We are in prime ice cream consumption season. July and August are the 2 months of the year when Americans indulge in their favorite dairy delight more than any other month throughout the year. The United States is the top nation in terms of consuming ice cream, at a rate of more than 15 billion pints per year. 15 billion pints! Ice cream isn't the only frozen treat on the menu though, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, shaved ice, and more are also perennial favorites for people looking to cool off during the height of summer and beyond. Lucky for us, Davis has plenty of options to satisfy your desire for some delectable, frozen desserts, and treats. Let's take a look at some of your options while you're in Davis!
DAVIS CREAMERY - 113 E ST., DAVIS
SUN - THUR, 12 PM - 10 PM - FRI & SAT, 12 PM - 11 PM
The Davis Creamery is a family-owned and operated ice cream store located in downtown Davis. They craft all their ice cream each morning in small batches. With in-house production, they are able to incorporate fresh and locally sourced ingredients in all of their flavors. Having an amazing downtown location, you're never far from getting some "udderly delicious" flavors in a cone or flight. Davis Creamery stocks about 20 flavors per day, on a rotating basis so there is always something new and unique in the store for you to try. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available. If you have a dietary concern, it is always better to call first and see what is available that day.
A little inside scoop on Davis Creamery, they have much more than just ice cream! They also serve cookies, cupcakes, candies, and sorbet along with seasonal items throughout the year. Ice cream is the staple though, and can be purchased by the scoop, by the flight, in pints and quarts, as a sundae, as a float, milkshake, or cupshake (cupcake blended into your shake). Stop by Davis Creamery after dinner at one of Davis' great restaurants that also focus on locally sourced ingredients.
SWEET AND SHAVERY 210 E ST., DAVIS
SUN - THUR, 12 PM - 9 PM - FRI & SAT, 12 PM - 10 PM
Sweet and Shavery offers their delicious East Coast style of Italian Ice and frozen custard along with some mouthwatering parfaits (half Italian Ice and half custard) and crepes. The custard is so smooth and flavorful and when combined with their Italian Ice, your tastebuds will be delighted to take the journey through the rich decadence of the custard and the sweet, sweet goodness of shaved ice. The Italian Ice has a consistency of a mix between shaved ice and sorbet and is served in 16 flavors every day.
Come for the frozen treats but don't sleep on the crepes! With many different combos to choose from and additional toppings to add, these made-to-order, budget-friendly treats are sure to satisfy any sweet cravings you might be having. With a great downtown location, Sweet and Shavery is a definite stop whether you're shopping at the many downtown stores, like Armadillo Music or Boheme, or taking a moment to relax and cool down after biking through town.
ICEKRIMSKI CAFE 618 2ND ST., DAVIS
SUN - THUR, 3 PM - 9 PM - FRI & SAT, 3 PM - 9:30 PM
At Icekrimski Cafe, you’ll get rich and creamy gelato, the type of gelato you don't necessarily expect to find outside of Europe. Made from fresh fruits and only high-quality ingredients, the gelato, and dairy-free Sorbetto are sure to leave you refreshed and revitalized. A rotating selection means that you'll always find something new to try.
A perfect treat to pick up when catching the latest film at Varsity Theater (there is a walk-up window connecting the two) or taking a stroll through town after checking in at one of our many hotels for your next vacation getaway or campus activity.
YOLO BERRY YOGURT 316 C ST., DAVIS
SUN - THUR, 11 AM - 9 PM - FRI & SAT, 11 AM - 10 PM
With a whopping 101 toppings available, Yolo Berry Yogurt has something for everyone to add to its top-notch, carefully crafted frozen yogurt. Yolo Berry's high-quality ingredients are only outdone by their excellent customer service and smiling faces. Your whole family will delight in selecting their froyo concoction. Also utilizing a rotational menu, the flavors on hand are always changing. A quick check of their social channels or call to the store will let you know what is available that day.
With their prime location right across the popular Davis Farmers Market, Yolo Berry serves as a refreshing stop to make when visiting Central Park or any other of your favorite Downtown Davis locations.
CULTIVE FROZEN YOGURT 231 E ST., DAVIS
OPEN DAILY 12 PM - 10 PM
A guilt-free, nutritious, and delicious frozen snack that will help me beat the heat? Sign me up, please! Cultive offers 10 flavors at any given time that contain live and active cultures and over 40 toppings to load onto your froyo masterpiece. Locally owned, Cultive opened just four months prior to the COVID pandemic that shut down the nation and threatened to shutter so many small businesses, especially in the service sector. With the support of the community, Cultive was able to reopen during the slow process of opening the country back up safely.
Like the others on this list, Cultive is located in Downtown Davis making it easily accessible whether driving through, biking, or walking downtown. Cultive is also an active participant in the Davis Savings Pass that allows locals and visitors to get great deals and discounts on so many shops, restaurants, hotels, and attractions throughout Davis.
68% of Americans surveyed say that they eat ice cream all year round. Beware that other 32%, We’re not sure we can trust someone that would turn down a scrumptious bowl of their favorite flavor of ice cream just because the calendar says January. We've listed 5 locations to help you find your favorite frozen treats while in Davis, but we have a few bonus offerings for you, we'll call it the proverbial cherry on top of a delicious Davis sundae. Be sure to check out Lazi Cow for some amazing rolled ice cream and MandRo Teahouse for Bingsoo dessert that is the Korean equivalent of a shaved ice dessert. Very light, very fluffy, definitely not the traditional shaved ice you're probably used to experiencing. If you like mango, MandRo is the place for you.
Frozen desserts are cool to eat for all ages. Ice cream, iced milk, iced desserts, gelato, sherbet, sorbet, shaved ice, bingsoo, rolled ice cream, frozen yogurt, popsicles, frozen fruit pops, custard...the possibilities are endless. No matter your dietary concerns, there is a frozen treat waiting for you. Don't deny yourself these treats year-round, you've earned it!