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

Best Ice Cream in Minneapolis

Minnesota Nice Cream | 807 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis
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 | 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?

Sonny’s Cafe | 3403 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: Personally, I still need to get here.  Anyone want to come with?

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.

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 ice cream shop I have been to. I thoroughly enjoyed this destination.

MaltTees | 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield
The scoop: Make a whole summer day at Veterans Memorial Park – swim at the pool, play a round of 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.

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St. Paul Ice Cream Shops

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

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.
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. Learn more about Izzy’s here.

Wonders Ice Cream | 298 University Ave, Saint Paul & 12410 Aberdeen Street #500, Blaine
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.

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Northwest Metro Ice Cream Shops

Big Dipper Creamery – 1250 126th Ave NE, Blaine
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 since it’s about 3 miles from our house. 

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!

Northeast Metro Ice Cream Shops

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.

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 you should get the kiddy size — just trust me on this one! There is also a St Paul location of Nelson’s.

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 even though it’s a little dark inside the shop.

Southeast Metro Ice Cream Shops

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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West Metro Ice Cream Shops

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.

Edina Creamery – 5055 France Ave, Edina
The scoop: Serves homemade ice cream. We had this years ago on an anniversary that was way before children.

Let us know if we missed your favorite and we would LOVE to do some research on it!


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