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June 15, 2018


Eat + Drink


Scream for the 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Oakland!

If you’ve been outside in Oakland lately, you know things are heating up. Memorial day has come and gone, and so has the chilly spring weather with it. Now it’s time to take a breath and chill in the summer season, aka Ice Cream season. Let’s talk about the best 10 places you can hit up for a summer cool down:

 Scream for the 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Oakland!
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If you’ve been outside in Oakland lately, you know things are heating up. Memorial day has come and gone, and so has the chilly spring weather with it. Now it’s time to take a breath and chill in the summer season, aka Ice Cream season. Let’s talk about the best 10 places you can hit up for a summer cool down:

1. Fentons Creamery

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We have to start with this Oakland landmark on Piedmont Avenue. It’s a family owned retro soda fountain style restaurant. It genuinely is world famous, as it’s been featured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and the History Channel! Have you seen the Pixar movie Up? Carl and Russell couldn’t pass up a summer treat at Fentons! Get one of their house made signature sundaes! Try the Black and Tan sundae. Melvin Fenton himself invented the toasted almond flavor in this delightful dish!

Fentons Creamery
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

2. ​Cookiebar Creamery

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If you find yourself in Old Oakland, make a quick stop at the Cookiebar Creamery. Not only does it have a catchy name, the flavors are irresistible with unique tastes such as fruity pebbles, Thai Tea, Ube and all the classic flavors such as Vanilla, Cookies and Cream, and Rocky Road! Get your scoop on a cone, in a bowl, or squished between two freshly baked cookies!

Cookiebar Creamery
517 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

3. ​Sweet Belly

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If you’re looking for some made-from-scratch soft serve ice cream, this Uptown ice cream place will hit the spot. Not only can you choose from all the different toppings, but you can also add mini – donuts to your order. This place offers delicious and Instagram worthy cold treats.  

Sweet Belly Desserts
435 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612

4. Humphry Slocombe

Stacked pints of ice cream from Humphry Slocombe
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This is your spot, located on Broadway, for the most odd, yet delightful ice cream flavors such as Peanut Butter Curry, Government Cheese, and Carrot Mango Sorbet.  The founders Jake Godby & Sean Vahey say, “Welcome to our bizarre, delicious, frozen universe.” Welcome, indeed.

Humphry Slocombe
2335 Broadway, Oakland, CA

5. Smitten Ice Cream

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​As the name predicts, you will be smitten with this ice cream after the first bite. This Rockridge neighborhood spot has a pretty unconventional and personalized method of making your ice cream. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze each scoop to-order! You get the freshest ice cream out there AND a science lesson!

Smitten Ice Cream
5800 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

6. ​Little Giant Ice Cream

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Community is the top priority for this Uptown Ice Cream stop. All the ingredients are made from scratch and locally sourced from Clover Stornetta Farms. Their flavor options are chosen by customer demand! Come for a scoop and that feel good simple, honest, easy atmosphere that makes you nostalgic for those summer days as a kid.

Little Giant Ice Cream
1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

7. ​Freezing Point Creamery

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Hear about the hype of rolled ice cream that took over social media? Try it for yourself at the Freezing Point Creamery in Oakland’s Chinatown. Choose your flavors and toppings and watch the ice cream specialists create delicious rolls of ice cream served up to you in a picturesque bowl. Snap a photo and then indulge!

Freezing Point Creamery
349 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607

8. CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me!)

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​This is another must have ice cream stop in the Rockridge neighborhood. CREAM is an ice cream experience. Pick your freshly baked cookie, your ice cream flavor, and a topping and create the most delicious and perfect ice cream sandwich out there! This place will put a smile on your face.

CREAM - Oakland
300 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

9. ​Curbside Creamery

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Curbside Creamery offers a more rustic, artisanal vibe served up along with your scoops. They specialize in a “gourmet take” on classic ice cream flavors, for example, bourbon whiskey vanilla. It’s ice cream for the refined pallet. Try out their offerings of cashew based vegan ice cream as well!

Curbside Creamery
482 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609

10. ​Lush Gelato

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​You can find Lush in three different locations in the Bay, the first opened in Oakland on Piedmont Avenue in 2009. The specialty here is the glorious flavors created by gelato genius and Lush’s owner, Frederico Murtagh, who pulls inspiration from his native Argentinian background. When you go in for a scoop, you will always be welcomed by a friendly face offering recommendations and tastes of the many different Gelato flavors made in small batches.

Lush Gelato
4184 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

There’s the scoop for where to get ice cream in Oakland this summer! Can we get a good, high-pitched scream for ice cream?!

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