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.
Want to slurp down some free ice cream? Check our Free Ice Cream Days, Ice Cream Socials and Cheap Cones page.
the best ice cream in minneapolis
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.
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!
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!
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.
2743 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
The scoop: Ice cream shop with unique adult combos and kid-approved flavors.
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.
the best ice cream in 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.
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.
the best ice cream in the twin cities north metro
Ice cream shops in the northwest metro
1250 126th Ave NE, Blaine & North Oaks
The scoop: Serves homemade ice cream; open seasonally.
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!
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.
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
4687 Bald Eagle Ave., White Bear Lake
The scoop: Serves Cedar Crest ice cream.
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.
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.
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.
the best ice cream in the twin cities east metro
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.
the best ice cream in the south metro
ice cream shops in the southeast metro
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!
ice cream shops in the southwest metro
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.
the best ice cream in the twin cities west metro
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.
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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