Frozen Treats to Beat the Heat
Cool off this summer with a delicious frozen treat. These local favorites in San Diego offer homemade ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, Hawaiian shave ice, Italian Ice, snowballs—even Hula Pie! Add a trip to these local shops to your summer bucket list.
The Baked Bear
Pacific Beach, Petco Park, La Costa, Carmel Valley, Carmel Mountain
Three words: ice cream sandwiches. OK, five: custom-made ice cream sandwiches. Choose from freshly baked brownies or cookies for your sandwich (or mix and match). Ask for it "hot pressed" if you like extra gooey goodness. Baked Bear was voted a Top Pick for Best Frozen Treat in San Diego Family's Best of Family Fun 2016 contest!
148 El Norte Pkwy., Escondido
Stop by Baltimore Snowball to try a crunchier version of shaved ice. Visit one of its two San Diego locations and be sure to sample the owners' recommendations: Poor Man's Sundae and Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie.
Bobboi Natural Gelato
8008 Girard Ave., La Jolla
Bobbi Natural Gelato was voted #8 in Yelp's 100 Best-Reviewed Places to eat in America for a reason! Hundreds of online reviews don’t lie; Bobboi is top notch for gelato made daily with fresh, organic and local ingredients.
611 K St., downtown San Diego
Though it's known for its gourmet popcorn, Crunch Time is a local favorite for homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt on premises. Choose a popular flavor or create your own, then pick a waffle bowl, cone or have your ice cream smooshed between two homemade cookies.
7825 Highlands Village Place Ste E104, Carmel Valley
7420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Ste 108, Clairemont Mesa
731 W. San Marcos Blvd. Ste 120, San Marcos
Creamistry specializes in made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. What's that you ask? Trained "Creamologists" use liquid nitrogen to prepare a completely customizable, handcrafted ice cream treat right before your eyes! Kids love watching the liquid nitrogen turn in to fog while they wait in line. Choose from a variety of toppings, add-ons or mixins to make the perfect creation.
Dole Whip Cart at Belmont Park
3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach
San Diego’s favorite beachfront amusement center is now serving Dole Whip; a coveted treat also famously sold in Hawaii and at Disneyland. Located directly under the Sky Ropes Adventure, this refreshing taste of paradise is the perfect addition to your day in the park!
Duke's La Jolla
1216 Prospect St., La Jolla
Hidden within Duke's delicious menu is a prize in San Diego's dessert world: the Hula Pie, featuring macadamia nut ice cream, cookie crust and hot fudge. Stop by for a slice of this incredible Hawaiian dessert while enjoying views of the ocean and La Jolla Cove. Hula Pie was voted a Top Pick for Best Frozen Treat in San Diego Family's Best of Family Fun 2016 contest!
Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream
3077 University Ave., North Park
1418 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach
3740 Sports Arena Blvd, Suite 6, Point Loma
Thanks to Hammond's, San Diegans don't have to visit the Hawaiian Islands for a scoop of Tropical Dreams super premium ice cream. Popular flavors include Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut, Kona Coffee and Pineapple Orange Guava Sorbet. Also available: a “flight” of six mini cones!
8945 Mira Mesa Blvd, Mira Mesa
Rolled ice cream is the latest frozen treat craze and ICMonster is serving up some of the best. Choose from one of their original creations like "Gotcha Matcha," "Flower Blossum," or "Cookie Monster."
Lappert’s Ice Cream
12265 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Poway
Lappert's super premium ice cream combines tropical flavors from all over the world like Costa Rican Plantain Cajeta and Philippine Macapuno Peach Sorbet.
1470 Garnet Ave. Pacific Beach
Mr. Frostie’s is San Diego's gem for incredible soft-serve bliss. Its variety of treat options and reasonable prices make the long summer lines worth the wait.
1602 State St., Little Italy
3650 5th Ave., Hillcrest
2101 San Elijo Avenue, Encinitas
12925El Camino Real, Suite AA5, Del Mar
4202 Adams Avenue, Kensington
Pappalecco is an Italian eatery that offers more than just delicious dining and great service. Rich with flavor, creamy and dense, Pappalecco's gelato definitely ranks as some of the best in San Diego.
Rita’s Italian Ice
20+ San Diego County locations
Italian Ice is a delicious cold treat on a hot San Diego day. Try a Blendini, Misto or the popular Gelati (your favorite flavor of Italian Ice layered with frozen custard). Rita's is the WINNER of Best Frozen Treat in San Diego Family's Best of Family Fun 2016 contest!
Rockie’s Frozen Yogurt
7612 Linda Vista Rd., Linda Vista
(corner of Mesa College Dr. and Linda Vista Rd.)
Tucked in the corner of a strip mall across the street from Kearny High School is a local treasure: Rockie’s Frozen Yogurt. With its reasonable prices and friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder that Rockie’s has been a neighborhood favorite for many years.
Wahine Kai Shave Ice
10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Scripps Ranch
Locals from Hawaii rave that Wahine Kai is the best and closest thing to authentic Hawaiian shave ice with creations such as The Sandy Jewel and the Kona Luau. You can order one of their suggested combos or create your own.
935 Broadway, El Cajon
The Yogurt Mill has been a local favorite for more than 35 years. Popular flavors include Coconut, Oreo & Cream and Red Velvet. Stop by between 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to avoid the crowd, or make new friends while waiting in the line that forms after 3 p.m.
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Updated: July 2017