America's Best Cities for Ice Cream

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The best ice cream parlors blend the classics with a delicious bit of crazy, churning out flavors like burnt sugar, cilantro, and Cabernet.

No. 5 San Diego

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Southern California may be awash with self-serve frozen yogurt shops, but you can also find cool alternatives in San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood: Mariposa Ice Cream, run by a fourth-generation dairy farmer, offers elegant flavors such as white chocolate raspberry ripple and Mexican chocolate, while at Viva Pops, you can get an updated version of Mexican paletas—popsicles in flavors such as cucumber chili, lavender lemonade, and pear vanilla rose. Certainly, San Diego boasts the perfect conditions for ice cream enthusiasts: it ranked second in the survey for weather and No. 1 for the 4th of July.

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

boats in the harbor in San Diego, California

America's Best Cities for Ice Cream

No. 5 San Diego

Southern California may be awash with self-serve frozen yogurt shops, but you can also find cool alternatives in San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood: Mariposa Ice Cream, run by a fourth-generation dairy farmer, offers elegant flavors such as white chocolate raspberry ripple and Mexican chocolate, while at Viva Pops, you can get an updated version of Mexican paletas—popsicles in flavors such as cucumber chili, lavender lemonade, and pear vanilla rose. Certainly, San Diego boasts the perfect conditions for ice cream enthusiasts: it ranked second in the survey for weather and No. 1 for the 4th of July.

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

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