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11 of the Best Ice Cream Parlors in America

Woman serving ice cream
Dhinesh Manuel
Written by Dhinesh Manuel

The temperature’s rising outside, and there’s only one quick-fix to cool down: ice cream. Whether you prefer classic chocolate cones or sea salt caramel latte sundaes, we’ve pinned down the perfect spots to cool off and eat your heart out! Here’s the scoop on 11 of the finest ice cream parlors in the country.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Columbus, OH

Three Scoops of Ice Cream with walnuts, chocolate chips and caramel topping

Columbus natives know where they need to head during the hot summer months. Jeni’s offers up a bouquet of unique flavors like Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Bangkok Peanut, and WildberryLavender.

Mt. Desert Ice Cream

Bar Harbor, ME

Ginger ice cream with crystallized ginger pieces #fearlessflavor #icecream #ginger #maine

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Even former President Barack Obama and his family enjoyed a few cones at this shop. What was the former POTUS’s flavor? Apparently Coconut, but the store does offer up more adventurous flavors like Ginger.

Sweet Republic

Scottsdale, AZ

delicious nut ice cream on white table.

This highly rated ice cream maker focuses on churning out high-quality products using local and fair trade ingredients. Try their Brown Butter Pecan or Strawberry Buttermilk, and you’ll know why they get all the attention.

Amy’s Ice Cream

Austin, TX

We can’t argue with options. Amy’s Ice Cream built its reputation on offering 300 rotating flavors, including Mexican Vanilla, After Dinner Mint, Chai Tea, and many more. Flavors like Amaretto Peach and Cherry Berry Margarita are expertly blended with a touch of alcohol. We’ll toast to that!

Margie’s Candies

Chicago, IL

banana split

You might forget that you’re in the bustling Windy City, but walking into Margie’s is just like walking into your favorite aunt’s kitchen. This creamery’s down-home feel makes it the perfect place to just sit and enjoy a good old fashion banana split. Also, don’t forget to try their butterscotch sundae with vanilla ice cream – absolutely amazing!

Ample Hills Creamery

Brooklyn, NY

Some combinations never get old. Peppermint Pattie and Strawberries & Cream are a classic combo; Refreshing and fruity.

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With three separate locations in Brooklyn, Ample Hills Creamery is where locals go for some of the best dairy delights in the borough. Boasting fun flavors like PB Wins The Cup, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and Peppermint Pattie, this hip Brooklyn creamery caters to the kid in all of us.

The Creole Creamery

New Orleans, LA

Green refreshing lime ice cream

Creole Creamery has been a respite for patrons hoping to escape the Louisiana heat. And while its hot-pink interior is charmingly old school, its long list of flavors is cool – literally. From a Velvety Creole Cream Cheese to a tangy Lemon-Lime, this tiny creamery packs on the unique taste.

Sweet Action Ice Cream

Denver, CO

friday calls for the triple triple chip. classic chocolate chip, almond butter chip, and vegan mint chip!

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When you’re up in Denver, don’t forget to pop into this environment-conscious ice cream maker. Their store is 100% wind-powered and offers up unusually delicious flavors like Oatmeal Raisin, Dirty Chai, Garam Masala, and Molasses.

Bi-Rite Creamery

San Francisco, CA

rocky road ice cream with chocolate waffle cone

In the Golden Gate City, ice cream is a big deal. Over in San Francisco’s Mission District, Bi-Rite Creamery employees skillfully craft everything by hand. From the actual ice cream to everything in it – like the brownies and marshmallows – this San Fran creamery doesn’t believe in cutting corners. Try their Roasted Banana — you’ll be in ice cream heaven!

Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream

Portsmouth, NH

Organic Green Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

To locals, Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream is nothing short of a New England gem. Ice cream fanatics across the region flock to the creamery to experience a bevy of flavors, including Annabelle’s signature item, Mint Summer’s Night Dream, a luscious, mint chocolate ice cream laden with dark and white chocolate chunks.

Ici Ice Cream

Berkeley, CA

Vanilla cherry ice-cream with white chocolate

Famous pastry chef Mary Canales has invented fantastic flavors like Brandied Cherry and Rose, which makes this very hip ice cream parlor a must-visit spot to satisfy your sweet tooth when in Berkley.

Do you have any of your own favorite ice cream shops to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Dhinesh Manuel

Dhinesh Manuel

Socialite, philanthropist, costumed crime fighter by night...no wait...that's Batman...my bad ...

Musician, writer, travel junkie, dog lover, and database of useless information. I love to learn about new cultures, experience new cuisines, meet new people, and have a few laughs along the way!

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