I will never understand the ice cream fiends who don't seem to notice when it's frigidly cold out in the dead of San Francisco winter (or a wintry San Francisco summer), and still line up for scoops at Milkbomb or Bi-Rite Creamery. But people love ice cream, and this town — despite its notoriously chilly weather — is full up with ice creameries. Below, just as we have a spate of decent weather, SFist brings you an updated list of the city's best scoop shops (and one truck).

A passionfruit baked Alaska at The Ice Cream Bar.

11. Ice Cream Bar/Castro Fountain
Both locations are 1930's-style soda fountains from Juliet Pries, serving the phosphates, lactarts, and malts most of us only know from old movies and period-set TV shows. Only the Ice Cream Bar offers adult-only alcohol-infused "remedies" (though Pries hopes to score a Castro liquor license eventually). While their most popular creations are at both places, they each have their own menus. My favorite Ice Cream Bar item is the Keller's Farm (cornmeal shortbread, crème fraîche and Morello cherry ice creams, cherry sauce and rosemary syrup), while visitors to the Castro Fountain rave about the Harvey Milk(Shake) (roasted pineapple syrup, passion fruit syrup, eggs, cream and tart cherry syrup.) —Eve Batey
Ice Cream Bar: 815 Cole Street
Castro Fountain: 554 Castro Street

Photo: Fk Frozen Custard/Yelp

10. FK Frozen Custard
It's not traditional ice cream, but that's part of what makes the super creamy stuff they sell at the truck formerly known as Frozen Kuhsterd so delicious. They now have a scoop shop to call home in the Lower Haight, and there you'll find their delicious frozen custard bars, as well as flavors like Cookie Butter, Ube, Black Milk Tea, and Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter — as well as booze-infused flavors like Mexican Chocolate Mezcal and Banana Rum.
791 Haight Street

Photo: Alex L./Yelp

9. Bi-Rite Creamery
Sure, the Dolores Park-adjacent location (currently closed for earthquake retrofitting) is all too often besieged by a line of hungry fans, at pretty much all hours that they're open. But hardcore fans will tell you that is because Bi-Rite Creamery scoops some of the best ice cream in town, with favorite signature flavors like Salted Caramel — the shop’s most popular flavor — Olive Oil, and Balsamic Strawberry. Bi-Rite sticks to small batches and uses only organic eggs, milk, and cream from Straus Family Creamery, keeping it all local. And even when the 18th Street location is back open, your best bet is to head to their Divisadero location, where inside the market, there's only occasionally a line during prime sunny hours. —Jay Barmann
3692 18th Street and 550 Divisadero Street

Photo: Garden Creamery/Instagram

8. Garden Creamery
Few San Francisco storefronts personify cuteness quite like the colorblock corner of 20th Street and Lexington that houses Garden Creamery, a former food truck that graduated to brick-and-mortar status in February of this year. Pasteurizing all of their ice cream in-house (they now have a house!), Garden Creamery has an exceptionally inventive menu of treats that also ventures into semifreddo popsicles, vegan sorbets, and Rice Krispy-treat sandwiches. With an emphasis on wildly-colored Asian fusion flavors and desserts, Garden Creamery also unveiled their churro-style Chimney Cones with much fanfare — though be warned, these are only available on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m., and a line will form for the special weekly occasion. — Joe Kukura
3566 20th Street, between San Carlos Street and Lexington Street

Photo: Vivian L./Yelp

7. Joe's Ice Cream
Richmond District residents worried that it was game over for Joe's when they were bounced from the plum Geary Boulevard corner spot they'd occupied since since 1959. But there was a happy ending for the award-winning homemade ice cream makers when they moved to a new location half-a-block away and actually got more popular. Fave flavors from their list include Irish Coffee (try it in a Coke float), Ginger, Root Beer Swirl, and, for the adventurous, Wasabi. —Eve Batey
5420 Geary Boulevard

