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Where Is the Best Ice Cream in California?

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During the warm Summer months, everyone has frozen treats on their minds, but where can you get the very best ice cream? We asked PBS fans to nominate their favorite spots, and here are the votes for the best ice cream in California.

Submit your suggestions using the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll add it to the list.

    Orange

    à la minute ice cream

    117 N. Glassell Street, Orange & 19 E. Citrus Ave. #105, Redlands
    Website

    Fountain Valley

    Afters Ice Cream

    18030 Brookhurst St.
    Website

    Napa

    Anette’s Chocolates by Brent

    1321 First Street
    Website

    Arcata

    Arcata Scoop

    1068 I St.
    Website

    Claremont

    Bert and Rocky’s Ice Cream

    242 Yale Ave
    Website

    San Francisco

    Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop

    3692 18th St. & 550 Divisadero St.
    Website

    Berkeley

    Bootleg Creamery

    2530 10th St #3,
    Website

    Yuba City

    Brock’s Ice Cream

    990 Gray Ave
    Website

    Altadena

    Bulgarini Gelato

    749 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena & 8686 Washington Blvd., Culver City,
    Website

    Los Angeles & Pasadena

    Carmela Ice Cream Artisan Creamery

    2495 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena & 7920 W. Third Street, Los Angeles
    Website

    Sonoma

    Chocolate Cow

    452 1st Street, East
    Website

    San Leandro

    Clancy’s Ice Cream Parlour

    1234 Manor Blvd
    Website

    Fort Bragg

    Cowlick’s Hand Made Ice Cream

    250 N Main St.
    Website

    Palo Alto

    CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me)

    440 University Ave.
    Website

    Irvine

    Creamistry

    3972 Barranca Parkway #D
    Website

    Torrance

    Cuppies Delicious Cupcakes

    3525 Pacific Coast Hwy
    Website

    Bakersfield

    Dewars Candy Shop

    2700 Calloway Dr
    Website

    Arroyo Grande

    Doc Burnsteins Ice Cream Lab

    114 W. Branch Street
    Website

    Escondido

    EscoGelato

    122 South Kalmia
    Website

    Fairfax

    Fairfax Scoop

    63 Broadway Blvd
    Website

    San Diego

    Famous Oasis Ice Cream Parlor

    1832 Coronado Ave
    Website

    Various

    Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant

    locations throughout CA and 1 in Hawaii
    Website

    Oakland

    Fenton’s Creamery

    4226 Piedmont Ave
    Website

    Alhambra

    Fosselman’s Ice Cream Company

    1824 W Main St
    Website

    Various

    Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights

    locations throughout CA
    Website

    Santa Rosa & Petaluma

    Fru-ta Natural Artisan Ice Cream

    2770 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa & 279 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
    Website

    Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego

    Gelato Paradiso

    Various
    Website

    San Diego

    Gelato Vero Caffe

    3753 India St
    Website

    3 in San Fernando Valley & 1 in Torrance

    Get Shaved

    Various
    Website

    Chino

    Grandma Pucci’s Homemade Ice Cream

    3926 Grand Ave Suite E
    Website

    Sacramento

    Gunther’s Ice Cream

    2801 Franklin Blvd
    Website

    San Diego

    Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream

    3077 University Ave
    Website

    Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Redondo Beach

    Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

    Various
    Website

    Santa Ana

    Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream & Deli

    3640 S Bristol St
    Website

    San Francisco

    Humphry Slocombe’s

    2790 A Harrison Street & 1 Ferry Building
    Website

    Berkeley

    Ici Ice Cream

    2948 College Avenue
    Website

    Berkeley

    iScream

    1819 Solano Ave
    Website

    Los Angeles

    Jean’s Ice Cream Shop

    8442 S Normandie Ave
    Website

    San Francisco

    Joe’s Ice Cream

    5420 Geary Blvd.
    Website

    Los Angeles

    KindKreme

    1700 W. Sunset Blvd.
    Website

    Sausalito

    Lappert’s Ice Cream

    223 Ohio Ave
    Website

    Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove

    Leatherby’s Family Creamery

    Various CA
    Website

    San Diego

    Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt

    5059 Newport Ave #102
    Website

    Vallejo

    Liled’s Candy Kitchen

    1318 Tennessee St
    Website

    Eureka

    Living the Dream Ice Cream

    1 F St, Eureka
    Website

    San Leandro

    Loard’s Ice Cream

    2000 Wayne Ave.
    Website

    Long Beach

    Long Beach Creamery

    Reopening September 2014
    Website

    Berkeley & Oakland

    Lush Gelato

    1511 Shattuck Ave, Bereley & 4184 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
    Website

    Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan Beach Creamery

    1120 Manhattan Ave
    Website

    Santa Cruz

    Marianne’s Ice Cream

    1020 Ocean Street (original) and others throughout CA
    Website

    San Diego

    Mariposa Ice Cream

    3450 Adams Avenue
    Website

    Los Angeles

    Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream

    1525 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
    Website

    Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura

    McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

    728 State Street, Santa Barbara
    Website

    Sonoma

    Michoacana Natural Ice Cream

    18495 Highway 12
    Website

    Los Angeles

    MILK

    7290 Beverly Blvd
    Website

    Santa Cruz

    Mission Hill Creamery

    1101B Pacific Ave
    Website

    San Francisco

    Mitchell’s Ice Cream

    688 San Jose Ave.
    Website

    Coronado

    MooTime Creamery

    1025 Orange Avenue
    Website

    San Francisco

    Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

    699 22nd St
    Website

    Pine Grove

    Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery

    20145 California 88
    Website

    Rancho Cucamonga

    N7 Creamery

    7880 Kew Avenue,
    Website

    San Diego

    Niederfrank’s Ice Cream

    726 A Ave
    Website

    Palo Alto

    Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

    566 Emerson Street
    Website

    Montrose, Long Beach, Huntington Beach

    Paradis

    CA Flagship: 2323 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose
    Website

    Gualala

    Pazzo Marco Creamery

    Sold at the Surf Market in Gualala, The Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge, Trinks Cafe and Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen
    Website

    Santa Cruz

    Polar Bear Ice Cream

    389 Coral St.
    Website

    San Francisco

    Polly Ann Ice Cream

    3138 Noriega St
    Website

    Burbank

    Quenelle

    2214 W Magnolia Blvd
    Website

    Three Rivers, Avila Beach, Oakhurst

    Reimer’s Candies & Gifts

    42375 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers
    Website

    South Lake Tahoe

    Richardsons Ice Cream Parlor

    1900 Jameson Beach Rd
    Website

    Palo Alto

    Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream

    3946 Middlefield Road
    Website

    Santa Barbara

    Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

    4191 Carpinteria Ave
    Website

    Montecito

    Rosemary’s Family Creamery

    1024 D Coast Village Rd.
    Website

    Red Bluff

    Scoops of Red Bluff

    905 Walnut St
    Website

    Los Angeles

    Scoops Westside

    3400 Overland Avenue
    Website

    Sebastopol

    Screamin’ Mimi’s

    6902 Sebastopol Avenue
    Website

    Chico

    Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

    178 East 7th Street
    Website

    San Francisco, Los Altos, Oakland, Lafayette

    Smitten Ice Cream

    Flagship: 432 Octavia St. #1A
    Website

    Davis

    Sugar Daddy’s

    113 E Street
    Website

    Hanford

    Superior Dairy Product Co Inc

    325 N Douty St
    Website

    Twain Harte

    Sweet Harte Ice Cream

    18752 Cedar Dr
    Website

    Los Angeles

    Sweet Lucie’s Ice Cream and Treats

    1536 W 25th Street #527
    Website

    San Jose

    Sweet Rendezvous

    668 Blossom Hill Rd
    Website

    San Jose

    Sweet Retreat

    6061 Cahalan Ave
    Website

    Los Angeles and 2 locations in Santa Monica

    Sweet Rose Creamery

    826 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
    Website

    Oakland and Berkely

    Tara’s Organic Ice Cream

    4731 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
    Website

    Arcata

    The Arcata Scoop

    1068 I St
    Website

    Fairfax

    The Fairfax Scoop

    63 Broadway Blvd
    Website

    San Francisco

    The Ice Cream Bar

    815 Cole St
    Website

    Strathmore

    The Orange Works Cafe

    22314 Avenue 196
    Website

    Santa Cruz (3 locations)

    The Penny Ice Creamery

    Flagship: 913 Cedar Street
    Website

    San Rafael, San Francisco, Napa, Larkspur

    Three Twins Ice Cream

    Flagship: 641 Del Ganado Road
    San Rafael
    Website

    Palo Alto

    Tin Pot Creamery

    855 El Camino Real, #121
    Website

    San Jose

    Treat Ice Cream Company

    11 South 19th Street,
    Website

    San Jose

    Treatbot

    Main/factory location: 100 N. Almaden Ave
    Website

    Nevada City

    Treats

    110 York St
    Website

    Alameda

    Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream

    1349 Park St
    Website

    Sacramento

    Vic’s Ice Cream

    3199 Riverside Blvd
    Website