To say summers in Nashville are hot is an understatement. The humidity can make the air feel so thick that doing anything outside can be a daunting task. Fortunately there are a number of ice cream shops, restaurants, and dessert stops in town peddling frozen treats that can help you cool off on a hot day. These are, specifically, 10 premium ice cream scoop shops worth seeking out when out and about in Music City.Read More
10 Premium Places to Grab Ice Cream in Nashville
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Bobbie's Dairy Dip
Bobbie's Dairy Dip is a Nashville classic, having been in business since 1951. Head to the West Nashville shack for no-frills ice cream scoops and milkshakes — but be prepared for potential lines and crowds.
Kokos Ice Cream Scoop Shop
Kokos Artisan Vegan Ice Cream got its doling out dairy-free desserts from an ice cream bike, but now has a West Nashville storefront at OneCity. Stop by to pick up the locally made dairy-free, plant-based, nut-free ice cream by the scoop.
Elliston Place Soda Shop
While the 80+ year-old sweet shop and diner is perhaps best known for its old-school treatment of shakes, malts, floats, and flavored sodas, many opt for the more ice-cream centric sundaes, banana splits, and simple cones and scoops in classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, plus toppings. A recent relocation (next door) and major facelift means Elliston Place Soda Shop now has a full bar.
Hattie Jane's Creamery
Hattie Jane’s Creamery is an artisan ice cream shop from Claire Crowell that first opened in Columbia in 2016 before expanding to Franklin, Murfreesboro, and finally, downtown Nashville in Assembly Food Hall. The small batch scoop shop serves homey flavors like strawberries and cream, lavender and honey, banana pudding, and brown butter pecan in pretty, whimsical settings.
Mike's Ice Cream Fountain
This downtown ice cream shop is smack in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle, which means it gets packed with tourists. But don't let that deter. The ice cream is good and makes a nice midday refuge from the heat.
Goo Goo Shop
Downtown Nashville’s Goo Goo Shop might seem like a tourist destination, but tourists and locals alike can appreciate the decadent desserts served up inside. Learn the of this Nashville-born candy and find everything Goo Goo here, including ice cream scoops, sundaes, and floats with optional Goo Goo Cluster topping.
La Michoacana Premium
The ubiquitous Mexican ice cream shop made its way to Nashville in 2015, serving up a vast array of cold, sweet treats including paletas, ice cream and sorbet. Think of a flavor and there's a good chance you'll find it here. This franchised location, known as La Michoacana Premium #1, has a sister location open south of town, and a third outpost in Murfreesboro.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
While Jeni's will always claim Columbus, Ohio as its turf, Nashville could certainly be considered as its adopted home. The East Nashville location was the first expansion out of the state of Ohio, and now there are four locations in Nashville and two in nearby Williamson county.
The Ice Cream Bar
In case the Nolensville Pike dessert shop’s name didn’t already give it away, yes, the Ice Cream Bar is a spot fully devoted to the cold sweet treat. The shop has dozens of ice cream flavors and an extensive dessert menu featuring plenty of photogenic confections that taste good, too.
Mimi's Ice Cream & Coffee Shoppe
Hard scoop ice cream in nearly two dozen rotating and seasonal flavors is the main attraction at this family-run Midtown ice cream and coffee shop, options that have included seasonal flavors like peach, comforting inventions like blueberry cream pie, cherry limeade sorbet, and oatmeal raisin, and all the classics. Charming and nostalgic, sweet seekers can also choose from classic and specialty sundaes, milkshakes, floats, and near-endless toppings.