4 Best Ice Cream Spots in Berkeley

Nothing makes late summer days feel quite as sweet as a good old-fashioned ice cream cone. If you’re looking to beat Berkeley’s record-breaking heat and enjoy a sweet treat in the process, explore these four tasty shops


Located in a tiny ice cream parlor with a vintage exterior, this beloved family-run institution serves up a rotating roster of organic flavors. Though the flavors at iScream change daily, menu possibilities include blackberry, malted chocolate, salted caramel, mocha almond fudge, and fresh strawberry. Made from locally sourced dairy products from Marin County’s Straus Creamery as well as fruits, nuts, and chocolates from area farmers markets and gourmet specialty food stores, the ice cream offers a true taste of the best of Berkeley. Top your ice cream scoop with housemade hot fudge and caramel sauce, and make sure to ask for one of the freshly baked waffle cones.

Tara’s Organic Ice Cream

Tara’s Organic Ice Cream is another Berkeley staple. Made in small, hand-crafted batches with fresh organic ingredients, the ice creams incorporate freshly ground herbs and spices, locally sourced dairy, and seasonal fruits. The ice cream is sweetened with organic cane sugar, while the sorbets are generally sweetened with organic light raw agave. Thanks to Tara’s focus on natural ingredients, you can enjoy a scoop (or two) of ice cream without guilt. The extensive flavor list includes black sesame, candy cane, apple pie, lime curd, and mint chip. Ask for the ice cream in a housemade waffle cone. The best news? Tara’s Organic Ice Cream ships to any address in the United States, which means you can send some of your favorite flavors home if you don’t live in the Berkeley area.

John’s Ice Cream

For a more old-school shop, head to John’s Ice Cream to sample large scoops of classic favorites. (At only $1.75 a scoop, you can’t beat the value!) In addition to traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla, John’s Ice Cream also offers more unique options like ube, Thai tea, bubblegum, and huckleberry.

CREAM Berkeley

If you’re in the mood for an ice cream sandwich, head to CREAM Berkeley. Located just two blocks from the University of California Berkeley, the shop is popular with college students and locals alike. Warm cookies are filled with your choice of ice cream for a melt-in-your-mouth treat that will have you craving seconds. The menu includes ice cream tacos, milkshakes, and floats as well as vegan cookies, gluten-free cookies, and soy ice cream. 

Ice cream is great, but it’s just one of Berkeley’s many appeals. From the marina to the open-air Greek theater, the city is teeming with cultural and entertainment staples as well as some of the country’s best colleges. If you’re looking to explore Berkeley homes for sale, contact The Motley Team today. As some of the most sought-after East Bay real estate agents, The Motley Team serves a wide range of Berkeley, CA neighborhoods. Their expertise can help you find a property that’s perfect for you.

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