5 essential ice cream spots near BART

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 (Oakland)

Smitten, next to Rockridge Station, earns lines for its liquid nitrogen-frozen sweets.

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Smitten Ice Cream (Oakland)

Rockridge (Oakland)
Smitten Ice Cream (Lafayette)

Farther east? Try Smitten's Lafayette location, aslo BARTable.

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Humphrey Slocombe

This San Francisco spot nestled in the Ferry Building off Embarcadero Station makes icy surprises out of things like prosciutto.

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Humphrey Slocombe

Embarcadero (SF)
Nieves Cinco de Mayo

It’s a beloved family-owned dessert hot spot near Fruitvale Station.

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Nieves Cinco de Mayo

Fruitvale (Oakland)
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.

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Bi-Rite Creamery

16th St. Mission (SF)
John’s Ice Cream

John’s keeps it real and simple with big servings at ultra-friendly prices.

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John’s Ice Cream

Downtown Berkeley

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