We can try to blame it on the sun, but let’s be honest: That sweet tooth longs for ice cream, rain or shine. Sometimes you want a fancy flavor conjured by an alchemist devising unlikely combos; sometimes you just want a fat scoop of a simple one-word classic. Whether you crave a trendy or traditional cool-down, you’re in the right place because these BARTable ice creameries around the Bay will keep your cup or cone more than half full.
Smitten Ice Cream
Smitten Ice Cream is located at 5800 College Ave. in Oakland, a 2-minute walk from Rockridge Station. Another BARTable location is at 3545 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, a short walk from Lafayette BART Station. Photo courtesy of Smitten Ice Cream.
Yes, you’ll be smitten with these seasonal scoops and the story behind them. The owner of this ice creamery first started churning made-to-order servings out of a Radio Flyer Wagon on the streets of San Francisco in 2009. Now the Smitten next to Rockridge Station earns lines for its liquid nitrogen-frozen sweets.
Humphrey Slocombe is located at 1 Sausalito in San Francisco, inside the San Francisco Ferry Building. It’s a 4-minute walk from Embarcadero Station. Photo courtesy of Humphrey Slocombe.
Harvey Milk and Honey Graham. Elvis (The Fat Years). Jesus Juice Sorbet. If those names of Humphrey Slocombe flavors don’t give you an idea of the ice creamery’s innovative tendencies, we don’t know what will. This San Francisco spot nestled in the Ferry Building off Embarcadero Station makes icy surprises out of things like prosciutto.
Nieves Cinco de Mayo
Nieves Cinco de Mayo is located at 3340 E. 12th St #2 in Oakland, an 8-minute walk from Fruitvale Station. Picture courtesy of Dave Cook, Flickr.
It’s a beloved family-owned dessert hot spot near Fruitvale Station. When we say hot spot, we mean it: mango-chili paste and other Mexican influences make their spicy way into some of Nieves Cinco de Mayo’s classic cold sweets (try the mangonada). Hit up the Fruitvale Public Market for this small operation with a big following.
Bi-Rite Creamery is located at 3692 18th St. in San Francisco, a 10-minute walk from 16th St. Mission Station. Photo courtesy of Bi-Rite Creamery.
Sitting alongside baked goods, the small-batch organic ice cream made by hand at Bi-Rite Creamery is a standard for sunbathing crowds across the way at Dolores Park. When you want a sundae featuring chocolate ice cream with blood orange olive oil and sea salt, you’ve come to the right artisanal place.
John’s Ice Cream
John’s Ice Cream is located at 2204 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley, a 2-minute walk from Downtown Berkeley Station. Pictured: chocolate ice cream and ube (purple yam). Photo courtesy of John's Ice Cream.
John’s keeps it real and simple with big servings at ultra-friendly prices. With a price of $1.50 a scoop, it’s no wonder this Downtown Berkeley Station neighbor lures lines. Here you’ll find the bright hues of its ube (purple yam) flavor, a standard crowd pleaser, alongside other exotic tastes and old-school classics.