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 shops in Austin, and get that sugar rush going!
1. Amy's Ice Creams
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 at this ice cream shop in Austin. 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!
Jeni’s is kinda new to the block when it comes to ice cream shops in 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.
3. Cold Cookie Company
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.
4. Gourdough's Big. Fat. Donuts.
Nothing beats donuts and beer. Better yet, nothing beats donuts topped with ice cream, and out of the many ice cream shops in Austin, this one 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!
5. Lick Honest Ice Creams
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.
6. The Baked Bear
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.
7. Zed's Ice Cream
This New Zealand-inspired ice cream shop is something you do not want to miss out on this summer. Zed’s Ice Cream is made out of real fruit and serves delicious treats all around. The flavors are authentic and fresh so that means that this is a dessert that everyone should have after every meal!
If you’re looking for more ice cream 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.