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Best Ice Cream Shops in Mid-Market

June 12, 2017

Whether you’re planning to cap a great date, or indulging in a Sunday afternoon cone with a side of people watching, enjoying ice cream could easily be considered an American pastime. Here’s a few different ways to have it, all within a mile of  Trinity Place.


Smitten Ice Cream .6 miles from Trinity Place

Smitten Ice Cream SF

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Robin Sue’s patented Brrr machine churns your ice cream to order. Whipping up four flavors from this flagship outpost, located inside a shipping container at the Proxy event space on Octavia Street. You can take a variety of routes to get there, either along Market or through the Civic Center plazas. Either way you turn it’ll take just 14 minutes. Great people watching in the pocket park, where you’ll find art installations, not to mention the beer garden on the other side. This description says it all.


Ghirardelli Chocolate on Montgomery 1 mile from Trinity Place

Ghirardelli Ice Cream SF

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To honor tradition, why not go old school? You don’t have to go far to conjure a classic. Though it certainly isn’t the same as the historic birthplace at Pier 39, the New Montgomery Ghirardelli Chocolate locations makes a mean glass-cup Sunday with the cherry on top. Classic. Views on new Montgomery architecture conjure history. An easy walk one-mile walk down Market Street, or a brief two stops on Muni/BART.


Chantal Guillon’s Macarons on Howard Street, .4 miles from Trinity Place

Chantal Macaroons SF

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We’re sneaking this one in. Though it’s technically not an ice cream shop, in the spirit of sweet, we just can’t resist. Chantal Guillon’s Macarons perfectly balance chewy, sweet, dense, and fluff to make every bite luscious and light. Begun in a chic Hayes Valley boutique, their SoMa outlet, just blocks from Trinity Place offers gelato with macaron shells. Bonus, all of their macarons are made in the SoMa location. So they don’t get fresher than that. It’s not cheap, but divinity can be pricey.  Put this one in the bank for special occasions, from dates to thanking VIPs, they deliver.


Bonus: You can find frozen yogurt at the Westfield mall, visit the market for such elusive and exclusive options like Humphrey Slocombe.


Trinity Place is conveniently located near bustling downtown and adjacent to transit that can get you anywhere in San Francisco with ease. Trinity offers studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments in San Francisco. Learn more about Trinity Place today.

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