Every day in Surf City USA is a good day to treat yo’self. Lucky for ice cream lovers, Huntington Beach celebrates an “endless summer,” making said dessert readily available all year long. From house-made and hand-dipped to unicorns and tacos, we churn out some of the sweetest and most unique treats in Southern California. Here’s the scoop on the best scoops in town.
1. Gelateria ZomoloBack to Top of List
2. IceCreamTonBack to Top of List
We take our ice cream with an ocean view—and churros. This ice creamery along PCH hand-makes its soft-serve and churros fresh daily, filling cups with flavors like Dole Whip and Cookie Monster, and topping them with heart-shaped churros—sprinkled with crunchy toppings like Fruity Pebbles and Hot Cheetos.
3. The Ice Cream WayBack to Top of List
At this sweet little spot along 5th Street, you can literally watch your ice cream be fresh-made in 60 seconds. Choose your base, flavor, mix-ins, and toppings, and they’ll flash-freeze your creation with liquid nitrogen. The result is a deliciously creamy bowl of heaven. Ice cream lovers of all bites of life are covered with almond milk, coconut milk, and yogurt base options, along with more than 30 unlimited artisanal flavors and fresh toppings.
4. Mangiamo Gelato CaffeBack to Top of List
Mangiamo in Italian translates to “let’s eat,” and here it’s “let’s eat delicious, authentic, fresh, house-made gelato and sorbetto.” More than 30 rotating flavors are served in a cone, in a cup, or under fresh-brewed coffee—affogato-style. It’s a delizioso scoop of Italia right along Main Street, just a block from the Huntington Beach Pier.
5. The Funnel HouseBack to Top of List
Bringing a fair favorite to Main Street in Huntington Beach, this heavenly house slings fluffy, made-to-order funnel cakes, which can be devoured in sundaes or sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with fruit and whipped cream. Not to mention the churro and brownie sundaes, custom ice cream sandwiches, ice cream by its delicious self, and other sugary morsels.
6. Hans’ Homemade Ice CreamBack to Top of List
An Orange County favorite since 1972, Hans’ Huntington Beach counter at Pacific City’s LOT 579 makes its ice cream onsite in small batches and big flavors, from classics like Butter Pecan to new tastes like Nutella Krunch. Other sweet treats include handmade drumsticks, shakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, chocolate-dipped bananas, and more.
7. PopbarBack to Top of List
Craving a nice cold one? Head to Pacific City’s LOT 579 for Popbar’s customizable gelato and sorbetto on a stick—handcrafted, all-natural, and offering more than 50 flavors and over 15 toppings. Also cooling down the menu are popWiches, which sandwich a popBar between two chocolate cookies, and the gelatoShake, served in a 16-ounce milk jug and topped with a chocolate-dipped waffle cone filled with whipped cream. Because why not?
8. Sweet Rolled TacosBack to Top of List
Every day is Taco Tuesday in Huntington Beach, and now we can have our tacos for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Here our meal staple sweetens up and borrows from Southeast Asia, featuring rolled ice cream squeezed by a colorful waffle taco shell and topped with goodies like fortune cookies, Oreos, and pocky sticks. The taco menu itself deserves an award for its creativity, uniqueness, and cultural nods, like the Yellow Fever with durian ice cream. Go ahead and order these in street taco quantity; we don’t judge.
9. Hula Girls Shave IceBack to Top of List
Experience aloha inside this popular shave ice hut, which scoops handmade coconut macadamia nut ice cream and the ever-famous Dole Whip, among other delicious icy flavors. Enjoy a scoop with your authentic shave ice—the fluffiest in town!—on a cone, in a float, or on its own, and drift off to the islands. Local tip: Ask about the “Hei Hei Cone.”
10. The Moo Gelato & Dessert BarBack to Top of List
Home of the Unicorn Shake, this whimsical sweets shop keeps it cool with fresh gelato hugged by the ultimate made-to-order Bubble Wrap waffle cone, topped with your choice of unicorn horns, mermaid tails, and other sugary delights.