Marianne's Ice Cream is a local favorite serving up 105 flavors of the tastiest homemade ice cream in Santa Cruz since 1947 – some of which are seasonal and/or special "Classic Santa Cruz" flavors you have to know about to ask for, like the 1020, 2AM, 50/50, Heaven and Mud Pie. (A complete list is on their website.)
Not only are the ice creams delicious but the shop feels like vintage Santa Cruz. Located right on Ocean Street at its original location, it's easy to get to on your way in and out of town. The lines can get a bit long but it's absolutely worth it, so plan accordingly. Remember to get your ticket with a number when you first arrive (a lot of people miss this) or else you'll be waiting even longer to show them your ice cream face.
Friendly cheerful service, dog friendly (they will even offer to give your mutt a doggie custard treat) and lots of samples of multiple flavors complete the picture. Get it to go maybe because there isn't much seating there, and bring cash. Marianne's is a definite must visit whenever in Santa Cruz!
1020 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. (831) 458-1447. www.mariannesicecream.com
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