Summer is just days away, and we couldn’t help but get a head start on tracking down the best ice cream spots from Hawaii to Toronto and everywhere between. If you’re a fan of this beloved cold treat, be sure to pencil in July 17th for an excuse to indulge in one, two, or three scoops, as it’s National Ice Cream Day!
On that day, ice cream shops across North America will be dishing out everything from fudge brownie and butter pecan to salted caramel, marshmallow, and peanut butter mashups. Whether you’re a sucker for a traditional vanilla ice cream waffle cone, ice cream sandwich, or soft serve—or want to get adventurous with small-batch ice cream flavors like ube, buttered popcorn or sea salt—this list will have your taste buds begging for a scoop.
Search here on Yelp to find ooey gooey ice cream goodness near you. Don’t forget to share a review of your ice cream cone, hot fudge sundae, or custom frozen creation on Yelp. You can also share your epic, melty ice cream pictures all summer long by tagging @yelp on social media.
Methodology: This is a list of the best ice cream in the US and Canada according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the ice cream category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews between April 21, 2021-April 21, 2022. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of May 12, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of May 12, 2022.
Wild Scoops, Shruthi K., Big Spoon Creamery, Andrea H., Loblolly Creamery, Confetti Italian Ice & Custard, Jeana A.
Alaska (Anchorage): Wild Scoops
Alabama (Birmingham): Big Spoon Creamery
Arkansas (Little Rock) : Loblolly Creamery
Arizona (Phoenix): Novel Ice Cream
California (Costa Mesa): Confetti Italian Ice & Custard
Colorado (Denver): I Scream Gelato – Lowry
Connecticut (New Haven): Arethusa Farm Dairy
Washington, DC: Everyday Sundae
Delaware (Lewes): Hopkins Farm Creamery
Florida (Davie): The Magic Cow
Scoopjoy Ice Creamery, Kimberly W., Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice., Jasson H., Vaca’s Creamery, Erika P., Louisville Cream., Allison F.
Georgia (Suwanee): Scoopjoy Ice Creamery
Hawaii (Kihei): Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
Iowa (Clive): Monarca Gourmet Paletas
Idaho (Meridian): Lovejoy’s Real Ice Cream
Illinois (Chicago): Vaca’s Creamery
Indiana (Indianapolis): TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth
Kansas (Overland Park): The Golden Scoop
Kentucky (Louisville): Louisville Cream
Sweet Society, Jando S., Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, Connie L., Treats, Cookies and Creamery, Chelsey V.
Louisiana (Baton Rouge): Sweet Society
Massachusetts (Mashpee): Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour
Maryland (Rockville): Carmen’s Italian Ice & Cafe
Maine (Bar Harbor): Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
Michigan (Traverse City): Moomers
Minnesota (St Paul): Treats
Missouri (Kansas City): Cookies and Creamery
Mississippi (Bay Saint Louis): Creole Creamery
Montana (Whitefish): Sweet Peaks
North Carolina (Nags Head): Surfin’ Spoon
North Dakota (Fargo): Silver Lining Creamery
Nebraska (Omaha): Ted and Wally’s
Tricks and Treats, Saige S., The Palenta Bar, Jezemine V., Tricycle Ice Cream, Jennifer M., The Social, Mike C.
New Hampshire (North Conway): Tricks and Treats
New Jersey (Nutley): Kubo Coffee And Creamery
New Mexico (Las Cruces): Caliche’s Frozen Custard
Nevada (Las Vegas): The Paleta Bar
New York (Brooklyn): The Social
Ohio (Cleveland): Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream
Oklahoma (Tulsa): Rose Rock Microcreamery
Oregon (Bend): Bontà Natural Artisan Gelato
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): Treat – Ice Cream and Liege Waffles
Rhode Island (Providence): Tricycle Ice Cream
Melt, Ariana L., Connie’s Frozen Custard, Anh L., Blacksmith Ice Cream, Amber C., Melon Seed Deli & Frozen Yogurt, Nhu N.
South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Melt
South Dakota (Spearfish): Leones’ Creamery
Tennessee (Knoxville): Cruze Farm Ice Cream Downtown
Texas (Houston): Connie’s Frozen Custard
Utah (Bountiful): Blacksmith Ice Cream
Virginia (Centreville): Bôn Tea House
Vermont (Burlington): Shy Guy Gelato
Washington (Tacoma): Melon Seed Deli & Frozen Yogurt
Wisconsin (Greenfield): Kopp’s Frozen Custard
West Virginia (Charleston): Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream
Wyoming (Jackson): Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Passione Gelato, Angel C., COWS, Stephanie A., Nani’s Gelato, Amabel S., Ca Lem, Mike C.
Alberta (Calgary): Village Ice Cream
British Columbia (Vancouver): Passione Gelato
Ontario (Toronto): Nani’s Gelato
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown: Cows
Quebec (Montréal): Ca Lem