Best Ice Cream in San Francisco
Humphry Slocombe (2790 Harrison Street) epitomizes ice cream in San Francisco. It is equal parts weird and awesome. Plunked down unassumingly on Harrison & 24th St. in the Mission District, Humphry Slocombe boasts a simple blue awning out front and amazing complex flavors inside. They’ve compiled an eclectic flavor list the length of your arm since they opened, but because they do everything themselves, they offer just a rotating selection of 10-12 flavors on any given day.
Fortunately, you’ll find their two best flavors – Secret Breakfast and Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee – on the menu nearly every day. They use top notch ingredients (Blue Bottle is the best coffee in the Bay Area; they offer it at Chez Panisse in Berkeley) and produce the best quality ice cream in the city. The line out the door is a testament to that fact. While many of Humphry Slocombe’s flavors are for the more culinarily adventurous, ice cream traditionalists can rely on their Tahitian Vanilla and decadent ice cream sundae options. It doesn’t matter where you are staying in San Francisco, where you are going out to eat, or how long you are staying, Humphry Slocombe is worth a special trip into the Mission District.
Follow them on Twitter @humphryslocombe while you’re in San Francisco so you can see the flavor updates each day. They also have a stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays (behind the Ferry Building downtown) from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.