Berkeley Gets a Sweet, Hipster Treat: Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

If you’re looking for a unique ice cream experience in the East Bay, Humphry Slocombe is a tasty place to go. A longtime San Francisco resident once described Humphry Slocombe to me as a “hipster ice cream place,” and that’s about right.

This hipster ice cream store, which started as a Mission District favorite in San Francisco, recently opened a location on College Avenue in Berkeley. I visited for the Bay Area Telegraph to check it out.

Humphry Slocombe in Berkeley

The small storefront has a chalkboard featuring the flavors of the day, and Humphry Slocombe definitely doesn’t offer the same flavors you’d find at a Baskin Robbins or Loards.

Flavors at Humphry Slocombe

Flavors like Secret Breakfast (bourbon with cornflakes) and Nutella Hazelnut Brittle make Humphry Slocombe a treat for adults, while kids can still enjoy the classic flavors like Tahitian Vanilla and Chocolate Malt with Rainbow Sprinkles.

They even offer an ice cream called Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries for a unique twist on an old favorite.

I had a single scoop of the Nutella Hazlenut Brittle flavor, which was delicious. Their ice cream has strong, pronounced flavors and is less sweet than the kid-oriented stuff you find at the supermarket. The salty chunks of brittle were a nice addition, too.

Nutella with Hazelnut Brittle

What You Can Get

Humphry Slocombe offers scoops, cups, and basic toppings. You can also find select flavors in pints at Bay Area grocery stores and Local Kitchens.

If you’re looking for a cool treat on a hot day, or a unique ice cream experience, Humphry Slocombe is a great addition to College Avenue. Stop by and try it out!


2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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