Top 10 San Diego County ice cream, gelato shops

SAN DIEGO - Cool down on a warm summer day in San Diego with tasty ice cream.

Here's our pick of top 10 San Diego County ice cream shops.


Visitors can find homemade ice cream, sherbet and sorbet at this Normal Heights restaurant. Try the root beer floats for a real old-fashioned treat!

The Baked Bear

Blocks away from the beach, The Baked Bear serves ice cream sandwiches anyway you want it.

Oasis Ice Cream Parlor

Enjoy a piece of heaven at Oasis Ice Cream Parlor where the restaurant makes everything from a classic strawberry ice cream to cheese ice cream.

Bottega Italiana

This Italian franchise has a varity of supreme gelatos to try. It also has smoothies and coffees that are to die for.

The Daily Scoop

Enjoy old-fashioned ice cream at this South Park restaurant. The Daily Scoop also serves other goodies including cupcakes.


Rita's offers more than 60 flavors of Italian ice and custard. The dessert chain is opening locations throughout San Diego County. So far, it has locations in Bonita and Escondido.

Lighthouse Ice Cream and Yogurt

This Ocean Beach restaurant serves award-winning ice cream and other treats like apple pies from Julian and fresh smoothies.

Mr. Frostie

Another Pacific Beach favorite, Mr. Frostie is known for its tasty soft-serves with great toppings.

Gelato Vero Caffe

Any San Diegan or visitor needs to stop by this top-notch gelato restaurant. Gelato Vero has delicious gelato, yogurt and espresso.

Vinaka Cafe

Located in Carlsbad, Vinaka Cafe is the spot to go for ice cream and coffee in North San Diego County.

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