Best Ice Cream Spots in the United States


Salt & Straw- Portland, Oregon

Salt & Straw’s Portland ice cream shop has flavors like Arbequina Olive Oil, Pear and Blue Cheese, and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle. The ice cream shop’s owner Kim Malek wanted to open a scoop store since 1996 and now has three locations in Portland, Oregon, five locations in Los Angeles, and one opening in San Francisco. It’s clear that people love Kim’s ice cream creations.

Three Twins Organic Ice Cream- San Rafael, California

Three Twins opened in 2005, when Neal Gottlieb, his twin brother, Carl, and Carl’s wife, Liz, also a twin, decided it was time to give the people of San Rafael delicious organic ice cream. The shop has over 20 different ice cream flavors, including bittersweet chocolate and banana nut confetti, to make your mouth water. The shop sells its ice cream flavors in pints, quarts, and singles so you can enjoy it with a friend or have it all to yourself.

Bi-Rite Creamery- San Francisco, California

Bi-Rite Creamery’s mission is to provide San Francisco residents with something different. The ice cream shop opened in 2006 and is the first shop to use Straus Family Creamery organic dairy, which is the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi River. The creamery features scoops such as salted caramel and Earl Grey, and staff favorite combos like the trifecta: a scoop of salted caramel, brown sugar with ginger caramel swirl, and malted vanilla with peanut brittle and chocolate.


Sweet Action Ice Cream- Denver, Colorado

All the ice cream at this shop is made by hand. The ice cream makers work with local farmers and bakers to give the people of Denver the best ice cream around. The shop has been featured in the Zagat as the Best Ice Cream Spot Around Denver and on USA Today’s 51 Great Ice Cream Parlors.

Moomers Homemade Ice Cream- Traverse City, Michigan

Moomers Homemade Ice Cream makes over 160 different flavors in its Traverse City location. It opened in 1998 when Nancy Plummer was living on a dairy farm and decided it was only right to create an ice cream shop. Today, Nancy’s two children run the shop. The ice cream shop was voted America’s Best Scoop on ABC’s Good Morning America in 2008.

Blue Marble- Brooklyn, New York

Two Brooklyn friends named Alexis and Jennie founded Blue Marble in 2007, an organic ice cream shop. Their delicious flavors include organic Mexican chocolate made from their favorite drinking chocolates of Jalisco, and organic midnight mint cookie, which tastes just like a yummy Girl Scout cookie.


Ice Cream Jubilee- Washington DC

Victoria, owner of Ice Cream Jubilee, was working at the Department of Homeland Security before opening an ice cream shop in Washington D.C. Her ice cream has been featured in USA Today, Tastemade, and Eater. The majority of the flavors offered are gluten-free, with scoops like passion fruit guava, pumpkin honeycomb, salty apple cinnamon, and strawberry white chocolate on offer.

The Juice Bar- Nantucket, Massachusetts

There are always long lines at The Juice Bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The shop features yummy homemade ice cream, freshly made waffle cones, and healthy juices. Some fan favorites include the Cookie Monster, the Dirty Grasshopper, and Crantucket. Owner Rob Lefebvre makes new flavors of ice cream every day and started incorporating vegan, gluten free and dairy free options for customers.


Toscanini’s- Cambridge, Massachusetts

Toscanini’s is Boston’s best ice cream and was named “The World’s Best Ice Cream” by the New York Times. The shop has been making ice cream since 1986 and is now a very successful family business. The shop offers tons of flavors including green tea, lime marshmallow, burnt butter cookies and cream, and fruit punch sorbet.

Margie’s Fine Candies- Chicago, Illinois

Margie’s Fine Candies has been making homemade shakes, hand-dipped candies, and ice cream for over 90 years. Famous Hollywood stars and athletes have all tried the fine treats at this shop, including Al Capone and even The Beatles after they performed at Comiskey Park.

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