Where to Get the Best Ice Cream in the Valley

If you can’t ignore the Arizona heat, you should beat it with something cool and sweet. That’s what we think is the best, anyway — a visit to your local ice cream shop should suffice. We have a lot of favorites, and we want to point you in the right direction. Ice cream and its many frozen cousins can satisfy a classic taste as well as those who want to try something entirely new! If you’re ready for that, go ahead and read the list below and pick your new favorite spot for a cold treat!


2714 W Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

If your mouth waters at the thought of Chamoy, you might love visiting Raspalicious for their chamoyadas. Their raspados — be they coconut, strawberry, pineapple, or something else entirely — are equally delicious. You can even grab yourself a tasty banana split with your chosen flavors of ice cream within. Expect the most delectable Mexican beverages and snacks, be it a cup of street corn or a chamoy-covered fruit drink, when you come to this much-loved neighborhood sweet spot!

LIX Uptown Ice Cream

607 W Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

The Dirty Chai flavor made with Uptown Espresso, homemade s’mores ice cream, or even LIX’s legendary Rosemary Butter Pecan are all mouth-watering options, and they’re all good reasons to visit this ice cream joint. It’s a comfortable place with soft couches to sink into with your favorite choice flavor of ice cream — all of which are made in-house. Some of them are even dairy-free, so feel free to hit up the place whenever you feel like something sweet, whether you are lactose-intolerant or not!

Sweet Republic

410 N Scottsdale Rd Suite 105, Tempe, AZ 85281

Sweet Republic is a great place for anyone to enjoy some vegan sorbets or many satisfying and strange flavors. You’re likely to find a new favorite — be it a new flavor like Black Pepper Cherry or Sweet Corn, or mainstays at the Tempe shop like Crème Brûlée or Strawberry Buttermilk. There are a lot of surprising types to test out. In fact, you might want to order quite a few types if you’re curious about them. Obviously, some regular staples like vanilla bean and chocolate ice cream are available too, so you can enjoy the taste of a great dessert, no matter if you’re feeling adventurous or not.

Joe’s Italian Ice

2019 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

Pennsylvania’s best soft serve comes all the way to the Phoenix area thanks to Joe’s Italian Ice, a dessert spot that offers both quality frozen treats and Italian ice. Get yourself a hand-dipped cone of blue raspberry or butterscotch ice cream or a bowl of mocha almond fudge. Try out a great variety of Italian ice flavors, whether decadent and rich or fruity and refreshing. You can even combine your Italian ice with some soft-serve ice cream to make what’s called a Joe Latti! 

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