Twin Cities Best Ice Cream Shoppes

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Nothing is more perfect for summer than an ice cream cone or shake or sundae or banana split or waffle cone or dish or….well, you name it.  Ice cream is perfect for the summer.  Well, all year round actually, but especially in the summer.  If you want to enjoy frosty, creamy goodness, here’s a round up of all the independent ice cream shoppes around town.  Where’s your favorite?


Sebastian Joe’s – 4321 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis OR 1007 Franklin Ave S, Minneapolis
The scoop: At the corner of Hennepin and Franklin in Minneapolis and in Linden Hills, Sebastian Joe’s is a Twin Cities destination for any ice cream lover. It is exquisite, expensive, and exclusive.  I write more here.

Crema Cafe – 3403 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: Serves Sonny’s Ice Cream

Milkjam Creamery – 2743 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: New ice cream shop with unique adult combos and kid-approved flavors

Pumphouse Creamery – 4754 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: I think this is the most natural-ingrediented ice cream shoppe I have been to.  I thoroughly enjoyed this destination.  Here is more of the story.

St. Paul

Cold Front – 490 Hamline Ave. S, St. Paul
The scoop: Cold Front is on Hamline Avenue and Randolph across the street from Cretin-Derham Hall High School.

Conny’s Creamy Cone – 1197 N Dale St., St. Paul
The scoop: Conny’s Creamy Cone is located on the corner of Maryland and Dale. It’s red and white with a giant ice cream cone reaching out to anyone with an ice cream craving. Another soft serve place with great prices!
Grand Ole Creamery – 750 Grand Ave., St. Paul & 4737 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis

The scoop: Grand Ole Creamery is a delightful icon of Grand Avenue and now it’s in Minneapolis, too, by Lake Nokomis.  Check out my review here.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe – 2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul & 1110 Second St. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe was the ice cream shoppe that began my quest for the best ice cream cone in the Twin Cities.  It was fun research and you can find out what I learned here.

East Metro

Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour – 3419 St. Croix Trail S, Afton
The scoop: The oldest ice cream shop in Minnesota serves Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream from Madison, Wisconsin (same as Cold Front and Two Scoops).

Nelson’s Ice Cream – 920 Olive St. W, Stillwater
The scoop: Serves Cedar Crest Ice Cream. All I want to suggest to you is that get the kiddy size — just trust me on this one!

Schoony’s Malt Shop and Pizzeria – 384 Bench St., Taylors Falls
The scoop: Serves Cedar Crest Ice Cream so it’s really good. Over 50 flavors for you to choose from and has a fun atmosphere even though it’s a little dark inside the shop.

Knoke’s Chocolates – 220 Locust St., Hudson, WI
The scoop: Just across the border into Wisconsin, you will find the fanciest little candy and ice cream shoppe serving Brown’s and Cedar Crest ice cream.  Read about my visit here.

Northeast Metro

Ozzie’s Great American Ice Cream – 4687 Bald Eagle Ave., White Bear Lake
The scoop: Serves Cedar Crest Ice Cream

Cup and Cone – 2126 4th St., White Bear Lake
The scoop: Yummy soft serve joint is the pride of White Bear Lake.  You can read my review here.

North Metro

Big Dipper Creamery – 1250 126th Ave NE, Blaine
The scoop: Serves homemade ice cream; shop is not open during the winter.

Central Metro

Patti’s Ice Cream & Sweet Shop – 2465 Fairview Ave. N, Roseville
The scoop: It’s in the same building as Dunn Brothers so if you are in the mood for coffee or in the mood for ice cream, it’s a one stop shop!

Grandpa’s Homemade Premium Ice Cream Shoppe – 1258 East Moore Lake Dr., Fridley
The scoop: Hand-dipped ice cream made in house.  This is a favorite of our family’s since it’s about 3 miles from our house.  You can read more of my opinion here.

West Metro

Adele’s Frozen Custard800 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior
The scoop: I remember going to Adele’s when I was a little girl, but that was the last time I was there. Until last summer, and the custard was just as tasty as I remember it. If you like rich and creamy frozen desserts, you will love Adele’s.  Read more about it here.

Edina Creamery – 5055 France Ave., Minneapolis
The scoop: Serves homemade ice cream. We had this years ago on an anniversary that was way before children–maybe like 12 years ago?  What I remember is that it was a cute shop!

Northwest Metro

Two Scoops – 1918 – 2nd Ave S, Anoka
The scoop: Featuring Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream from Madison, Wisconsin, Two Scoops is a fun small town stop!  Read more here.

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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