Ahh, summer. Warm toes in the sand. A cool breeze off of the ocean. Kiddos splashing together in the waves. And, you, sitting quietly in your hat and sunglasses with a book enjoying a nice, cold ice cream. A parent can dream, right? For a dreamy – and probably momentary – getaway this summer, we’ve got a few ways to indulge in that sweet, creamy treat we all know and love.


Photo Credit: Michelle Berkowitz Photography

Shake It Up
Shakeaway, the UK milkshake sensation, now has two locations in San Diego and they’re chock-full of choices. They have a huge menu with all kinds of yummy candy additions so you can customize your treat experience. Like Milk Duds, pretzels, peanut butter and toasted coconut? Mix them into your favorite ice cream flavor for the perfectly you milkshake!

Pacific Beach
909 Grand Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92109

La Jolla
723 Pearl St.
La Jolla, Ca 92037

Online: Shakeaway.com


Photo Credit: A. Stabile

How About an Ice Cream Sandwich?
Craving something different? San Diego is home to not one, but two ice cream sandwich shops. Tucked into the alleyway adjacent to San Diego State University, CREAM has freshly-baked cookies, natural housemade ice cream and tons of toppings to make your dessert special. Not a cookie fan? No problem. They’ve got waffle cones and ice cream tacos, too. Really, you can’t go wrong.

With locations in Pacific Beach, PETCO Park and North County, The Baked Bear features ice cream sandwiches with not only cookies and brownies, but donuts too! Cookie flavors range from funfetti to red velvet. There’s also a gluten free chocolate chip. We suggest the Bear Bowl with your choice of ice cream in a chocolate chip cookie bowl. And don’t forget to ask for your ice cream sandwich warmed. It may sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but trust us, it’s delicious!

5157 College Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92115
Online: creamnation.com

The Baked Bear

Pacific Beach
4516 Mission Blvd. Suite C
San Diego, Ca 92109

La Costa
7610 Via Campanile, Suite 142
Carlsbad, Ca 92009

Carmel Valley
5950 Village Center Loop Rd.
San Diego, Ca 92130

100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92101

Online: thebakedbear.com

We want to hear your favorites, too! Tell us your favorite ice cream places in the comments. In the meantime, enjoy!

— Allison Stabile