Best Ice Cream, Snow Cones and Popsicles in Atlanta
Here’s the scoop! Summertime is a great reason to enjoy frozen treats. Cool off with a soft-serve cone, a scoop of handcrafted ice cream, or a frosty snow cone. Here are some of our favorite spots.
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Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt:
You’ll find small-batch, made-from-scratch gelato at this new Decatur shop. Try their traditional Italian flavors or new originals like banana pudding, malted milk ball and gingersnap cookie. “Boozy” milkshakes and adult beverages make a fun grownup treat. Decatur. To-go pints and spaced outdoor seating available.
This fan-favorite boasts handcrafted small-batch ice cream and frozen desserts. Kid favorites: strawberry, freckled chocolate, butterscotch brownie. Adult favorites: OG goodness (brown sugar ice cream with butter cake) and honeycomb forest. Decatur and Atlanta. To-go ice cream orders only.
The “train-watching capital of Atlanta” in Chamblee boasts 36 flavors, including sugar- and gluten-free options. Kid favorites: Superman, birthday cake, cookies and cream. Adults: mint chocolate chip, chunky salted caramel. Chamblee. Walk-up window and spaced customer lines.
Over 250 flavors of ice cream, sherbets, and sorbet – with 32 flavors available each day. Kid favorites: blue moon, cotton candy and cookie dough. Grownups love Cherokee gold (Butterfinger, banana cheesecake) and Elvis in White (white chocolate, peanut butter, banana). Canton. Curbside pickup, takeout or dine-in with social distancing.
The old-school ice cream parlor atmosphere is the cherry on top of this flavor-packed ice cream shop. Kid favorites: Max’s magic kisses, a blue sweet cream base with white chocolate chips and marshmallows. Don’t miss chocolate “slap yo mama”, made with chocolate sauce, chocolate chips and Oreo cookies. Atlanta. Walk-up window option, curbside delivery and outdoor seating available.
Jeni’s artisan ice creams are hand-crafted using whole ingredients: crave-worthy flavors include brown butter almond brittle and darkest chocolate. Kids love supermoon for its marshmallow-cereal taste. Multiple Atlanta locations. Walk-up, contactless service; delivery is also available.
Morelli’s offers an ever-changing list of flavors, from blueberry corncake to krispy kreamier. Kid favorites include vanilla with rainbow sprinkles; adults crave the salted caramel. Atlanta and Dunwoody. Online ordering and curbside service options; distanced outdoor seating.
Two friends decided to open an ice cream shop with flavors made 100 percent from scratch, and Queen of Cream was born. And that they did. Kids love cookies and cream, vanilla bean and deep chocolate. Atlanta. Takeout and limited outdoor seating are available.
This dense, rich, creamy dessert is frozen with a special technique to give it a perfect smoothness. Try freshly-made pancake puffs served warm, paired with frozen custard and toppings. Kids love birthday cake, bubble gum and cookie monster. Don’t miss butter pecan and Irish creme. Brookhaven. Outdoor seating and line spacing, limited number of customers inside the shop.
Vintage Frozen Custard is a booming food truck that now also boasts a permanent location. Each day they have a brand new flavor, but classics like vanilla and chocolate are always available along with many topping mix-ins. Kids love Honey Nut Cheerios, Fruity Pebbles and Trix flavors. Roswell. Social distancing and limited number of customers inside the shop.
This unique ice cream is frozen using only liquid nitrogen, making it a really cool and cold treat. They have traditional and fun flavors, including bubble gum, cake batter, cinnamon, maple, root beer and white chocolate, or you can add mix-ins to make your own delicious combinations. Downtown, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs.
Located in Historic Marietta Square, this unique shop blends your choice of flavors and toppings into ice cream. Top choice for both kids and adults: cookie monster (cookie dough and Oreos). Marietta.
Originally sold by street vendors in Thailand, 8 Fahrenheit has brought the rolled ice cream trend to Atlanta. An ice cream base is combined with mix-ins, molded into perfect rolls, and served in a cup. Kids love cookie monster made with Oreos and graham crackers; adults love the raspberry-blueberry-blackberry flavor combo. Doraville, Cumming and Duluth.
Snow Cones and Frozen Pops:
A milky-sweet blend of shaved ice, can be topped with fruit, cookies, jelly and more in this Asian-inspired treat. Signature combinations include kids’ favorite strawberry kat – strawberry ice, mini Kit-Kats and condensed milk. Adults can choose from adventurous blends like Thai fusion and KoKo coffee, with coffee jelly, caramel pudding and condensed milk. Duluth and Decatur. App orders and takeout only.
This favorite Atlanta frozen treat can be found around town at festivals, restaurants, grocery stores or by visiting their window store or Ponce City Market locations. Try Cookies and Cream, Strawberry Lemonade or Fresh Peach. King of Pops sources produce from their own farm and flavors change depending on the season. Atlanta. Pops, soft serve and more are available for delivery.
The classic New Orleans treat is taken to a new level at Big Easy. Try custom creations like key lime, with condensed milk, whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs. Favorite kids’ flavors: cotton candy and Hawaiian Punch. Woodstock and Midtown. Limited number of customers at Midtown; spaced lines at both locations.
Fluffy “snow” topped with your choice of over 100 flavors – kids’ favorites signature mixes include superhero and rainbow. Adults love Georgia peach and cherry margarita. Marietta, Conyers, Douglasville and Kennesaw.