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The 15 Best Ice Cream Shops In San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Pining for a pint of San Diego’s best Ice cream? Head to these parlors for the best gelato in town! We analyzed all the top review sites and user and expert opinions to compile this ultimate list of ice cream places! Get to these stores for the freshest fruit ice cream or fizziest vanilla floats in San Diego.

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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

An's Dry Cleaning

Desserts, $, North ParkDesserts, $San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top gelato spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020

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

Iceskimo

Desserts, $, Kearny MesaDesserts, $San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2016

    Frozen Treats To Enjoy In San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2016
  • USA Today

    Best Dessert in San Diego

    USA Today

Gelati & Peccati

Desserts, North ParkDessertsSan Diego, North Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020

Mariposa Ice Cream

Desserts, $, Adams NorthDesserts, $San Diego, Adams North
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020

Stella Jean's Ice Cream

Desserts, University HeightsDessertsSan Diego, University Heights
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020
  • Eater, 2020

    17 Dessert Spots With Takeout and Delivery Options

    Eater, 2020

SomiSomi

Desserts, $, Kearny MesaDesserts, $San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020

Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

Desserts, $, Midway DistrictDesserts, $San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020

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

Lighthouse Ice Cream

Desserts, $, Ocean BeachDesserts, $San Diego, Ocean Beach
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2020
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Get Takeout Right Now in Ocean Beach

    Eater, 2020

iDessert By Jean-Philippe

Desserts, $, Little ItalyDesserts, $San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2016

    Frozen Treats To Enjoy In San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2016
  • Zagat, 2016

    10 Totally Unique Restaurants in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016

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

Bing Haus

Desserts, $$, Kearny MesaDesserts, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.4
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

How did these spots get chosen?

We know how tough it is to find the best Ice cream in San Diego. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 10162 restaurants, and 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater and Hoodline. Yes, we even looked at Eater - Where to Eat Ice Cream in San Diego Right Now and Hoodline - 5 top gelato spots in San Diego to pull this list together. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Recurring questions

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

Metl Bar & Restaurant, Chimney Nation, and Pappalecco have outdoor seating and Ice Cream in San Diego.

Metl Bar & Restaurant, Chimney Nation, and Pappalecco are the highest-rated late-night spots for ice cream in San Diego.

Metl Bar & Restaurant, Chimney Nation, and Pappalecco are the highest-rated ice cream spots for take-out in San Diego.

Metl Bar & Restaurant, Chimney Nation, and RoVino The Foodery are the highest-rated ice cream spots for a pick-up order in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips for Ice cream

  • The perfect match for strawberry ice cream

    Experts recommend pairing a strawberry ice cream with a glass of Rosé, a popular pink wine.

  • Pair Chardonnay with cookie dough ice cream

    The oaked flavors in Chardonnay makes it a great white wine to pair with cookie dough ice cream.

Fun 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.


  • Celebrating Ice cream

    Utica, The United States is the proud home of the annual Utica Ice Cream Festival, held every October to celebrate everything that is good about Ice cream.


  • Hungry for ice cream?

    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?

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