Location: Berkeley, CA
Let me preface this post by clarifying that CREAM is not a restaurant. CREAM is a small shop that offers cookies, ice cream, shakes, malts, and brownies. It is truly a unique experience, and one worth writing about. The only thing comparable to CREAM that I’ve come across in my time is Diddy Riese - located near the UCLA campus in Westwood, CA.
CREAM shares several characteristics to Diddy Riese. Like Diddy Riese, CREAM is located near a campus (UC Berkeley in this case), and offers ice cream sandwiches at an affordable price. The sandwiches are made of two freshly baked cookies and a scoop of ice cream. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, so you can mix and match the type of ice cream sandwich you want. Also, similar to Diddy Riese, CREAM offers the ice cream sandwiches at a low price ($2 if you pay with cash, $2.50 with a card) and there is generally a long line out the door. The last time I went to CREAM, my group had to wait 30 minutes before we were able to order our ice cream sandwiches, but amazingly, it was worth it.
CREAM is a small place, but one with a good vibe. There are two small tables set up near the entrance, but given the length of the line, most people eat their ice cream sandwiches outside, or on-the-go. When you walk in, there is music bumpin’ on the sound system and it isn’t uncommon to see the customers and staff dancing while they order/prepare orders. Also when you walk in, you can smell the aroma of fresh cookies. There are generally between 5-10 customers inside the building itself, and at that time, they decide what type of cookies and ice cream they want. Sometimes, customers will order a dozen cookies or so, but generally people stick to ice cream sandwiches. On my visit, I ordered the M&M cookies with chocolate ice cream. It was an excellent combo. The cookies were warm and soft on the inside and the cold ice cream serves as a great contrast.
I generally consider myself to be a “dessert person,” and this is one place I would recommend to all other “dessert people.” Please do yourself a favor and check out CREAM - at least once! Also, don’t forget cash! It will be the best $2 you’ve spent in a long time!