A guide to the best ice cream shops in Austin

Austin American-Statesman - - THE PLANNER - By Katey Psen­cik kpsen­cik@states­man.com

Ev­ery­one knows one of the best ways to get through a hot sum­mer in Texas is with ice cream. Creamy, won­der­ful, de­li­cious ice cream. We’ve rounded up the best ice cream shops in Austin (and even threw in a few gelato, frozen yo­gurt, cus­tard and soft serve shops, for good mea­sure) to add to your must-visit list to beat the heat. This is just a sam­pling; for the full list, visit austin360.com.

Amy’s Ice Creams

The quin­tes­sen­tial Austin ice cream­ery, Amy’s has 12 lo­ca­tions through­out Austin, seven stan­dard fla­vors and a con­stantly changing ro­ta­tion of spe­cialty fla­vors (the Shiner one is re­ally good, es­pe­cially with choco­late). You can also add a va­ri­ety of “crush’ns” (crushed up good­ies mixed in with your ice cream) or top­pings, from candy bars to marsh­mal­lows to home­made whipped cream, and the friendly Amy’s em­ployee mak­ing your or­der may even throw in a few tricks. If you’re go­ing on an ice cream tour of Austin, Amy’s should be your first stop.

Berry Austin

The lo­cally owned frozen yo­gurt shop has a lo­ca­tion in North­west Austin and one down­town on Congress Av­enue and is all about healthy live ac­tive yo­gurt cul­tures, which health ex­perts say help with di­ges­tion and gut health. The shop of­fers 10 soft-serve frozen yo­gurt fla­vors at once, in­clud­ing nine non­fat or low-fat yo­gurt fla­vors and a dairyfree sor­bet. Most yo­gurt fla­vors are gluten-free, and all are cer­ti­fied Kosher.

Cow Tip­ping Cream­ery

As far as ice cream goes, this joint has it all: sun­daes, shakes, cones and more. Yelp re­view­ers rec­om­mend the “bub­ble cone” and “donut cone,” which are ex­actly what they sound like.

Dolce Neve

The South Austin gela­te­ria, opened by a gelato lover who re­ceived for­mal train­ing in Italy, features eight “sta­ple” fla­vors like Choco­late 70% and Vanilla from Mada­gas­car, as well as ro­tat­ing and sea­sonal fla­vors like whiskey and pe­can, eggnog, tiramisu and more.

Gela­te­ria Gemelli

This East Austin gela­te­ria serves gelato (ob­vi­ously), cock­tails and coffee. You can even add a dol­lop of gelato into your cock­tail, which gives you end­less fla­vor com­bi­na­tions to en­joy the sweet, boozy treats.

Holla Mode

Not only is the Thai-style rolled ice cream de­li­cious, it’s beau­ti­ful — and it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to watch the food truck em­ploy­ees make it right in front of you.

Lick Hon­est Ice Creams

The shop opened in 2011 and quickly rose to promi­nence in Austin, thanks to the store’s unique fla­vors and “hon­est” pol­icy — mean­ing the shop strives to use “pure, whole­some in­gre­di­ents” in its ice cream. The re­sults is are de­li­cious and come in some amaz­ing fla­vors: goat cheese, thyme and honey; dark choco­late, olive oil and sea salt; caramel salt lick and roasted beets and fresh mint. The sea­sonal fla­vors, like dew­berry corn cob­bler or lemon laven­der, are just as de­li­cious, as are the ve­gan/dairy-free fla­vors like tequila lime co­conut or ve­gan vanilla berry.


The cam­pus-area shop’s tagline is “gourmet ice cream meets warm cook­ies” and features 12 types of cook­ies to be paired with 16 dif­fer­ent fla­vors of ice cream with an as­sort­ment of top­pings. Cook­ies and brown­ies are baked fresh ev­ery day.

Pro­hi­bi­tion Cream­ery

“A lit­tle booze won’t hurt,” reads Pro­hi­bi­tion Cream­ery’s web­site. That’s right — the East Austin shop of­fers al­co­hol and ice cream com­bi­na­tions like mez­cal vanilla, whiskey choco­late, san­gria sor­bet and more. (Not all the fla­vors have booze, so you can also find some kid-friendly treats here.)

Spun Ice Cream

Two words: Liq­uid ni­tro­gen. Ap­par­ently it’s the se­cret to great ice cream. From Spun’s web­site: “At neg­a­tive 321°F (that’s more than five times colder than Bar­ton Springs), liq­uid ni­tro­gen helps us de­liver a vel­vety smooth, creamy tex­ture with­out the need for added milk­fat. Plus, some food sci­ence ex­perts say flash freez­ing pre­serves the nu­tri­ents in foods bet­ter. We go from raw in­gre­di­ents to fin­ished prod­uct in min­utes right be­fore your eyes.”


The award-win­ning gelato shop, ranked among the top five at the Gelato World Cham­pi­onship in Italy, has been an Austin gelato sta­ple since 2003. It’s since ex­panded to sell­ing its wares in H-E-B, so you can even have de­li­cious fla­vors like Ital­ian peanut but­ter cup, goat cheese and cherry, Tex­i­can vanilla and salted caramel from the com­fort of your couch.

The Sci­ence Cream

“Atom­i­cally de­li­cious” ice cream shop The Sci­ence Cream uses liq­uid ni­tro­gen and of­fers fla­vors like straw­berry cheese­cake, pis­ta­chio oil and non-dairy sor­bets, as well as sea­sonal fla­vors like pump­kin spice, eggnog and dulce de leche.

Yeti Frozen Cus­tard

This food truck of­fers a range of frozen cus­tard fla­vors like bour­bon vanilla, lemon laven­der, cin­na­mon toast and more. You can even vote on the truck’s lat­est fla­vor on­line (I’m gun­ning for green chili choco­late, just out of cu­rios­ity). You can buy Yeti cus­tard at lo­cal shops like Sprouts and Wheatsville Co-Op.


Spun Ice Cream uses liq­uid ni­tro­gen to make ice cream, which achieves a creamy tex­ture with­out us­ing extra milk­fat.


En­joy a small coffee ice cream with Heath Bar crush-ins — and any num­ber of other frozen com­bi­na­tions — from the Amy’s Ice Creams shops.


Shakes from Cow Tip­ping Cream­ery in­clude, left to right, Co­coa Cookie Crumb, Dark­est Choco­late and Birthday Cake Shake.

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