Foodie Friday: Ice Cream, Popsicles and Other Chilly San Diego Treats

Summer is sublime in San Diego, especially with a chilly treat in hand. Something about enjoying your icy cold indulgence under the sunshine makes every bite just a little sweeter. Of course, with San Diego’s impressive culinary chops, chowing down on an average Drumstick just won’t do, so stop into one of these delicious spots for a summery treat your taste buds won’t soon forget.

Bardot Bars

Bardot Bars ice cream shop La Jolla

The newest destination for ice cream indulgence is Bardot Bars, an ice cream shop with an haute couture twist in La Jolla. Bardot features opulent, hand-made ice cream bars in flavors like “Red Satin” (wild blackberry ice cream) and the “Southern Belle” (tangy key lime ice cream with a graham cracker crust and white chocolate shell).

Viva Pops

The flavors of Viva Pops in Normal Heights

Away from the coast, the colorful Viva Pops shop will put you in a summer mood even on the gloomiest day. Inspired by the festive colors and flavors of traditional Mexican-style pops called paletas, their delicious offerings are unlike the popsicles found in any grocery store, with exotic flavors like cucumber chili, lavender lemonade and pear vanilla rose.


Pappalecco gelato in Little Italy San Diego

Pappalecco gelato in Little Italy

There’s plenty of gelato to choose from in Little Italy, but Pappalecco always pleases, with classic flavors like hazelnut and stracciatella to fresh tastes like banana and blueberry. Pair your gelato with a rich Italian espresso and watch from Pappalecco’s sidewalk tables as trendy locals drive by on Vespas.

MooTime Creamery

Located just steps from picturesque Coronado Beach, MooTime Creamery is a great place to grab a cone or cup of scrumptious ice cream on a sunny afternoon. You’ll find home-made waffle cones and mix-in ice creams, yogurts and sorbets in flavors ranging from chocolate to chai tea and horchata, while mixers include fresh fruit, nuts and candies.

Where will you indulge in a cool treat this summer?


I Scream, You Scream…It’s Ice Cream Month!

I personally celebrate ice cream year round, however someone somewhere decided July should be National Ice Cream month. Therefore, in honor of that yummy dairy confection we give you our top three choices to celebrate Ice Cream.

MooTime Creamery

1. Mootime Creamery: With two locations in Coronado, this is a must stop for ice cream lovers when visiting the Island. All of their ice cream is handcrafted from scratch and feature flavors such as Double Dark Chocolate, Silly Vanilly, and Cappuccino.

Se San Diego

2. Se San Diego: In honor of Ice Cream Month, Se San Diego launched a new Ice Cream Mixology program at Siren, the hotel’s rooftop pool bar and lounge. Se’s own Ice Cream Mixologist will create an assortment of flavors each week, or visitors can create their own. These “adults only” concoctions currently include Root “Beer” Float, Bourbon Maple Bacon, Rum Raisin and Bananas Foster.

Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt

3. Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt: located in Ocean Beach, this is your classic beach ice cream shop. They feature the most amazing Hot Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich. First, you choose your flavor of ice cream and then, they sandwich it between two Belgium waffles and put it in an iron at 380 degrees for 17 seconds. These are seriously habit forming!

Where is your favorite spot to get ice cream in San Diego?

Katie S.

You Scream, I Scream!

We all scream for FREE CONE DAY I’m screaming anyway.

Today is free ice cream cone day at Ben and Jerry’s in Seaport Village. Come down anytime between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. to get your very own free ice cream cone. And if you thought things couldn’t get any better – they do. Special guest Mayor Jerry Sanders will be at the location at 10:30 a.m. scooping out Triple Caramel Chunk, and former NBA star Bill Walton will be on-site as well! Who knows, maybe Shamu will be there dishing out ice cream too (although we can’t promise that one).