The Penny Ice Creamery

Ice Cream Shop · Downtown Santa Cruz
913 Cedar St (at Locust St.), Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
Closed until Noon (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
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  • ice cream
  • burnt cinnamon
  • devout stout
  • waffle cones
  • family-friendly
  • cozy
  • lively
  • authentic
  • casual
  • good service
  • great value
  • locally sourced food
  • trendy
  • candy
  • whiskey
  • good for a late night
  • roses
  • marshmallow fluff
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • Christe F.
    This place has good ice cream but there fresh mint is fresh mint warn you, and so it isn't appealing to most including me.... But they do have a very special topping- 'burnt' marshmallow topping
    Christe Farm · June 12, 2015
  • Kimberly S.
    I wanted to try all of the flavors of the day but ultimately decided on Salted Caramel Brownie in a waffle cone. While quite tasty, the ice cream was a bit icy and overly sweet for my taste.
    Kimberly S · August 14, 2014
  • Kylie
    My ice cream connoisseur friend says Penny is the best in the bay. Local ingredients, smooth and creamy consistency, and a constantly changing menu—what more could you ask for?
    Kylie · September 19, 2014
  • Randall N.
    The ice creams are fabulous, current favorites are the mint w/ cacao nib, the caramel, and the raspberry rose sorbet. The Earl Grey bon bon is superb as well.
    Randall Nacamuli · August 26, 2010
  • Todd G.
    Get anything with the marshmallow fluff topping--a marshmallow toasted over your ice cream with a butane torch. You'll pass out it's so good.
    Todd G. · May 4, 2014
  • Tan H.
    One of the best ice cream I have ever had! They have interesting flavors. Be sure to try samples and the crew is happy to help you!
    Tan Ha · November 11, 2012
  • Anna J.
    When you are in Santa Cruz don't miss Penny's ice-cream,had chocolate raspberry & mascarpone hazelnut scoops; yummy lick lick!
    Anna James · September 22, 2013
  • Tasting Table
    Get the mascarpone-kumquat ice cream and pair it with rich, dark chocolate sorbet. Elevate your order with a homemade waffle cone: Read more
    Tasting Table · May 16, 2012
  • Juna S.
    Flavors and style remind me of Bi-Rite though taste isn't quite up to par. Make sure to get a waffle cone - it is toasted goodness.
    Juna Song · July 15, 2012
  • Tamara M.
    Ask for a double kids scoop. It costs only a tiny bit more than a single but you get to pair two tasty flavors.
    Tamara Manik-Perlman · August 24, 2014
  • Tanya M.
    The earl grey is soooooo good, one scoop isn't enough. The flavor is light and the texture is amazing ☺️
    Tanya Mutz · April 19, 2014
  • Amber
    Good and yummy, but not kid friendly. No kid scoop and they won't let you spilt one scoop into two.
    Amber · October 23, 2011
  • Julia R.
    The olive oil chocolate sea salt ice cream paired with the freshly made house donuts. ERMERGARD.
    Julia Rhee · December 18, 2013
  • Eli B.
    While most of the original flavors seem promising, they are utterly emetic. Even the classic choices taste like baby vomit.
    Eli Block · June 1, 2011
  • Steve T.
    Always a treat learning about the new flavors. Had whiskey custard which I really enjoyed.
    Steve Trefethen · January 31, 2014
  • Chris H.
    Try the Burnt Cinnamon Icecream And Dark Chocolate Bonbons - Hand made ice cream . Omg
    Chris Husong · June 5, 2011
  • Taylor D.
    Strawberry ice cream was delicious and their cones are very tasteful
    Taylor Danecoyote · August 25, 2015
  • Christian H.
    Fantastic house made ice cream joint. Burned marshmallow fluff as a topping!
    Christian Herman · October 19, 2013
  • Brenna G.
    They're happy to give you a taste of any (or all!) of their flavors, so give the "weird" flavors a try. You're likely to be surprised.
    Brenna G · March 20, 2011
  • Ninon ™.
