The Bay Area doesn’t exactly have the sort of summer weather that inspires eating ice cream. Despite that, it is #4 on Travel and Leisure’s list of, America’s Best Cities for Ice Cream. In celebration of that title, I’d like to share some of my favorite ice cream shops in the Bay Area:
– Smitten- This place is like ice cream, a show, and a science lesson all wrapped in one shipping container in the park. The ice cream at Smitten is made-to-order in 60 seconds with liquid nitrogen. You get to watch your ice cream being made and, because it is frozen at such a low temperature, it is the smoothest ice cream (and probably the best) you’ll ever eat. I tell everyone I know to go to this place.
p.s. They just announced that they will be opening two new locations so be on the lookout for those and their promised brioche ice cream sandwiches.
– Humphry Slocombe- Humphry Slocombe is famous throughout the city for their unusual flavors. I’ll admit it, I was pretty apprehensive when I first tried their signature “Secret Breakfast” flavor at the Ferry Building farmer’s market. Bourbon flavored ice cream with cornflakes didn’t sound quirky, just weird. However, after just two bites, I was hooked. Their flavors are unusual and astoundingly delicious. I have since returned several times; I even once tried a foie gras ice cream sandwich.
– Bi-Rite- All of the raves you hear about it are true. Get the salted caramel.
– Ici- Like Cheeseboard, this Berkeley shop always has a line down the block. The ice cream cones I have had there were good but not as mind-blowing as the previously listed place. They do deserve mention for their ice cream cakes. I purchased one for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was beautiful. The chocolate ice cream combined with a layer of chocolate chip ice cream on top of a chocolate cake was so classic and exceptionally delicious. I can’t wait to try one of their Baked Alaska cakes that you toast in the oven before eating.