45 Must-Visit Minnesota Ice Cream Shops

By Explore Minnesota

Taylors Falls ice cream shop_Lucy Hawthorne
Schoony's Malt Shop, Taylors Falls / Lucy Hawthorne

Ice cream is like a big scoop of summer! Indulging in a cone is almost a mini-vacation in itself. And no vacation or weekend getaway is complete without a stop at the local ice cream shop. Here’s a sampling of some popular ice cream shops in Minnesota for whenever your next craving hits.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Selma's Ice Cream Parlor
This classic ice cream shop has been a popular destination for many years in this quaint village in the St. Croix Valley.

Two Scoops
This downtown shop features super premium ice cream in a wide array of imaginative flavors (including Fat Elvis!), which change weekly, plus malts and sundaes.

Big Dipper Creamery
More than 50 handcrafted flavors ranging from classic chocolate chip to s'mores and salty caramel make this family-owned shop a local favorite. And if you happen to stop by when it's closed, fear not: The ice cream vending machine is open 24/7.

Izzy's ice cream in St. Paul_Mali Mish Family
Izzy's Ice Cream, St. Paul & Minneapolis / Mali Mish Family

What's the Scoop?
New to downtown Buffalo, this family-owned shop serves 40 flavors of Cedar Crest ice cream, perfect for bringing to the nearby splash pad or Buffalo Lake.

Neighborhood Ice Cream Shoppe
Hand-dipped ice cream cones, plus shakes, malts, sundaes, ice cream cakes and pies.

Adele's Frozen Custard
Adele's has over 80 flavors of custard made with fresh ingredients, but only makes a few each day. Check out the monthly calendar.

Licks Unlimited
Near Lake Minnetonka, this little shop is a great place to get off the boat and grab some ice cream. Wide variety of flavors, including Zoreo—chocolate/marshmallow ice cream with Oreo pieces.

COW Interrupted! Ice Cream Studio
Super premium ice cream.

Grandpa's Ice Cream
Produced in small batches, with 32 flavors including a wide variety of ice cream and sorbet.

Schoolhouse Scoop
32 hand-dipped premium flavors and a chance to be in the Hall of Fame if your group can eat 16 scoops in 30 minutes.

Marine on St.Croix
The General Scoop
Tucked away behind the historic Marine General Store, The General Scoop features a back patio for enjoying ice cream with a view of the Marine Mill Stream.

Milkjam Creamery ice cream sandwich_Alex Stahlmann
Milkjam Creamery, Minneapolis / Alex Stahlmann

Milkjam Creamery
The newest--and hippest--spot in town for a scoop. Flavors you won't find anywhere else, including one only for patrons 21+.

Pumphouse Creamery
A tiny shop featuring ice cream from all natural ingredients and homemade caramel and butterscotch sauces.

Sebastian Joes
Homemade ice creams and sorbets (some of which are Kosher); flavor selections change daily.

Honey & Mackie's
This shop opened in 2013 and became an instant hit thanks to homemade, creative flavors like cayenne candied bacon and chocolate covered pretzel.

Cone Brothers Ice Cream
A 1950- inspired ice cream shop offering more than 20 flavors.

St. Bonifacius
This bike shop near the Dakota Trail sells ice cream, too.

Grand Ole Creamery ice cream cone
Grand Ole Creamery, St. Paul

St. Paul
Grand Ole Creamery
This long-time local favorite serves up award-winning ice cream (rotating menu from 200 flavors!) in a hand-rolled malted waffle cone that is still warm from the iron.

Izzy's Ice Cream
Izzy's, one of St Paul's treasures with a second location in Minneapolis, is a fun ice cream parlor with great flavor selections. Don't miss out on the Izzy scoop, a bonus, tiny scoop of another flavor on top of your cone.

Nelson's Ice Cream
Forty-plus flavors of ice cream and serves them in HUGE portions. On a hot summer evening, the line extends down the block.

The Social
Old-fashioned ice cream parlor serving 32 flavors and overlooking Steiger Lake.

White Bear Lake
Cup and Cone
Family operated, this ice cream shack serves soft-serve ice cream and sherbets. A favorite with area residents, it draws a line every evening.

Ozzie's Ice Cream
Open seasonally, this old-fashioned ice cream parlor boasts 32 flavors.

