When Texas summers last for 8 months of the year, having a guide to Austin’s best ice cream shops in your back pocket will always come in handy when you need a sweet and tasty treat to cool off.
Whether you’re looking for a build-your-own spot that features frozen yogurt or the classic scoops on a cone, there are plenty of places in the capitol city to visit. Here’s our guide to finding the best ice cream shops in Austin.
Opened in 2011, LICK Honest Ice Creams are crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced responsibly by several local farmer and artisans who are all committed to sustainability. Crafting everything from scratch, including the cakes, cookies, and sauces, to the syrup and marshmallows, the team at LICK churns every pint and batch of ice cream to serve up the freshest, most honest ice creams in Austin. (Photo Credit: LICK Facebook)
4715 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite #103
If you can’t decide between the DIY nature that comes with frozen yogurt and the decadence that generally comes with traditional ice cream, Cow Tipping Creamery is your place! This frozen dessert haven features soft-serve sundaes with enough topping choices to please even the pickiest eater. Their menu is home to 9 creatively delicious combos that can be made with chocolate, vanilla or their weekly specialty flavored soft serve. One of their most popular is the “It’s Your Birthday” which is layered with funfetti cake chunks, birthday cake crumb, rainbow sprinkles and white chocolate sauce. (no birthday required) And if you don’t find a menu item that speaks to you, they also have a build-your-own option to make your wildest sundae dreams a reality. (Photo Credit: Cow Tipping Creamery Facebook)
1407 E 7th St
When you’re in the mood for a more adult dessert, Prohibition Creamery has you covered. While they also offer non-alcoholic ice cream, they’re best known for their boozy and CBD infused creations. Their scoopable flavors vary daily, but you can always order a milkshake, float or sundae from their everyday menu. Some of their milkshake flavors include Bananas Foster, Irish Coffee or the Triple Bourbon. Non-dairy flavors are also available! (Photo Credit: Hayden Walker)
Amy’s Ice Cream
Multiple locations in Austin
6812 Ranch Rd 620 N
Just like Austin, Cold Cookie Company is anything but ordinary. They not only serve ice cream that’s delicious on its own, but also cookies that can be a simple topping or blended into one of their shakes. They’re also famous for their ice cream sandwiches and “unshakes” which is just like a milkshake, but much thicker because of all the ice cream and toppings that you’re getting. And while they started as a food truck, Cold Cookie Company has recently expanded to a brick and mortar to make their delicious ice cream even more accessible. (Photo Credit: Hayden Walker)
9600 Escarpment Blvd Suite #900
If you’re looking for classic ice cream with decadent flavors, check out Austin Scoops in southwest Austin. They have traditional options like strawberry, chocolate and vanilla bean, but also flavors for the more adventurous palate like butterbeer and roasted marshmallow which are both on the permanent everyday menu. They put their focus on the highest quality ingredients which is truly what makes all of their ice creams stand out, even the more classic flavors. They also offer sorbet for a non-dairy and fat-free option! (Photo Credit: Austin Scoops Facebook)
Anti-Social Ice Cream Co.
6550 Comanche Trail #109
If you prefer to shy away from dairy, Anti-Social Ice Cream Co. could be your new go-to spot. Instead of having a few flavors that are vegan, their whole store is dedicated to the concept. But you won’t feel like you’ve missed out on full fat ice cream with their available flavors like banana caramel, birthday cake and mint chocolate chip. They have scoopable options, soft-serve, milkshakes and even ice cream sandwiches complete with a number of vegan topping options to please even the biggest dairy advocate. (Photo credit: Anti-Social Ice Cream Facebook)
The Baked Bear
211 Walter Seaholm Dr #150
Although ice cream is amazing on its own, nothing has ever been made worse by adding a warm chocolate chip cookie–and that’s The Baked Bear’s philosophy. You can choose between 10 cookie flavors, and 25 topping options for your ice cream sandwich or “bear bowl” which is essentially a deconstructed version of their ice cream sandwich. You’ll have no problem finishing your creation, but choosing between all of the delicious options? No guarantee there. (Photo Credit: The Baked Bear Facebook)