If you’re craving something cool, here’s a taste of local ice cream, gelato, and frozen yogurt in our top places to get a sweet frozen treat in Phoenix:
Sweet Republic’s artisan ice cream has scooped up recognition by Sunset Magazine, Time Magazine, the Food Network and more as one of the nation’s favorite treats. Go bold with unique tastes like Sichuan Chocolate, or try the popular Salted Butter Caramel in a cone, between cookies, or mixed up in a milkshake or sundae.
6054 N 16th St, Phoenix 85016
9160 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale 85260
Doc’s whips up frozen pops, gelato and ice cream at a sweet shop that’s been awarded the city’s best ice cream in 2014 by Phoenix New Times. Fresh and locally-sourced ingredients go into the making of chocolate chip, sea salt caramel and other decadent flavors, including fruit pop favorites such as Pichu mango pineapple and raspberry chambord.
Udder Delights creates their cream with farm-fresh ingredients from local Superstition Farms. Stop in to see what flavors they’re featuring, and you might find a seasonal surprise or fall in love with a classic like Blueberry Moofin.
Val Vista Towne Center, 1385 E Warner Rd, Gilbert 85296
This sweet spot tucked into Roosevelt Row is perfect for a nighttime craving. Open daily til midnight, Melt works with local Karen’s Creamery to create fun flavors, dished up in tiny takeout boxes. The parlor thinks outside the cookie when it comes to ice cream sandwiches – you might be treated, for example, to a frozen flavor between waffles or King’s Hawaiian bread.
910 N 5th St, Phoenix 85004
Melt. Photo via Facebook
This family-owned shop crafts its ice cream in shop and whips up creamy favorite flavors like grasshopper, red velvet, rocky road and more.
Laveen Village Marketplace, 5250 W Baseline Rd, Phoenix 85339
A trip into MacApline’s is a step back in time. This vintage pharmacy and soda fountain features retro decor and classic treats like malts, shakes, sundaes, and egg cream (a delicious soda shop throwback made with neither egg nor cream). Customize your concoction with one of 99 syrups, or treat yourself to a cream soda with flavors like wedding cake.
2303 N 7th St, Phoenix 85006
MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain
If you’re craving an ice cream sandwich, stop in to one of the Slickables locations to build your own with their selection of ice cream flavors and chewy cookies.
699 S Mill Ave, Tempe 85281
Seasonal flavors and classic favorites fill the menu at this sweet parlor. Choose a dash of toppings for your scoop, or satisfy your sweet tooth with milkshakes, sundaes, candies and baked goods (cookies can be combined with ice cream for an old-fashioned sandwich treat).
5223 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85012
Churn. Photo via Facebook
Part shaved ice, part ice cream, the frozen dessert known as BaoBing has made it to Phoenix from the South China Seas. Try this unique treat in flavors such as taro, green tea, and honey dew, and decorate with your choice of candy and cookie toppings.
801 N 2nd St, Phoenix
914 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
These handmade Mexican pops are packed with flavorful fruit and spices. Treat yourself to classic strawberry and cream, traditional arroz con leche, Mexican hot chocolate and much more.
96 W Boston St, Chandler
Handcrafted, locally-sourced ice cream is just the start at this Scottsdale shop. Try the signature cookie cup, a treat made of layers of ice cream and macarons and topped with a toasted marshmallow.
1608 N Miller Rd, Ste 5, Scottsdale 85257
This California custom ice cream-sandwich classic opened two local locations in Scottsdale and Tempe—and boy are we grateful. Mix and match your sandwich top and bottom from cookie, brownie and doughnut options, load it with ice cream and toppings, and ask to get your treat hot-pressed to warm up the doughy outside.
7366 E. Shea Blvd, Suite 106, Scottsdale 85260
420 South Mill Ave, Ste 106, Tempe 85281
After training in the art of gelato with families in Italy, Gelato Spot shared the fruits of their labor with Phoenix. They keep plenty of creamy flavors on hand to help you discover your favorite taste.
3164 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix 85016
4010 E Greenway Rd, Phoenix 85032
Gelato Spot. Photo via Facebook
Made fresh daily with ingredients imported from Italy, a serving of Frost's gelato proudly boasts to be half the calories and a fifth of the total fat of ice cream. What's not to love? The smooth, creamy concoctions come in dozens of flavors, but the clear winner is their famous sea-salt caramel.
2502 E Camelback Rd #136, Phoenix
150 E Williams Field Rd #120, Gilbert
Take your pick from 48 gourmet gelato flavors, featuring daily rotation of featured tastes like lemon cookie crunch or root beer float. With over 100 rotating flavors in all, you won’t run out of excuses to keep coming back for more of this Italian treat.
Dobson Park Plaza, 2095 N Dobson Rd, Chandler 85224
Gelato 64. Photo via Facebook
This authentic spot keeps you cool with 20 handcrafted flavors like pistachio, coffee, and stracciatella (an Italian variation of chocolate chip).
7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale 85251
This cozy yogurt hangout is designed to invoke a retro 1970s Venice Beach spot, and the froyo is just as cool. Mix and match traditional and fun flavors and decorate with dozens of toppings. If you want a little extra crunch, swap the cup for a waffle bowl.
4700 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85012
Gummy worms, peanut butter, or fresh fruit at Twirl? Photo via Facebook.
Keep coming back for a touch of something new with daily flavor rotation. Enjoy traditional chocolate, vanilla or fruit flavors, or treat yourself to a novelty taste like Bavarian Coffee, Scotchmallow, or Root Beer Float.
2 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
The rotating lineup includes classics and fruits as refreshing as an island breeze, as well as fun and unique flavor infusions like candy bars, cereal, Girl Scout cookies, funfetti cake, and locally roasted coffee. Bring a buddy on Thursdays for a buy one, get one half off special.
219 E Baseline Rd, Tempe 85283
Sit back and enjoy a snowy shave ice, soaked in your choice of tropical flavors imported from Hawaii.
13825 N 19th Ave, Phoenix 85023
Try a tSoynami, a soy-based soft serve, mixed with goodies like organic chocolate, nuts, graham crackers and more. Nami features over a dozen dairy-free and vegan flavors to choose from.
2014 N 7th St, Phoenix 85006
Nami. Photo via Facebook