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3 Best Ice Cream Shops in San Francisco You Have to Try

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Find the coolest ice cream shops when the weather gets hot

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You're probably looking for something cool now that summer has arrived.

A scoop of ice cream. Or a couple of scoops.

When it comes to ice cream, everyone has a different taste. Some people like plain flavors like vanilla and chocolate. Some people like more fruity flavored sorbet. On the other hand, some people like healthier such as frozen yogurt.

It’s very difficult to say what makes perfect ice cream, simply because there are a couple of different types of it, such as gelato, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet.

Ice Cream: The most common frozen treat is ice cream. Ice cream mixture must contain at least 10% milkfat in order to be classified as ice cream.

Gelato: Gelato, the Italian cousin of ice cream, is made with whole milk rather than cream. As a result, the milkfat content is significantly lower than in typical ice cream.

Frozen Yogurt: Frozen yogurt is one of the trending forms of frozen treats right now. This frozen dessert contains many of the same ingredients as ice cream but has a much lower fat content. There's even yogurt in there.

Sorbet: Sorbet is another form of ice cream that includes very little dairy. It has a light texture and taste since it is made with frozen fruits and sweetened water.

Although there are different types and variations of ice creams, for me, it doesn't matter whether it's gelato, sorbet or frozen yogurt as long as it tastes good. Because I believe that each type of ice cream has its own unique touch and I enjoy eating different types of it.

Nowadays, every place around us sells ice cream. However, for an ice cream lover like me, it is very important to find a place that makes a good one.

For all of these reasons, this wasn’t an easy list to make for me. However, here are the three best ice cream shops in San Francisco, based on ice cream lovers' recommendations.

1. Garden Creamery

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Garden Creamery
Garden Creamery frozen desserts are handcrafted by couple Erin and Donny. They produce daily in small batches with locally sourced ingredients, using Petaluma-based organic Straus Creamery milk and cream. Their flavors range from the classics to Hawaiian-inspired flavors that reflect their childhood. Treat include: ice cream, sorbet (coconut-based, agave-sweetened), and semifreddo (Italian frozen mousse) popsicles and sandwiches dipped in various chocolates with unique topping combos. Find the truck off the grid or book the truck for your next catering event! - Garden Creamery

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • This place sells out in a matter of minutes every week.
  • Great tasting homemade ice cream! Their flavors are so true to what you expect.
  • They do change their flavors weekly but favorites do come back.

Price: On average, it's $4 - 6 per scoop.

Location: 3566 20th St San Francisco, CA 94110

Website: https://gardencreamery.com/home/

2. Philmore Creamery

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Philmore Creamery
We specialize in artisanal, Italian-style gelato made on-site daily, one pan at a time. We use fresh fruit and organic dairy from Petaluma Ca. All nut paste is imported from Italy such as Bronte Pistachio, hazelnut, and walnut paste. We do not use any chemical flavorings, fruit aromas, colorings, additives or taste enhancers only the best regional and natural fruits for our Sorbetto which is so creamy you'll think we have added dairy to it. Also, try our Cremino style of gelato which is layered in a Neapolitan style. - Philmore Creamery

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • They make all of their gelato on-site in their gorgeous kitchen, and the taste backs it up.
  • In a word their sorbet's are amazing! The texture is so rich and creamy you would think it was gelato.
  • This is one of the best gelato in San Francisco.

Price: On average, it's $4 - 6 per scoop.

Location: 1840 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115

Website: https://philmorecreamery.com/

3. Milkbomb Ice Cream

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Milkbomb Ice Cream
Milkbomb Ice Cream is famous for its warm donut and ice cream creation called “The Milkbomb Sandwich”. It is a proprietary donut bun filled with handcrafted organic ice cream, warmed on a custom heat-press, sealed and cut into two halves then topped off with your choice of toppings and sauce drizzled on top. “Warm on the outside, cold on the inside, and delicious all over!” You can also enjoy your ice cream on a premium flavored cone. Milkbomb Ice Cream has over 1 dozen hand-rolled premium cone flavors to choose from such as matcha, activated charcoal, birthday cake, red velvet, toasted coconut, cinnamon brown sugar, and more. Keep an eye out for more unique treats and ice cream flavors coming in the near future. We're always innovating. - Milkbomb Ice Cream

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • Everything tastes so fresh.
  • There are a plethora of unique flavor combinations you can choose from.
  • Overall, Milkbomb is a nice new addition to the San Francisco ice cream scene.

Price: On average, it's $4 - 6 per scoop.

Location: 1717 17th St Ste 105 San Francisco, CA 94107

Website: https://milkbombicecream.com/

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Ice cream shops have expanded rapidly over the last years. This list is but a few of the best ice cream shops in San Francisco.

If there’s a good ice cream shop you would like to recommend besides this list of best ice creams in San Francisco, let us know in the comments below!

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