The Penny Ice Creamery

Ice Cream Shop · Downtown Santa Cruz
913 Cedar St (at Locust St.), Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
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    Chris H.
    "Burnt Cinnamon Icecream And Dark Chocolate Bonbons"(3 Tips)
    "Santa Cruz mountain brewing devout stout in ice-cream form?"(2 Tips)
    Dan B.
    "Waffle cone was the best!!!"(4 Tips)
    Tasting Table
    "dark chocolate sorbet."(2 Tips)
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  • ice cream
  • burnt cinnamon
  • devout stout
  • sorbet
  • waffle cones
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • cozy
  • lively
  • good service
  • great value
  • locally sourced food
  • trendy
  • casual
  • candy
  • whiskey
  • roses
  • chocolate
  • marshmallow fluff
  • coffee
  • Grace S.

    Candy Cap mushroom ice cream in this cone is the best thing I've eaten

    Grace S. · 3 days ago
  • James M.

    rotating, uniquely flavored ice cream

    James Miao · January 8
  • Dave E.

    Ice cream is great

    Dave Eyler · September 23, 2015
  • Taylor D.

    Strawberry ice cream was delicious and their cones are very tasteful

    Taylor Danecoyote · August 25, 2015
  • Al B.

    Excellent Earl Grey ice cream here...when it's available :P

    Al B. · August 3, 2015
  • Gina

    Get the marshmallow fluff on your ice cream.

    Gina · July 30, 2015
  • 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
  • Jeff B.

    Try the mint chocolate chip. It's made with actual mint leaves.

    Jeff Bowen · May 8, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ninon ™.

    Fresh ice cream, new flavors all the time. Tahitian vanilla bean is A+++ 💯

    Ninon ™ · August 23, 2014
  • Israel K.

    Raspberry gingerbread ice cream. Crazy flavor. Great little ice cream place.

    Israel Klein · August 21, 2014

    We're back!!

    LASTAZTEK · August 17, 2014
  • Natasha T.

    Burnt Caramel Ice Cream

    Natasha T · August 17, 2014
  • 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
  • Patrick F.

    White chocolate raspberry

    Patrick Fung · August 11, 2014
  • Zoé B.

    Try the toasted marshmallow fluff!

    Zoé Becquart · May 25, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • kumi m.

    Marshmallow fluff on everything!!!

    kumi monster · February 22, 2014
  • kumi m.

    Devout stout. Wow. I don't even like beer! Yummy yummy yum me!

    kumi monster · February 22, 2014
  • Steve T.

    Always a treat learning about the new flavors. Had whiskey custard which I really enjoyed.

    Steve Trefethen · January 31, 2014
  • Julia R.

    The olive oil chocolate sea salt ice cream paired with the freshly made house donuts. ERMERGARD.

    Julia Rhee · December 18, 2013
  • Danielle O.

    Verve coffee-chocolate-pecan ice cream - uber tasty!

    Danielle Olsen · November 3, 2013
  • Christian H.

    Fantastic house made ice cream joint. Burned marshmallow fluff as a topping!

    Christian Herman · October 19, 2013
  • 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
  • Dan B.

    Very good. Waffle cone was the best!!!

    Dan Broersma · July 30, 2013
  • Julie T H.

    The chocolate sorbet has a huge cocoa kick!

    Julie T Hooton · June 10, 2013
  • Corinne K.

    Burnt cinnamon is heaven on a spoon.

    Corinne Keuper · April 9, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • David R.

    Salted. Pretzel. Milkshake.

    David Ruiz · May 14, 2012
  • Peter A.

    Have no fear. Try any flavor. It's all good!

    Peter Allen · May 5, 2012
  • michael t.

    Pink peppercorn and bitter caramel ftw!

    michael toews · October 27, 2011
  • 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
  • Drew T.

    Wow. All fresh made using local ingredients. Definitely worth a visit! Read more

    Drew Tipton · October 4, 2011
  • Ian H.

    Toasted marshmallow fluff topping is epic.

    Ian Hsu · October 1, 2011
  • Darin S.

    Best ice cream ever. Try the marshmallow fluff

    Darin Smith · September 2, 2011
  • 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
  • Chris H.

    Try the Burnt Cinnamon Icecream And Dark Chocolate Bonbons - Hand made ice cream . Omg

    Chris Husong · June 5, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • mikey

    Tuesday and Thursdays between 4 and 6, get a second single scoop for one penny

    mikey · February 21, 2011
  • Taylor

    Santa Cruz mountain brewing devout stout in ice-cream form? Uh-mazing.

    Taylor · September 11, 2010
  • MC

    Strawberry peppercorn!

    MC · September 11, 2010
  • 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
  • Catherine L.

    Bon bons!!

    Catherine Liu · June 29, 2012

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