Summer in the South can get unbearably hot. And when the weather heats up in Atlanta, there’s one sure-fire way to cool down — ice cream. Check out these top ice cream shops in Atlanta for a sweet treat to help you beat the heat.
Welcome to summer in Atlanta, where soaring temperatures and hot summer days call for one thing—a refreshing scoop of ice cream!
If you’re looking to cool down this summer with a refreshing treat, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve scoured Atlanta to bring you a curated list of the top ice cream shops that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and help you beat the heat.
These local gems offer a delightful array of ice cream flavors, from classic scoops to innovative rolled creations. Get ready to indulge at these top ice cream shops in Atlanta.
Where To Find The Best Ice Cream in Atlanta
Take a delectable journey through the best ice cream shops in Atlanta, where every scoop promises to cool you down and leave you craving more. These ice cream shops will make your summer in Atlanta truly unforgettable.
1. Butter & Cream
Butter & Cream is a locally crafted ice cream shop that makes small batches using only real cream and the freshest ingredients.
Their ice cream offers unique, modern twists on classic ice cream flavors. They also make all of the inclusions (brownies, toffee, cookies, and sauces) in-house.
Treat yourself to delicious flavors like Honeycomb Forest (honey ice cream with honeycomb candy), OG Goodness (Brown sugar ice cream with pieces of St. Louis butter cake), and Midnight Snacks (sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese ice cream with chocolate chip cookies, brownies, chocolate covered cake pieces, and a dulce de leche swirl).
Butter & Cream has two locations: one in Decatur and the other on the Atlanta Beltline in Old Fourth Ward.
Decatur: 416 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
Old Fourth Ward: 661 Auburn Ave NE Suite 130, Atlanta, GA 30312
2. Roll It Up Ice Cream
Rolled ice cream hit the scene big in Atlanta. Ice cream that’s artfully scraped into rolls makes for the perfect Instagram-worthy treat on a hot summer’s day.
Roll It Up Ice Cream is the city’s first rolled and liquid nitrogen ice cream shop. Their ice cream has been flash-frozen onto a cold metal surface using liquid nitrogen and then carefully scraped into rolls.
You can get unique flavors like Purple Rain with a taro ice cream base, Coffee Break made with coffee and condensed milk, or Thaiphoon with a Thai tea base.
Roll It Up Ice Cream has two Atlanta locations: one in Doraville on Buford Highway and the other in Snellville.
Doraville: 5150 Buford Hwy NE d110, Doraville, GA 30340
Snellville: 1864 Scenic Hwy N, Snellville, GA 30078
3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has shops in Decatur, Dunwoody, Krog Street Market, Krog Stoveworks, Avalon, Buckhead, Glenwood Park, the Battery, Westside Provisions District, and the Plaza on Ponce. You’re never far from great ice cream in Atlanta!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams don’t use synthetic flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes. Their ice creams use whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows.
Jeni’s smooth and buttercream come in bright flavors like Fluffernutter Pie, Blackout Chocolate Cake, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
4. Honeysuckle Gelato
Honeysuckle Gelato started as a food truck, but now you can find their very first brick-and-mortar outlet in Ponce City Market.
You can get their handcrafted gelato in a scoop, a pint, a gelato sandwich, a gelato cake, a float, or in a milkshake.
They serve up Southern inspired flavors that will make your mouth water, like the Brown Butter Crunch, the Lemon Raspberry Crumble, and the Bourbon Pecan Praline.
5. Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream flash-freezes their ice cream using liquid nitrogen. This makes for a smoother and creamier ice cream than traditional methods.
It also makes for a great show, so be sure to have your camera ready to film through the fog as your ice cream is mixed in front of you.
Make your ice cream just the way you like it with their endless combinations of flavors and toppings. You can create delicious treats like Magnetic Mint, Peanut Butter Bonds, or Birthday Cake Capacitor.
You can find this ice cream shop in Sandy Springs and Downtown.
Sandy Springs: 5590 Roswell Rd. Suite 130, Atlanta, GA, 30342
Downtown: 250 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, GA, 30313
6. Sweet-Stack Creamery
Located in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Historic District, Sweet-Stack Creamery is a fun-inspired dessert bar. You can get your ice cream in a traditional cone, a cookie sandwich, or a doughnut sandwich.
Choose from unique ice cream flavors like the pink cotton candy Amber Rose, the activated charcoal and coconut Black Panther, or the rich coffee flavored Cuban Coffee Cream ice creams.
They even have a vegan menu with three delicious vegan flavors!
7. Jake’s Ice Cream
Jake’s Ice Cream set up shop in one of the hottest communities in Atlanta, well before the neighborhood was booming.
Founder Jake Rothschild felt that Atlanta needed a good home-made ice cream shop. And he felt that ice cream was a great way to make people smile.
Jake’s is famous for their Chocolate Slap Yo Mama and our Brown Shugah Vanilla flavors. They also have more than 200 ice creams, sorbets, gelatos, sherbets, frozen yogurt, and Joyscreams to choose from.
8. IScream Ice Cream Rolls
IScream Ice Cream Rolls at Underground Atlanta offers made-to-order hand-rolled ice cream bowls. Their flavors range from classics to the unique, like Champagne, Lavender, and Cotton Candy.
You can build your own bowl or choose from a menu of their Signature Bowls. Pick from fun creations like Saturday Morning Cartoons (vanilla ice cream infused with Froot Loops, topped with Froot Loops and Pop Tarts) or Cherry Cream Soda (cream soda flavored ice cream mixed with maraschino cherries, whipped cream, strawberry drizzle, and a cherry on top).
9. Sweet Charlie’s
Sweet Charlie’s makes ice cream and frozen yogurt that is made-to-order on a super cold surface that is below 20 degrees.
Their process creates the freshest, most delicious end product. There is no need to add stabilizers, emulsifiers, or preservatives.
Choose from a menu of Thai-inspired ice cream rolls with names like Namaste (cheesecake, fresh strawberries), Monkey See Monkey Do (fresh banana, Nutella), and Love Park (peanut butter pretzel, chocolate drizzle).
Sweet Charlie’s has three Atlanta locations: one in Buckhead, one in Roswell, and one in McDonough.
Buckhead: 3872 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
McDonough: 2089 Jonesboro Rd #8, McDonough, GA 30253
10. Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream opened with the simple goal of creating the best and most unique ice cream in Atlanta. The small, walk-up ice cream parlor has racked up award after award for their unique flavors.
All flavors are hand-made at the shop, and there are over 200 flavors on a weekly rotation. They’re always coming up with new flavors, as well.
Check out their wild flavors like Coconut Jalapeno, Sweet Corn, Ginger Lavender, and more. They also have classics like Oreo, Mint Chip, Butter Pecan, and their popular Original Salted Caramel.
Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream has three Atlanta locations: the original in East Atlanta, one in Virginia-Highland, and the other the Chattahoochee Food Works food hall.
East Atlanta: 749 Moreland Ave SE # B102, Atlanta, GA 30316
Virginia-Highland: 1002 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306
Chattahoochee Food Works: 1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW STE 130, Atlanta, GA 30318
Atlanta Ice Cream Shops Map
Ready to check out these top Atlanta ice cream shops? I’ve put together a map of all the ice cream shops listed in this blog post to help you out!
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