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Humphry Slocombe

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
375 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • Blue Bottle coffee
  • Vietnamese coffee
  • jesus juice
  • bourbon
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 25, 2014
    Hard to go wrong at this ice cream spot known for its inventive flavors, but Vietnamese Coffee and Secret Breakfast are two menu staples for a reason. Sundaes are worth the splurge.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Everyone seems to try the famous Secret Breakfast flavor, which has bourbon and cornflakes, but I like a combo of Vietnamese Blue Bottle Coffee and Dulce de Leche if you can get it. Read more
  • Peter
    PeterJune 1, 2015
    ice cream was delicious - besides the classic chocolate mango/carrot was a nice change. Huge scoops but for $4 for one and $6 incl tax for two one should expect that. even trying before ordering is ok
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuOctober 28, 2012
    I still like the secret breakfast and blue bottle Vietnamese iced coffee best, but make sure to ask to taste (peanut butter curry, olive oil, and malted milk chocolate) :)
    Upvoted Aug 18
  • May L.
    May LeeAugust 1
    you can basically try every taste that you want - personal favourite is always black sesame!! Blue bottle Vietnamese coffee is also a good one if you like really, really rich coffee flavour
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    Humphry Slocombe has earned the right to it's quirky flavors because they’re actually good. Really good. Like, kill-the-guy-before-you-in-line good. Read more
  • Jean U.
    Jean UmelApril 13, 2013
    I know everyone goes for the secret breakfast, but I'm more traditional so I like the Tahitian Vanilla and Much better Pecan it's smooth and creamy at the same time. Try it out you won't regret it.
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WilsonJune 22, 2014
    Humphry Slocombe boasts beet, foie gras and cheese ice cream, among others. The prosciutto ice cream, studded with salted pig steeped in milk with fennel seeds and black pepper, is a local favourite. Read more
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 9, 2014
    Secret breakfast seems to be the most popular but my vote goes to the blue bottle vietnamese coffee flavor. Has lots of more exotic flavors too!
  • Sahar A.
    Sahar ANovember 18, 2016
    So many great flavors! Try Harvey Milk + Honey Graham, Horchata Rose, Pumpkin Nut, and Dark Chocolate Smoked Sea Salt. Even their Tahitian Vanilla is delicious. Basically you can't go wrong.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoApril 13, 2014
    Everyone raves about the Secret Breakfast (bourbon and cornflakes), but the true winners here are Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee and Harvey Milk (honey and honey grahams). Creamy delights.
  • Chloé M.
    Chloé MayerMarch 23, 2013
    this place is the bomb - and there's never a line like at Bi-Rite. Worth the out of the way trip to this corner of the Mission. If they have the prosciutto ice cream....GET IT.
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    We love the innovative flavors but we also love that we can stroll down to the Ferry Building location when we’re staying downtown. We’re currently obsessed with the Hot Toddy Sunday.
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkAugust 15, 2016
    Here's Your Damn Strawberry! Just one of the top class ice cream flavours available here. Blue Bottle Vietnamese, Secret Breakfast, and the McEvoy Olive Oil are also super tasty!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMarch 12
    Happy to let you taste as many flavors as you like -- and they offer a half scoop if you just need a taste. Secret breakfast and The Bakers way were two solid options
  • travel4food
    travel4foodMarch 21, 2015
    Great funky ice cream flavors. Yes, that's what they're known for. What surprised me was the deft had at balance. Great job guys.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    Mind-blowingly good ice gream. The chocolate smoked sea salt flavor may sound bizarre, but the combination of the rich chocolate with salt creates an explosion in the mouth!
  • Kylie
    KylieSeptember 19, 2014
    Either the darling or the dud of the Mission, depending on who you ask. Pretentious ice cream people will say Bi-Rite has better texture / consistency; non-pretentious will love the funky flavors.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron McLeanSeptember 12, 2013
    Secret breakfast and black sesame were both amazing. Grab a coffee from the place next door to drink with your ice cream! Best coffee I've had in awhile too!
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 16, 2012
    You can't go past the Vietnamese iced coffee ice cream. Or any of the other flavours, for that matter. Or the fact that each scoop is the size of a prize-winning pumpkin.
