According to Treebird: The Best Ice Cream Shops in Atlanta!
National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, July 21st and we want to help you navigate through the many delicious creameries around Atlanta. Because what good is a National Day without partaking in the celebration (actually the entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month, so you have an excuse to continue treating yourself well past this weekend).
And with temperatures like these, ice cream should easily be considered a primary food group of the summer.
Big Softie is new in town. This shop just hit the scene this summer. Their soft serve is made of local Georgia dairy and organic cane sugar, so you can imagine how smooth and creamy it is.
Forrest recommends keeping it classic. “I’m a vanilla fanatic.”
Ponce City Market
You may have thought we went a little off course by mentioning a gelato place, but did you know gelato is the Italian word for ice cream? The minor difference is that gelato just has a higher proportion of milk and is churned slower. It deserves its accolades too.
Turns out, this place is an office favorite.
Lauren recommends their Brown Butter flavor mixed with Dark Chocolate. It’s “to die for.”
Jessica is more drawn to gelato of the fruit variety and suggests you go for “anything with peaches or cherries.”
Lenox Mall, Old Fourth Ward
Queen of Cream describes themselves as “premium ice cream for modern tastebuds”. With flavors like Lavender Honeycomb, Black Pearl, and one of their seasonals—Guava Cheesecake, we’re inclined to agree.
Katie recommends the Cookies and Cream and loves this creamery because they serve coffee at their locations too.
Buckhead, Forest Park, East Atlanta, Little 5 Points
Zesto is an Atlanta classic. It’s been around since 1949. Their soft serve is so creamy and you can have it in a cone, ice cream float, milkshake, or sundae. They also sell real food too like burgers and hot dogs, so you can knock out two meals at once—dinner and dessert.
Theodora recommends the Brown Crown. It’s soft serve on a cone, dipped in rich milk chocolate. “So.good.”
Star Provisions Market & Cafe is the ultimate foodie destination. You can dine in for lunch, all while shopping for meats, cheese, and cookwares. But it doesn’t stop there, they have a bakery filled with sweet treats. Yup, including milky, smooth soft serve. Try it drizzled with chocolate or opt for the flavorful sea salt and olive oil and thank us later.
Jaci recommends the affogato (soft serve with a shot of espresso), but also recommends “any place that has mint chocolate chip!” We’re looking at you Jeni’s Splendid and Jake’s
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