    Fresh ice cream, new flavors all the time. Tahitian vanilla bean is A+++ 💯
    Ninon ™ · August 23, 2014
  • Grace S.
    Candy Cap mushroom ice cream in this cone is the best thing I've eaten
    Grace S. · February 8
  • Drew T.
    Wow. All fresh made using local ingredients. Definitely worth a visit! Read more
    Drew Tipton · October 4, 2011
  • Allen
    Earl of grey is great as are the other flavor so tried.
    Allen · April 23
  • luke o.
    Don't get the bon bons. Stick with ice cream cones. Bon bons are tiny and not very good.
    luke otterstad · 3 weeks ago
  • Al B.
    Excellent Earl Grey ice cream here...when it's available :P
    Al B. · August 3, 2015
  • mikey
    Tuesday and Thursdays between 4 and 6, get a second single scoop for one penny
    mikey · February 21, 2011
  • FiveStars
    Use your FiveStars card and get 1 free ice cream. Ask for a card if you don't have yours already
    FiveStars · May 30, 2012
  • Israel K.
    Raspberry gingerbread ice cream. Crazy flavor. Great little ice cream place.
    Israel Klein · August 21, 2014
  • Smjerina
    Yum is the word! Today the blackberry corn and burnt cinnamon were the fav's.
    Smjerina · August 12, 2011
  • whitney b.
    Flavors change daily! Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to get the scoop! Read more
    whitney b · July 18, 2011
  • Jeff B.
    Try the mint chocolate chip. It's made with actual mint leaves.
    Jeff Bowen · May 8, 2015
  • Peter A.
    Have no fear. Try any flavor. It's all good!
    Peter Allen · May 5, 2012
  • Julie T H.
    The chocolate sorbet has a huge cocoa kick!
    Julie T Hooton · June 10, 2013
  • Gina
    Get the marshmallow fluff on your ice cream.
    Gina · July 30, 2015
  • Dan B.
    Very good. Waffle cone was the best!!!
    Dan Broersma · July 30, 2013
  • Darin S.
    Best ice cream ever. Try the marshmallow fluff
    Darin Smith · September 2, 2011
  • Danielle O.
    Verve coffee-chocolate-pecan ice cream - uber tasty!
    Danielle Olsen · November 3, 2013
  • Corinne K.
    Burnt cinnamon is heaven on a spoon.
    Corinne Keuper · April 9, 2013
  • Taylor
    Santa Cruz mountain brewing devout stout in ice-cream form? Uh-mazing.
    Taylor · September 11, 2010
  • kumi m.
    Devout stout. Wow. I don't even like beer! Yummy yummy yum me!
    kumi monster · February 22, 2014
  • James M.
    rotating, uniquely flavored ice cream
    James Miao · January 8
  • Zoé B.
    Try the toasted marshmallow fluff!
    Zoé Becquart · May 25, 2014
  • Ian H.
    Toasted marshmallow fluff topping is epic.
    Ian Hsu · October 1, 2011
  • michael t.
    Pink peppercorn and bitter caramel ftw!
    michael toews · October 27, 2011
  • kumi m.
    Marshmallow fluff on everything!!!
    kumi monster · February 22, 2014
  • Kell D.
    Bitter caramel. OMG!
    Kell Delaney · April 29
  • David R.
    Salted. Pretzel. Milkshake.
    David Ruiz · May 14, 2012
  • Natasha T.
    Burnt Caramel Ice Cream
    Natasha T · August 17, 2014
  • Dave E.
    Ice cream is great
    Dave Eyler · September 23, 2015
  • Patrick F.
    White chocolate raspberry
    Patrick Fung · August 11, 2014
  • MC
    Strawberry peppercorn!
    MC · September 11, 2010
    We're back!!
    LASTAZTEK · August 17, 2014
  • MC
    Bon Bons! Nice...
    MC · October 27, 2010
  • Catherine L.
    Bon bons!!
    Catherine Liu · June 29, 2012

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