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

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Ice Cream Shoppes

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, here’s a round up of most of the independent ice cream shoppes around town. What’s your favorite?

Minneapolis Ice Cream Shoppes

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 flavors, you don’t know what you’ll find including flavors 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 shoppe I have been to.  I thoroughly enjoyed this destination.

Malt-T-Melts | 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield
The scoop:  This is the best place to grab a yummy cone if you are looking for a fun day away in an iconic Americana summer experience.

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St. Paul Ice Cream Shoppes

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.

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 Shoppe in St. Paul now.

East Metro Ice Cream Shoppes

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.

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.

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.

Northeast Metro Ice Cream Shoppes

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.

North Metro Ice Cream Shoppes

Big Dipper Creamery – 1250 126th Ave NE, Blaine
The scoop: Serves homemade ice cream; open seasonally.

Central Metro Ice Cream Shoppes

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. 

West Metro Ice Cream Shoppes

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.

Northwest Metro Ice Cream Shoppes

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!


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


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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 www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

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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