10 Best Ice Cream Shops in the Twin Cities

Published August 21st, 2019 by Todd Estrem

Oh, sure, tourists may come to Minneapolis to take photos of the skyrises and check out the museums. But what really keeps them coming back is the food. And when it comes to food, few foods are as unifying as ice cream. What other food is beloved by toddlers, hard-working business people, and senior citizens alike?

Everyone loves ice cream! And if you're ready to taste the best ice cream in Minneapolis, get your waffle cones ready — because we have the inside scoop:

1. Izzy's Ice Cream

This homemade ice cream comes in some pretty intense flavors, including birchwood, beets and berries, fig tart, and more. Don’t worry — they have classic vanilla and chocolate too. But this is the place to go when your palate demands some serious attention. They have over a hundred flavors to choose from, so you’re going to have to come back again (and again) to give them all a try!

2. Fletcher's Ice Cream

Fletcher’s is a full-blown Minnesota ice cream event. They have coffee, espresso, and small-batch ice cream made from locally-sourced ingredients. The rustic interior of the shop is perfect for a date or for brooding over poetry. You know — wherever coffee and ice cream take you!

3. MN Nice Cream

What makes ice cream better? Free glitter! And MN Nice Cream puts a free glitter topping on your cone or dish of ice cream if you ask. They have vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free options, and they even have an ice cream truck you can book for your next big event.

4. Milkjam Creamery

Milkjam Creamery in Minneapolis offers some unusual flavors such as orange coriander and lychee pineapple, along with fun ice cream names that will make you blush. Want to order a cone of "Ridin’ Duuurty," anyone? While they may be fun, they're also serious about ice cream — you can get ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches, floats, and much more at this iconic store.

5. Wonders Ice Cream

Sure, you’ve had scooped ice cream, but what about rolled? Wonders is the first rolled ice cream place in the Twin Cities. They mix ice cream with your choice of flavors and roll it flat with hibachi scrapers before rolling it up. The result? Made-for-you fresh flavors.

6. Grand Ole Creamery

If you're looking for classic ice cream in St. Paul, this parlor has been around for years. They have over 200 flavors and they’re continually adding new ones, so there’s always something new to explore. Even President Obama has stopped in for a scoop!

7. Sebastian Joe's

This shop has been around for 30 years and serves up Italian desserts as well as coffee and small-batch, homemade ice cream. It's the perfect spot to treat your sweet tooth and chase it down with premium caffeine!

8. Cold Front

When you can't wait for your ice cream fix, Cold Front offers text-to-order and curbside delivery. With sodas, coffees, and ice cream, this is a treat for anyone and everyone.

9. Nelson's Ice Cream

Nelson’s has been making ice cream since 1923, so they know a thing or two about flavors. Check out their huge selection and get ready for a classic treat.

10. La La Homemade Ice Cream

With sundaes, homemade sodas, affogato, gluten-free sweets, baked goods, ice cream sandwiches, and 18 flavors of ice cream that see regular changeups, this place will have you saying, “Ooh la la!”

Even if you're really, really committed to ice cream, you'll eventually want a real meal. When you do, place your order at Tasty Pizza. Our Minneapolis pizza is a classic in the Twin Cities area and a perfect meal to have before you head out for ice cream.

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