2020 Best Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.A

Salt & Straw, one of GAYOT's Best Ice Cream Shops in America

Top 10 Ice Cream Parlors in America

Looking for a tasty frozen treat? Whether you prefer traditional flavors such as chocolate and vanilla, or something more offbeat (blueberry mojito, perhaps?), you're sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop at one of the spots on GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in the U.S. Also included are a few picks for superior gelato and frozen custard.

> Check out GAYOT's guide to find the Best Ice Cream Shops near you.

 
Arethusa Farm
QB

Manolo Blahnik bosses George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis transformed 300 acres across the way from their Litchfield residence into Connecticut's most fashionable farm. Stop by the Arethusa Farm creamery and enjoy fresh ice cream in "Old Fashioned" flavors such as chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, coffee, strawberry and mint chip. See More

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Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop
QB

Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop in San Francisco features a commitment to top-tier local, organic ingredients and green practices. Winners include the celebrated salted caramel ice cream, caramelized-banana split and Sam's Sundae — chocolate ice cream topped with blood orange olive oil and Maldon sea salt. See More

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Bottega Italiana
QB

If you're seeking a scoop of something cold and sweet near Seattle's Pike Place Market, Bottega Italiana gelato shop has you covered. Perennial favorites include hazelnut and salted caramelo, all offered in cups or tucked inside a crisp waffle cone. See More

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The Creole Creamery
QB

Locals and tourists alike line up for sweet treats from The Creole Creamery in New Orleans. In addition to classic ice cream flavors, you'll find such offerings as Creole cream cheese, lavender honey and blueberry mojito sorbet. See More

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gelato-go
QB

Indulge in artisanal gelato and sorbet with fresh Italian ingredients and seasonal fruits at gelato-go, which has locations throughout Florida and the Los Angeles area. Ice cream lovers might encounter flavors like tiramisu, passion fruit and limoncello. See More

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Lick Honest Ice Creams
QB

Austin-based Lick Honest Ice Creams takes pride in making ice cream without using any preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial colors or flavors. Some of the interesting concoctions marry sweet and savory tastes, as in the goat cheese, thyme and honey ice cream. See More

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Margie's Candies
QB

Climb into one of the jukebox booths at Margie's Candies in Chicago and grab a spoon or a straw to enjoy one of the 10-plus, all-natural, homemade ice cream flavors. Not much has changed since the shop opened in 1921, from the recipes to the old-time décor, but that's a good thing. See More

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Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream
QB

Former pastry Nick Morgenstern channels his culinary creativity into frozen form at Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream. New York ice cream aficionados line up for unique flavors like Vietnamese coffee and banana curry. See More

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Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Company
QB

Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Company in Alexandria, Virginia, brings back memories of good old times and quality ice cream served in heaping scoops. The recipes were originally created by Ray "Pop" Giovanni, who catered events at the White House. (First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a fan of his ice cream.) See More

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Salt & Straw
QB

Salt & Straw has grown from a single ice cream cart to a mini-chain of scoop shops with locations in Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. Classic flavors like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and Chocolate Gooey Brownie are crowd-pleasers, but be sure to sample some of the rotating inventive creations. See More

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