Food & Drink

The Best Ice Cream Shops in Austin

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Prohibition Creamery ice cream sundae
Prohibition Creamery | Prohibition Creamery
Prohibition Creamery | Prohibition Creamery

This summer, White Claws and watering holes have been replaced with Hulu and not knowing what day of the week it is. All isn’t lost though, because summer’s quintessential desserts -- ice cream, gelato, paletas, shaved ice, sorbet, and Choco Tacos -- are just a few clicks away. Austin’s best ice cream shops and restaurants are dishing out scoops and pops in every color of the rainbow with new options for ordering to ensure everyone's safety. There are plenty of delivery options to help you Netflix-and-"chill" with your ice cream. Opting to grab-and-go in person? Wear a mask, stay safely distanced from others, and familiarize yourself with the establishment’s individual requirements.

DipDipDip Ice Cream bowls
DipDipDip Ice Cream | Julia Keim

DipDipDip Ice Cream

Burnet Road
DipDipDip Sandwich & Ice Cream Pop-Up is the outpost for (temporarily closed) DipDipDip Tatsu-ya & Ice Cream, offering sandwiches and ice cream to take home via their takeout window. Grab a pint of ice cream or an ice cream taco and milkshake with rotating flavors. The current pint flavors are yuzu mascarpone with strawberries and snickerdoodle cookies, coconut makrut sorbet with mango lime gel and fresh mango, and cookies n matcha with cocoa nibs and chocolate mochiko cookies. 
How to order: Order online; pickup hours are 11am to 9pm.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

Multiple locations
Lick Honest Ice Creams has three locations with their farm-fresh flavors and commitment to sourcing exclusively from local farms and food artisans. Their wide range of ice cream flavors rotate seasonally, or as they put it: “If it's not in season in Texas, it's not in our ice cream!” Everyday offerings include hits like goat cheese, thyme & honey and dark chocolate, olive oil & sea salt. Our current seasonal favorite is the unexpected flavor combination of blackberry, lime & basil.
How to order: Order online for curbside and walk-in pick-up or visit a scoop shop in person; store hours are Sunday-Thursday, 12pm-9pm and Friday-Saturday, 12pm-10pm. Find Lick at your favorite grocer. Or get it delivered locally via Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates, and DoorDash.

Gelateria Gemelli
Kate LeSueur

Gelateria Gemelli

East Sixth
With house-made gelato and Negronis in stylish digs, Gelateria Gemelli is a perfect concept.  Fans of not-too-sweet, “grown-up” flavors will love Gemelli’s gelato offerings like bergamot-infused Earl Grey, savory-ish miso vanilla, and bright lemon curd. Fans of classic cocktails will love the shop’s selection of Italian liqueurs, best experienced in a Negroni, or as a sidecar for your gelato. And, the penny-tiled walls are the perfect backdrop for the classic hold-it-in-front-of-the-wall Insta post.
How to order: Call (512) 535-2170 to place an order for take-away Tuesday-Friday, 12-7pm & Saturday-Sunday, 11am-9pm. Order delivery via Uber Eats.

Luv Fats Ice Cream

Multiple locations
Luv Fats is a small-batch vegan ice cream made by 25-year-old founder, Chi Ndika. Chi achieves ultimate richness and creaminess -- which aren’t characteristics typically associated with vegan ice cream -- by using avocado and coconut milk/cream as a base. But it’s Luv Fat’s unexpected flavors inspired by Chi’s Kenyan and Nigerian roots that are guaranteed to surprise and delight. Here are a few: matcha & lavender; sourdough toast with peach jam; and soy sauce (trust us, just taste it). Most popular is Kenyan chai -- a black tea with milk flavor -- that uses tea from Chi’s grandfather’s farm in Kenya. Luv Fats is a small operation at the moment, but Chi has expansion plans in the works; you can donate here
How to order: Pre-order pints online for pickup on Sunday at the Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller from 10am-2pm. Select pints can also be found at Bee Grocery and Mozart’s Coffee.