Little Giant's Ugly Sweater flavor. Photo courtesy of Little Giant

6. Little Giant
They have just a tiny scoop shop on Claude Lane in the Financial District, but Oakland-based Little Giant packs a lot of flavors (12 at all times) into that wee space, with signatures like Fernet and Coke, Drunken Fig (white rum and Mission figs), Cardamom Raspberry, and Ugly Sweater (Jameson whiskey, pineapple, cranberry, M&Ms). Even in a land of kooky ice cream flavors, Little Giant goes hard on the whimsy, and most importantly, the ice cream itself is delicious. — Jay Barmann
214 Sutter Street at Claude Lane; main location at 1951 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Guava Lava ice cream in a lavender cone from Milkbomb. Photo: Ann S./Yelp

5. Milkbomb
This two-year-old shop in Potrero Hill draws steady lines for its finely crafted ice creams, house-made cones, and yes, ice cream-stuffed doughnuts. They've got the hip stuff like an ube flavor and matcha syrup as a topping, and they also tackle classics well like cookies and cream. Milkbomb also has great vegan flavor options like Cocoa Chanel — coconut base with cocoa nibs. Pro tip: Follow their Instagram for regular giveaways and contests. – Jay Barmann
1717 17th Street bet. DeHaro and Carolina

Photo: Instagram

4. Salt & Straw
This Portland-born ice creamery has already made a splash in Los Angeles, and in 2017 they opened their first two SF shops in Pacific Heights and Hayes Valley. Their homemade aesthetic is definitely infused in their ultra-creamy, old fashioned-style ice cream, with flavors that are anything but. As TV food guy Andrew Zimmern has said, "They have some brilliant, brilliant ice cream... [and] every flavor reeks of Portland." Here in SF, they're making nods to the local scene, having recently made a limited edition flavor using Sightglass Coffee, and an SF-only flavor made with Mexican cinnamon, ancho chili, and cajeta — a caramel made with goat milk. And their signatures like Sea Salt With Caramel Ribbons, and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, are hard not to love. — Jay Barmann
2201 Fillmore Street at Sacramento; and 580 Hayes at Laguna

Photo: Emily K./Yelp

3. Humphry Slocombe
Humphry Slocombe is beloved in San Francisco almost as much for their clever marketing and flavor-naming as for their ice cream. Co-owner and head ice cream-maker Jake Godby has made a habit of keeping up a hilarious Twitter presence for his ice cream shop from the start, and the flavor array has included the amusingly named Secret Breakfast (bourbon and cornflakes), After School Special (vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered potato chips and caramel, a flavor that Jimmy Fallon might have ripped off when he got his own Ben & Jerry's flavor), and they have the Elvis [the fat years] sundae, which is made with banana ice cream and bacon peanut brittle. But, as their ongoing success — cookbook, new Berkeley location, and all — suggests, the ice cream itself is damn good, right down to their simplest signature flavors, like Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee. —Jay Barmann
2790A Harrison Street at 24th
1 Ferry Building
2948 College Avenue, Berkeley

Photo courtesy of Mitchell's

2. Mitchell's
Mitchell's is San Francisco's most old-school of ice cream shops, dating back over 60 years in the outer Mission. But despite its age, the place has always been ahead of the curve with innovative flavors like horchata, avocado, Mexican chocolate, lychee, Peruvian lucuma, and two flavors made from types of Filipino coconut (buko and macapuno). Just because it's bright purple, don't shy away from the delicious ube (made with purple yams imported from the Philippines), and you'll never go wrong with their rich and delicious chocolate ice cream either. —Jay Barmann
688 San Jose Avenue

Photo: Facebook

1. Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous
This shop's been a Dogpatch destination since its opening nine years ago, and it remains SFist's favorite scoop shop in town. Their terrific menu of flavors changes almost daily, and damned if everything they do isn't great. Check out their Sloe Gin flavor, made with "sloe" (blackberries) gin and lemon zest. I love their Lemon Sherbet, too. If you (like me) enjoy eating cold things on cold days, then don't hesitate to stop by when the holidays roll around, as they roll out their super popular Eggnog holiday flavor around then. — Jessica Lachenal
699 22nd Street between 3rd St & Illinois St