Swensen’s (address and info)
Swensen’s opened up in San Francisco in 1948 and was a childhood staple for many kids who grew up here. Traditional flavors, healthy servings, and reasonable prices make this gem worth the walk up Russian Hill (and yes, you have to walk because you’ll never find parking). Stick with the classics, like chocolate or peanut butter.
Shaws San Francisco (address and info)
Shaws is the candy store childhood dreams are made of. Bins of hard candy, rows of chocolates and truffles, racks of homemade fudge, cotton candy... oh, and generous scoops of Mitchell’s ice cream in the back.
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Daisy Barringer is a freelance writer from San Francisco. When she was little, she’d ordered the Bubblegum Ice Cream at Swensen’s, carefully suck all of the ice cream off of the pieces of bubble gum, and save those for last. Tell her how disgusting she is on Twitter @daisy.