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Swensen's Ice Cream

(415) 775-6818

1999 Hyde St

San Francisco, CA 94109

A very old-school spot on a corner of Russian Hill, Swensen’s is an SF classic that has more than stood the test of time. All the flavors are classics, despite the confusing convention of labeling certain ones ‘sticky’ for an unclear reason (isn’t all ice cream sticky?). The black raspberry swirl, cookies ’n cream, and thin mints are our go-to’s (always in one of their superb cones). Bring the kids or people who fear mint ice cream called ‘grasshopper’ or anything outside the chocolate/vanilla spectrum.

Swensen’s has occupied its corner spot since 1948, with the old-school signage and cash-only policy to match. The ice cream here is appropriately creamy, and you should 100% get a scoop of Turkish coffee and a scoop of sticky chewy chocolate. Terrible name, delicious ice cream.

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