The Scoop On America's Top 50 Ice Creameries: Is Philadelphia On Top?

The Scoop On America's Top 50 Ice Creameries: Is Philadelphia On Top?
Photo: Capogiro Gelato Artisans/Facebook
By Hoodline - Published on June 12, 2017.

With summer right around the corner, ice cream shops around the country are about to get a lot busier. But when it comes to getting the best ice cream around, do you know where to go?

To get the scoop, Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top 50 ice cream shops around the country, using Yelp data from May and our own signature recipe to produce a data-driven breakdown of where America’s most iconic ice cream establishments call home—and how Philadelphia ranks.

Over 18,700 ice creameries across the country have a 4.0- star average rating or higher on Yelp, as seen here on our map. We did the math to narrow that number down to the top 50.

As it turns out, Philadelphians are well represented, with one of the nation’s best ice cream operations. Landing on our list at #39 is Capogiro Gelato, a local favorite since 2002 that has an impressive 4.5- star average with 741 reviews.

What makes Capogiro Gelato special? Its extensive list of flavors contributes to its popularity. Each morning, employees make 27 fresh flavors, including Italian classics like stracciatella, pistachio and nocciola. However, Capogiro’s also dishes out creative seasonal concoctions, such as lemon opal basil, rosemary honey goat’s milk, mascarpone and fig, and blueberry and cream, heightening its appeal to ice cream aficionados.

Want to know where to score the creamiest, most delicious ice cream the country has to offer? Here's the rundown of America’s top 50 can’t miss ice creameries:

  1. Bobboi Natural Gelato (La Jolla)
  2. Gelatology (Las Vegas)
  3. Milk (Los Angeles)
  4. Ici Ice Cream (Berkeley)
  5. Salt & Straw (Portland)
  6. Island Cream Co. (Lahai)
  7. Mitchell’s Ice Cream (San Francisco)
  8. Scoops (Los Angeles)
  9. Gunther’s Quality Ice Cream (Sacramento)
  10. Saffron & Rose Ice Cream (Los Angeles)
  11. Fentons Creamery (Oakland)
  12. Marianne’s Ice Cream (Santa Cruz)
  13. Carmela Ice Cream (Pasadena)
  14. Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous (San Francisco)
  15. Toscanini’s Ice Cream (Cambridge)
  16. Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream (San Francisco)
  17. Little Man Ice Cream (Denver)
  18. Leopold’s Ice Cream (Savannah)
  19. The Penny Ice Creamery (Santa Cruz)
  20. Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream (San Francisco)
  21. Ample Hills Creamery (Brooklyn)
  22. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt (Redondo Beach)
  23. Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream (Los Angeles)
  24. Lick Honest Ice Creams (Austin)
  25. Holy Gelato! (San Francisco)
  26. Treat Ice Cream Company (San Jose)
  27. Gelateria Naia (San Francisco)
  28. Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream (San Diego)
  29. Swensen’s Ice Cream (San Francisco)
  30. Strickland’s Ice Cream (Irvine)
  31. 8 Half Desserts (Honolulu)
  32. Afters Ice Cream (Fountain Valley)
  33. Tara’s Organic Ice Cream (Berkeley)
  34. Helados Pops Ice Cream (San Fernando)
  35. à la minute (Redlands)
  36. Pazzo Gelato (Los Angeles)
  37. Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream (San Francisco)
  38. Sweet Action Ice Cream (Denver)
  39. Capogiro Gelato (Philadelphia)
  40. Tin Pot Creamery (Palo Alto)
  41. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (New York)
  42. Mariposa Ice Cream (San Diego)
  43. Smitten Ice Cream (San Francisco)
  44. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams (Santa Barbara)
  45. Cookies & Cream (South Pasadena)
  46. Wanderlust Creamery (Tarzana)
  47. YERSEN Gelato Cakes (Danville)
  48. Fosselman’s Ice Cream (Alhambra)
  49. Churn (Phoenix)
  50. Quenelle (Burbank)