Best Ice Cream in Oakland, Berkeley, and Beyond - 510 Families
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Best Ice Cream in Oakland, Berkeley, and Beyond

Everyone can agree that ice cream is the perfect go-to treat for sunny outings or late-night cravings! Regardless of your preferences, the East Bay has some ice cream gems with something delicious for everyone, which is why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite East Bay ice cream places to order up a scoop near Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater 510. Enjoy!

Curbside Creamery
Cup or Cone? Both. | Curbside Creamery back when we could sit inside places eating with no masks | Photo Credit: Anna Azimi

Oakland Ice Cream favorites

Curbside Creamery in the Temescal District of Oakland – Vegan and non-vegan scoops, soft-serve (think pistachio, blackberry, Thai tea) and freshly made waffle cones. Flavors change weekly and Temescal Alley is just the cutest place to sit and enjoy a drippy cone. Currently open for walk up, pick up, and delivery.
482 49th St, Oakland

Fentons Creamery on Piedmont Ave – Offers a full diner-style menu in addition to ice cream by the scoop and sundaes. The best deal is ordering a deconstructed banana split off the kiddie menu. Now open at full capacity!
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

Flavor Brigade Italian Water Ice in the Fruitvale District of Oakland (with a second location in Pleasanton) – Layered frozen custard plus Italian ice. You can get scoops of traditional ice cream too, but why would you? Open for walk up.
3540 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Humphry Slocombe found in Uptown Oakland and Berkeley is a San Francisco favorite that’s made its way across the Bay. Everyone’s favorite flavor is their Secret Breakfast– what’s in it? Go try it and tell us what you think. Oakland location is open limited hours for dine-in, and everywhere else is open full hours for delivery only. Ice cream cakes and pies available for order– delicious!
2335 Broadway at the Hive, Oakland

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Little Giant Ice Cream
Chocolate covered cheeks. | Little Giant Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Anna Azimi

Little Giant Ice Cream in Uptown Oakland – Robots, bright Tolix chairs and mini pink picnic tables makes this place super kid-friendly (and so cute!). Try the dirty south for you, stick with chocolate for them. Open for walk up and direct delivery (where the cuteness extends to the to-go packaging).
1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Nieves Cinco de Mayo in the Fruitvale District of Oakland – Mexican ice cream at its finest! Try a mangonada for a real Mexican treat: mango sherbet, lime juice and chili. Open for takeout and outdoor dining!
3340 E 12th St #2, Oakland

Smitten Ice Cream on College Avenue in Rockridge is made right before your eyes. Pick your flavor and then watch as liquid nitrogen freezes your creation into a delicious scoop just for you. Open for takeout and delivery from Postmates, Uber Eats, Caviar, Doordash, Grubhub, and Good Eggs.
5800 College Ave, Oakland

Favorite Ice Cream in Berkeley

Almare Gelato in Downtown Berkeley – Conveniently located in the Bart plaza, serving authentic Italian gelato made fresh on-site! Open for takeout and delivery through Ubereats, Postmates, Grubhub, Doordash.
2170 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Humphry Slocombe found in Berkeley’s Elmwood District as well as a few other Bay Area spots. Open for takeout and delivery through DoorDash. You can also order ice cream cakes and pies!
2948 College Avenue, Berkeley

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IScream on Solano in Berkeley  – You can’t walk up Solano and not smell IScream. The smell of fresh waffle cones lures you in! Now open full hours for takeout.
1819 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Milkbomb Ice Cream in Downtown Berkeley – A delicious new addition to Berkeley’s ice cream scene. The Milkbomb Sandwich will blow your mind– an ice cream sandwich pressed in donuts? Yes please! Open for takeout and delivery.
2079 University Ave, Berkeley

Three Twins Fourth Street ice cream cones
Pick a cone, any cone at Noble Cow | Photo: Three Twins Fourth Street

Noble Cow Creamery on Fourth Street takes over for Three Twins with the same staff and location. Now open for sit-down dining! Otherwise, order some delicious takeout.
1409 Fourth St, Berkeley

Tara’s Organic Ice Cream on College Ave. – Delicious, organic, creative flavors are always changing, cones made right there in plain and black sesame. They also make cakes! Open for limited hours for takeout and delivery.
3173 College Ave, Berkeley

More Favorite (510) Ice Cream Treasures

Rita’s Italian Ice with three locations in the East Bay – Delicious Italian ice, frozen custard, and gelato! Open for takeout and delivery; Alameda location is now open for dine-in as well.
417 S Shore Center, Alameda
3200 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley
39006 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream in Alameda – Serving traditional ice cream since 1941. Scoops, sundaes, malts on sticks and frozen bananas dipped in chocolate. So much to try, you’re going to want to go back. Now available for takeout, as well as pre-order, pickup, and delivery.
1349 Park St, Alameda

East Bay Ice Cream Delivery

In addition to the ice creameries listed above that offer some mode of delivery (which is nearly all of them!), some businesses don’t have a place to visit directly. Instead, click order and wait for the icy sweetness to find you at home! Heather says, “I had never seriously considered ordering a delivery of ice cream until the pandemic — and now I’m a super fan! I ordered two or three frozen custard pies from Lexie’s Frozen Custard, an assortment of mini pints from Little Giant Ice Cream, and a make-your-own sundae kit from Smitten Ice Cream. I love to see how our wonderful East Bay food scene continues to adapt during these crazy days.”

Lexie’s Frozen Custard Delivery is available for custom orders of weekly specials and local delivery. Join her email list to get the weekly menu and place your order. It will show up right at your doorstep– super yum!

Please share your favorite ice cream places in the East Bay in the comments!

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