The year was 1978 when Ben & Jerry’s burst on the scene, an explosion of flavor in a premium ice cream made by two childhood friends up in the rural hills of Vermont.
What brightens your day? Ben & Jerry’s chocolate or the vanilla caramel fudge? May we suggest, when in San Francisco, it’s appropriate to ask for Cherry Garcia® which is named for our native son, Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist of The Grateful Dead who hailed from Haight Ashbury.
Ben & Jerry’s say that their vanilla with cherries and fudge flakes is the first ice cream named for a rock legend and the most famous of all the flavors suggested by fans. Introduced in 1987, Cherry Garcia® scores high on the chunkometer and even has its own street named after it in Burlington, Vermont.
Today, the scoop shops are locally owned and operated. In San Francisco, three locations are handy for visitors and residents alike. Find Ben & Jerry’s at Union Square and two locations at Fisherman’s Wharf.
At Macy’s Department Store facing Union Square, the food court is located on the lower ground floor. Ben & Jerry’s serves chocolate, strawberry and vanilla plus more than 30 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet from here, as well as sundaes, smoothies and shakes. Such tough choices! Make a selection to gobble up on the spot or request takeaway. Then, watch the world and the cable cars pass by, sitting in the sun beside the Union Square palm trees.
Down by the sparkling water of San Francisco Bay at Pier 41, there are views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39. All that sightseeing works up a taste for a cone or a cup of something cold and delicious. There are nearly two dozen flavors of Greek frozen yogurt, sorbet and ice cream, including famous flavors such as Chunky Monkey®, Phish Food® and Triple Caramel Chunk® at Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop, plus sundaes, shakes and smoothies.
Phone: (415) 263-7239Address:
170 O'Farrell St. Macy's Basement
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 484-5690Address:
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 567-5873Address:
475 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, CA 94109