To say summers in Nashville are hot is an understatement. The humidity can make the air feel so thick that doing anything outside is a daunting task. Fortunately there are a number of ice cream shops in town peddling frozen treats to cool you off quickly. Here are Nashville’s premium ice cream scoop shops, from vegan specialists to Mexican ice cream experts and old-school favorites.Read More
9 Premium Places to Grab Ice Cream in Nashville
Cool off with cones and sundaes from old-school ice cream shops, Mexican ice cream specialists, and even a vegan vendor
Mimi's Ice Cream & Coffee Shoppe
The main attraction at this charming family-run ice cream and coffee shop near the Opryland? Hard scoop ice cream in dozens of classic flavors plus inventive seasonals like peach, blueberry cream pie, cherry limeade sorbet, and oatmeal raisin. Seekers of sweets can also choose from specialty sundaes, milkshakes, floats, and near-endless toppings.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
While Columbus, Ohio, will always claim Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams as its own, Nashville feels like the booming regional chain’s adopted home. The East Nashville location was founder Jeni Britton’s first expansion outside of Ohio, and now she has half a dozen scoop shops in Nashville alone, where you can pick up favored flavors like Gooey Butter Cake as well as limited editions like a Ted Lasso tie-in called Biscuits With the Boss and another featuring pieces of cream biscuits and peaches sourced here in Nashville.
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 you. Mike’s Ice Cream Fountain makes good ice cream — simple like vanilla or over the top like chocolate raspberry truffle — and serves as a nice midday refuge from the heat.
Hattie Jane's Creamery
Claire Crowell opened Hattie Jane’s Creamery in Columbia in 2016 before expanding to other Tennessee cities. Now you can also find the small-batch ice cream shop’s homey flavors — strawberries and cream, banana pudding, brown butter pecan, even some dairy-free and gluten-free options like coffee coconut — and whimsical, pretty aesthetic in Murfreesboro and at Assembly Food Hall in downtown Nashville.
Kokos Ice Cream Scoop Shop
Kokos Ice Cream started by doling out vegan desserts from an ice cream bike but now has a West Nashville storefront at OneCity. Stop by for coconut milk-based ice cream scoops in flavors like chocolate, Key lime pie, and Dutch apple pie, some of which are seasonal and all of which are dairy-free and nut-free.
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Holding it down in Midtown for more than 80 years, this sweet shop and diner is perhaps best known for its old-school treatment of shakes, malts, floats, and flavored sodas, but you can also get great sundaes, banana splits, and simple ice cream scoops in classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, plus toppings. And thanks to a recent move next door and a major facelift, Elliston Place Soda Shop now has a full bar.
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.
The Bee Ice Cream Shop
On Nolensville Pike, the Bee Ice Cream Shop features Oaxacan ice cream, popsicles, agua frescas, and other sweet treats. Order scoops in a ton of fun flavors, from tequila and lime to elote. The shop also houses owner Katy Rodriguez’s other business, Frida’s Oaxacan Cuisine, in case you want to pair dessert with some of Nashville’s best Mexican food.
La Michoacana Premium
Countless Mexican ice cream shops throughout North America share the phrase La Michoacana in their name (which has predictably led to some legal battles), including several along Nolensville Pike in Nashville. La Michoacana Premium near the Nashville Zoo serves 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, from pistachio to passion fruit.