Nowadays, you can find an artisanal-something-or-other ice cream shop on practically every corner in Oakland. In a city where it’s almost always ice cream weather, we’re positively crawling with liquid nitrogen innovators committed to serving the smoothest scoops, Mexican-style paleta masters who’ve introduced us to flavors like soursop and burnt milk, and gelato and ice cream makers who have dreamt up hundreds of melt-in-your-mouth combos.
While the multitude of options is great for everyone, narrowing down your favorite is no easy task.
That is why we’ve done the legwork of sifting through Oakland’s best ice cream shops and chose six of the best places to grab a decadent scoop, sundae, popsicle, or sorbet.
Little Giant Ice Cream
1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Enjoy traditional rich and creamy ice cream spun in house using high-quality ingredients. Their vegan options include a variety of delicious flavors.
The Sweet Booth
388 9th St #155, Oakland, CA 94607
Located in Chinatown, this cozy counter-serve ice cream shop serves snow ice, class ice cream, and smoothies.
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
One look at the menu of this retro ice cream parlor and you will be screaming “I Scream, You Scream, Let’s Go Get Some Ice Cream”. They offer both traditional and creative flavors and are known for their large sundaes and cones.
2335 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Available for counter service and delivery, Humphry Slocombe is known for its unusual flavors and use of high-end ingredients.
Check out these flavors:
- Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee
- Hibiscus Beet Sorbet
- McEvoy Olive Oil
- Elvis (the Fat Years)
- Carrot Mango Sorbet
Smitten Ice Cream
5800 College Avenue Oakland, Oakland, CA 94618
One look and you will be smitten with this hip liquid-nitrogen ice cream shop that uses local ingredients using liquid nitrogen.
United Paleteria y Neveria
4768 International Blvd #5210, Oakland, CA 94601
You will be saying “Por Favor, Give Me More” when you visit United Paleteria y Nevaria on International Boulevard! This popular, locally-owned shop serves traditional style Mexican inspired ice cream and frozen delights.
As the weather heats up near your waterfront Orion apartment in Oakland, get out and try these great ice cream shops!