One of my favourite ways to experience all a destination has to offer is through its best eats. San Francisco is a food lover’s city, ranging from award-winning restaurants to hipster cafes serving up excellent coffee – yes even to Australian standards. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to one (or all five) of these ice creameries and you’ll never buy the supermarket stuff again. Whether you prefer a cone, cup or an extravagant hot fudge sundae, San Francisco’s top ice creameries will ignite your tastebuds like never before.
Here are five of the best ice creameries in San Francisco.
If you happen to make it to Bi-Rite Creamery, you are in for a real treat. The eatery dishes out ice cream that has been carefully created from scratch, in small batches, every day. Using organic and locally-sourced ingredients, even the baked goods inside the ice cream are made by hand. Their bake house next door churns out all the brownies, peanut brittle, almond toffee and snickerdoodle cookies that eventually find themselves inside the ice cream. Tempting flavours include salted caramel, banana fudge ripple and brown sugar with ginger caramel swirl. Make it a treat to remember and opt for an ice cream sandwich or one of Bi-Rite’s over-the-top signature sundaes.
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
Another of San Francisco’s top ice creameries, Humphry Slocombe wins the award for the most bizarre flavours. Lines stream out the door with hungry patrons keen to get their hands on one of their decadent but unusual desserts. Their menu is extensive and ranges from banana or vanilla to bacon, beets, cheese and jalapenos. Try their sorbet or sherbets, with flavours like coconut ice, fudge, prickly pear or smoked yogurt, or opt for an epic sundae or ice cream float. Ask for a free taste test if you are feeling a little indecisive.
Smitten Ice Cream
It all began when Smitten founder, Robyn Sue Fisher, sought to achieve the creamy taste of old-fashioned ice cream, without all the preservatives and such, and found the answer in liquid nitrogen. Using LN2, their ice cream is made to order and then frozen almost instantly through a rapid freezing cycle. Made from scratch using the highest quality ingredients, you can expect unbelievably flavourful ice cream. Menu mainstays include salted caramel, classic vanilla and cookie dough with pretzels and chocolate chips. Seasonal flavours could be sticky toffee pudding, nectarines and cream or rhubarb crisp. Choose to pair your favourite with added toppings like sprinkles, salted peanut brittle, chocolate sauce or spicy caramel.
Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous
Highly touted for their creamy offerings, Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous is a modern sweet shop opened in 2010, by two former pastry chefs. You will spy familiar favourites including chocolate chip and vanilla bean but the creativity is only just getting started, with an ever-changing menu. You’ll be hard pressed to find the same flavour twice but that’s all part of the charm. Sassy offerings include white sesame, peanut butter and jelly, candied violet, beer and brittle and chocolate malted crunch. While you’re there, why not spoil yourself with an ice cream float or a classic sundae complete with hot fudge ice cream. All of the cookies, caramels, sweet sauces, cones and brittles are also made onsite.
Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Established in 1953, Mitchell’s is a family owned and award-winning business in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their handmade, small batch ice cream is made fresh daily and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, like sundaes, milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cakes. Standard flavours include chocolate, cinnamon snap, dulce de leche, grasshopper pie, Oreos and pumpkin. In spring, you could be tempted by chocolate raspberry, summer welcomes fresh favourites like peach and cantaloupe, while in the cooler months you could sample eggnog or peppermint candy.
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