Northeast Minnesota

Tara's Wharf ice cream shop, Ranier_Karen Kaufenberg
Tara's Wharf, Ranier / Karen Kaufenberg

Beaver Bay
Big Dipper Sweets & Ice Cream
Open seasonally, features Bridgeman's ice cream, Abdallah chocolates, espresso drinks, smoothies, malts, and sundaes.

Gordy's Warming House
Warm up with coffee, and chill out with 32 flavors of ice cream.

The PortLand Malt Shoppe
Just off of the Lakewalk and near Lake Superior, so patrons can enjoy cones, sundaes, floats, and malts while watching big ships on the lake. Open spring through fall. Caribou caramel, anyone? 

Grand Marais
Sydney's Frozen Custard
Sit on the rooftop deck for a beautiful view while enjoying frozen custard and outstanding brick-oven pizza.

Pier 77 Mini-Golf & Creamery
What a fun combination! This cute north woods-themed mini-golf course is tucked into the birch forest along the shore of Lake Vermilion, and the little cafe has soft-serve ice cream, malts and root beer floats.

Central Minnesota

Dairyland Drive-in, Fergus Falls_Lisa Meyers McClintick
Dairyland, Fergus Falls / Lisa Meyers McClintick

Lake Country Crafts & Cones
The front of the store is an ice cream shop with cups, cones and shakes, the back of the shop features crafts and tchotchkes. A single scoop is bigger than your fist.

Fergus Falls
An old-fashioned seasonal shop that serves up malts, shakes, sundaes, and more.

Nisswa and Crosslake
The Chocolate Ox
Open seasonally, this candy and ice cream shop is a favorite stop for Brainerd Lakes vacationers.

Tip Top Dairy Bar
Opened in 1955, this walk-up, take-out is a classic, offering freshly made ice cream, malts, and sundaes, plus burgers.

St. Cloud
Mr. Twisty
Open seasonally, offers a variety of Italian ice flavors and specialty items daily, also food and snacks.

Southern Minnesota

Toody's ice cream shop, Henderson
Toody's Sweet Treats, Henderson

Candy’s Alley Scoops and More
A convenient, flavorful stop for cyclists right across from the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail; it has both soft-serve and regular ice cream.

Dairy Freeze
Yummy, affordable ice cream; good place to go on a hot day.

Toody's Sweet Treats
This classic soda fountain on one of Minnesota's most charming main streets serves real ice cream in cones, shakes and malts, as well as homemade fudge.

Flapdoodles ice cream flight, Rochester
Flapdoodles, Rochester

Another Time Ice Cream Parlor & Chocolates
Seasonal with outdoor seating; this charming village is on the Root River Trail, popular for biking.

Mom and Pop’s
The variety includes 32 flavors of hard scoop ice cream, plus soy, non-fat yogurt, sherbet, no sugar added & Italian ice, served in a dish with a freshly made waffle wedge. Plus espresso drinks, fudge, smoothies, and 1919 root beer.

Fun name, with a ton of fun flavors, from gingerbread to cranberry swirl. Voted best ice cream place in Rochester.

Penguin Zesto
Soft-serve ice cream cones, sundaes, ice cream mixed with candy, shakes, malts, floats and slushes. Special frozen treats are made on-site. Paddle Wheels are chocolate or vanilla ice cream sandwiches, dipped in chocolate and covered with a mix of nuts and sprinkles.

Northwest Minnesota

Minnesoda Fountain diner and ice cream shop, Park Rapids
Minnesoda Fountain, Park Rapids

Lake Park
The Old Skool Malt Shop
Great old-style malts.

Moorhead Dairy Queen family selfie
Dairy Queen, Moorhead

A hot spot for a cold cone, especially during the town's popular summer turtle races.

Dairy Queen
Order your favorite frozen treat at the seasonal walk-up window. Features hard-to-find treats like Chipper sandwiches, Mr. Malties, Monkey Tails and more. Fun fact: The Dilly Bar was invented here in 1954.

Muskie Waters Company
Near the Heartland Bike Trail; offers cones, sundaes, malts and shakes, as well as candy and souvenirs.

Park Rapids
Minnesoda Fountain
This classic downtown diner also serves up ice cream and malts; try the blueberry shake.

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