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The 11 Best Ice Cream Shops Near Downtown, Austin

Updated: June 28, 2022

Are you screaming for chocolate chip or vanilla ice cream? These Downtown Ice cream stores have you covered! We analyzed all the top review sites and user and expert opinions to compile this ultimate list of ice cream places! Don’t wait to visit these stores for the best ice cream floats and banana splits in Downtown!

Find the perfect Ice cream spot

The Baked Bear

Desserts, $, DowntownDesserts, $Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Beat the Heat With 10 Ice Cream Sandwiches in Austin

    Eater, 2019
  • U-Nation, 2022

    13 of Our Favorite Desserts in Austin

    U-Nation, 2022

TCBY Martin Luther King Boulevard

Desserts, $, DowntownDesserts, $Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

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Dolce Neve

Desserts, $$, BouldinDesserts, $$Austin, Bouldin
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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    Hoodline, 2019
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    16 Best Ice Cream Places, Bakeries & Cafes

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Lick Honest Ice Creams

Desserts, $$, ZilkerDesserts, $$Austin, Zilker
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Jonesing for ice cream? Check out Austin's top 5 spots

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Female Foodie

    8 Spots for the Best Ice Cream in Austin

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Gelateria Gemelli

Desserts, $$, East Cesar ChavezDesserts, $$Austin, East Cesar Chavez
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Female Foodie

    8 Spots for the Best Ice Cream in Austin

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  • TimeOut, 2018

    The best ice cream in Austin

    TimeOut, 2018

Tropical Dreams

Desserts, $$, West UniversityDesserts, $$Austin, West University
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2014

    Where to Eat Ice Cream, Gelato, and Custard, Mapped

    Eater, 2014

Nuha's Sinful Desserts

Desserts, $, BouldinDesserts, $Austin, Bouldin
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Gati

Desserts, East Cesar ChavezDessertsAustin, East Cesar Chavez
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Desserts, $$, BouldinDesserts, $$Austin, Bouldin
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Frozen Rolls Creamery

Desserts, $$, Old West AustinDesserts, $$Austin, Old West Austin
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • Eater, 2014

    Where to Eat Ice Cream, Gelato, and Custard, Mapped

    Eater, 2014

Bubble Egg

Desserts, $, West UniversityDesserts, $Austin, West University
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
  • U-Nation, 2022

    13 of Our Favorite Desserts in Austin

    U-Nation, 2022

How was this list created?

We know how tough it is to find the best Ice cream in Downtown. We analyzed 7042 Austin restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Austin restaurant reviews, and 1014 lists and articles – looking closely at what U-Nation, Eater and TimeOut had to say – and applied our boam magic. We cross-referenced with top lists, like U-Nation - 13 of Our Favorite Desserts in Austin, Eater - Where to Eat Ice Cream, Gelato, and Custard, Mapped and TimeOut - The best ice cream in Austin. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Most common questions

Hestia and Numero28 are the highest-rated ice cream spots for take-out in Downtown.

Numero28 is the highest-rated ice cream spot for a pick-up order in Downtown.

Hestia and Numero28 are the highest-rated ice cream spots that are good for groups in Downtown.

There are 2 ice cream spots in Downtown.

Hestia and Numero28 have outdoor seating and ice cream in Downtown.

Drink pairing tips for Ice cream

  • Pair Rosé with strawberry ice cream

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  • A next-level match for cookie dough ice cream

    Experts recommend pairing a cookie dough ice cream with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts about Ice cream

  • Celebrating Ice cream

    Perhaps you want to try something new out, have you considered a Utica Ice Cream Festival? Give it some thought. Every year in Utica, Ohio, thousands of people attend the festival, adding to the appeal of the already charming city.

  • A historical dish

    Oh, where does neopolitan ice cream come from you ask? Well from The United States of course! The dish first made an appearance in the 1900s.

  • Ready for some ice cream?

    Are you a fan of ice cream? The current record for eating the most ice cream is 15 pounds in only 8! Do you love ice cream enough to beat this record?

Parking tips

Downtownis notorious for tricky parking. To make your life easier, we partnered with SpotHero, an innovative digital parking reservation service, so you can easily and effortlessly find parking near your selected Ice cream spot.

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