Nashville’s Best Ice Cream

Whether it's a post-show cone or a midday milkshake, Nashville has no shortage of great ice cream. When the dog days of summer call for a cold treat, use this trusty guide.

The Classics

Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar This 2nd Avenue institution is a short walk from Lower Broadway and the Ryman Auditorium and offers the perfect post-concert treat, whether it’s a scoop of red velvet or banana pudding ice cream. Learn More

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip Bobbie’s might’ve opened in 1951, but the place feels like it hasn’t changed a bit. Dipped soft-serve cones are larger than life and decadent shakes boast mix-ins galore. On a warm summer night, there’s nothing better. Learn More

Elliston Place Soda Shop As Nashville’s oldest continuously operating restaurant, Elliston Place has earned the reputation of having the city’s best chocolate malted milkshake. You never know when you might rub elbows with a star or politician here. Learn More

The Gourmet

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams After its first Nashville location opened in 2011, Jeni’s has become the standard bearer for inventive, artisanal ice cream. The shop’s Yazoo Sue flavor is made with local beer and savory bar nuts. Learn More

Legato Gelato Legato Gelato provides the taste of an Italian vacation in the heart of Edgehill. Rich and smooth, a number of flavors on the menu also happen to be vegan and gluten-free and are still equally indulgent. Learn More

Las Paletas Not quite ice cream and not quite the popsicles you grew up eating, these Mexican frozen treats are the prettiest, freshest thing you could ever eat on a stick. Try the shop’s creamy avocado pop, a surprising flavor that refreshes. Learn More

The Playful

The Pied Piper Creamery This quirky creamery is known for its rotating lineup of clever flavors, such as a Baby Got Baklava and Cherry Springer, and features a prominent shrine dedicated to Tom Selleck. Just go with it. Learn More

The Soda Parlor The root beer float returns to the spotlight at East Nashville’s hip Soda Parlor. Enjoy a free round of Ms. Pac-Man and a sugar rush courtesy of ice cream-topped Belgian waffle known as a “Mondae.” Learn More

Bradley’s Creamery It’s hard not to smile at the childhood memory of an ice cream truck, and Bradley’s serves up nostalgia on wheels. The truck’s classic homemade flavors are inspired by the moments spent churning ice cream on the porch. Learn More

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