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The Best Ice Cream Shops in Austin
Getting ice cream in Austin is always the way to go on a super hot summer day. You really can’t go wrong with a cold scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup, scooped in a waffle cone, topped with sprinkles, and with a cherry on top.
The city has warm weather for most of the year, which makes it the perfect city to have abundant local Austin ice cream shops. With the weather getting over 100 degrees over the summer, grabbing a nice scoop of ice-cold ice cream can hit the spot. Check out our list of the best ice cream shops in Austin to cool off from the summer heat in a sweet way!
Best Ice Cream Shops in Austin:
- Amy’s Ice Creams
- Austin Scoops
- The Baked Bear Austin
- Cannone Gelato
- Cow Tipping Creamery
- Dolce Bacio Gelato & Desserts
- Dolce Neve
- Frozen Rolls Creamery
- Gelateria Gemelli
- Holla Mode
- Lick Honest Ice Creams
- Luv Fats
- Manolis Ice Cream Pastries & Cakes
- Michoacana Natural Ice Cream
- Prohibition Creamery
- Sugar Pine
- Sweet Ritual
- Tropical Dreams Austin
Established in 1984, Amy’s handcrafts artisan super-premium ice creams, dairy-free fruit ices, and frozen yogurt. They are also the home of the world-famous Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream. With over 350 flavors in rotation, every visit will be a new flavor adventure.
They’ve grown up in Austin, Texas, and now have shops in Houston and San Antonio! Explore your favorite flavors and the fun of Amy’s Ice Creams.
Image Credit: Austin Scoops
9600 Escarpment Blvd Suite 900, Austin, TX 78749
Austin Scoops has been taking Austin by storm since 2006. They are an independent and locally owned super-premium ice cream company offering homemade ice cream and non-dairy sorbet at their storefront in SW Austin and their food trailers at events and festivals around Austin. Their flavors, quality, and customer service make them stand out from the rest.
Image Credit: The Baked Bear Austin
211 Walter Seaholm Dr #150, Austin, TX 78701
Original-recipe ice cream sits at the heart of each one of The Baked Bear’s sandwiches, which are held together by fresh-baked cookies and brownies.
The Baked Bear has over a dozen original recipe cookies and ice cream flavors, giving guests a chance to mix and match to find their favorite combination. Before they’re served, the sandwiches can be rolled through toppings ranging from Fruity Pebbles to Oreo crumble, giving them an Instagram-worthy touch!
Image Credit: Cannone Gelato
1720 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
From Italy to Monaco to Austin, the passion for good food has always been with the owner of Cannone Gelato, Salvatore. At Cannone Gelato, they only offer the best experience making real traditional Italian Gelato. They love to make it always fresh, only with fresh ingredients and without any preservatives. They also have sorbets made of water, fresh fruits, and sugar. They are 100% dairy-free and vegan ice cream with no fat.
Image Credit: Cow Tipping Creamery
4715 S Lamar Blvd #103, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
At Cow Tipping Creamery, they try to translate hard scoop flavor profiles into soft serve by infusing fresh ingredients into their high-quality dairy base.
“Stackers” are their version of a sundae, constructed in alternating layers of our homemade toppings and baked goods throughout your dessert, so that the last bites are just as good as the first. Their goal is not only to make an outstanding soft serve ice cream but also to bring their customers a unique dessert that they have never experienced before.
4404 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78749
D’lites Ice Cream Shops has not changed from the first day they opened. They never wanted to be just an ice cream store.
Its mission is to offer its customers the finest selection of products to meet their dietary needs. The D’lites ice cream is low in sodium, sugar, fat, and carbohydrates. It is cholesterol-free and a healthier alternative to regular ice cream. Their low-fat ice cream gives you the taste and texture that sets D’lites apart from every company and product in the industry.
Image Credit: Dolce Bacio Gelato & Desserts
2207 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Dolce Bacio Gelato & Desserts are Italian master gelato makers and pastry chefs that make real artisan gelato as an Italian tradition. Their skills allow them to combine perfect flavors and high-quality products to give you the best artisan Gelato every day. Their gelato is made from scratch with fresh and healthy ingredients, low in fat and sugar, fresh fruit, and natural products.
Image Credit: Dolce Neve Gelato
1713 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Owners Leo, Francesca, and Marco have been on quite a journey to get here, one of dedication, passion, drive, and a lot of fun. The outcome of their hardworking journey to Dolce Neve.
The name of their gelato shop is inspired by their Italian culture and their love for gelato. In English, Dolce Neve means “Sweet Snow” because the first gelato was a mixture of snow, honey, and fruit juices. Come visit them in their shop to enjoy a truly unforgettable experience.
Image Credit: Frozen Rolls Creamery
704 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Enjoy handcrafted, made-to-order ice cream while customers watch. Husband and Wife Kathy and Warren decided to bring the freshest ice cream to Austinites with the best ingredients possible.
They offer unique and exciting flavors with fun and colorful choices, all without artificial colors and flavors. Everything is made in-house and strictly controlled. They believe in their ice cream, and their customer service is top-notch.
