The Top 21 Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.
The Top 21 Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.

The Top 21 Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.

We all scream for ice cream 🍦


Published June 23, 2021

It’s officially summer - the season of tan lines, beach trips, and most importantly, ice cream. With the warm weather officially here, we figured you’d need a place to cool down when you can no longer handle the heat, so we’ve compiled a national list with 21 of the sweetest ice cream spots.

If you're in NYC for the summer, celebrate the summer of ice cream at Museum of Ice Cream with our Ice Cream + Cocktail package, our Night at the Museum exclusive, or weekday flex passes to the Museum of Ice Cream in SoHo.

Cow Tipping Creamery 

 
 
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Located in Texas, Cow Tipping Creamery is a family-owned ice cream shop with creative “stackers” aka their version of a Sundae - with toppings included in every single bite. Gone are the days of eating all the toppings within the first few licks!

Where:
3501 Hulen St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
3685 The Star Blvd #201, Frisco, TX 75034
When: Sunday - Monday, 12PM - 9pm, Friday & Saturday, 12PM - 10PM


Milk & Cream Cereal Bar

 
 
 
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With a bit of nostalgia in every bite, Milk & Cream Cereal Bar specializes in blending an array of cereal in their ice cream. From Apple Jacks, Frosted Flakes, to Lucky Charms, and more, this ice cream will bring you back to those Saturday morning cartoons and sugary cereal days.

Where:
159 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
175 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
When: Monday - Thursday, 2PM - 9PM, Friday - Sunday 2PM - 10PM


One Aloha Shave Ice

 
 
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Voted Best of the West 2016, 2017 & 2018, One Aloha Shave Ice makes homemade shave ice syrups that are sweetened with organic cane sugar and no-spray fruits. With local flavors like Lilikoi (passion fruit), Guava, Lychee, and coconut, and more, you’ll be sure to feel the flavors of Hawaii here.

Where: 75-5711 Kuakini Hwy Kailua Kona Hawaii 96740
When: Wednesday - Saturday, 12PM - 5:30PM, Sunday, 12PM - 5PM, Closed Tuesdays


Soft Swerve 

 
 
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Raise your hand if you like trying new things! Asian inspired flavors like Ube Purple Yam, Vietnamese Coffee, and Thai Tea, are a few of the favorites at Soft Swerve.

Where:
85B Allen St, New York, NY 10002
379 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
When: 
Monday - Wednesday, 1PM - 10PM, Thursday, 1:00PM - 10:30 PM, Friday - Saturday, 12PM - 11PM, Sunday 12PM - 10PM (Allen St Location)
Monday - Friday, 1PM - 10PM, Saturday - Sunday, 12PM - 10PM (3rd Avenue Location)


Localicious Jax 

You know a company is dedicated towards ice cream when they’re still making it by hand! Localicious Jax is a Fort Lauderdale gem specializing in funky Caribbean ice cream flavors. They serve over 50 flavors with some vegan options.

Where: 4220 NW 12th St, Fort Lauderdale FL
When: Monday - Saturday, 12PM - 9PM, Sunday, 12PM - 11PM


Egger’s Ice Cream 

 

 

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Egger’s is a Staten Island classic with three locations in the city. Ice cream is just one dessert on their menu - ice cream cakes, classic candies, and chocolate covered strawberries, are just a few of the additional sweet treats you can get at Egger’s.

Where:
1194 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310
441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306
8 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY 10304
When:
Sunday - Thursday, 11AM - 9:30 PM, Friday - Saturday, 11AM - 10:30 PM (Forest Avenue Location)
Thursday - Friday, 3PM - 10PM, Saturday - Sunday, 11AM - 10PM, Closed Monday - Wednesday (Clarke Avenue location)
Thursday - Sunday, 3PM - 10PM, Closed Monday - Wednesday (Navy Pier Court location)


The STIL 

 

 

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Ice cream and alcohol - the duo you didn’t know you needed. The STIL pairs their ice cream with famous booze infused creations like S’mores and a Porter or a Scotch Ale with butterscotch ice cream and cookies. You can pair any scoop with local beer, wine, or espresso, making the ice cream experience a 21+ event.

Where: 786 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702
When: Monday - Thursday, 12PM - 10:30PM, Friday - Sunday, 11AM - 11:30PM


Wild Scoops 

 

 

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Alaska may be known for snow and polar bears, but they still enjoy ice cream too! Since 2015, Wild Scoops has been serving local, hand-crafted scoops in two Anchorage locations. 

Where:
530 E Benson Blvd #7, Anchorage, AK 99503
429 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501
When: Monday, 12PM - 10PM Daily


Taharka Brothers Ice Cream

 
 
 
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Tahark Brothers -  your friendly neighborhood ice cream shop. Located in Baltimore, Taharka Brothers is unique due to their social mission driven aspect where they focus on creating a profitable business ran by young adults from some of Baltimore’s most troubled neighborhoods. Additionally, their shop includes award winning flavors like Honey Graham, Mintflix & Chillz, Key Lime Pie, and Caramel Crunch, as well as menu rotators inspired by local happenings and collaborators. 

Where: 301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
When: Tuesday - Sunday, 12PM - 8PM, Closed Mondays


Max and Mina’s

 
 
 
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Welcome to Max and Mina’s, a family run ice cream shop in Flushing, Queens. This colorful shop boasts a funky interior design with colorful cereal boxes plastered all over the walls and cereal flavored ice cream combos like Nutella Reese’s Puffs and Cap’n Crunch Cookies & Cream Brownie.