  • Zakk D.
    Zakk DeVineJune 10, 2013
    The Secret Breakfast is out of this world. sweet and savory and salty all at once. Amazingly surprising flavor, I should have gotten a bigger scoop!
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenMarch 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee is my new favorite. And their vanilla flavor is the best among all vanilla flavors I've ever had in any ice cream.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksOctober 31, 2014
    New York can keep its cronuts. San Franciscans have Humphry Slocombe's duck fat pecan pie sundaes. They've been doing them at the 24th St location, but now they're available at the Ferry Building. Read more
  • Square, Inc.
    Square, Inc.December 14, 2012
    Order the Secret Breakfast and pay at the counter with Square Wallet!
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsOctober 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you try two flavors, go with the Secret Breakfast and Malt Chocolate. They don't split a single scoop so just get a double and be happy.
  • shalzers M.
    shalzers McGeeJune 6, 2014
    Can't decide between Secret Breakfast & Chocolate Smoked Seasalt? You don't have to! They sell 1/2 & 1/2 pints.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BremmerJuly 16, 2013
    They're ferociously inconsistent. One bite is the most amazing thing you've ever had (secret breakfast, lime basil) to downright amateur (every other sorbet).
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NatividadApril 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One scoop each of Secret Breakfast and Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee. (But be sure to first try a few samples of other flavors!)
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AndersonApril 7, 2014
    Fact: it's perfectly acceptable to visit Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphry Slocombe in one afternoon because the walk between them is uphill both ways.
  • Karla
    KarlaAugust 17, 2014
    It's all good. The line is long because everyone tried flavors before buying. So get on the bandwagon and don't feel bad about doing the same thing.
  • Meri's Food
    Meri's FoodAugust 6
    Been here 10+ times
    Spectacular ice cream place to discover new flavors. Love the classics, Secret Breakfast and Vietnamese Coffee. Recommended by Ferran Adrià.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 30, 2014
    This place serves the best ice cream in SF. Nothing beats Secret Breakfast! And yeah, I've been to Bi-Rite, Smitten, Mitchell's and Mr. and Mrs. (My life's dream is to develop Type II diabetes)
  • Jose P.
    Ice cream and sorbet is the deal here, just a few flavors but some of them really good. Ask for a sample before choosing yours!
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    Everything is good, but the Secret Breakfast is above and beyond. Bourbon ice cream with corn flakes in it? Sign me up. - Kellie, Community Manager
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMarch 20, 2015
    Went for their secret breakfast flavor. At the beginning it wasn't too impressive but later on the cornflake really is working well with the bourbon and vanilla. 4dollar 1 scope
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 9, 2015
    Very adventurous and unique flavors. So hit & miss. But high quality, even in SF, they'll b the top 5 quality ice cream shop.
  • Luka
    LukaFebruary 6, 2015
    Everybody knows this ice cream parlor — flovors differ from vanilla to prosciutto. Get Secret Breakfast ($11.84), it's to die for Read more
  • Jake K.
    Jake KaufmanSeptember 15, 2015
    Make sure to get experimental and try some unusual flavors. The peanut butter curry or salt and pepper are great.
  • Tobias S.
    Tobias Schmidt6 days ago
    Had the Vietnamese coffee & Harvey Milk and both were so good I find it hard to imagine I would have been disappointed by any of the other flavors
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Alexa (@ladylexy) AndrzejewskiAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Harvey Milk & Graham Cracker - Kind of like Three Twins Land of Milk and Honey... But with graham crackers! And a bit richer, too.
  • Anjuli B.
    Anjuli BernsteinMarch 18, 2016
    Elvis Ice cream is the jam! Though, I wish their spoons were a little smaller... they're the compostable ones and the edges are a bit sharp.
  • Eli R.
    Eli ReyesJune 15, 2010
    Shorter lines than Bi-Rite and the ice cream flavors are so different. Try the Secret Breakfast (Bourbon and Corn Flakes) and the Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee - those are a MUST!