Amy’s Ice Creams

Multiple locations
Amy’s Ice Creams is Austin’s original locally owned ice cream shop, with 13 locations and a crazy long list of permanent and seasonal flavors (over 350) and endless “crush-ins.” Start with a classic Mexican vanilla or Belgian chocolate base for your Reese’s/gummy bear/raisin creation (no judgment here). Or try one of their best-selling flavors like Zilker mint chip -- sweet cream ice cream mixed with creme de menthe, peppermint oil, chocolate chips. 
How to order: Order online for local delivery and pick-up Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-10pm &
Friday-Saturday 11:30am-11pm.

Sweet Ritual

North Loop
Unapologetically cute Sweet Ritual makes killer vegan ice cream that ditches the dairy and none of the flavor. Instead they use plant-based ingredients like nuts, coconut milk, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, and avocado. Sweet Ritual’s devotees swear by the peanut butter chocolate (swirls of chocolate chunks in a creamy peanut butter base) and Death Metal by Chocolate (locally baked, gluten-free chocolate cookies and chocolate “freckles” in a double chocolate sunflower seed butter base).
How to order: Order online for contact-less curbside pickup from 2-10pm daily. Get it delivered via Favor and Uber Eats.

Prohibition Creamery

East Seventh
Boozy ice cream creations are Prohibition Creamery’s specialty; they craft each ice cream, float, shake and sundae with the sensibilities of a great classic cocktail bar. If your go-to is an Old Fashioned, try the Deconstructed Old Fashioned sundae -- bourbon ice cream, Angostura bitters marshmallows, candied orange, Luxardo cherry, and bourbon whipped cream. For a fresh take, we like the vegan prickly pear mezcal sorbet, infused with El Silencio Espadin mezcal. 
How to order: Call 512-992-1449 us for contactless pick-up. Get it delivered with DoorDash, Postmates, and Favor.

Dolce Neve

Multiple locations
Family-owned and operated Dolce Neve -- helmed by a formally trained gelato maker -- now has a second Austin location at the new Eastside Plaza Saltillo complex in addition to its Bouldin Creek spot. Dolce Neve’s staple, rotating and seasonal gelato and sorbet offerings are inspired by flavors from the owners’ native Italy as well as what’s available from local farmers and food artisans. We’re fans of the mascarpone & matcha as well as the goat cheese & blueberry jam gelatos as well as the seasonal cantaloupe sorbet.
How to order: Order online for pick-up Sunday-Thursday 12pm-9pm & Friday-Saturday 12pm-10pm.

SnoMo

Multiple locations
SnoMo specializes in Taiwanese shaved ice, simultaneously fluffy and creamy ribbons of shaved ice with toppings like boba, fruit, and candy. SnoMo’s regulars love creating their own colorful creations like the popular combination of matcha snow ice, fresh strawberry slices, boba pearls, and sprinkles. Hit up one of the three locations to experience the unique melt-in-your-mouth goodness of SnoMo. 
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery via Grubhub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. Or, visit a location to order in person for takeout. Hours vary by location.

suerte frozen ice cream pops
Courtesy of Suerte

Suerte

East Sixth
Modern Mexican favorite Suerte is currently offering fun frozen desserts including a choco taco, a lemon cheesecake cookie ice cream sandwich, and several recently launched paletas. Suerte’s take on the Choco Taco, an ice cream truck classic, is unlike any other featuring a house-made chocolate-masa shell, peanut caramel, frozen cinnamon mousse, then dipped in sesame chocolate and chopped peanuts. The paletas come in four unique flavors: fudgesicle with stone ground chocolate and cherries, peach creamsicle and sugar cube melon and blueberry, and our favorite, chamoy and mango. These treats are available for dine-in as part of Suerte’s casual popup concept, Suerte Taqueria. Paletas are also available for carryout. 
How to order: Order online for pick-up Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm & Sunday 11am-9pm. Reserve a table. Walk-ins are accepted for both indoor and outdoor seating.

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Anastacia Uriegas is a Thrillist contributor based in Austin.