23 Best Ice Cream Shops Across America

Ice cream is not only a dessert — it’s an event. Going for ice cream is the perfect way to experience a first date, spend an evening out with family, or to treat yourself…just because. There are countless ice cream parlors across the U.S. that are serving up cones, sundaes, and scoops. While it’s hard to call any ice cream bad, there are definitely some better-than-good standouts among the bunch. This is your guide to the 23 best ice cream shops across America.

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Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream

1867 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

A Shaker Heights staple known for specialties like the Cleveland Brownie Sundae.

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Cowlicks Creamery

521 Boston Post Rd, Waterford, CT 06385

This quaint ice cream store is next to a pasture where kids can run off their ice-cream-induced energy!

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C.R.E.A.M.

440 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Stanford student favorite C.R.E.A.M. has delicious cookie ice cream sandwiches and ice cream tacos.

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Kilwins

59 S Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Complete your perfect Charleston afternoon at this old-fashioned shoppe with ice cream, fudge and handmade sweets.

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Farr Better Ice Cream

274 21st St, Ogden, UT 84401

Farr Better ice cream shop has been serving frozen treats for decades — don’t miss their wild huckleberry flavor.

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Big Dipper Ice Cream

631 S. Higgins Missoula, MT 59801

Big Dipper is a Montana staple that has been serving cancrafted scoops since 1995.

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Coldstone Creamery

Multiple Locations across the U.S.

If you’re looking for the best ice cream shops in America to get customized ice cream, Coldstone Creamery has plenty of toppings and mix-ins to create your perfect flavor.

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Salt & Straw

Portland, L.A., Anaheim, San Diego, Bay Area, Seattle, Miami

Favorite flavors at this ice cream shop with a “cult-like” following include Honey Lavender and Strawberry Honey Balsamic w/ Black Pepper.

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Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe

2035 Ferdinand’s Ln, Pullman, WA 99164

An old-school soda fountain located within the Washington State University campus.

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Ben & Jerry’s

Multiple Locations across the U.S.

Headquartered in Vermont, Ben & Jerry’s has become synonymous with awesome ice cream.

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Reed’s Dairy

2660 W Broadway St, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

A family dairy and ice cream store that uses farm-fresh milk to create amazing flavors like huckleberry cheesecake.

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Sugar Bowl

4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4424

Dine-in or get sweet sundaes, shakes, and malts delivered from this Scottsdale ice cream shop.

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Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream

155 Center St, Jackson, WY 83001

Moo’s has the best all-natural ice cream and sorbets made with organic cream and fruit!

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Multiple Locations across the U.S.

Founded by Jeni Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is an artisan ice cream company with specialty flavors.

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Rizuto’s Ice Cream Inc.

4785 Barnes Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917

Make memories at this no-nonsense all-deliciousness ice cream parlor with hard scoops, soft-serve, and gelato.

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Paolo’s Gelato Italiano

1025 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

This authentic Italian spot offers creamy gelato that cannot be beaten.

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Howdy Homemade Ice Cream

4333 Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75225

Howdy’s is an ice cream shop that is staffed by expert special-needs workers and features soda-infused flavors like Dr. Pepper Chocolate Chip.

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Toscanini’s Ice Cream

159 First St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Constantly picked as the best ice cream in Boston, Toscanini’s has “quirky flavors like bourbon-gingersnap.”

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Freezy Street

2633 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Freezy Street is famous for its rolled ice cream and delicious toppings.

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Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe

2511 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36607

Cammie’s 47 ice cream flavors, which include pistachio almond and blueberry cheesecake, are all made on-site.

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Bruster’s

Multiple Locations across the U.S.

There’s something for everyone at Bruster’s — traditional ice creams, non-dairy options, froyo, shakes, and pies.


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The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor

207 Pearl St, La Crosse, WI 54601

The ice cream at Pearl’s nostalgic shop is made fresh daily. Be sure to indulge in an oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich filled with salted caramel.

Moo Thru

11402 James Madison Hwy, Remington, VA 22734

A roadside ice cream store that uses locally sourced ingredients to create decadent ice cream flavors including sweet creams and Moundz.

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