It just makes sense that ‘America’s Finest City’ loves its ice cream, a truly fine American dessert.

Though a few cities report slightly higher total consumption and sales of frozen treats, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and nearby Long Beach, San Diego is no slouch.

It makes sense: the city has great scenery and plenty of warm days, which are two essential ingredients that make it easy to want to go get something cool, sweet and refreshing that the whole family can enjoy.

Even better, the city has some enjoyable places to go get ice cream, which can be part of the experience too. Although there are certainly various national chain ice cream shops that offer the same flavors wherever you go, there are several unique San Diego stops that are worth checking out, whether you’ve lived in the region for

and see different years or are only here visiting for a few days.

Maybe you’ll find one you’ll enjoy returning to over and over and trying different flavor and topping combos. Or maybe it can be fun to visit different shops parts of the community.

Some local favorites include: