Lickety Split! Here are the Best Scoop Shops in SF

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When the weather heats up and we’re in the mood for ice cream—or gelato!—we head to one of the following places.

1 Smitten

Audrey Ma
Smitten has just opened their ninth location, on Valencia Street. At any of their storefronts expect to find insanely smooth and rich ice cream. It’s churned to order with a patented machine that mixes the ice cream base with liquid nitrogen. The resulting ice cream has a texture unlike any other.

2 Coletta

Chloe List
Coletta is a new gelateria in SoMa that marries traditional Italian gelato techniques with American-inspired flavors like Irish coffee and coconut banana rum. They have mastered the classics as well—their silky gianduia is so good it’s dangerous.

3 Salt and Straw

Leela Cyd
Portland’s innovative ice creamery, Salt and Straw, has finally come to San Francisco. They opened their first location on Fillmore Street in April. Along with their beloved classics like salted honey marshmallow with walnuts and chocolate gooey brownie, there are six limited-edition flavors made just for San Francisco.

4 Three Twins

Three Twins’ green pints are the ones we reach for when shopping at Mollie Stone’s. There’s also a scoop shop in the Lower Haight where die-hard fans can taste ice cream flavors like mocha, mint confetti, and chocolate peanut butter cup.

5 Humphry Slocombe

Humphry Slocombe specializes in creative and avant-garde ice cream with tongue-in-cheek names. Their signature flavor, Secret Breakfast, is bourbon ice cream with cornflakes and its to die for. Pick up scoops and cones at the Ferry Building or its Mission District flagship.
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