FFTC’s Guide to the Best Ice Cream Shops in the Twin Cities

Nothing is more perfect for summer than an ice cream cone or shake or sundae or banana split or waffle cone or dish or…. you name it. If you want to enjoy frosty, creamy goodness, our round up of our favorite independent ice cream shops features the best ice cream around town. Got any to add to our list?

We also have a list of the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Twin Cities… OR make your own summer treat at home with this super simple and delicious recipe for homemade strawberry ice cream from SheCooksDesign.

little fingers scooping up fresh ice cream

Want to slurp down some free ice cream? Check our Free Ice Cream Days, Ice Cream Socials and Cheap Cones page.

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LaLa Homemade Ice Cream 

3146 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis
The scoop: With 16-18 rotating and creative flavors, you don’t know what you’ll find including concoctions like Purple Reign, Good Girl, and Charlotte’s Web. Find LaLa at Farmers Markets around the metro, too.

Minnesota Nice Cream 

807 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis (Also in Stillwater seasonally)
The scoop: Opened in 2016, this soft-serve cone emporium include 3 free toppings with each order. You can get your treat in a cone, dish, malt, shake or float. Yum Yum!

Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream

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. And did I mention incredibly delicious? Try their ice cream sandwiches and Brr Bars!

Sonny’s Cafe 

3403 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: Personally, I still need to get here.  Anyone want to come with? Serving gourmet flavors of ice cream, gelato & sorbet – Sonny’s claim to fame is whipping up over 1,000 different flavors throughout the year.

Milkjam Creamery 

2743 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: 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 (is that a term?) ice cream shop I have been to. I thoroughly enjoyed this destination. Currently open for take home pints and quarts from 12-6pm.

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Cold Front 

490 Hamline Ave. S, St. Paul
The scoop: Cold Front is in the Highland neighborhood of St Paul. Delicious, inventive flavors, an old-fashioned malt shop vibe and their “Snowball Flights” – each one includes four mini-cones — make them distinctive.

Conny’s Creamy Cone 

1197 N Dale St., St. Paul
The scoop: Conny’s claim to fame is her 27 flavors of soft-serve ice cream offered at great prices – kids scoops starting at just over a dollar. Open Seasonally.

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. Offering online ordering & curbside pickup.

Wonders Ice Cream 

298 University Ave, Saint Paul & Mall of America
The scoop: Rolled ice cream is a new phenomenon that I had the privilege of experiencing for the first time on the streets of Thailand.  And it was amazing!  I’m so excited that we have a Rolled Ice Cream Shop in St. Paul now.


Reader Recommendation LUV Ice Cream

2587 7th Ave E, North St Paul (also online and at local grocery stores)
Reader Andrea recommends LUV Ice Cream as an “amazing” and “creamy” sugar free option.

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Ice cream shops in the northwest metro

Big Dipper Creamery 

1250 126th Ave NE, Blaine & North Oaks
The scoop: Serves homemade ice cream; open seasonally.

Blue Sun Soda Shop 

1625 Cty Hwy 10 Spring Lake Park, MN
The scoop: Look for Ice Cream Float days when Blue Sun will add a free scoop of ice cream to any soda purchase!

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. Open seasonally.

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!

Ice cream shops in the 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: This yummy soft serve joint is the pride of White Bear Lake. The prices will have you crying tears of joy. Open seasonally.

Nelson’s Ice Cream 

920 Olive St. W, Stillwater & Snelling Ave, St Paul
The scoop: Serves Cedar Crest ice cream. First-timers, all I want to suggest to you is that you should get the kiddy size — please just trust me on this one! Open seasonally.

Schoony’s Malt Shop and Pizzeria 

384 Bench St., Taylors Falls
The scoop: Serves Cedar Crest ice cream so it’s fantastic. Over 50 flavors for you to choose from and has a fun atmosphere.

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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. Selma’s is a great deal and a sweet stop after visiting Afton area attractions such as AFTON STATE PARK or the CARPENTER ST CROIX VALLEY NATURE CENTER.

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ice cream shops in the southeast metro

Hastings Dairy Store

Formally known as the Hastings Co-op Creamery, their chocolate shakes are simply THE BEST we’ve ever had. Ice cold and refreshing. A small size is super satisfying and just over a buck!

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Malt-Tees Malt Shop

6335 Portland Ave, Richfield
The scoop: Make a whole summer day at RICHFIELD VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK – swim at the pool, play a round of mini golf at MALT-TEES MINIATURE GOLF, rent a surrey bike from Wheel Fun Rentals and top it all off with an old-fashioned malt from this ice cream joint. Open seasonally.

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Adele’s Frozen Custard 

800 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.

Edina Creamery 

4940 France Ave, Edina
The scoop: Serves homemade ice cream. We had this years ago on an anniversary that was way before children. Must have been delicious or it wouldn’t have stuck with me all these years!

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  8. I noticed LUV ice cream cafe was not on here. It’s in North Saint Paul. Granted it is a sugar free Ice Cream shop but the ice cream is amazing and so creamy. If you haven’t tried it, I recommend.

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