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Alexa (@ladylexy) AndrzejewskiFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the candy cap mushroom ice cream - Yes yes yes yes yes! It's back! Candy cap mushrooms are truly a miracle of nature. (They're the ones that taste like maple syrup!)
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AizussJune 28, 2015
    Harvey Milk and Honey Graham! I got it on a cone, and it's one of the better non-waffle cones I've had.
  • David C.
    David ChanMarch 6, 2012
    Nice girl who works there named Chelsea! Get the secret breakfast flavor! U can get scoops in a bowl with the sugar cone!
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PaiceJanuary 12, 2012
    You can ask to taste everything behind the counter, but the Secret Breakfast is far and away the best. Distant second? Salted caramel.
  • Nishant T.
    Nishant TotlaOctober 3, 2016
    Secret breakfast is the most popular flavor and worth the hype. The Vietnamese blue bottle coffee flavor is really good too.
  • Minyi S.
    Minyi ShihJanuary 1, 2013
    Combine Secret Breakfast (bourbon w/cornflakes) & Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavors to get the perfect cup!
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadSeptember 30, 2012
    Order the brown sugar fennel along with the secret breakfast. The combo of bourbon, cornflakes and brown sugar is delicious
  • Cooking Channel
    Cooking ChannelMarch 23, 2011
    The prosciutto ice cream is imbued with the flavor of pork, but it’s completely smooth and lucid and wonderful. - Mike Thelin, Unique Eats
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Andrew's pick, due to experimental flavors. I don't like it here. I think the flavors are heavyhanded, like a Zoe Deschanel hipster who is like, "Oh my god, you guys, I'm so quirky!"
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJune 10, 2016
    Secret Breakfast, of course, but try samples of a couple other flavors so you know what to get next time!
  • Iveylee T.
    Iveylee TrumpMay 25, 2012
    Gotta say the "spotted dick" (banana bread with raisins) is number 1 for me! Sooo creamy where as the others are a lil more icy.
  • m d.
    m dJuly 4, 2016
    I strongly recommend to come here. If you like ice cream. Flavors are unique and terribly great.
  • Ms M.
    Ms MarianneJuly 27, 2013
    Well worth the wait in line! Free samples & friendly staff. Excellent quality ice cream.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaggioMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Secret Breakfast, Maple Walnut or Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavor. Can't go wrong.
  • Karla D.
    Karla Donjuan3 weeks ago
    You can try as many as you want! Secret breakfast and strawberry my favorites!
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The tasting spoons make a better ice cream utensil than the compostable ones. 🍦
  • Ellen C
    Ellen CSeptember 9, 2012
    The secret breakfast (bourbon with corn flakes) and blue bottle Vietnamese coffee are a great combo.
  • David S.
    David StrasserOctober 20, 2014
    Best ice cream in the Mission? Probably. Harvey Milk and the Viet coffee are winners.
  • Jazmín G.
    Jazmín GarzaSeptember 2, 2013
    They have extravagant yummy flavors, all very tasty. You can get free samples! ;)
  • Zipcar
    ZipcarJune 6, 2011
    Take a walking tour of the Mission and explore the city. Our only rule? Make sure to stop off at Humphry Slocombe and grab a scoop of “Secret Breakfast.”
  • Ksenya S.
    Ksenya SamarskayaDecember 1, 2012
    Their breakfast or brunch ice cream… whichever one it is that has bourbon & corn flakes in it.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PolettoMay 26, 2014
    Hands down the most interesting ice cream shop in San Francisco. Go for the "Secret Breakfast."
    savoryexposure.comAugust 17, 2011
    Blue Bottle Coffee occasionally combines HS secret breakfast with their espresso for a delicious affogato. Get a pint to go and do the same.
  • Ian M.
    Ian MarkowitzAugust 23, 2011
    take advantage of the samples and try some flavors you would never typically order (salt and pepper, olive oil, etc.)
    USA TODAYNovember 22, 2010
    At Humphrey Slocombe, organic milk and seasonal flavors are used. For winter, try the pumpkin five spice, which tastes like pumpkin pie. Read more
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BOctober 11, 2011
    I wanted to love this place but I'm all about Bi-Rite! The ice creams here have a distinct buttery aftertaste. Not my fav but the breakfast flavor was tasty.