Image Credit: Gelateria Gemelli
1009 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Gelateria Gemelli recipes begin with attention to taste and process. They make gelato in small batches using organic milk and cream from Organic Valley Coop. Everything is fresh, and their flavors change with the seasons.
The gelato-making process begins with the base which they pasteurize in-house. Other ice cream shops or gelato shops buy a pre-made base from a dairy. Controlling the pasteurization process allows them to ensure the highest quality product possible with no commercial stabilizers or emulsifiers. They make each flavor by hand in small batches, always with a cohesive flavor profile in mind.
Image Credit: Holla Mode
1800 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Holla Mode opened a trailer back home on the streets of Austin to pay true homage to the street-food-borne wonder of Thai ice cream.
Their ice cream is made to order with local dairy or organic coconut milk. You get to see everything that goes into your creation. More importantly, you get to see what doesn’t go in. There are no stabilizers, food coloring, powder mixes, frozen produce, or bonding agents—just the ingredients that make creamy, fresh, amazing ice cream with that classic homemade taste!
Image Credit: Lick Honest Ice Creams
To Lick Honest Ice Creams, “honest” simply means they use the purest ingredients they can find in their artisanal ice creams. What doesn’t go into their ice creams is just as important as what does.
They never use artificial colors or flavors, high fructose corn syrup, or preservatives. They can trace every single ingredient they use to their source. Their Cilantro Lime, Dewberry Corn Cobbler, and Sweet Persimmon and Sage ice creams are just some of the flavors inspired by and created with Texas’s seasonal offerings.
Image Credit: Luv Fats
Luv Fats is a small-batch ice cream homemade by Chi Ndika in Austin, Texas. They celebrate healthy fats by using avocados and coconut milk as a base and create yummy flavors made with fresh produce, nuts, and herbs found at local farmer’s markets.
Chi’s flavors are inspired by her Kenyan and Nigerian roots, and she got the idea to experiment with dairy-free flavors for her mother’s birthday since she has an allergy.
Image Credit: Manolis Ice Cream Pastries & Cakes
603 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704
Manolis Ice Cream Pastries & Cakes use the finest and freshest ingredients for their cakes and pastries. These are all made by them from scratch! No pre-made mixes, no corners are cut, and no fondant or icing.
Their Cream Pops and Ice Pops are made with fresh ingredients. It’s guaranteed that every Italian ice flavor will taste delicious. They use fresh fruits, pulps, and the highest quality ingredients to make sure you will love all of their products!
Image Credit: Michoacana Natural Ice Cream
9426 Parkfield Dr, Austin, TX 78758
At Michoacana Natural Ice Cream, they make ice cream the old-school way with all-natural products. You can get a paleta dipped in luscious chocolate and sprinkled with nuts. Need a mango snow cone? No problem. They have four flavors of mangonadas (a frozen treat made with fresh fruit and juice, lime, salt, chile, and chamoy (an apricot spread with lime, chile, and pineapple vinegar).
There are also fruit cocktails with chile, banana splits, skewers of whole frozen strawberries coated in chocolate, and the list goes on!
Image Credit: Prohibition Creamery
1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Pure simple delicious ice creams and vegan sorbets made in small batches, with a boozy kick. Prohibition Creamery starts with the finest ingredients and crafts their ice creams entirely from scratch in their kitchen from local fresh milk, cream, eggs, and sugar.
They pasteurize their ice cream base to ensure the source and freshness of every ingredient that goes into their ice cream. This enables them to individualize every flavor, which allows them to be infinitely creative! They even get creative with their cocktails and offer mocktail options.
Image Credit: Sugar Pine
8578 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
Located in North Austin, Sugar Pine proudly serves homemade ice creams, thoughtfully crafted bento boxes, and on-the-go onigiri while offering a variety of drinks and a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Their ice cream is made with all-natural ingredients and is gluten-free. They are available in either a cup or cone and a variety of toppings to choose from. Try their signature flavors like matcha, black sesame, or taro root.
Image Credit: Sweet Ritual
4631 Airport Blvd #125, Austin, TX 78751
Sweet Ritual makes dairy-free ice cream in small artisan batches from scratch ingredients in our production kitchen on 183 and Burnet Road. They partner with local producers and suppliers to use real fruit, fragrant spices, and hand-made vegan baked goods in their ice creams.
Everything served to you at Sweet Ritual scoop shop is compostable: the bowls, straws, cups, and spoons. They compost with Break it Down, a local composting facility.
Image Credit: Tropical Dreams Austin
2001 Guadalupe St ste a, Austin, TX 78705
Tropical Dreams Ice Cream has produced gourmet ice cream on Hawai’i Island for over 25 years. They are a small-batch producer of handmade frozen desserts for customers all over Hawai’i, and even on the mainland! Tropical Dreams Austin is the first company branch in the mainland serving super-premium ice cream, affogato, sorbet, and Kona coffee.
As originally publish in Austin Local.