Atlanta isn’t nicknamed Hotlanta for kicks. The average daily temperature during the summer months of May through September is 81°F. Pretty steamy if you ask me. So find some time to “chill” out (literally) at seven of Atlanta’s best ice cream shops! There’s one for every day of the week.
Butter & Cream
416 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030
If you’re religiously devoted to ice cream, like me, tell me a more fitting address for an ice cream shop than Church St. in downtown Decatur. This small town street is home to Butter & Cream. B&C boasts ice cream that is 100% house made and made with REAL cream. Yes, NOT fake cream. Six classic flavors never leave: Freckled Chocolate, Kona Coffee, and Summer Strawberry. The Sunday Brunch flavor makes it perfectly acceptable to have ice cream at noon, Cashew Crème Brulee plays to any foreign and fancy vibes you’ve got going on, and O.G. Goodness defines the relationship between ice cream and its truest fans– original gangstas.
Ponce City Market - 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308
Co-founder Jackson Smith apprenticed under gelato-making legend, Jon Snyder, but quickly realized he could revolutionize the culinary art of gelato by combining the rich and smooth textures of gelato with flavors unique to his southern roots. Some flavors include Dark Chocolate, Nutella, Brown Butter, Bourbon, Blueberry, Pecan Praline, Birthday Cake, Honey Lavender, Fresh Mint, Goat Cheese and Honey
Need I say more?
Jake’s Ice Cream
660 Irwin Street, Atlanta, GA 30312
In 1999, Jake (Founder of Jake’s— YES, there is a Jake) followed a crazy intuition. He opened an ice cream shop in what was run-down, southeast Atlanta. Today, the neighborhood Jake believed in is now Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward—a revitalized and popular urban oasis. Crowds flock to get a taste of Jake’s ice cream made from hormone free dairy, pure cane sugar, and all natural flavors. Even more fun are the flavor names! Although Jake’s is infamous for their Chocolate Slap Yo Mama and Brown Shugah Vanilla, there are around 200 other flavors to wrestle between and decipher.
Westside Provisions, Decatur Square, Krog Street, & The Avalon
Jeni’s believes that ice cream brings people together. But the people won’t come, unless the ice cream is scrumptious. Right? Well, that’s no problem for Jeni’s. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer has been making ice cream for over two decades, and in 2002 was at the forefront of the “artisan ice cream movement.” Amidst the many other flavors, a few more have stood out: Milkiest Chocolate, Gooey Butter Cake, Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach, and Genmaicha & Marshmallows.
P.S. Great date night spot!
749 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
4514 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338
Now located in three East Atlanta neighborhoods, Morelli’s Ice Cream debuted in 2008 and now is claiming the title, “Atlanta’s Favorite Ice Cream,” Morelli’s showcases a plethora of “unique and exotic” flavors. Their most popular flavor—and favorite of Conan O’Brien—is the Original Salted Caramel, whose recipe is only known by two staff members. If you dare, venture to try one of Morelli’s truly exotic flavors like Blueberry Corncake, Coconut Jalepeño, Red Raspberry Coke, or Ginger Lavender. If you’re feeling more “traditional,” but still want a Morelli’s specialty, order the rich and creamy Butter Pecan stuffed with Georgia pecans; Cookie Monster filled with OREOS, Famous Amous cookie crumbles; or Krispy Kreamier chock-full of Krispy Kreme donut chunks.
Queen of Cream
701 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30312
Located in the Inman Park neighborhood along Atlanta’s Beltline, Queen of Cream is ice cream royalty. Started in 2014 by two best friends who LOVE ice cream, Queen of Cream makes all of its ice cream 100% from scratch. Flavors like Deep Chocolate, Tahitian Vanilla Bean, and Sprinkle Cookie, are always available. In need of an ice cream fix AND caffeine jolt mid-afternoon, try a cup of their Revelator coffee or shot of espresso poured over a scoop of Deep Chocolate or Tahitian Vanilla Bean.
Vintage Frozen Custard
1021 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30218
This old-fashioned ice cream parlor in the West End on Howell Mill Rd. is a taste bud pleaser. Frozen custard was the original sweet treat of Coney Island carnivals in New York. It is “velvety smooth” by nature and bold in flavor. Vintage’s custard is no exception. Choose from one of their delightful sundae creations like Coffee Strudel (vanilla frozen custard, coffee caramel, & shortbread cookies), Blueberry Cobbler (vanilla frozen custard, blueberry compote, & shortbread cookie), or S’mores (vanilla frozen custard, marshmallow cream, graham cracker crumble, whipped cream & a cherry). If none of these suffice you can make your own concoction!
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