2021 Best Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.A
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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