The 7 Best Ice Cream Parlours In San Diego

San Diego ice cream is right up there with some of the very best in America, so we wanted to highlight the seven best places in this wonderful city to devour it.

From the classic Italian gelato to a soft serve, these are the best scoops in town. Whatever it is you fancy to hit that sweet tooth, we have you covered.

So forget about the calories. The gym can wait until tomorrow. It’s time to check out the very best San Diego ice cream parlours.

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1. Cauldron Ice Cream

A small chain in California with 10 outlets where they make all their natural ice cream in small batches. What sets them apart from everybody else is their incredible unique and exciting flavours, as well as their gorgeous waffle cones.

They also rotate and create new flavours every quarter to ensure you never get bored.

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2. Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Hammond’s is the sort of place where you are not going to be spoilt for choice, because they offer a remarkable 300 flavours.

The secret to their ice cream? Well, mostly that it is handmade with 18% butterfat, adding a rich and creamy texture. Once you taste it just once you’ll be hooked for life.

3. Stella Jean’s Ice Cream

The ice cream parlour itself is one of the prettiest you will ever walk into, and that is before you’ve even had a lick of the product.

Stella Jean’s ice creams are handmade in small batches and they also have lots of vegan-friendly options. The sort of place where there is something for everybody.

4. Somi Somi

Somi Somi offer irresistible Korean-inspired soft serve in ornate fish-shaped cones that are as pretty on the eye as they are tasty.

You’ll find their locations all across Southern California, but nothing beats walking down a sunny San Diego street with one of their creations in your hand.

5. Ghirardelli Ice Cream

This famous brand are best known for being purveyors of really high-end chocolate, but their ice cream is a hidden gem you should not ignore.

They have some great flavours, but to come here and not have a cone with chocolate ice cream on it would be a travesty.

6. Gelato Vero Caffe

They’ve been making the wonderful combination of gelato. espresso and pastries since way back in 1984. After over three decades, they seem to be getting tastier by the day.

The ice cream itself is lush, packed full of flavour and creamier than anything you will ever taste. Three (or more!) scoops? Why not!

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7. Chocolat Hillcrest

They serve up lots of treats on their breakfast and lunch menus including one of the best french toasts in the city. By all means eat from the menu but saving lots of space in your stomach for their gelato is essential.

It is piled high with deep, rich and creamy flavours that will blow your mind as soon as you taste them. Divine.

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