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Top Seven Ice Cream Shops To Visit This Summer in Santa Barbara

Maureen McDermut

Having sold residential real estate in Santa Barbara for over 20 years, initiating her career in Los Angeles selling commercial real estate, and daugh...

Having sold residential real estate in Santa Barbara for over 20 years, initiating her career in Los Angeles selling commercial real estate, and daugh...

Jan 24 5 minutes read

Summer is definitely in Santa Barbara! It's the perfect weather to lounge all day at the beach, surf or just enjoy a good book. And what's the best way to cool down this summer season? Ice cream, of course! America's favorite dessert of all ages! Treating yourself to a scoop of ice cream on a warm day is refreshing and on a hot day, when the craving for a cone sets in, these are the seven places to go for a  creative swirl of classic American soft-serve ice cream.

1. McConnell's Fine Ice Creams

728 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Mc Connell's ice cream is definitely a classic and a Santa Barbara favorite. It's a must and if you're ever in town and not going to McConnell's that's just wrong. You must re-route. McConnell's offer shakes & ice cream & Malta and endless amounts of flavors and choices to choose from. The Shop is located right on State Street with all the shops. Perfect for an afternoon ice cream cone after a long day of shopping. Some of the local favorites are Salted Caramel Chip and Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

2.  Great Pacific Ice Cream

219 Stearns Wharf, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Great Pacific Ice Cream has a great location in Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf. It's always fun to walk along the pier with an ice cream in hand. They offer classic flavors and the thing that makes this place special are the fresh cones made on site and the location. Perfect for an afternoon Sunday stroll. A must try for your sweet tooth is the Strawberry Cheesecake on a waffle cone.

3. Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

38 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Rori's is located in the Santa Barbara Public Market. It's a cute ice cream shop with unique flavors and even vegan options for people who avoid dairy. This is one of the best places to get ice cream in Santa Barbara, a must visit if you're looking for dessert after a heavy dinner or just craving for something sweet and cold. Try their Nutella Ice Cream or the Peanut Butter Chocolate Candy Swirl to further satiate your sweet tooth cravings.

4. Mission Street Yogurt - Featuring McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Frozen Yogurt became a big hit in Santa Barbara especially with the health conscious people who definitely take calories into consideration. But more than that, Fro-Yo is also a delicious alternative to regular ice cream. But what makes this shop stand out? They also offer McConnell's Ice Creams! If you're looking to widen your options, be sure to drop by and check their selection.

5. Gelato N More

1222 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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In case you're craving for something more of Italian descent, Italy's gelato has quickly become one of America's favorite too. And the best place to get your gelato fix in Santa Barbara? Just along State Street, Gelato N More. They offer a wide array of gelato flavors, frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream. If you're looking for something artisan, try their Honey Fig and it's a definite hit. But if you're on the classic side, The Pistachio Ice Cream is always a crowd favorite.

6. Rori's Artisanal Creamery

1024 Coast Village Rd, Montecito, CA 93108

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Nestled in the quaint shopping center called Montecito Country Mart. Rori’s Artisanal Creamery is a little gem among all one-of-a-kind boutique shops. It resembles a tiny ice cream factory and is a neighborhood favorite. With a shaded courtyard and outdoor seating it’s also an afterschool and summer hangout.

7. Here's the Scoop

1187 Coast Village Rd, Montecito, CA 93108, USA

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A local favorite Ice Cream Shop in Montecito that has been around for almost 13 years. Offers a good variety of ice cream flavors to choose from and all of their ice cream is made out of real, carefully picked, ingredients and you can definitely taste the difference. A must try when you're in Montecito and craving for something cold and sweet to satisfy your taste buds.

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