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!
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.
482 49th St, Oakland
Fentons Creamery in Piedmont – 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. Also? You can take a tour and get behind the scenes!
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
Flavor Brigade in the Dimond District of Oakland – Layered frozen custard plus Italian ice. You can get scoops of traditional ice cream too, but why would you?
3540 Fruitvale Ave, 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 thai green curry for you, stick with chocolate for them.
1951 Telegraph 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.
2335 Broadway, 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!
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.
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.
1819 Solano Ave, Berkeley
John's Ice Cream on Shattuck in Downtown Berkeley – Don't expect fancy, but for $1.75 a scoop who would? My boys went straight for the insanely colored rainbow sherbet. Ha!
2204 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Humphry Slocombe found in Berkeley's Elmwood District as well as a few other Bay Area spots.
2948 College Avenue, Berkeley
More favorite (510) ice cream spots
Mr. Dewie's Cashew Creamery on Solano in Albany + Emeryville's Public Market – Completely vegan, but you'd never know it. The chocolate orange chip is so, so good.
1116 Solano Ave, Albany
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.
1349 Park St, Alameda
Please share your favorite ice cream places in the East Bay in the comments!
[Photo Credit: Anna Azimi]