This is the one way we could spotlight what’s cool here and now in summer 2021 across San Diego County. Here’s a guide of locally owned shops that sell an assortment of ice creams, gelatos, smoothies, shaved ice, paletas, acai bowls, and more to chill with.


Bobboi Natural Gelato.

Bobboi Natural Gelato La Jolla

Cali Cream Homemade Ice Cream Encinitas

Jojo’s Creamery Encinitas

Juice Wave acai bowls and smoothies, Mission Beach

La Michoacana Estrella paletas, Pacific Beach

Light House Ice Cream Ocean Beach

Gourmet ice cream tacos from Little Fox Cups + Cones.

Little Fox Cups & Cones ice cream tacos, Encinitas

Mr. Frostie banana boats and specialty shakes, Pacific Beach

Scoops La Jolla


disFRUTA smoothies and acai bowls, San Marcos

EscoGelato gelato, Escondido

EscoGelato sources from local farms for seasonal gelato flavors.

Gelato Love Carlsbad

Ocean Rainbow chamangos, Oceanside

Wynn’s Ice Cream Co. San Marcos


An’s Dry Cleaning gelato, North Park

Bing Haus Thai-style rolled ice cream, Convoy

Craft Creamery small creameries and good coffee, Point Loma

Gelati and Peccati North Park

Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream Point Loma

Iceskimo Taiwanese shaved snow, bubble waffles, and boba, Convoy District

Kula Ice Cream vegan farmers’ markets, pop-ups, and pints at Specialty Market

Local Krave acai bowls, Midway

Mariposa Ice Cream Normal Heights

Milkissimo Gelato Mission Valley

Rockie’s Frozen Yogurt Linda Vista

San Diego Snowy Village Mira Mesa

Senor Mango’s Juice House licuados, North Park

Stella Jean’s inventive ice cream, University Heights


DixiePops Mission Hills

Holy Paleta Mexican popsicles, Little Italy

Mr. Trustee Creamery chef-driven soft-serve, Mission Hills

Mutual Friend Ice Cream coffee and donuts vegan ice cream, Golden Hill

Pop Pops Paletas Little Italy

Tribute Pizza housemade soft-serve, North Park


Cow-A-Bunga Ice Cream and Coffee shaved ice and ice cream, Imperial Beach

Moo Time Creamery Coronado

Niederfrank’s Ice Cream since 1948, National City

Oasis Ice Cream Parlor Coronado

Paletería La Michoacan National City

Tocumbo Ice Cream National City


Blendees smoothies and acai splits, El Cajon

Cookie Monster monster cones, El Cajon

Miner’s Diner old-fashioned phosphate sodas, malts, and milkshakes, Julian

SNOICE Spring Valley

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Maria Hesse
Maria Hesse is the executive editor and designer of Edible San Diego. Her interest in functional arts led to a degree in interior design, which inspires her passion to be an advocate for sustainable living through food. She enjoys balcony gardening and designing crochet patterns in her downtime. Find her @mariafromediblesd and @waysidestudiowest on Instagram.