Escape the Nashville heat with a delightful treat! Discover the city’s top ice cream shops, perfect for locals and visitors alike. Indulge in out-of-this-world milkshakes, try refreshing dairy-free options, or step back in time at an old-fashioned soda shop. Get ready to savor the coolest delights in town!
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Since 1939, Elliston Place Soda Shop has been a cherished destination, delighting customers with the finest milkshakes, floats, and scoops. If you crave an authentic old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience, look no further. This beloved spot continues to serve milkshakes the classic way, in metal mixing cups with that extra special touch.
Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
Step into nostalgia at Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, an iconic ice cream shop in Nashville since 1951. With a focus on classic delights like milkshakes, burgers, and ice cream, they’ve captured the essence of simplicity. The vibrant Charlotte Avenue location exudes a ’50s throwback vibe, making you feel like you’re in a vintage movie scene. When the summer heat hits, this is the perfect spot to chill and savor the timeless treats.
Neighborhood: Sylvan Park
Mike’s Ice Cream
Mike’s Ice Cream, formerly located at the heart of Broadway, has now found a new home on 2nd Avenue, just a stone’s throw away from its original spot. The delectable ice cream they serve continues to draw crowds of both tourists and locals. It has become a cherished tradition for anyone visiting Nashville. If you haven’t experienced the delight of Mike’s Ice Cream yet, it’s time to head over to 2nd Avenue and treat yourself to a scoop or two!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
With several locations throughout the city, this hotspot is sure to cool you down with any of the abundant and unique ice cream flavors. Jeni’s staff is friendly and eager to let you taste any of the options. And with flavors like Brambleberry Crisp and Salty Caramel, sampling is almost mandatory. If you can’t decide, get the Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks.
Indulge in the ultimate fusion of flavors at Fryce Cream, a must-add to your foodie list if you’re a fan of fries and ice cream. Can you imagine a more mouthwatering combination? This delightful seasonal ice cream spot welcomes guests from Wednesday to Saturday, from noon to 9:00 pm, and on Sundays from noon to 7:00 pm. Get ready for a delectable experience that will leave your taste buds craving for more!
Neighborhood: 12 South
Soft Service Station
Discover the perfect blend of coffee and delightful soft-serve ice cream at Soft Service Station, a unique coffee shop with a family-friendly atmosphere. Once a gas station, it now stands next to Tabla Rasa Toys, offering a nostalgic experience. Treat yourself to rotating ice cream flavors with a variety of tempting toppings. Don’t forget to capture a memorable moment in front of the amusing “no selfies” mural while enjoying your sweet treat!
Neighborhood: East Nashville
Hattie Jane’s Creamery
At Fifth + Broadway’s Assembly Food Hall, you’ll find Hattie Jane’s Creamery on the second level. As a women-owned and women-led ice cream shop, this marks their third location. Experience the joy of delectable made-from-scratch ice cream crafted from the finest local ingredients. For those with dietary preferences, worry not, as they offer gluten-free and dairy-free options to cater to all ice cream enthusiasts!
Gracie’s Milkshake Bar
Gracie’s Milkshake Bar is located in L&L Market on Charlotte Avenue. This retro-inspired dessert bar is known for its “freakshakes” (freakishly large milkshakes). If your kids are ice cream lovers, you’ll definitely want to check this spot out. Also, the Duo-Licious Shake is a must-try.
Neighborhood: West Nashville
Kokos Ice Cream
Kokos Ice Cream is a plant-based ice cream shop located in West Nashville. The ice cream is so delicious you won’t even believe it’s all dairy-free. Not sure which flavor to try? Go with the Holy Chocolate.
Neighborhood: West End
Legendairy Milkshake Bar
At Legendairy Milkshake Bar, the milkshakes truly live up to their legendary reputation. Among their most sought-after creations is “The King” – a heavenly combination of banana pudding ice cream, a peanut butter rim, crushed peanuts, whipped cream, chocolate and peanut drizzle, a whole banana, and even bacon! Prepare to indulge in a milkshake experience fit for royalty at this extraordinary milkshake bar.
The Baked Bear
Prepare to be amazed by The Baked Bear and their colossal ice cream sandwiches! These monstrous delights are crafted with freshly baked cookies and brownies, expertly filled with their delectable homemade ice cream. The possibilities are endless as you mix and match to discover your ultimate favorite combination. Get ready for a sweet adventure like no other at The Baked Bear!