Where to Find the Best Sausalito Ice Cream

Looking for the best Sausalito ice cream money can buy? Discover three of the best dessert spots in this charming seaside town.

By Leila N’Amara

variety of ice cream cones

Just north of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge, you will find the beautiful seaside town of Sausalito. Just a few minutes outside the city limits of San Francisco, Sausalito is a quintessential part of the San Francisco experience and a perfect quick escape from the hustle of the city.

This charming village has become a favorite lunch stop for many San Francisco tours, including Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods and Bike the Bridge & Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour.

There are many things to do in Sausalito, including shopping at the local boutiques, grabbing a bite at one of the many Sausalito lunch spots, admiring the beauty of the Sausalito waterfront, and visiting some of the best dessert spots in the Bay Area, specifically the ice cream shops. Sausalito is known for some of the creamiest, most delicious ice cream around. Indulge in both classic and unique flavors.

Whether you’re on a Sausalito day trip or just stopping for some quick exploration, here is where you will find the best ice cream in Sausalito.

Lappert’s Ice Cream

Lappert’s Ice Cream is known for inventive flavors inspired by a tropical Hawaiian paradise. Located in the heart of downtown Sausalito, you don’t need to walk far to find this treat. They offer unique flavors from around the world, like Nuku Hiva, a blend of coconut-pineapple ice cream, brownie pieces, and raspberry sorbet.

Lappert’s ice cream is the smoothest, richest tasting ice cream around. Be sure to stop by their shop and indulge in this fantastic Sausalito ice cream.


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Sausalito Gelato and Chocolate

If you’re craving something sweet, Sausalito Gelato and Chocolate will not disappoint. No matter what you have a hankering for, the local chocolate creations or creamy Italian ice cream are sure to hit the spot. This Sausalito sweet shop is located right next to the Sausalito ferry. Which makes it the perfect last stop before taking the ferry back to the city.

Sausalito Bakery and Cafe

Is it too much to enjoy a warm, fresh pastry with your cool, creamy ice cream? We don’t think so. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream and whatever other sweets catch your eye at the Sausalito Bakery and Cafe. This charming cafe is in the heart of downtown. And it has a perfect waterfront view allowing its guests to see the Bay.

It has a classic outdoor cafe-style ambiance and adorable homey atmosphere. We wouldn’t be surprised if you spent a bit more time at the Sausalito Bakery and Cafe than you planned.

Things to Do in Sausalito

While enjoying some tasty Sausalito ice cream is well worth the day trip to the village, there is so much more to Sausalito you can enjoy. From local events to nature reserves, make the most of your time in the area with several fun Sausalito activities.

Explore The Food Scene

Over the years, desserts have built up quite a reputation in Sausalito. We recommend everyone who visits the Bay Area explore the food scene here. It’s the perfect place for foodies to enjoy a self-guided tour of amazing eateries because everything is within walking distance! Take a stroll along the boardwalk and stop in any restaurant that catches your eye along the way.

Take the Ferry

When tourists ask us what to do in Sausalito, one of our favorite things to recommend is taking a ferry from Sausalito to SF or vice-versa. This peaceful ride will allow you to see some of the best views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Bay.

waterfront view of sausalito

Shop Along the Waterfront

There is no shortage of sweet local boutiques, shops, and stores to peruse and support. With several local artists creating amazing clothes, decor, and other beautiful trinkets, you’re sure to find your loved ones (or yourself) the perfect souvenir. Sausalito is very inviting with its warm charm and landscape of picture-perfect, pastel-colored, old Victorian buildings. Stroll up and down the streets popping into some of the trendy boutiques and art galleries.

Before you leave town to go back to the city, continue on to Muir Woods, or wherever your travels take you, why not stop in for one last cone before you go? You can never really have too much ice cream, after all.

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