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.
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.
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.
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.
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.