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The Penny Ice Creamery

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913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Stockholm, Sweden
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was recommended this place for its local crafted organic ice creams and it did not disappoint! They only have a few flavors, but it's actually quite hard to choose since all of them are super original and delicious - the staff there was super nice and let us try quite some before making up our mind. I've come back... More 

Thank Elena_MQZ
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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119 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kids enjoyed the ice creams but we did not find the outstanding flavours we were expecting. The blueberry and chocolate sorbets were very good and not too sweet which is sometimes an issue with sorbets. On the other hand, the hazelnut and salted caramel and Tahitian vanilla did not have the distinct flavours we expected and at times we had... More 

San Francisco, California
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by here and there was a line right out of the door. They had a lot of different flavors but I got the rocky road and with the flush on top. It was delicious. Will definitely be back.

Thank hungryhipp0s4
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small ice creamery. Not your typical flavors...really just for these that are willing to try something new. My young children were only willing to try the chocolate. The other flavors were just too unique. Very simple, small scoop in a cone. The Ice cream was VERY rich. Some of the kids tried the toasted marshmallow fluff. It was almost too... More 

Thank brazm0m
Jensen Beach, Florida
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Stopped in after dinner for some ice cream. Was recommended by a friend who lives in Santa Cruz. It is locally sources and organic. Different flavors all the time with fresh fruits and ingredients. We loved it. If they have the lemon poppyseed, get it. $4 for a single scoop including a in-house made waffle cone. Wonderful.

Thank BTDavey
Santa Cruz, California
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Want fresh, local, and desire something different the next time you have an ice cream craving? Give The Penny Ice Creamery a try. Their ice cream flavors change seasonally with seasonal fruits and ingredients. Yesterday, I had a wonderful and remarkably smooth apricot sorbet. The lactose-free bittersweet chocolate sorbet (a standard) is creamier than one might expect of a sorbet.... More 

Thank Radrap
Oakland, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

The wacky flavors are perfect! I particularly like the chocolate covered potato chip ice cream with the toasted marshmallow fluff. The people are super fun and friendly and will let you try everything and anything till you make up your mind.

Thank partymember101
Nelson, New Zealand
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183 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Ducked in here for an ice cream on our way back to our Hostel after eating at Pono Hawaiian Grill. Amazing selection of ice cream and desserts great flavours and there were lots of people here so very popular with the locals (always a good sign).

Thank kiwisolargal
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We came out of Planet Fresh for dinner and saw a line hanging out into the street from this place. Curious as to what was going on (we were from out of town) we walked up to see. What a pleasant surprise and great for dessert too. Homemade, with fresh ingredients and wonderfully creative flavour ice creams and wafers. WE... More 

Thank andybrettle2016
Thousand Oaks, California, USA
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

The Penny Ice Creamery is the only ice cream store in Santa Cruz that makes every one of the flavored onsite. They use 100% organic local ingredients and seasonal fruits and spices so the menu changes with the seasons. They chef will combine local flavor a to create unique and delicious ice cream flavors that are fun to taste (you... More 

Thank Mary M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-204-2523
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?