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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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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 30 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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182 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 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
San Antonio, Texas
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282 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I consider myself a bit of a handmade ice cream conesseiur. Upon walking up, it is a small, cute storefront, with people lined up outside (a good sign). They are not stingy with their tasting, which is a good thing as they have many interesting flavors. It seems as though, however, it is the toppings (homemade? marshmallow fluff, etc.) that... More 

Thank thefamilythattravels
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

This is the best I've cream ever. I had chocolate sorbet but it tasted like creamy I've cream. It was a dark chocolate and so good. Don't miss!

Thank sehbrook
Turlock, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

This ice cream shop offers some of the best ice cream you've ever tasted, in some very interesting and unexpected flavors. The ice cream is made from scratch with locally sourced organic ingredients. The ice cream itself really reminded me of when my mother made homemade ice cream in the summer - with flavors that tasted like they were made... More 

Thank Josiah J

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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?