UPDATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2022
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.
Gelateria ZomoloBack to Top of List
IceCreamTonBack to Top of List
We take our ice cream with an ocean view—and churros. IceCreamTon 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.
Handel's Homemade Ice CreamBack to Top of List
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 - at Mangiamo Gelato Caffe. It’s a delizioso scoop of Italia right along Main Street, just a block from the Huntington Beach Pier.
The Funnel HouseBack to Top of List
Bringing a fair favorite to Main Street in Huntington Beach, The Funnel 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.
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.
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?
Hula Girls Shave IceBack to Top of List
Experience aloha inside Hula Girls Shave Ice, 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.”