Is there anything better to beat the scorching summer heat than with ice cream? It’s a hot girl summer, so cool yourself off with a decadent summer treat around the gorgeous beach community of Encinitas.
Are you vegan, lactose intolerant, or gluten intolerant? There are still awesome ice cream options for you!
These incredible local restaurants have every kind of ice cream flavor you can think of! Explore the city, eat scrumptious food, and support small businesses.
- Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
Located right in the heart of Encinitas, this amazing ice cream store sells all kinds of incredible flavors. Try every homemade flavor like caramel apple, horchata, blueberry cobbler, and more! So, grab a cone after chilling at the beach.
- Jojo’s Creamery
These artisanal ice cream flavor names will have you salivating! From classic flavors like Mint Cookies and Cream to amazing inventions like Cherry Balsamic Crumble. Jojo’s has four raved about vegan options: Mint Chip, Hazelnut Brownie, Strawberry, and Ginger Chai.
- Crème and Sugar
Looking for Instagram worthy ice cream treats? Enjoy a cold, refreshing Unicorn milkshake or a Cookie Monster sundae that’s overflowing with chocolate goodness. There’s no shortage of imagination at this amazing summer spot.
- The Baked Bear
Located in Carlsbad, this colorful ice cream store specializes in custom ice cream sandwiches. Simply choose your top and bottom (variety is highly encouraged), your ice cream, your toppings, and whether you want it hot pressed! Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll be living the good life at this local restaurant!
- Salt and Straw
With a location in San Diego, this ice cream shop changes their flavors every month! July is berry season, so grab a scoop or two of cold Fresh Sheep’s Cheese and Strawberries, Strawberry and Lemon Verbena Curd, and other exotic flavors—or stick with the classics!
- Gelato 101
Gelato is a classic Italian cold treat and just the thing to beat the heat! There are vegan options, and this shop is even dog friendly! If you love their gelato, take a delicious pint home with you!