Ice Cream Shops: A Minnesota Sampler
Ice cream is like a big scoop of summer! Indulging in a cone is almost a mini-vacation in itself. And no vacation or weekend getaway is complete without a stop at the local ice cream shop. Part of the fun is discovering a fun little ice cream place on your own while you’re on your getaway. But here’s a list of some popular ice cream shops around the state to feed your vacation dreams.
Selma's Ice Cream Parlor
This classic ice cream shop has been a popular destination for many years in this quaint village in the St Croix Valley.
This downtown shop features super premium ice cream in a wide array of imaginative flavors (including Fat Elvis!), which change weekly, plus malts and sundaes.
Big Dipper Sweets & Ice Cream
Open seasonally, features Bridgeman's ice cream, Abdallah chocolates, espresso drinks, smoothies, malts, and sundaes.
Scoops Ice Cream & More
This seasonal ice cream parlor scoops up many flavors and blends fruit smoothies, too.
Gordy's Warming House
Warm up with coffee, and chill out with 32 flavors of ice cream.
Hand-dipped ice cream in 24 flavors, plus homemade candies and fudge.
Lake Country Crafts & Cones
The front of the store is an ice cream shop with cups, cones and shakes, the back of the shop features crafts and tchotchkes. A single scoop is bigger than your fist.
Sweets, Treats and More
The perfect end after touring the End-O-Line Railroad Park. Many flavors of hard scoop ice cream, malts, and more.
Open seasonally for ice cream, shakes, root beer floats, and their special, the Linniepalooza, with 16 scoops of ice cream.
Dorset House Restaurant and Soda Fountain
Still has a 1940s style soda fountain. This village is right along the Heartland bike trail.
The PortLand Malt Shoppe
Just off of the Lakewalk and near Lake Superior, so patrons can enjoy cones, sundaes, floats, and malts while watching big ships on the lake. Open spring through fall. Caribou caramel, anyone?
Neighborhood Ice Cream Shoppe
Hand-dipped ice cream cones, plus shakes, malts, sundaes, ice cream cakes and pies.
Candy’s Alley Scoops and More
A convenient, flavorful stop for cyclists right across from the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail; it has both soft-serve and regular ice cream.
Adele's Frozen Custard
Adele's has over 80 flavors of custard made with fresh ingredients, but only makes a few each day. Check out the monthly calendar.
Near Lake Minnetonka, this little shop is a great place to get off the boat and grab some ice cream. Wide variety of flavors, including Zoreo—chocolate/marshmallow ice cream with Oreo pieces.
Yummy, affordable ice cream; good place to go on a hot day.
COW Interrupted! Ice Cream Studio
Super Premium Ice Cream.
Grandpa's Ice Cream
Produced in small batches, with 32 flavors including a wide variety of ice cream and sorbet.
Sydney's Frozen Custard
Sit on the rooftop deck for a beautiful view while enjoying frozen custard and outstanding brick-oven pizza.
The Old Skool Malt Shop
Great old-style malts.
Another Time Ice Cream Parlor & Chocolates
Seasonal with outdoor seating; this charming village is on the Root River Trail, popular for biking.
Mom and Pop’s
The variety includes 32 flavors of hard scoop ice cream, plus soy, non-fat yogurt, sherbet, no sugar added & Italian ice, served in a dish with a freshly made waffle wedge. Plus espresso drinks, fudge, smoothies, and 1919 root beer.
Marine on St.Croix
More than 20 kinds of premium hard ice cream.
Gourmet magazine called this the best ice cream in America. There are 50 flavors offered in the Edina parlor, all freshly homemade.
A tiny shop featuring ice cream from all natural ingredients and homemade caramel and butterscotch sauces.
Homemade ice creams and sorbets (some which are Kosher); flavor selections change daily.
Muskie Waters Company
Near the Heartland Bike Trail; offers cones, sundaes, malts and shakes, as well as candy and souvenirs.
Nisswa and Crosslake
Open seasonally, this candy and ice cream shop is a favorite stop for Brainerd Lakes vacationers.
The Village Scoop
The adventurous might try the "The Village Idiot," their 16 scoop treat.
North St. Paul
Home Town Creamery
The Creamery has won national awards for their basic flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, but they also offer many unique flavors. In fact, customers can suggest any flavor ideas, and the owner will experiment!
Tip Top Dairy Bar
Opened in 1955, this walk-up, take-out is a classic, offering freshly made ice cream, malts, and sundaes, plus burgers.
This classic downtown diner also serves up ice cream and malts; try the blueberry shake.
Just Chillin’ Ice Cream & Eatery
This café is upstairs in the Pottery Place Historic Center, the former pottery building now home to antique and specialty shops. So after enjoying your ice cream, you can enjoy a bit of history too!
Cone Brothers Ice Cream
A 1950s inspired ice cream shop offering more than 20 flavors.
Fun name, with a ton of fun flavors, from gingerbread to cranberry swirl. Voted best ice cream place in Rochester.
This bike shop near the Dakota Trail sells ice cream, too.
Open seasonally, offers a variety of Italian ice flavors and specialty items daily, also food and snacks.
Grand Ole Creamery
This long-time local favorite serves up award-winning ice cream (rotating menu from 200 flavors!) in a hand-rolled malted waffle cone that is still warm from the iron.
Izzy's Ice Cream
Izzy's, one of St Paul's treasurers, is a fun ice cream parlor with great flavor selections; you can submit your flavor idea during the Annual People's Flavor Awards.
Nelson's Ice Cream
Forty-plus flavors of ice cream and serves them in HUGE portions. On a hot summer evening, the line extends down the block.
Pier 77 Mini-Golf & Creamery
What a fun combination! This cute north woods themed mini-golf course is tucked into the birch forest along the shore of Lake Vermilion, and the little cafe has soft-serve ice cream, malts and root beer floats.
White Bear Lake
Cup and Cone
Family operated, this ice cream shack serves soft-serve ice cream and sherbets. A favorite with area residents, it draws a line every evening.
Ozzie's Ice Cream
New in 2012 and open seasonally, this old-fashioned ice cream parlor boasts 32 flavors.
Soft-serve ice cream cones, sundaes, ice cream mixed with candy, shakes, malts, floats and slushes. Special frozen treats are made on site. Paddle Wheels are chocolate or vanilla ice cream sandwiches, dipped in chocolate and covered with a mix of nuts and sprinkles.