Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.

Ice cream shops and parlors across America are mixing up incredible takes on the quintessential summer treat. Here, 25 of the nation's best spots for cool, creamy creations—from an artisan's boundary-pushing flavor combinations to a New England dairy's simple, superb small batches.
Blue Marble Ice Cream in Brooklyn, NY
Blue Marble Ice Cream in Brooklyn, NY. Photo © Kelly Bazely.

Columbus, OH: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Columbus, OH: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Signature Item: Salty Caramel ice cream

Jeni Britton Bauer creates some of the country's best ice creams, sorbets and frozen yogurts in imaginative flavors like wildberry lavender and Thai chili.

Scottsdale, AZ: Sweet Republic

Scottsdale, AZ: Sweet Republic
Photo © Robin Calvert.

Signature Item: Cheese Course Duo (blue cheese with Arizona Medjool dates)

This two-year-old shop prides itself on using exceptional ingredients, from milk and cream from local dairy farms to single-origin, fair-trade coffee beans for its espresso flavor.

Austin, TX: Amy's Ice Cream

Austin, TX: Amy's Ice Cream

Signature Item: Mexican Vanilla ice cream

Amy's offers more than 300 flavors on a rotating basis, including the Shiner Bock, made with the iconic Texan beer of the same name.

Cambridge, MA: Toscanini's

Cambridge, MA: Toscanini's

Signature Item: Burnt Caramel ice cream

In contention with Christina's for best local ice cream. The floor-to-ceiling windows are superb for people watching.

Honolulu, HI: Bubbie's Ice Cream

Honolulu: Bubbie's Ice Cream
Photo © Ric Noyle.

Signature Item: Green Tea mochi

One fan of Keith Robbins' bite-size mochi (ice cream wrapped in a sweetened rice confection) is superchef Nobu Matsuhisa.

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