  • Denise "Niecee" G.
    Denise "Niecee" GarcianoFebruary 18, 2013
    Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee & Sweet Breakfast Bourbon Cornflake flavors will have you sayin OH MY GAWD!!!
  • Rami A.
    Rami AntounMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Secret Breakfast might be the best ice cream flavor i've ever had. Only downside is you can't get multiple flavors in 1 cup/cone
  • m d.
    m dAugust 7, 2016
    I would say I like ice cream here the best in San Francisco.
  • Ally M.
    Ally MSeptember 26, 2015
    You HAVE to try the honey and graham cracker flavor! AMAZING
  • Karen H.
    Karen Huang6 days ago
    Kinda over-rated. The flavours are too subtle and too milky. I really really prefer Bi-rite!
  • Elizaveta T.
    Elizaveta T.January 25, 2015
    Blue bottle ice cream is awesome. Second best after Smitten ice cream.
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineAugust 22, 2012
    Most fantastic flavor: Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee. So classic, so intense.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the secret breakfast and pretty much any of their other interested flavor combinations.
  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmJuly 31
    I had the peanut butter ice cream with bananas and it was splendid!!!
  • Amy C.
    Amy CaoFebruary 5, 2012
    Try the Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream - Creamier than you can imagine.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 14, 2012
    Try the Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream - At the Super Duper Market in NYC
  • Emily C.
    Emily CJune 10, 2013
    Proscuitto Ice Cream on Best Thing I Ever Ate. Secret Breakfast & Vietnamese Blue Bottle Coffee liked by popular choice
  • Tracy A.
    Tracy ArthurAugust 10, 2013
    Friendly staff, yummy ice cream and all the tastes you want!
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanJuly 26, 2011
    everyone raves about the secret breakfast but the real mccoy is the sweet summer corn. it's like biting into corn on the cob which sounds wrong but is so right. trust.
  • Rose A.
    Rose AlvarezNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the Chocolate Smoked Sea Salt, Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, Fat Elvis and the Duck Fat Pecan Pie
  • Nick
    NickApril 10, 2012
    Try the Rum Raisin Ice Cream - Lots of rum, lots of raisin - all good
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HongJanuary 4, 2016
    Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee... Best coffee ice cream I've ever had!
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.August 12, 2013
    Secret breakfast: bourbon ice cream with corn flakes)
  • Charlene N.
    They will top your ice cream with olive oil and salt. I am obsessed.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJune 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The secret breakfast is my favorite ice cream flavor in the world - so good.
  • Annie P.
    Annie ParkSeptember 17, 2016
    Secret breakfast is the first choice if it's your first time here.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AizussSeptember 14, 2015
    My favorite flavor is Harvey Milk. They also have good cones
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgNovember 30, 2014
    Blue bottle Vietnamese coffee ice cream. Period.
  • Atticus L.
    Atticus LJuly 7, 2012
    Try the Secret Breakfast Ice Cream - Bourbon ice cream and corn flakes
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕October 17, 2016
    They have some unique flavors. Pricey, but worth it.
  • Lawrence G.
    Lawrence GordonMay 23, 2011
    Secret Breakfast flavor is not to be missed. Get there early enough in the day before their supply runs out! Read more
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰October 1, 2012
    Get the black sesame and oolong flavors while you can! Otherwise: secret breakfast
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiFebruary 21, 2013
    Secret breakfast is one of the most brilliant ice cream flavors ever concocted.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZhaoJanuary 21
    Secret Breakfast was pretty good. Oolong was also surprisingly good.
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanMay 6, 2013
    Secret Breakfast : Sweet vanilla ice cream with a touch of warm bourbon and dotted w/ crunchy bunches of cornflakes.
  • Nisha M.
    Nisha MenezesAugust 3, 2013
    OMG Kasa gave them their chai recipe & Slocombe turned it into CHAI ICE CREAM!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouNovember 17, 2012
    good variety of ALL THE UNIMAGINATIVE IDEAS YOU COULD come up with. nice. ;)
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