Want the scoop? 10 Best Atlanta Ice Cream Parlors to Visit on a Hot Summer Day

Picture this: It’s a hot summer afternoon at 95 degrees (but it’s more like 110 degrees, let’s be real), and all you can think about is treating yourself to some delicious ice cream. Well, look no further, we’ve rounded up plenty of must-try hotspots for unbeatable ice cream all over town. Whether you’re walking your four-legged friend on the BeltLine or on a date in Virginia-Highland, there are plenty of places to indulge.

Check out these local must-haves below to experience the best ice cream parlors in Atlanta:

four fat cows

Launched in Alpharetta in 2015, Four Fat Cows offers delicious ice cream and more! With all gluten-free baked goods (cookies, brownies, key lime pies, cakes and cupcakes – to name a few), unique puffle cones and fun products at every location, they are proud to friendly customer service and accommodating guests who may have allergies seeking dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and even egg-free items.

Location: Multiple locations; Website: fourfatcows.com

Morelli ice cream

In 2008, this now popular local staple opened up shop in East Atlanta and quickly became an instant favorite. Bon Appétit magazine named Morelli’s Ice Cream the “fourth best ice cream shop” in America a year later in 2009, and the rest is history. With creative and unique flavors like ‘Flan Caramello’, ‘Krispy Kreamier’, ‘Coconut Jalapeño’, ‘PBJ Sandwich’ and ‘Death by Chocolate’, everyone is sure to find something to their liking.

Location: Multiple locations; Website: morellisicecream.com;

Butter and Cream

Butter & Cream opened in downtown Decatur in 2014 and has become famous for its unique twists on classic flavors and interesting combinations. A few years later, they opened their second location on the Eastside BeltLine in 2018 and plan to open their third location in Norcross this year. From their ice cream and sorbet to their milkshakes, slushies and floats, even your dog can enjoy a sweet treat with their puppy cups.

Pitches: Decatur – 416 Church St., East Atlanta – 661 Auburn Ave. NE Suite 130, *Norcross location coming soon; Website: butterandcream.com

Sweet Stack Creamery

Artisan donut sandwiches, cookies and ice cream? Yes please! This self-proclaimed “weird but fun” dessert shop is in ATL’s historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Be sure to try fun flavors like Cereal Milk, Fruit Curls Cereal mixed with Vanilla Ice Cream, Black Panther, Activated Charcoal & Coconut Mixed with Vanilla Wafers or an optional vegan like Let The Man Go, alphonso mango ice cream. If you have a big sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied (and you’re up for it), be sure to try their ice cream donut sandwich.

Location: Downtown – 25 Piedmont Avenue NE; Website: sweet-stack.com; Contact: 404-205-5002

Paul’s Gelato

Originally from Italy, Paolo Dalla Zorza has been serving authentic ice cream to the people of Atlanta for over 20 years now. Since Paolo’s Gelato opened in 1999, this Virginia-Highland staple has offered dozens of fruity and creamy gelato flavors. However, that’s not all! This Italian experience wouldn’t be complete without delicious cannolis, sweets and coffees imported from Italy. Enjoy your lunch !

Location: East Atlanta – 1025 Virginia Ave NE; Website: atlantadessertcatering.com; Contact: 404-607-0055

Jake’s ice cream

Just like Paolo’s Gelato, Jake’s Ice Cream also started in 1999. Located in Inman Park, what makes this place stand out is that it offers over 200 ready-to-eat ice creams, sorbets, frozen yogurts, gelatos and sorbets. satisfy all gourmets. All of their flavors are made with pure cane sugar and hormone-free dairy and they also have plenty of options for vegan ice cream lovers. One of Jake’s coolest offerings is their Joyscream, a healthy non-dairy alternative with the perfect combination of almond milk, avocado, coconut cream, and plantain base that took almost five years to improve.

Location: East Atlanta – 660 Irwin St. NE; Website: jakesicecream.com; Contact: 678-705-7945

Honeysuckle ice cream

Launched by three friends in 2011, Honeysuckle Gelato began as a local Atlanta food truck and now you can visit them at their original store in Ponce City Market offering scoops and pints of gelato, milkshakes and even gelato sandwiches. With several flavors inspired by the South, some notable ones include Bourbon Pecan Praline and Lemon Raspberry Crumble. Over the years, the craze for their gelato has allowed them to expand into neighboring southern states and continue to share their delicious creamy dessert.

Location: East Atlanta – 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NOT; Website: honeysucklegelato.com; Contact: 404-228-7825

Amir’s Nitrogen Ice Cream Parlor

Since 2018, Amir’s Nitrogren Ice Parlor has been on a mission to spark interest in science and technology among its customers, especially with its impressive liquid nitrogen ice cream. Along with ice cream, they also serve shaved ice for the perfect summertime treat. It’s a fun alternative to traditional ice cream and you’ll feel like a real scientist creating the creamiest kind of experience to try. As they say at Amir’s Nitrogen Ice Parlor, it’s “science you can eat!”

Location: East Atlanta – 1245 Caroline St. NE Suite 110; Website: amirsparlor.com; Contact: 404-228-8524

Frosted tail truck

All aboard! What’s cooler than an old caboose turned ice cream parlor? This bright red dessert shop will stop you in your tracks if you are in downtown Chamblee. You can never go wrong with their 36 traditional flavors of ice cream, sundaes and toppings that all ages can indulge in. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to take their conductor’s hats and whistles as souvenirs. Oh, and if you love astrology (and might need some help picking a flavor), be sure to check out their special astrological ice cream guide and find your sign.

Location: Chamblee – 5435 Peachtree Road; Website: frostycaboose.com; Contact: 770-451-4556

Paleteria Janitzio

Ice cream, popsicles and fresh mangonadas? This place is a must if you are in South Atlanta and need to cool down with some refreshing fruity treats. If you’ve never tried a mangonada before, here’s your chance – it’s a mango sorbet with chunks of fresh mango, topped with chili sauce and tamarind. This hidden gem in Forest Park is definitely a must see!

Location: Forest Park – 5680 Old Dixie Hwy #107; Website: instagram.com; Contact: 404-500-4918

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