The spacious location of Cookiebar Creamery's new Oakland store

The spacious location of Cookiebar Creamery’s new Oakland store

Just in time for this weekend’s warm weather in the Bay Area, Cookiebar Creamery opened its second location on 8th Street on the edge of Old Oakland.

Cookiebar is a nostalgic ice cream parlor that originally opened in Alameda’s West End by Alameda natives Robert Feng and John Ngu. This second location, which opened last Friday, has the old time charm with white subway tiles and limestone green chairs.

Like the name, the store is known for its made-to-order ice cream sandwiches, where you pick the freshly baked cookie and ice cream. The ice cream is a mix of flavors made from scratch, ranging in flavors from the traditional like Rocky Road and Cookies N’ Cream, to the unusual like Jasmine milk tea or ube (Philippine purple yam).

Some of the unusual flavors sound familiar because they're supplied by the popular Mitchell's Ice Cream.

Some of the unusual flavors being scooped up at Cookiebar Creamery.

Ice cream sandwich (more like burgers) made with black sesame ice cream and snickerdoodle.

Ice cream sandwich (more like burgers) made with black sesame ice cream and snickerdoodle.

When I visited yesterday afternoon, I tried an ice cream sandwich made with a snickerdoodle and black sesame ice cream ($5.50). The ice cream had a nice sesame flavor, but it was overpowered by the huge snickerdoodle cookie. In fact, my sandwich looked more like a burger because of the thickness of the cookies.

Cookiebar also sells ice cream floats and ice cream by the scoop. I wanted to try some of the unusually flavor so I ordered a double scoop cup ($5.50) of honey melon and Vietnamese coffee, both very satisfying and quite thick in texture. One thing for sure, at least in these early days, the Cookiebar staff is serving up really huge scoops of ice cream.

Ice cream by the pint for sale

Ice cream by the pint for sale

The freshly baked cookies are thick and comes in a variety of flavors

The freshly baked cookies are thick and comes in a variety of flavors

Cookiebar will probably be compared to Berkeley’s C.R.E.A.M., which has been expanding recently at a high clip. Cookiebar’s Oakland location is a bit out of the way and may likely serve mostly the weekday office crowd in that area.

The deets: Cookiebar Creamery, 517 8th St., Oakland. Open daily from noon. www.cookiebarcreamery.com

Muffins and other baked goods are available too with tea

Muffins and other baked goods are available too with tea

My scoop of honey melon ice cream with the Vietnamese coffee peeking out.

My double scoop of honey melon ice cream with the Vietnamese coffee peeking out.

2 Responses to Cookiebar Creamery Brings Nostalgic Ice Cream to Old Oakland

  1. Omg they have ube!! My fav.

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    That ice cream sammy IS huge! I like your choice of black sesame ice cream — it’s one of my faves, and you don’t see it that often.