Food & Drink

The 9 Best Ice Cream Shops in San Diego

Published On 06/24/2015 Published On 06/24/2015
Sara Norris/Thrillist
Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Moosie’s Ice Cream
Sara Norris/Thrillist
MooTime Creamery 
The Daily Scoop
Lighthouse Ice Cream
Viva Pops
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1. Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream 3077 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Hammond's is a spacious neighborhood ice cream shop scooping up over 90 rotating sweet and savory flavors. Sample the goods with an ice cream flight: order between three and six different flavors served in mini cones on their own stand. Peanut Butter Guava Jelly, Kona coffee, blueberry cheesecake and vanilla rose make a solid pairing.

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2. Moosie's Ice Cream 4073 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

If you ignore the iPad on the counter, walking into Moosie's is like walking into an old school ice cream parlor, which is made even more real feeling by the fact that their ice cream comes from the famous Fosselman's Ice Cream Co., which has been around since 1919. If you want something a little different you should try their Moosie’s Sparkler, a refreshing ginger ale float with your choice of sorbet.

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3. Cow-A-Bunga Micro Ice Creamery & Espresso 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

This little shop is located right by the entrance to the Imperial Beach pier and has made their ice creams locally since 2000. But if you're not feeling an ice cream, they also serve gigantic shaved ice sno cones and delicious coffee.

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4. Daily Scoop on Juniper 3004 Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92104

At the Daily Scoop even fido can get his own scoop of doggy ice cream, and who doesn't like the sound of that? They also like to keep things local and so serve Niederfrank’s all natural ice cream which has been made right here in National City since the 1940s. Plus, they also serve sno cones, baked goods and some pretty incredible house made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

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5. Lighthouse Ice Cream 5059 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

This popular ice cream stand in Ocean Beach offers a huge variety of malts, cones, sundaes, yogurts and sorbets, not to mention an extensive list of creative toppings. If you’ve got a real sweet tooth order the Big Olaf Special—it’s a lot, but death by a double scoop waffle cone sundae with whipped cream, nuts, a cherry and your choice of topping is not a bad way to go. Heads up: the spot is cash only.

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6. Viva Pops 3330 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

What was once a little ice cream cart is now a one-stop popsicle shop offering up gourmet, organic, all-natural treats. And don't be confused, these are not your childhood popsicles and flavors range from spicy mango chili and lavender lemonade, to mojito, and goat cheese cherry cheesecake.