“Ici” means “here” in French, and that’s no misnomer. At Ici Ice Cream, located in Berkeley’s Elmwood district, you’ll find 11 delicious, gourmet flavors of ice cream and sorbet, all made fresh on premises. The offerings change daily, but you can find out what’s available each day by checking Ici’s Twitter account. You can’t go wrong with the rich and creamy burnt caramel or the flowery rose-vanilla, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, get it in a cone – Ici’s cones are handmade, and the bottom is filled with chocolate!
This artisan ice cream and sorbet spot, with locations in both Oakland and Berkeley, is perfect for people who are always seeking out new and unique foods. With flavors like oregano orange pepper, molasses, pink peppercorn, and avocado, a trip to Tara’s Organic Ice Cream is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Of course, Tara’s also caters to traditional palates. If you’re not feeling as adventurous, you’ll still love the apple pie ice cream or the mango pineapple agave sorbet.
Nieves Cinco de Mayo, a family owned ice cream spot located in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, offers mouth-watering treats with a Mexican twist. If you’re in the mood for a traditional Mexican dessert, try the Mangonada, with fresh mango, chili, and lime with mango sorbet, shaved ice, and a straw coated with mango-chili paste. If spice isn’t really your thing, you can’t go wrong with a snow cone or milkshake, both of which come in common varieties like vanilla and strawberry as well as Mexican flavors like hibiscus, tamarind, and sweetened milk.