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20 Ice Cream Shops to Visit on a Hot Atlanta Day

Hot days call for cool cones, decadent sundaes, and dishes of creamy gelato

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When the dog days of summer arrive and the heat index reaches triple digits, a trip to the ice cream shop is tough to beat. With that in mind, here are the essential ice cream shops to know around Atlanta offering everything from classic cones topped with sprinkles and decadent sundaes to dishes of creamy gelato and ice cream mixed with cereal and candy.

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1. Sweet Southern

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4460 Marietta St
Powder Springs, GA 30127
(404) 642-2258

Looking for decadent ice cream sundaes, a banana split, or cones topped with peanut butter cups? This shop is the spot. Order a dish, cone, sundae, or even a waffle bowl of ice cream here topped with everything from M&Ms, gummies, and marshmallows to cheesecake, brownies, and Heath Bars.

2. High Road Craft Ice Cream

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1730B W Oak Commons Ct
Marietta, GA 30062
(678) 701-7623
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High Road Craft Ice Cream gets plenty of national love, and the company’s products can be found in stores all around town. This ice cream business also delivers to homes across Atlanta.

3. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-6050
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Yes, it's an Ohio-based company, but Jeni's is a big hit with multiple outposts in and around Atlanta. Jeni’s also includes on-demand delivery from UberEats or Postmates. Choose between multi-packs of flavors, like an all-chocolate pack, or go dairy-free with pints of ice cream shipped straight to the front door.

4. Sublime Doughnuts

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535 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 897-1801
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Sure, Sublime may be known for its delicious doughnuts, but don’t skip the ice cream here, including the creme brulee, mango moscato, peach riesling, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There’s even an ice cream doughnut burger on the menu. Try the butter pecan ice cream burger in a sugar-dusted cake doughnut. Open 24 hours.

5. eighty7sweets Vegan Ice Cream Company

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56 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(470) 378-7956
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Located on Broad Street, this vegan ice cream shop is decidedly Atlanta and includes flavors like Spelman strawberry and mango ice cream served in a red velvet cone, scoops of Morehouse chocolate and Vinings vanilla, and even Biscoff cookie shakes. There’s a second location in the works, too.

6. Cereal and Cream ice cream truck

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This food truck fuses two childhood favorites into crave-able treats. Tempting ice cream combinations include the Southside with Snickers, Cocoa Krispies, Reese’s Pieces, and marshmallows, and the Buckhead made with white chocolate chips, honey, granola, whipped cream, and vanilla wafers. Check Instagram for the food truck’s schedule. A permanent location is opening soon on Memorial Drive in the same complex as Tin Lizzy’s Cantina across from Oakland Cemetery.

7. Cathy's: Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches

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855 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 902-3812
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Owned by Spelman College alum Catheryn Greene, this Ohio-based ice cream sandwich shop offers 14 ice cream flavors, including key lime and banana pudding, sandwiched between seven from-scratch cookies, like ginger molasses, snickerdoodle, and peanut butter. Customers build sandwiches by choosing a cookie and ice cream combo, then add toppings such as fruity pebbles or caramel or chocolate sauce. A location is also open at the Interlock on Howell Mill Road.

8. Sweet-Stack Creamery

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25 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 205-5002
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Located on the edge of downtown Atlanta, Sweet Stack fancies itself as a dessert bar. Build a custom cone, cookie sandwich, or even a doughnut sandwich filled with ice cream ranging from dark chocolate to cookie dough mixed with Oreos and blue frosting.

9. Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

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5600 Roswell Rd Ste. H130
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
(404) 255-8484
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This flash-frozen ice cream is created using liquid nitrogen, hence the name. Try the cake batter and fudge with cookie dough sprinkles, the coconut and black raspberry mixed with berries and topped with coconut flakes, or peanut butter ice cream topped with fudge, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and brownies. There’s also a location near Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

10. Three Peaches Gelato & Coffee

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209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 956-4649
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Three Peaches Gelato and Coffee owner Kendra Bauser founded this dairy free gelato company in 2018, serving at local farmers markets and festivals throughout Atlanta. Now located inside the Municipal Market (Sweet Auburn Curb Market), Bauser and her two daughters offer gelato flavors like peaches and cream, lemon basil, matcha latte, and molasses pecan paired with coffee five days a week from their new downtown Atlanta shop.

