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These Are the Best Ice Cream Spots in La Jolla

August 5, 2022


From decadent gelato to classic ice cream, there’s no shortage of cool, creamy delicacies to enjoy during your La Jolla vacation. Our seaside town has plenty of options when it comes to ice cream, and most of them are within walking distance of Cormorant Boutique Hotel. Grab a cup or a cone, find a seat, and enjoy the splendid scenery while you indulge. When you’re looking for the best ice cream in La Jolla, our list should get you started.


Bobboi Natural Gelato – 8008 Girard Ave

Located across the street from Cormorant Boutique Hotel, Bobboi Natural Gelato is a popular spot indeed. It’s not uncommon to see a long line of patrons snaking out of the entrance, especially on a hot summer’s day. This parlor’s artisanal flavors, seasonal options, and high-quality ingredients have helped it earn a reputation as having some of the best gelato in La Jolla.

All of the shop’s gelato is made fresh daily using fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients, and there are always four-to-six vegan flavors to choose from for the dairy-free crowd. Whether you prefer your creamy treat in a cone or a cup, Bobboi’s gelato hits the spot.


Scoops La Jolla – 2179 Avenida de la Playa

Located on Avenida de la Playa near La Jolla Shores Beach, Scoops is a buzzy spot for classic ice cream in irresistible flavors like chocolate, mint chip, and pistachio, as well as more creative choices like marionberry cheesecake and honeycomb. There’s a nice list of vegan options to choose from as well.

For those in your crew not interested in ice cream, the shop also offers crepes and a wide range of coffees from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Open until 10 p.m. on weekend nights, Scoops is a prime spot in La Jolla for ice cream.


Cold Stone Creamery – 909 Prospect Ave

Always a solid option when you need a sweet treat to cool off, Cold Stone Creamery is nestled among the attractive storefronts along Prospect Ave. This chain ice cream parlor is known for creating their cool concoctions on a granite slab, where toppings and scoops are combined as you watch.

You’ll find delicious flavors like French vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, and cake batter, among others. Opt for a signature creation when you want a specially curated mix of flavors and toppings. Have a late-night craving? Cold Stone Creamery is open until 10 p.m. or later every night, and as its located just down the street from our La Jolla hotel, it takes only minutes to pop over.


Haagen-Dazs – 1172 Prospect Street

The closet ice cream shop to La Jolla Cove, Haagen-Dazs is the perfect place to stop for an indulgent treat before you head down to the beach. Its tiny storefront calls out to those with a sweet tooth, and the iconic logo emblazoned on the façade makes it hard to ignore your cravings.

Aside from hardy scoops topped one onto the next, this ice cream purveyor offers smoothies, shakes, and coffee frappes. If you’re a fan of a classic banana split, you’ll enjoy the version Haagen-Dazs serves up. Feeling a little sluggish? Try the affogato, a scoop of vanilla ice cream swimming in strong espresso.


Yogi Topi – 7501 La Jolla Boulevard

When you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to go overboard, head to this frozen yogurt shop located near Pearl Street. Aside from several yogurt flavors, you’ll have a wide array of toppings to choose from to customize your yogurt experience. From candies and nuts to fruits and even cereal, the sky is the limit.

Just like most other yogurt shops, it’s self-serve here—pour the yogurt into your cup yourself, combining any flavors you think will go together, and then ladle over it whichever toppings strike your fancy.


Prospect Market at Cormorant Boutique Hotel

For those times when you want something sweet but don’t want to venture too far, don’t forget that Prospect Market, Cormorant’s on-site market, carries several kinds of ice cream, including Haagen-Dazs pints and ice cream bars, Snickers ice cream bars, and Nestle Dibs Crunch.


With fabulous amenities and a central location in La Jolla Village, Cormorant Boutique Hotel is a prime spot to stay. Fully renovated rooms, private balconies, and in-room Nespresso machines add a touch of luxury. Our La Jolla hotel is located not only near the best ice cream shops, but near the village’s many shops, galleries, and neighborhood bistros.