Ice Cream For All Seasons: Bi-Rite Creamery

by Emily Hsieh (S.F.)

My Saturday afternoon ritual: two scoops at Bi-Rite, followed by two laps around Dolores Park to walk it off (and people watch).

One of the best things about living in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood? The proliferation of incredible places to eat—from no-frills taquerias to intimate farm-to-table bistros to experimental gastro-molecular restaurants to hipster Chinese diners. My favorite (and most frequented) culinary hot spot in the neighborhood, though, is a little place called Bi-Rite Creamery.

A true artisanal ice cream shop, BRC is known for having a permanent queue that snakes down the block, filled with people just waiting for a couple of specially handcrafted scoops like salted caramel, honey lavender and roasted banana. And as much as I loathe lines, the stuff here is so good, it’s actually worth the wait (my current favorites are toasted coconut and coffee toffee—made with beans from another local gem, Ritual Roasters). Plus, let’s be real: any ice cream shop that keeps you coming back even in November has got to be good.