Review: An’s Hatmakers Gelato, Del Mar

Review: An's Hatmakers Gelato, Del Mar


While planning our trip to Carlsbad and the Park Hyatt Aviara, I came across An's Hatmakers Gelato in Del Mar. It looked like the perfect stop on our way to the resort. As it turned out, at least for my teenager, it was the highlight of the trip, along with Pickleball (stay tuned for our Park Hyatt Aviara review).

Curious about the oddball name? An's Hatmakers in Del Mar, opened in 2022, is actually the second shop opened by the founders, whose original store, An's Dry Cleaning, opened in 2018, is named after the previous dry cleaning shop in North Park, San Diego. An's Hatmakers is a nod to the fashionable hats worn at Del Mar Race Track; even today there's an Opening Day Hat Contest.


An's Hatmakers Location and Hours

An's Hatmakers is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar Plaza. It's open from 12 noon daily, closing at 9pm Sundays-Thursdays and 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

An's Hatmakers Gelato, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, California.


An's Dry Cleaning, the original gelato shop, has even been named one of the top ice cream shops in the U.S.


An's Hatmakers Gelato and Waffle Cones

An's Hatmakers continues its hat theme with its gelato flavor names. During our visit, they were:

  • Straw Hat: Mango Passionfruit Sorbet
  • Beret: Vanilla and White Chocolate
  • Cheesecloth: Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Visor: Roasted Pistachio
  • Velour: Salted Caramel with Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone Pieces
  • Reindeer Antlers: Milk Chocolate and Mint Ganache


On our first visit both my husband and son chose Cheesecloth, the strawberry cheesecake flavor. Our teen savored every last bite, and my husband enjoyed his as well, but the generously sized waffle cone proved too much for him to finish.

Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato, An's Hatmakers Gelato, Del Mar


On our second visit, our son opted for a reprise of strawberry cheesecake plus Straw Hat, the mango passionfruit sorbet. I tried the sorbet, which was superb.

Mango Passionfruit Sorbet and Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato, An's Hatmakers Gelato Review, Del Mar


I reprised my two flavors, Visor (roasted pistachio), which was as satisfying as Grom's pistachio gelato in Italy, and Velour (salted caramel with chocolate dipped waffle cone pieces).

Pistachio and Salted Caramel Gelato, An's Hatmakers Gelato Review


The Verdict

We only return to a few favorite eateries, since we enjoy trying new places. But during our three nights in the area, we visited An's Hatmakers twice. Not only were all four gelato flavors that we tried delicious, the gluten-free waffle cones were freshly made and excellent, and both servers were friendly and enthusiastic. Highly recommended if in the greater San Diego area.

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