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The line out the door at Ici’s clearly indicates that you have come to the right spot. While waiting in line, you can check out the chalkboard on the tree with all of the flavors, as they change every single day. Right off College Avenue, Ici is a place that you can’t miss. They make all their foods in-shop with all organic ingredients, and they offer gluten-free cones as well. In addition to ice cream, they also sell other yummy treats and coffee. Don’t let the line intimidate you; never pass up the opportunity to get Ici.
Ici, 2948 College Ave. Berkeley, CA +1 510.665.6054
Located right down the street from Ici’s on College Avenue, Tara’s makes their small-batch ice cream with only pure ingredients. Just like the first two ice cream shops mentioned, they also include gluten-free options. Everything is made right in the shop, including their cones and ice cream cakes. The choices Tara offers are unlike anything you’ve had, and include flavors such as Green Chile and White Pepper Chocolate Chip.
Tara’s, 3173 College Ave. Berkeley CA +1 510.655.5014
Walking up to this shop, you can smell the homemade waffle cones, which draw you into the store before you even realize it. iScream uses only organic ingredients and foods from local suppliers to make their flavors, which are seasonal and change daily. The shop gives off a modern retro vibe, with chalkboards on the wall to keep you busy and seats scattered throughout. iScream is a great environment to meet friends or bring the family.
iScream, 1819 Solano Ave. Berkeley, CA +1 510.524.4787
This shop sits on College Avenue but a little further South, in North Oakland (which is often considered Berkeley). This ice cream shop is a little on the pricey end, but you really get a bang for your buck. Smitten is especially unique because it is a liquid nitrogen ice cream parlor. Liquid nitrogen plays a huge role in the consistency and creaminess of their ice cream, which often features unique flavors. The charming store is just like their ice cream; new but traditional. How could you pass up the opportunity to try liquid nitrogen ice cream, maybe for the first time?
Smitten, 5800 College Ave. Oakland CA +1 510.594.7630