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The 9 Best Ice Cream Shops Near Pacific Beach, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Wishing you for the summer holidays and sundaes? These Pacific Beach ice cream spots will make you feel like you're on vacation! We incorporated both user and critic reviews from top review sites to create a definitive list of the ice cream places. Get to these stores for the freshest fruit ice cream or fizziest vanilla floats in Pacific Beach.

Find the perfect Ice cream spot

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

La Michoacana Estrella

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

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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

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

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

How did these spots get chosen?

Choosing the right spot for Ice cream can be tough, especially if you’re exploring new restaurants. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 restaurants in San Diego, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 624 lists and articles from experts at USA Today, Eater and Hoodline and more. All with some boam magic. Don’t bother looking for USA Today - Best Dessert in San Diego, Eater - Frozen Treats To Enjoy In San Diego Right Now and Hoodline - 5 top gelato spots in San Diegowe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

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.

  • 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 ideal pairing for cookie dough ice cream

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

Interesting facts about Ice cream

  • A 2014-record from The United States

    In Cedarburg, The United States, Ice cream-lovers celebrated a special day on June 28, 2014. Some still remember this as the day when the strawberry ice-cream was made, weighing no less than 3,010 pounds.


  • A speedy eater

    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?

  • A long time ago

    Do you like neopolitan ice cream? It was invented during 1900s in beautiful The United States.

Parking in the area

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