Our go to treat is always ice cream. Always. Oakland ice cream spots are creative and delicious. My youngest usually goes for plain ol' vanilla (so boring!) but I can usually talk my older into chocolate – luckily, almost every place has both. I've rounded up just a few of our favorite places to order up a scoop near Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater (510). Here ya go!
Heather says, “I had never seriously considered ordering a delivery of ice cream until this year — 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.”
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 via Caviar.
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. Open for outdoor dining, walk up, and direct online ordering.
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. Open for walk up or get delivery through Caviar, Postmates, or DoorDash. You can also order ice cream cakes and pies.
2335 Broadway at the Hive, Oakland
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. Don't shy away from the seemingly different flavors – corn, cheese, burnt milk. Or try a mangonada for a real Mexican treat – mango sherbet, lime juice and chili. Spicy! Open for takeout.
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. Order delivery from Postmates, Uber Eats, Caviar, Doordash, Grubhub, and Good Eggs.
5800 College Ave, Oakland
Favorite Ice Cream in Berkeley
IScream on Solano in Berkeley – You can't walk up Solano and not smell IScream. It lures you in, as it should, it's good. Open for limited hours during pandemic.
1819 Solano Ave, Berkeley
Humphry Slocombe found in Berkeley's Elmwood District as well as a few other Bay Area spots. Open for walk up or get delivery through Caviar, Postmates, or DoorDash. You can also order ice cream cakes and pies.
2948 College Avenue, Berkeley
Noble Cow Creamery on Fourth Street takes over for Three Twins with the same staff and location. Umm, ok. Delicious flavors and contactless payment make this an easy stop for walk up or take out.
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 pre-order and weekly pick-ups and delivery via Good Eggs.
3173 College Ave, Berkeley
More Favorite (510) Ice Cream Treasures
Mr. Dewie's Cashew Creamery with two East Bay locations – Completely vegan, but you'd never know it. The chocolate orange chip is so, so good. Emeryville's Public Market location is currently closed. Now known as the “corona-cautious cashew creamery” pre-order recommended >
1116 Solano Ave, Albany
4184 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
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. Available for 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!), these two don't have a place to visit directly. Click order and wait for the icy sweetness to find you at home.
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. We've loved the frozen custard ice cream pies with the crushed Oreo crust. Join the email list for a link to next week's order form and menu by emailing email@example.com.
Sweets & Smiles Ice Cream Gift Box from Local Food Adventures The local mom behind the Rockridge ice cream tour (currently on hold) has created a Local Love Sweets & Smiles Gift Box celebrating Oakland and ice cream. Not surprisingly, it is totally sweet. Available to order along with other delicious foodie packages.
Please share your favorite ice cream places in the East Bay in the comments!
[Photo Credit: Anna Azimi]