Food & Drink

Austin's Best Ice Cream Shops for Beating the Heat

Updated On 07/07/2017 at 04:56PM EST Updated On 07/07/2017 at 04:56PM EST
Prohibition Creamery ice cream sundae
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Prohibition Creamery
Holla Mode Ice Cream
Michoacana natural ice cream
SPUN Ice Cream
Kate LeSueur
Amy's Ice Creams
Dolce Vita
Jeff Amador
Dulce Neve
Lick Ice Creams
Sweet Ritual
Teo Espresso and Gelato
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1. Dolce Vita 4222 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

Whether you’re looking to warm up in the winter or cool down in the summer, Dolce Vita is there for you all year round. It specializes in gelato and espresso (along with some light bites and sandwiches), using fresh fruits to produce its impossibly rich and smooth gelato (try the pistachio). Pro tip: a sorberita (sorbet meets a margarita) is something you want to try.

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2. Cow Tipping Creamery 2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

Cow Tipping Creamery's a dessert trailer tucked up north off 620, helmed by a custom motorcycle builder who's slinging his wife's gourmet recipes in a staggering array of styles and toppings.

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4. Lick Ice Creams 1100 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Lick is a hip ice cream shop in Zilker offering a variety of unique flavors from its bustling outpost on South Lamar (there is also a second location in San Antonio). Expect flavors like Breakfast Bacon, Cilantro Lime, and Corn Cobbler. Lick sources all of its ingredients locally, using herbs from local farmers and milk from a local, organic dairy farm in Central Austin in its seasonally-changing ice cream flavors.

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5. Sweet Ritual 4500 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

A dairy-free, vegan ice cream parlor in Hyde Park, Sweet Ritual serves up eight rotating flavors of ice cream, plus soft-serve, sundaes, and other treats.

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6. Teo Espresso & Gelato 1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

Teo has been turning heads since it opened in 2003. Owner Matthew "Teo" Lee studied the art of gelato making in Italy and has won many awards for his gelato in global competitions. Luckily for us, Teo is based here in Austin. The flavors are as Texan as they come with gelatos like Texas pecan & whiskey, goat cheese & cherry, and Hill Country peach -- but the way they are made is authentically Italian.