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The Best Ice Cream You Can Find in Austin

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, especially when it’s Amy’s Ice Creams! But better yet, Austin has even more spots that will treat your sweet tooth while you explore the downtown vicinity.

Check out our top picks for the best ice cream dessert shops in Austin, and get that sugar rush going! 

If you’re a true Austinite, you know all about Amy’s Ice Creams and you totally get why the hype is real. With a wide range of flavors and great customer service, you’ll never be disappointed here. Amy’s Ice Creams not only serves up delicious ice cream flavors but folds in some of the best toppings. One of our absolute favorite toppings is cookie dough. You can expect huge cookie dough chunks and lots of them because Amy’s Ice Creams know what they are doing and we are here for it always!

🗓 SUN–THUR | 11:30AM–10PM
🗓 FRI–SAT | 11:30AM–11PM

📍 1012 W 6th St B, Austin, TX 78703

Jeni’s is kinda new to the block when it comes to Austin, but it became a staple real quick. The buttercream body of their very unique flavors leaves you wanting more with each bite. They even have cake flavors! Jeni’s is conveniently located both in the south of downtown and north (at the Domain), so really you can hit it up whenever you are out and about. You can even grab a to-go pint.

🗓 MON-FRI | 12PM–11PM
🗓 SAT-SUN | 11AM–11PM

📍 1208 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

UT students are super lucky to be in the vicinity of this food truck, because the Cold Cookie creations are out of this world. As they say, you can have your wildest ice cream dreams come to life here. From ice cream flavors, to topics and an assortment of cookies, this is a dessert you’ll remember forever. Try one of their unshakes.

🗓 MON-FRI | 4PM–12AM
🗓 SAT-SUN | 12PM–12AM

📍 2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

Nothing beats donuts and beer. Better yet, nothing beats donuts topped with ice cream, and Gourdough’s has got us covered on that! Our favorite dessert donuts from Gourdough’s are the Fat Elvis, Sin A Bomb, and the Naughty and Nice. Try them out for yourself and let us know what you think!

🗓 MON–FRI | 10AM–12AM
🗓 SAT–SUN | 8AM–12AM

📍 Location: 1503 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Lick uses the purest ingredients in their artisanal ice creams. Never using artificial colors or flavors, you can trust that Lick will not only be delicious but your body will thank you for giving it a desssert that isn’t filled with lots of fake stuff.

🗓 SUN–THUR | 12PM–9PM
🗓 FRI–SAT | 12PM–10PM

📍 1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704

We take our ice cream sandwiches very seriously, and The Baked Bear does it right every single time. Located conveniently next to the downtown Trader Joe’s, you have to pop in on your next grocery run! Get your dessert customized to your liking, and you won’t be disappointed. We promise.

🗓 Every Day | 12PM–11PM

📍 211 Walter Seaholm Dr #150, Austin, TX 78701

Now if you’re looking for something healthier, we added an extra treat, just for you, to our guide! Go local with Berry Austin’s froyo, smoothies, and bowls that are the perfect tasty treat for any part of your day. With a wide range of flavors and combinations to choose from, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds!

🗓 MON–FRI | 2PM–10PM
🗓 SAT–SUN | 1PM–10PM

📍 Location: 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram  to keep up with all of the best stuff to do in Austin and be sure to tag us in your dessert pics @StuffToDoInAustin so we can follow along!

If you’re looking for more dessert shops in Austin but in your neck of the woods check out our Austin City Guide and get ready to learn more about your part of town than you ever thought possible. 

Mason Yarbrough

Mason Yarbrough

Mason is a blogger and author for the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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