If there’s one thing I learned while blogging in 2018, it’s that you guys LOVE ice cream as much as I do. I reworked the blog quite a bit to make sure I was creating the best 2019 Austin Ice Cream Guide possible! Since I’m sure I’ll have many repeat readers, I’ve split the blog into two parts – “Classics” and “Ready for More?” When the sweet tooth hits, this list will have you covered. In no particular order, let’s get started!
Classics: These are classic Austin ice cream spots. If you’re new to Austin or visiting for the first time, I’d recommend checking out this section first.
Cow Tipping Creamery
4715 S. Lamar Blvd. Sunset Valley, TX 78745
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 waffles that hold your ice cream, 2. They make their stackers in to-go pints so you can have Cow Tipping Creamery every day at home, and 3. In addition to their regular menu, they have featured stackers which include their newest crazy concoctions.
Lick Honest Ice Creams
Several Austin Locations!
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. They never use 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 “Caramel Salt Lick” you’ll be totally satisfied with just one scoop. They’ve also started making a “frosty hot cocoa”! Their cocoa recipe is made with local SRSLY Chocolate and is topped with two ice cream scoops of your choice.
1713 South 1st Street Austin, TX 78704
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.
1407 E 7th Street Austin, TX 78702
Upgrade your post-work happy hour. Prohibition Creamery serves alcoholic ice cream and shakes, in addition to 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 (they also have nonalcoholic ice cream, just saying). Also, in a major update, Prohibition Creamery has added the “Afternoon Delight” to their menu. It’s red velvet ice cream infused with CBD. CBD ice cream! Just as a reminder, CBD is derived from cannabis, but does not have THC, so no, this ice cream will not get you high.
603 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704
You probably drive by Sandy’s all the time, but have you tried their soft serve custard? Ok, you probably have – that’s why it’s a classic. If you’re new to or visiting Austin, don’t sleep on this little hamburger stand. It’s been a part of the city since 1946! You can get a regular cone (what I have pictured below) or you can get it dipped in chocolate. You can also go for something fancier, like a shake or sundae. Personally, the simple vanilla cone was comforting, delicious, and just what I needed.
Amy’s Ice Creams
Several Austin Locations!
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.
Cold Cookie Company
2512 Rio Grande St. Austin, TX 78705
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.
Sweet Ritual Ice Cream
4631 Airport Blvd, Suite 125 Austin, TX 78751
Vegans rejoice! And non-vegans, really. 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. Pictured below is “Unicorn Poop” in a dark chocolate dairy-free Konery waffle cone. Also, the mural in the background is part of their new interior space! Since the renovation in the fall of 2018, their space has at least doubled in size. There’s now plenty of space to peruse the ice creams, order, and sit to enjoy your vegan dessert.
Ready for more? If you’ve been in Austin for a while, or already ate your way through my original 2018 list, then here’s an expanded list of excellent ice cream!
The Baked Bear
211 Walter Seaholm Drive Suite LR150 Austin, TX 78701
If you’re ready to go full on EXTRA with your ice cream, The Baked Bear is where you do it. Make sure you come in hungry – maybe on a dessert-for-dinner kind of night. You can craft your epic ice cream sandwich using any combination of their freshly baked cookies and ice creams. You can even make it a brownie sandwich! I arrived right when they opened and the smell of the cookies coming out of the oven was overwhelmingly amazing. I’ve always felt the cookies in an ice cream sandwich were just objects to hold the ice cream, but at The Baked Bear, the cookies are just as satisfying as the ice cream itslef. On top of all that, you can pick a “topping” that your sandwich gets rolled in. Boom.
1912 e. 7th st // 11920 Domain Drive // 4805 Burnet Drive
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.
Milky Way Shakes
2908 Fruth St Austin TX, 78705
Even though I was alone when I tried Milk Way Shakes, I made an audible “woah!” when I first sipped my shake. I was shocked by the incredible flavors this little vegan food truck was putting out. I ordered their “Violet Beauregarde” and the mix of blueberry filling and chocolate soft serve was perfect. I basically chugged it down. Also, Milky Way Shakes is located at Spider House (a cafe/bar with a huge outdoor patio/courtyard space). If you’re visiting Austin and want to catch a glimpse of “Austin weird,” Spider House isn’t a bad hit.
1701 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX
You’ve probably seen Nadamoo! dairy-free ice cream pints at Randall’s, HEB, or other smaller grocery stores. Their “Scoop Shop” opened on S Lamar last fall and OMG it is so cute. The decor is classic ice cream soda fountain meets carnival fun (because of the huge sprinkles on the exterior walls). I had to order two desserts when I visited because when I realized Nadamoo! was making affogatos, I knew I needed to try it, in addition to a regular scoop on a cone. For my affogato, I decided to try their latest collaboration with Curcuma. That’s right – Golden Mylk ice cream! For my cone, I went with “caramel cold-brew and cookies” and “peppermint latte.” Both were incredibly delicious and I cannot wait to visit again!
Frozen Rolls Creamery
704 North Lamar Blvd Austin, Texas 78703
For a fun change from your usual cones and shakes, try some of the Thai-style rolled ice cream from Frozen Rolls. The people at Frozen Rolls are so nice! Their customer service is A+ for sure. I met the owner and he was happily talking to each person that had ordered ice cream. While my ice cream was being rolled, the personable lady behind the counter made me feel welcome by encouraging me to take as many photos as I wanted! It’s kind of a fun, unique process, so I wanted to Boomerang it, ok? She was all about it, which I loved. I was also pretty impressed with their toppings selection, which included things like mochi and pocky sticks. I tried their most popular flavor – cookies and cream – with Nutella, peanut butter pieces, and chocolate dipped pocky sticks.
There you have it! My 2019 updated list with the BEST ice cream in Austin. If you’re looking for more of the “2019 Best Places to Eat in Austin” lists, from cupcakes to BBQ to east side hot spots, check out the complete list of city guides HERE!