The Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in Atlanta

Looking for the sweetest spots for sky high cones, creamy shakes, and ice cream sandwiches galore? Here's the scoop, friends.

It goes without saying that there’s a lot to see and do in Atlanta. But if you’re not stopping into a cool creamery on a hot day in this vast playground, you’re only skimming the surface of what makes here so special.

With that said, the options are essentially endless. In turn, it’s key to narrow your search to the best of the best. And we’re here to help. So if you have a sweet tooth, listen up. These are A-town’s 10 most popular, legendary, and delicious ice cream shops.

Sweet Stack Creamery

Sweet Stack Creamery ice creams
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If you’re visiting downtown Atlanta, do yourself a favor and stop by Sweet Stack Creamery. There’s more to these locally loved concoctions than meets the hungry eye. And I promise you’ll become a believer by the time any of these innovative ice creams meet your tastebuds.

One of Sweet Stack’s most notable claims to fame is combining ice cream and heat-pressed donuts or cookies to create an ice cream sandwich like no other. Serving traditional, original, and vegan flavors, this endless crowd pleaser continues to be a must-stop ice cream shop among locals and tourists alike. So don’t miss out.

Big Softie

soft serve ice cream cone in front of street art
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Summerhill is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Savannah. It’s beloved for its BBQ, rich local history, and for those with a sweet tooth, Big Softie. For those looking for a classic cone of soft serve swirling in local flavor, this is the place to be.

All flavors are proudly made with local ingredients, such as Georgia dairy and local cane sugar. On top of that, the wide array of toppings are made in-house as well. Frankly, it doesn’t get much more local or delicious than this hotspot for a cool cone. And the surrounding scenery is pretty gram-worthy.

The Frosty Caboose

customers standing at The Frosty Caboose
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Nestled in historic Chamblee, Frosty Caboose operates out of a converted train caboose. But these days, the only thing it churns out is deliciousness.

Whether you’re craving a traditional ice cream cone, shake, malt, float, or sundae, all 36 rich, creamy, and fun flavors are locally made. Adding to its legend, the Frosty Caboose has lovingly been dubbed “the train spotting capital” by locals.

Cremalosa

Cremalosa neon sign and ice cream cone
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If you’re more of a gelato enthusiast, Cremalosa will surely hit the spot. Located in Decatur, this sweet shop is owned and operated by praised pastry chef and food writer Meridith Ford.

But it’s not just the gelato that’s made Cremalosa an Atlanta favorite. Help yourself to cake pops, sorbetto, and “boozy milkshakes” like the Bellini, blended with a seasonal sorbetto of your choosing and sweet, sweet prosecco.

Butter & Cream

Butter & Cream facade and two scoop ice cream cone
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If something small-batch and made from scratch is more your speed, it’s time to check out Butter & Cream. Whether you go to the BeltLine or Decatur location, you can’t go wrong with this ice cream spot. Both offer about 20 fresh flavors made right behind the counter.

Try the Butterscotch Brownie or the Honeycomb Forest. And if you’re lactose-intolerant, don’t leave without a taste of the chocolate sorbet!

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Morelli’s

double stack cherry ice cream cone with chocolate and sprinkles
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This shop’s owned by a former pharmaceutical rep, and the locally-celebrated company’s dedication to cold, creamy deliciousness might just be the best medicine on a Hotlanta afternoon.

If you’re not sure what to choose, Morelli’s most sought-after signature is the salted caramel cone. In addition to old-school flavors, the menu is also jam-packed with locally inspired ice cream options, like the sweet corn, oatmeal cream pie, krispy kreamier, and dark chocolate chili, to name a few of the endlessly unique treats you’ll find here.

Amorino Gelato

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At Amorino, it’s all about top-tier organic gelato and unforgettable artistry. The only thing more dazzling than the rose-shaped gelato scoops might be their freshness.

Come for the exciting seasonal gelato flavors and stay for the beautiful dining experience. While you’re in an indulgent mood, don’t stop with one scoop. Their crêpes, macarons, and Italian coffee come highly recommended as well.

The Yard Milkshake Bar

three milkshakes at The Yard Milkshake Bar
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The Yard Milkshake Bar will bring you back to Centennial Park time and time again. And have that camera ready! You will likely be waiting in a lengthy line, but some things are worth waiting for, and these ice cream dream shakes are definitely one of them.

Yes, this one happens to be in multiple locations around the country, but there’s a good reason for that. It’s worth stopping in and enjoying one of their endlessly wondrous concoctions out of their now-iconic glass jars.

Jake’s Icecream

front of Jake's Ice cream shop and ice cream cone
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No ice cream round-up in Atlanta could be complete without Jake’s Ice Cream. They call themselves a “dessert centric eatery,” but it’s truly all about the ice cream here.

“Hand-crafted and love-filled,” they’ve been serving up some of the best scoops in the city since 1999. If you’re a chocolate lover, I highly recommend their best seller, the Chocolate Slap Yo Mama. It’s made with their signature chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, and Oreo cookies. Jake’s calls it “the black sheep of cookies and cream.” I call it divine! 

Jeni’s Splendid Icecreams

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If you’ve spent any time in Atlanta, you’re probably familiar with Jeni’s by now. In recent years, it’s definitely become one of the premier purveyors of ice cream in A-town.

Now operating out of dozens of locations around the city, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams continues to be decadent, daring, and fun for the whole family. If you just have to try one thing from this Ohio-based chain, many say you can’t go wrong with the Brambleberry Crisp Ice Cream or Cold Brew With Coconut Cream. And if you’re feeling brave, try the Everything Bagel!

No matter what flavor you savor, Jeni’s will open your taste buds to all that ice cream can be, and it’s one very tasty reason to keep coming back to Atlanta.

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