Where: 2023, 7126 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367
When: Sunday - Friday, 12PM - 8PM, Saturday, 9:45AM - 11:30PM


Big Gay Ice Cream 

 

 

 

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What started as a food truck turned into a cultural phenomenon with appearances at festivals around the world, international brand collaborations, a Ted-Talk by the co-founders, and an official theme song written by Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s. Throughout it all, Big Gay Ice Cream has never lost its core mission, creating tasty ice cream with a charitable component of supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Where:
207 Front St, New York, NY 10038
61 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
516 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
When: 
Sunday - Wednesday, 12PM - 11PM, Thursday - Saturday, 12PM - 12AM (Front St Location)
Sunday - Wednesday, 12PM - 9PM, Thursday - Saturday, 12PM - 10PM (Grove St Location)
Sunday - Wednesday, 12PM - 11PM, Thursday - Saturday, 12PM - 12AM (Columbus Ave Location)


Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery 

 

 

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Naughty or nice, which list do you fall on? Clementine’s is St. Louis’ only microcreamery, with booze-infused naughty creations like Maple Bourbon with Salted Candied Pecans and their vegan Pink Champagne Sorbet. If you’re not feeling so naughty, they have a giant nice list of classic and creative flavors like, Madagascar Vanilla, Front Porch Mint Chip, and so much more.

Where:
1637 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63104
4715 Macklind Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109
When:
Sunday - Thursday, 12PM - 10PM, Friday - Saturday, 12PM - 11PM (both locations)

 


Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

 
 
 
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The family-owned Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has been in business since 1978, meaning ice cream is in their genes. Many of their flavors have a tie to Chinese heritage with selections like, black sesame, zen butter (featuring toasted sesame seeds), and Don Tot (a light and creamy Chinese custard). 

Where:
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
135-15 40 Road, Flushing, NY 11354
Essex Market, 115 Delancey St, NY, NY 10002 

When:
11AM - 10PM Daily (Bayard St and 40th Road locations)
Monday - Saturday 8AM - 8PM, Sundays 10AM - 6PM (Essex Market Location)


Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream 

Born in 1983, Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream pushes the limits with funky flavors like burnt sugar, ginger molasses, coconut Butterfinger, and seasonal options. All flavors are made in-house with over 50 available at any given time.

Where: 1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
When: 11:30AM - 9:30PM Daily


Morelli’s Ice Cream 

 
 
 
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Come push the boundaries of creativity with Morelli’s homemade ice creams such as maple bacon brittle, feta cheese and basil, and coconut jalapeno. Too over-the-top? Tone it down with some slightly less-adventurous but mouth-watering flavors like, banana cheesecake, peach Champagne, or strawberry black pepper.

Where: 749 Moreland Ave SE # B102, Atlanta, GA 30316
When: Sunday - Thursday, 12PM - 10PM, Friday - Saturday, 12PM - 11PM


The Yard Milkshake Bar 

 
 
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From Shark Tank to the shore, The Yard Milkshake Bar is a wildly creative milkshake shop with concoctions like no other. With over 15 locations in over five states, the Yard Milkshake Bar tacks on the toppings with picturesque milkshakes like, The Mermaid, (featuring a mermaid tail) and Creamsicle Cheesecake, (with an entire slice of cheesecake on top). It may be extra, but there's nothing wrong with that!

Where: Various Across The US


Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets 

 
 
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Queer-owned, women-owned, and black-owned, Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets is a socially-conscious, sustainable Richmond based sweets shop. From ice cream, milkshakes, sorbets, and more, Ruby Scoops is a sweet-tooth paradise.

Where: 120 W Brookland Park Blvd, Richmond, VA 23222
When: Thursday - Friday, 3PM - 7PM, Saturday 2PM - 7PM, Sunday, 1PM - 6PM, Closed Monday - Wednesday


Little Man Ice Cream 

 
 
 
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The mission-based, milkshake jug shaped ice cream shop, Little Man Ice Cream, is inspired by vintage Coney Island stands and focuses not only on food, but customer experience. Think about the 1920s-1950s and how unique American food items like donuts, hot dogs, or ice cream were celebrated and memorialized by roadside monuments built to expand on the food experience itself. Little Man also matches every scoop purchased with a scoop of rice, beans, and other essentials to a community in need around the world.

Where:
2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211
4411 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204

When:
11AM - 12AM Daily (16th St Location)
Sunday - Thursday, 12PM - 9PM, Friday - Saturday, 12PM - 10PM (Colfax Location) 


Bi-Rite Creamery 

 
 
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There’s a (not so) little secret when it comes to Bi-Rite Creamery - their Double 8 Dairy buffalo milk, which contains a higher butter fat than normal milk. Flavors rotate as the seasons change, but one thing stays stable and that’s that every scoop of Bi-Rite will be rich ‘n fatty - the way ice cream should be! 

Where: 3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
When: 12PM - 9PM Daily

 


The Ice Cream Store


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We’ll never say no to ice cream at the beach! The Ice Cream Store is a Rehoboth favorite with blunt flavor names like, Better Than Sex and Crack. There’s also Ghost Pepper ice cream which requires a waiver for those brave enough to try! 

Where: 6 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
When: Monday - Wednesday, 11AM - 9:30PM, Thursday - Friday, 11AM - 10PM, Saturday - Sunday, 10AM - 10PM


Mikey Likes It

 

 

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What do you get when you mix ice cream with pop culture? Mikey Likes It! Founded by Mikey Cole, this NYC shop serves up delicious ice cream with a side of pop culture. From Ice Ice Mikey to The Brady Bunch, it’ll be tough to say whether you're making a decision based on the actual flavor or the cultural reference.

Where:
199 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
2500 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10030
When:
2PM - 10PM Daily (Avenue A Location)
Thursday - Sunday, 2PM - 9PM (Frederick Douglass Blvd Location)

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