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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!

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

Tucked into Temescal Alley in Oakland, Curbside serves vegan and non-vegan scoops, soft-serve (think pistachio, blackberry, Thai tea), and freshly made waffle cones. Flavors change weekly and the boutique location is just the cutest place to sit and enjoy a drippy cone.
482 49th St, Oakland

Fentons Creamery

This classic birthday celebration spot 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.
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

Flavor Brigade Italian Water Ice

Bringing Philly-style frozen treats to the Fruitvale District of Oakland, Flavor Brigade sells layered frozen custard plus Italian ice. You can get scoops of traditional ice cream, too, but why would you?
3540 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Humphry Slocombe

Found in Uptown Oakland and Berkeley’s Elmwood District, Humphry Slocombe is a San Francisco favorite that has made its way over the Bay. Everyone’s favorite flavor is their Secret Breakfast. What’s in it? Go try it and tell us what you think. Ice cream cakes and pies available for order– delicious!
2335 Broadway at the Hive, Oakland
2170 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Located in Uptown Oakland, Miharu offers both traditional and Asian-inspired flavors such as Lemongrass and
1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Nieves Cinco de Mayo

Inside a market hall in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, Nieves is Mexican ice cream at its finest! Try a mangonada for a real Mexican treat: mango sherbet, lime juice, and chili.
3340 E 12th St #2, Oakland

Favorite Ice Cream in Berkeley

Almare Gelato

Conveniently located in the Bart plaza, serving authentic Italian gelato made fresh on-site!
2170 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Famous for combining their delicious ice cream with any two cookie flavors of your choosing, Cream is an ice cream sandwich purveyor you need to try at least once before your kids grow up.
2399 Telegraph Ave in Berkeley


You can’t walk up Solano and not smell the fresh waffle cones from IScream. This local gem has a few seats inside, too.
1819 Solano Ave, Berkeley
1409 Fourth St, Berkeley

Tara’s Organic Ice Cream

Delicious, organic, creative flavors are always changing, cones made right in the Elmwood shop in plain and black sesame. They also make cakes!
3173 College Ave, Berkeley

Alameda’s Ice Cream Spots

Rita’s Italian Ice

Italian ice, frozen custard, and gelato!
417 S Shore Center, Alameda
3200 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley

Tucker’s Ice Cream

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.
1349 Park St, Alameda

Cookiebar Scoop Shop

With adorable decor and both classic and contemporary flavors, Cookiebar operates under that name in Alameda and is transitioning to “Lana’s” in their downtown Oakland location.
1608 Webster St in Alameda

Milk & Cookie Bar

This counter offers fun flavors and toppings inside the Castro Valley Public Market. Seating is shared among the vendors in the food hall.
18911 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley

For the lactose-intolerant ice cream lover

Mr Dewie’s

Many of the above-listed ice cream shops sell vegan or non-dairy ice creams to satisfy the lactose intolerant crowd, but Mr. Dewie’s has devoted themselves to the practice. Made from cashews, not milk, Mr. Dewie’s has grown since opening it’s retro-adorable Solano Avenue location in Berkeley. Serving traditional ice cream flavors, but with an allergy-friendly twist, sensitive tummies will enjoy their offerings.
1116 Solano Ave, Albany
5959 Shellmound St, Emeryville (in the Public Market)

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