Best Ice Cream Shops in San Francisco

There’s plenty of childhood foods that we love, but none gets our nostalgic hearts racing quite like ice cream. And luckily for frozen-treat lovers, a licking of summer’s favorite dessert is just around the corner in San Francisco. Here are my picks for best ice cream shops in San Francisco.

Three Twins

254 Fillmore St.

Three Twins stands out for a number of tasty original flavors like Lemon Cookie and Dad’s Cardamom as well as their cheeky, limited edition flavors.  For those of us not lucky enough to live within walking distance, their ice cream can be found on the shelves of local grocery stores.

Humphry Slocombe

2790 A Harrison St.

Much like Three Twins, Humphry Slocombe is beloved in San Francisco almost as much for their clever marketing and flavor-naming as for their ice cream. My favorite is the Elvis [the fat years] sundae, which is made with banana ice cream and bacon peanut brittle.

Bi-Rite Creamery

3692 18th St.

On a nice day, the line stretches around the corner and sometimes up Dolores Street. There’s a line out the door for a reason. Bi-Rite Creamery is one of the best scoops in town. Particularly the famous Salted Caramel flavor.

The Ice Cream Bar

815 Cole Street

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

699 22nd Street

Former pastry chef Ian Flores puts an innovative spin on ice cream, with unparalleled texture. There’s no website to keep track of the ever-changing flavors, but if you find yourself in the Dogpatch, don’t miss this scoop.

Polly Ann Ice Cream

3138 Noriega Street

“Did you spin the wheel?” is the first thing the Polly Ann faithful will ask when you tell them you went. Yes, for the daring, or perhaps just the indecisive, there’s a wheel you can have a Polly Ann staffer spin to make your choice for you. Polly Ann has a collection of around 500 flavors, about 50 of which are available at any given time. No wonder people are indecisive! Guess you’ll just have to go back again and again to try as many as possible!

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Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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