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The 11 Best Ice Cream Shops Near La Jolla, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Do you think it needs to be hot to enjoy a fudge Sundae or a strawberry ice cream pop? Not with these La Jolla stores. We analyzed all the top review sites and user and expert opinions to compile this ultimate list of ice cream places! Head to these La Jolla destinations for tasty tubs to go or delicious sugar cones and toppings to eat immediately!

Find the perfect Ice cream spot

Bobboi Natural Gelato

Desserts, $$, La JollaDesserts, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top gelato spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Eater, 2016

    Frozen Treats To Enjoy In San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2016

Froglanders Crepes & Yogurt

Desserts, $, La JollaDesserts, $San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Scoops La Jolla

Desserts, $, La JollaDesserts, $San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Häagen-Dazs

Desserts, $$, La JollaDesserts, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

The Baked Bear

Desserts, $, Pacific BeachDesserts, $San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2015

    The 11 Hottest Ice Cream Shops in San Diego

    Zagat, 2015
  • USA Today

    Best Dessert in San Diego

    USA Today

Afters Ice Cream

Desserts, $, Pacific BeachDesserts, $San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020

Bottega Italiana

Desserts, $, University CityDesserts, $San Diego, University City
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top gelato spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019

La Michoacana Estrella

Desserts, Pacific BeachDessertsSan Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

Sweet Petite Confections

Desserts, $$, Clairemont Mesa WestDesserts, $$San Diego, Clairemont Mesa West
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Cor di Gelato

Desserts, Mission BeachDessertsSan Diego, Mission Beach
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Hanna's Creamery & Cafe

Desserts, $, University CityDesserts, $San Diego, University City
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Why is this list better than others?

Finding the right spot to satisfy your Ice cream craving shouldn't be a full-time job. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 San Diego restaurants, 823905 reviews, and 624 top lists and articles from the likes of USA Today, Hoodline and Eater. The spots that made the cut have been featured in USA Today - Best Dessert in San Diego, Hoodline - 5 top gelato spots in San Diego and Eater - Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. If your next meal is in any of these ten restaurants, the Ice cream aficionado in you will rejoice.

Drink pairing tips for Ice cream

  • The best 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.

  • The perfect match for your vanilla bean ice cream

    When having vanilla bean ice cream, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Champagne, a popular sparkling wine.

  • Chardonnay and cookie dough ice cream


    A cookie dough ice cream can be tricky to find a white wine pairing for. We would suggest trying Chardonnay. It will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal thanks to its oaked.

Interesting facts about Ice cream

  • Since the 1900s

    We can thank 1900s in The United States for the much beloved neopolitan ice cream.

  • Celebrating Ice cream

    If you’re a big fan of Ice cream, then you should definitely consider visiting the Utica Ice Cream Festivale in Ohio, The United States

  • Most ice cream ever?

    Are you a fan of ice cream? The current record for eating the most ice cream is 15 pounds in only 8! Do you love ice cream enough to beat this record?

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