Food & Drink

Cool Down With These Atlanta Ice Cream Shops

This is exactly the sweet treat you need right now.

With public pools inaccessible, traditional movie theatres closed, and concerts postponed, this coronavirus-plagued summer has already been like no other. But this pandemic will only ruin the summer of 2020 in Atlanta if we allow it to. Enjoying the little things is crucial, and one of the most foolproof summertime activities is grabbing an ice cream cone. Luckily, most shops are still open for takeout, so grab a mask and prepare to social distance because these amazing Atlanta ice cream shops are exactly the sweet treat you need right now.

Sweet Stack Creamery

Downtown
If you went to Georgia State University or just enjoyed hanging out on its campus over the past few years, then you were probably one of the first to enjoy Sweet Stack Creamery’s incredible flavors and their trademark sweet stacks. The heavenly creations that share their namesake combine ice cream and heat-pressed donuts or cookies to make a truly one-of-a-kind ice cream sandwich. Trust us, you don’t want to let summer pass you by without trying one.
How to order: Takeout

IScream Ice Cream Rolls

Five Points
If you’re looking for another way to get your ice cream fix that is equally refreshing and aesthetically pleasing, then IScream Ice Cream Rolls should be your go-to. Founded in 2018 and located on the street level of Underground Atlanta, IScream specializes in fully customized, single serving, made-to-order ice cream that’s beautifully presented in rolls. With coffee and signature creations also available, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get your roll on.
How to order: Takeout

Amir’s Nitrogen Ice Parlor

Edgewood Retail District
To go even deeper down the ice cream rabbit hole, you have to try nitrogen ice cream, and Amir’s Nitrogen Ice Parlor is the perfect place to test the waters. If you’re really interested in  understanding the science behind it all, the website for Amir’s Parlor does an excellent job of explaining, but really all you need to know is that the shop uses liquid nitrogen to make hand-crafted, fresh to order ice cream -- and it’s good as hell.
How to order: Takeout or delivery via Grubhub and DoorDash

Jake’s Ice Cream

Inman Park
Jake’s Ice Cream is a classic shop with an unbelievable variety of flavors, making it one of Atlanta’s go-tos for frozen treats that you can’t find in a typical grocery store. The shop boasts five variations of vanilla and nearly a dozen different chocolate flavors, and it also gives you plenty of options on how you can enjoy your ice cream. If you live in the Tri-Cities, Old Fourth Ward, and Inman Park areas, you can have it delivered directly to your home, or you can give any -- or all -- of them a try the next time you hit the BeltLine.
How to order: Takeout or delivery online

Vintage Frozen Custard

Roswell
Fresh off the eighty-year anniversary of Vintage Frozen Custard’s food truck, the custard shop is still standing strong throughout the pandemic. From single, double, and triple scoops of custard to their famous Everydaes, which are essentially Liege Waffle sundaes, there is something for you at Vintage Frozen Custard for you. The shop also offers ice cream sandwiches, homemade push-up pops, and various sweet waffles.
How to order: Takeout

Queen of Cream

Old Fourth Ward
This is the one of the only companies in Atlanta making its ice cream from scratch. What’s that mean? For starters, it means that it’s damn good. From homemade marshmallows to vegan flavors (like Black Pearl), this shop knows how to think outside the box, or pint. With summertime flavors like Guava Cheesecake returning to the shop’s menu, now is the perfect time to pay the queen a visit.
How to order: Takeout or order ahead of time

Honeysuckle Gelato
Courtesy of Honeysuckle Gelato

Honeysuckle Gelato

Old Fourth Ward
Honey fig, fresh mint, brown butter, Meyer lemon -- are you drooling yet? Honeysuckle has some of the creamiest flavors in the city. Stop by its Ponce City Market storefront to pick up a scoop and make it a sandwich. Choose between brownie, pie crust, or doughnuts for the ultimate delectable treat. Don’t want a scoop? Pick up a milkshake instead. Also, portions of the profits go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, so your meals mean a meal for someone else.
How to order: Takeout, or order ahead of time or delivery through Grubhub

Morelli’s Ice Cream

East Atlanta
This ice cream shop, owned by a former pharmaceutical rep, takes the production of great ice cream seriously. Morelli’s ice cream is as thick as it is creamy. And its signature salted caramel is totally worth a visit to the East Atlanta location. The spot is also known for churning out some crazy flavors, too: sweet corn, oatmeal cream pie, krispy kreamier, dark chocolate chili, and rosewater are just a few. Visit the online library for the full... scoop (sorry not sorry).
How to order: Takeout or order ahead of time

Butter & Cream

Decatur, Old Fourth Ward
Small-batch? Check. From scratch? Double check. Both the BeltLine and Decatur locations of Butter & Cream offer about 20 flavors at any given time, made with real cream right behind the counter. Honeycomb Forest, Cashew Creme Brulee, and Blueberry Lemon should top your list of flavors to try first. If you’re lactose-intolerant, rest easy, as the dairy-free sorbets, likeGrapefruit Campari and Good Word Brewing Passion, are also excellent. And sprinkles are always free, so go crazy, you animal.
How to order: Takeout or delivery via Doordash and Uber Eats

Paolo’s

Virginia-Highlands
For those looking for a little scoop of Italy, Paolo’s has some gelato just for you. The flavor you should absolutely demolish is the “Stracciatella,” a scrumptious blend of milk-based gelato and rich chocolate shavings. It’s the right amount of sweet, no matter your palate. Get a second scoop of one of his floral ice creams -- lavender or rose. If you happen to run into Paolo, ask him his favorite scoop. He has a habit of whipping up some unique one-offs.
How to order: Takeout

Cremalosa

Decatur
Another ice cream spot serving up delicious gelato is Cremalosa, the Decatur sweets shop led by pastry chef and food writer Meridith Ford. In response to the pandemic, the shop has regularly adjusted its hours of operation to best serve its local gelato lovers, but it is currently open Friday through Sunday from 2-9pm. In addition to a bevy of gelato flavors, visitors can also try Cremalosa’s cake pops, sorbetto, and boozy milkshakes like The Elvis -- a peanut butter and banana pudding gelato concoction with a healthy dose of bourbon whiskey.
How to order: Takeout with optional patio seating

Muriel Vega prefers salty over sweet. Follow her food adventures at @murielvega.  
Josh Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor to Thrillist.