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Olala Crepes

Desserts, $$, Gaslamp QuarterDesserts, $$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

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Mutual Friend Ice Cream

Desserts, Golden HillDessertsSan Diego, Golden Hill
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat in Golden Hill

    Eater, 2020

Gelato Vero Caffe

Desserts, $, MidtownDesserts, $San Diego, Midtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Restaurants in Mission Hills

    Zagat, 2016

Seaport Fudge Factory

Desserts, $$, MarinaDesserts, $$San Diego, Marina
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Finding the best Ice cream spots in Downtown can take way too long. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 10162 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 624 lists and articles from Zagat and Eater and others were carefully reviewed by boam. These top contenders have appeared in Zagat - Best Restaurants in Mission Hills, Eater - Where to Eat in Golden Hill and Zagat - 10 Totally Unique Restaurants in San Diego. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Most common questions

Metl Bar & Restaurant and Pappalecco are the highest-rated spots for ice cream delivery in Downtown.

Metl Bar & Restaurant, Pappalecco, and RoVino The Foodery are the highest-rated late-night spots for ice cream in Downtown.

Metl Bar & Restaurant and RoVino The Foodery are the highest-rated ice cream spots for a pick-up order in Downtown.

There are 3 ice cream spots in Downtown.

Metl Bar & Restaurant, Pappalecco, and RoVino The Foodery are the highest-rated ice cream spots for take-out in Downtown.

Drink pairing tips for Ice cream

  • Pair Brachetto d'Acqui with chocolate ice cream

    If your food palns include Ice cream, then you should consider helping it along with some red wine. We find that a Brachetto d'Acqui, with its hits of berry blend, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

  • The perfect match for cookie dough ice cream

    Experts often pair cookie dough ice cream with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

  • The ideal drink pairing for strawberry ice cream

    Knowing what to pair with strawberry ice cream can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some pink wine, particularly a glass of Rosé. This, off-dry, pink wine balances the fruit strawberry ice cream.

Factoids about Ice cream

  • A new ice cream record

    Are you a fan of ice cream? The current record for eating the most ice cream is 15 pounds! Do you love ice cream enough to beat this record?

  • For the love of ice cream

    Do you like ice cream enough to dedicate a day to it? If you answered yes, then you should probably know that July National Ice Cream Day is National Ice Cream Day.

  • The original neopolitan ice cream

    1900s gave us something tasty, the neopolitan ice cream! This tasty dish was bestowed upon us by The United States.

Parking information

Parking has always been a challenge in Downtown. To make your life easier, we partnered with SpotHero, an innovative digital parking reservation service, so you can easily and effortlessly find parking near your selected Ice cream spot.

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