11. Paleteria Janitzio

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5680 Old Dixie Hwy #107
Forest Park, GA 30297
(404) 500-4918

Ice cream flavors here range from rum raisin and birthday cake to mango and pistachio topped with nuts, fresh fruits, and sauces. This is the spot for those seeking a mangonada — a frozen drink typically made with mango sorbet or shaved ice, chunks of fresh mango, and topped with a tamarind and chili sauce.

12. Honeysuckle Gelato

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675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

It started as a food truck, but Honesuckle's gelato proved so popular, there's now a permanent outpost at Ponce City Market. Inspired by Southern flavors, Honeysuckle’s gelato pints are the perfect size for folks on-the-go during the summer. Grab a gallon tray and a four-pack of cookie and brownie gelato sandwiches to pack the freezer full of frozen treats. Purchase online for pick-up at the West End location at Lee + White. There’s also a location in Fayetteville now.

13. Jake's Ice Cream

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660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 586-0920
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Irwin Street Market has seen tenant shuffles over the years, but this ice cream shop remains a staple here. Now people can bulk order Jake’s ice cream for home delivery to the Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, and Tri-Cities areas.

14. Paolo's Gelato

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1025 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 647-0055
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Atlanta wasn’t much of a gelato town when this Virginia-Highland institution first opened over 20 years ago. There's a cool 62 different flavors here, in both creamy and fruity format.

15. Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream

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749 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 622-0210
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Morelli's started with its Ormewood Park shop in 2008, and it has since opened locations around Atlanta and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. There’s now an ice cream stall at food hall Chattahoochee Food Works in Underwood Hills.

16. Frosty Caboose

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5435 Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 451-4556
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Housed in a converted train caboose near antiques row in historic downtown Chamblee, Frosty Caboose is where to head for old-school ice cream cones and sundaes with lots of toppings. Order at the walk-up window and find a seat in the shade on one of the benches.

17. Where's The Scoop?

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26 Old Roswell St STE 102
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 558-6503
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This Thai-style ice cream cafe, owned by Zak Khimji and Zein Rahemtulla, includes rolled ice cream on the menu made using dairy from Georgia’s Mountain Fresh Creamery. Look for several flavors of bubble tea, coffee and coffee drinks, and cakes here, too. Vegan options available.

18. Butter & Cream

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416 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

With locations in Decatur and the Old Fourth Ward off of the Eastside Beltline trail, Butter and Cream is a great option to cool down with a classic cone of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream or fun flavors like green tea ginger, key lime cheesecake, and dark chocolate malbec. A location opens in Norcross later this year.

19. Cremalosa

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UP THE STAIRS ON THE PLAZA LEVEL!, 2657 E College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 578-2739
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Meridith Ford opened her Decatur gelato shop in 2020 across from the Avondale MARTA station. Cremalosa serves a dozen or so gelato flavors throughout the year, ranging from malted milk ball and stracciatella and pistachio to banana pudding and peaches and cream. In addition to the rotating selection of gelato, there’s also sorbet, gelato popsicles and cakes, and gelato shakes (with or without booze).

20. Lupita's Ice Cream

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5627 N Henry Blvd
Stockbridge, GA 30281
(770) 374-6452
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This dessert and paletería shop serves everything from frozen treats, like ice creams by the scoop and mangonadas, to fresas con crema, fruit cocktail cups topped with chili lime sauce, and paletas (popsicles) filled with fresh fruit.

1. Sweet Southern

4460 Marietta St, Powder Springs, GA 30127

Looking for decadent ice cream sundaes, a banana split, or cones topped with peanut butter cups? This shop is the spot. Order a dish, cone, sundae, or even a waffle bowl of ice cream here topped with everything from M&Ms, gummies, and marshmallows to cheesecake, brownies, and Heath Bars.

4460 Marietta St
Powder Springs, GA 30127

2. High Road Craft Ice Cream

1730B W Oak Commons Ct, Marietta, GA 30062

High Road Craft Ice Cream gets plenty of national love, and the company’s products can be found in stores all around town. This ice cream business also delivers to homes across Atlanta.

