1. Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream3077 University Ave, San Diego
2. Moosie's Ice Cream4073 Adams Ave, San Diego
3. Cow-A-Bunga Micro Ice Creamery & Espresso10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach
4. Daily Scoop on Juniper3004 Juniper St, San Diego
5. Lighthouse Ice Cream5059 Newport Ave, San Diego
6. Viva Pops3330 Adams Ave, San Diego
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.