Top Bay Area Ice Cream Spots
Here are some suggestions for delicious places around the Bay Area to share a cone with your kids. Let us know if we missed any.
Silicon Valley and South
Mission Creamery Santa Clara. Enjoy small batches of ice cream made from scratch. The creamery also sells homemade ice cream sandwiches. 2905 Park Ave., Santa Clara. 408-615-1080. http://www.missioncitycreamery.com
Nirvaanah: This Sunnyvale store features Indian-inspired desserts with traditional fruits and nuts and also offers lychee shakes and mango shakes. 1038 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 408-730-5011. http://www.nirvanaah.com/contact.html
Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Co. The store serves homemade yogurt, frozen custard, smoothies and specialty shakes. 1100 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. 408-292-5961 http://www.wgfroyo.com/.
Mission Hill Creamery. What could be better than homemade ice cream after a day at the Boardwalk? Mission Hill has 16 flavors of freshly-made ice cream, as well as sundaes, packed pints, milkshakes, a full espresso bar menu and other treats. 1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 831- 216-6421. http://www.missionhillcreamery.com.
San Francisco, Peninsula & North
Mitchell's Ice Cream. An SF favorite since 1953, this neighborhood spot boasts some unique flavors including Lychee and Macapuno. 688 San Jose Ave., San Francisco. http://www.mitchellsicecream.com.. 6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707-823-5902. http://www.screaminmimisicecream.com.
Bi-Rite Creamery. Be prepared to wait in long lines down 18th Street for a scoop of hand-crafted ice cream. Flavors include salted caramel and coffee toffee (made with Ritual Coffee). The creamery recently opened a location on Divisadero Street in the Hayes Valley area of San Francisco. http://biritecreamery.com.
Screamin' Mimi's: This Sebastopol favorite boasts lines out the door in the evening on warm months. 6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707-823-5902. http://www.screaminmimisicecream.com.
Rick's Ice Cream: More than 48 flavors are made daily at the Palo Alto store. 3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 650- 493-6553. http://www.ricksicecream.com.
Tucker's Alameda: You can pick up an ice cream cakes, enjoy 34 flavors, or try shakes, sundaes and floats.1349 Park St., Alameda. 510- 522-4960. http://tuckersicecream.com.
Fentons Creamery. This landmark creamery was founded in 1894, and it now has several East Bay locations (including one at the Oakland airport). http://www.fentonscreamery.com.
Tara's Organic Ice Cream. The store features artisan ice cream flavors, including apple pie and black sesame, served in homemade cones. There are several East Bay locations. http://www.tarasorganic.com.
Meadowlark Dairy. Meadowlark became the first certified dairy in California in the early 1900s. You can buy scoops, quarts or 3-gallon tubs of its signature flavors. 57 W. Neal St., Pleasanton. 925- 846-2261. http://www.meadowlarkdairy.com.