Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to enjoy one of your favorite summer treats, a big scoop of ice cream. Ice cream’s long and storied past has roots all around the world from the Persian Empire to China as early as 200 BC. In those days, ice cream was as simple as grape juice concentrate poured over ice. However, today ice cream makers have pushed the boundaries of the traditional flavors (such as vanilla and chocolate) to more extreme combinations—including bacon, potato chips, and even beer.

Despite the cold, foggy weather that San Franciscan’s are surrounded by, the city’s love for the creamy treat cannot be beat. Some of the top ice cream shops in the city are prone to lines around the block even on a rainy summer day; but once you get a taste of these unique ice creams, you will know exactly why. San Francisco’s take on ice cream is exactly how you would imagine it—one of a kind and unbeatable—so check out the list below for some of the best ice cream shops in the city. 

San Francisco’s Top Ice Cream Shops:

- Ghirardeli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop: A perfect destination to experience world-famous sundaes topped with original hot Fudge sauce that is made fresh daily with melted Ghirardelli chocolate. Map
-Humphry Slocombe: This creative creamery offers some of the oddest flavors in town, such as: bacon, secret breakfast, and cheese. Map
-Bi-Rite Creamery: This small batch creamery serves up only the best organic ice cream to crowds of hungry San Franciscans. Whether it’s soft serve, ice cream or baked goods, you can guarantee that it was made in-house with the freshest ingredients. Map
-Mitchell’s: This shop was first opened in 1953 in the same storefront that they are in today. Although some of the flavors have changed, the shop is still using the same recipes that they used back in the 50s. Map
-Smitten: These scoops are made to order using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ingredients while you watch. Many consider this the new age way to create the creamiest, most delicious ice cream around. Map
-Three Twins: This Northern California staple has been producing some of the best ice cream around since 2005.
-The Ice Cream Bar: Take a trip back to the 1930s at this old fashioned soda fountain that is serving burgers, soda, and uniquely flavored ice cream. Map
- Cako Cupcakes & Ice Creamery: San Francisco's cupcakery and ice creamery. Three locations around Union Square; stop by this Metreon location and try the famous red velvet cupcakes and red velvet ice cream. Map