Ice cream is my favorite dessert. I prefer ice cream to cake, pie, cupcakes, candy… I love ice cream so much, I started an ATX Ice Cream Crawl (and did it not twice, but three times!) When the opportunity presented itself to blog about the Top 10 Places to get Ice Cream in Austin, I jumped at it! Want to see more Austin Best Eats lists? Check out the 2018 ATX Best Eats City Guide.
For this round-up, I wanted to choose a good variety of places. Let’s get started! In no particular order…
- Cow Tipping Creamery. I just said there’s no order here, but if you ask me what my personal favorite ice cream place is, it’s Cow Tipping Creamery. Their soft serve is simple – vanilla, chocolate, and one rotating special flavor each week. Where things get crazy is in their ‘stackers’. Stackers have alternating layers of soft serve and homemade toppings or baked goods. Basically, there’s just enough soft serve to hold all the extras together. A few other notable points: 1. They have bubble waffle cones, which are basically fresh, soft made waffles that hold your ice cream, and 2. They make their stackers in to-go pints so you can have Cow Tipping Creamery every day at home. 4715 S. Lamar Blvd., Sunset Valley, TX 78745
What to order – Chocolate lovers are going to DIE over their “Death by Chocolate” stacker.
- The Tasty Spoon. You’ll find a lot of neat things in the small houses-turned-retail on South 1st Street. If you like gelato and espresso, this is the place for you. They serve up some incredible espresso drinks alongside handcrafted gelato made from locally sourced ingredients. They also have a huge, dog friendly backyard space that is shaded with a 120 year old oak tree and framed by a very instagramable mural. 1413 S. First St., Austin, TX 78704
What to order – An affogato (gelato with expresso) with lavender gelato.
- Lick Honest Ice Creams. Maybe eating pounds of ice cream isn’t your thing. Maybe you just want a scoop or two of some REALLY good, high quality ice cream. Lick is where you will find that. Lick never uses artificial colors or flavors, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Everything, from the sauces, syrups, cakes and marshmallows is made by hand in their kitchen. They also know exactly which dairy farms their milk comes from and on which farms their produce is grown. With unique, rich flavors like “Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt,” “Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey,” and “Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint” you’ll be totally satisfied with just one scoop. 6555 Burnet Rd #200 / 1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135 / 1905 Aldrich St Suite 150, Austin, TX
What to order – “Caramel Salt Lick” and/or “Coffee with Cream.”
- Dolce Neve. This gelato is legit. Founder Francesca “received formal training at Carpigiani Gelato University (Bologna, Italy) and refined her skills working for Gianfrancesco Cutelli at Gelateria De’ Coltelli (Pisa, Italy), one of the best and most famous gelato shops in Italy, winner of the prestigious “Golosario” award in 2012.” She has since won more awards and world-wide gelato competitions. They have a wide variety of rotating flavors, including, Whiskey and Pecan, Tiramisu, and Mascarpone and Figs. Dolce Neve means “Sweet Snow” and my goodness, sweet it is. 1713 S 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
What to order – Matcha. Always matcha. If they have matcha, order it.
- Sweet Ritual. Vegans rejoice! And non-vegans, really, because when this place was located inside the Juiceland on Duval, I was there every Monday before night school. Certainly, though, this place deserved its own space and is now located on Airport Blvd. Their tag line is “Ice Cream for All” and I couldn’t agree more. They have six different bases from which they craft their delicious dessert: Coconut milk, almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, peanut butter, and a coconut milk/soy milk mix. 4631 Airport Blvd. Suite 125, Austin, Texas
What to order – Chocolate or vanilla chai.
- Holla Mode. This food truck serves Thai style ice cream, meaning they pour fresh, homemade, liquid ingredients of ice cream on to a frozen, stainless steel surface. Because it spreads thin (like a liquid does) the ice cream freezes right before your eyes! They then scrape it up into nice little ice cream rolls and stuff them into your cup. At the truck, you can watch them do the whole thing right in front of you. It’s pretty cool to watch (but does take some time.) You can also get your ice cream made with coconut milk, if you prefer. 1800 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704
What to order – The Honey Bear, because it comes with adorable little graham cracker teddy grams in each roll.
- Prohibition Creamery. Upgrade your post-work happy hour. Prohibition Creamery serves alcoholic ice cream and shakes, in addition to nonalcoholic ice cream, beer, and cocktails. With shakes like “Triple Bourbon,” “Irish coffee,” “Car Bomb,” and “Bananas Foster,” you’re sure to have a good time at Prohibition Creamery. 1407 E. 7th St., Austin, TX 78702
What to order – Whiskey Chocolate Ice Cream
- Amy’s Ice Creams. A classic. Perhaps best known for their Mexican Vanilla, they have over 350 rotating flavors. While originating in Austin, Amy’s has expanded to Houston and San Antonio. What I like most about Amy’s are the crush’ns and toppings. Just the other night, I had some delicious cookies and cream ice cream that was drenched in hot fudge (and it was at the Austin Stars hockey game – Amy’s is even inside the HEB Center in Cedar Park!). They’ve been a part of the Austin food scene since 1984 and have certainly earned taste. 12 locations around town
What to order – Anything! just be sure to include a crush’n and a topping to make the best dessert possible.
- Spun. Liquid nitrogen ice cream is very interesting. Faster than traditional freezing techniques, spinning ice cream with liquid nitrogen produces smaller, more condensed ice crystals and thus an intense purity of flavor and the creamiest, smoothest frozen treats science has to offer. You really can feel the difference in smoothness. What’s even more fun, is you can watch the ice cream go from liquid to ice cream right in front of you. It feels very science-y and awesome. 1912 East 7th Street, Austin, TX, 78702
What to order – Any flavor without the pairings, that way you can really feel the difference the liquid nitrogen makes.
- Cold Cookie Company. If you’re at UT right now, this is your ice cream joint. The Cold Cookie Co. truck makes some intense ice cream / cookie concoctions. If you are craving a Texas-sized ice cream treat, this is your place. They sell a bunch of different things, but my favorite is the “unshake.” Cold Cookie Co. takes your choice of ice cream and layers in cookies and other treats. Their cookies are delicious and they smash several into each unshake AND put a whole cookie on top. If you’re in the UT area (or not, it’s worth the drive), you have to visit this truck. 2512 Rio Grande, Austin, Texas 78705
What to order – an unshake with coffee Oreo ice cream and your choice of mix-ins and cookie flavors.
That wraps up the Top 10 Places to get Ice Cream in Austin! Let me know what you think! I plan on doing a ‘frozen treats’ round up. Similar to this one, but will include things like Sno Monster, Pokeatery’s Dole Whip, and so on. Any other frozen treats I should be aware of?