1730B W Oak Commons Ct
Marietta, GA 30062

3. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Yes, it's an Ohio-based company, but Jeni's is a big hit with multiple outposts in and around Atlanta. Jeni’s also includes on-demand delivery from UberEats or Postmates. Choose between multi-packs of flavors, like an all-chocolate pack, or go dairy-free with pints of ice cream shipped straight to the front door.

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. Sublime Doughnuts

535 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Sure, Sublime may be known for its delicious doughnuts, but don’t skip the ice cream here, including the creme brulee, mango moscato, peach riesling, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There’s even an ice cream doughnut burger on the menu. Try the butter pecan ice cream burger in a sugar-dusted cake doughnut. Open 24 hours.

535 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. eighty7sweets Vegan Ice Cream Company

56 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located on Broad Street, this vegan ice cream shop is decidedly Atlanta and includes flavors like Spelman strawberry and mango ice cream served in a red velvet cone, scoops of Morehouse chocolate and Vinings vanilla, and even Biscoff cookie shakes. There’s a second location in the works, too.

56 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

6. Cereal and Cream ice cream truck

Atlanta, GA

This food truck fuses two childhood favorites into crave-able treats. Tempting ice cream combinations include the Southside with Snickers, Cocoa Krispies, Reese’s Pieces, and marshmallows, and the Buckhead made with white chocolate chips, honey, granola, whipped cream, and vanilla wafers. Check Instagram for the food truck’s schedule. A permanent location is opening soon on Memorial Drive in the same complex as Tin Lizzy’s Cantina across from Oakland Cemetery.

7. Cathy's: Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches

855 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Owned by Spelman College alum Catheryn Greene, this Ohio-based ice cream sandwich shop offers 14 ice cream flavors, including key lime and banana pudding, sandwiched between seven from-scratch cookies, like ginger molasses, snickerdoodle, and peanut butter. Customers build sandwiches by choosing a cookie and ice cream combo, then add toppings such as fruity pebbles or caramel or chocolate sauce. A location is also open at the Interlock on Howell Mill Road.

855 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Sweet-Stack Creamery

25 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located on the edge of downtown Atlanta, Sweet Stack fancies itself as a dessert bar. Build a custom cone, cookie sandwich, or even a doughnut sandwich filled with ice cream ranging from dark chocolate to cookie dough mixed with Oreos and blue frosting.

25 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

9. Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

5600 Roswell Rd Ste. H130, Sandy Springs, GA 30342

This flash-frozen ice cream is created using liquid nitrogen, hence the name. Try the cake batter and fudge with cookie dough sprinkles, the coconut and black raspberry mixed with berries and topped with coconut flakes, or peanut butter ice cream topped with fudge, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and brownies. There’s also a location near Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

5600 Roswell Rd Ste. H130
Sandy Springs, GA 30342

10. Three Peaches Gelato & Coffee

209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Three Peaches Gelato and Coffee owner Kendra Bauser founded this dairy free gelato company in 2018, serving at local farmers markets and festivals throughout Atlanta. Now located inside the Municipal Market (Sweet Auburn Curb Market), Bauser and her two daughters offer gelato flavors like peaches and cream, lemon basil, matcha latte, and molasses pecan paired with coffee five days a week from their new downtown Atlanta shop.

209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

11. Paleteria Janitzio

5680 Old Dixie Hwy #107, Forest Park, GA 30297

Ice cream flavors here range from rum raisin and birthday cake to mango and pistachio topped with nuts, fresh fruits, and sauces. This is the spot for those seeking a mangonada — a frozen drink typically made with mango sorbet or shaved ice, chunks of fresh mango, and topped with a tamarind and chili sauce.

5680 Old Dixie Hwy #107
Forest Park, GA 30297

12. Honeysuckle Gelato

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

It started as a food truck, but Honesuckle's gelato proved so popular, there's now a permanent outpost at Ponce City Market. Inspired by Southern flavors, Honeysuckle’s gelato pints are the perfect size for folks on-the-go during the summer. Grab a gallon tray and a four-pack of cookie and brownie gelato sandwiches to pack the freezer full of frozen treats. Purchase online for pick-up at the West End location at Lee + White. There’s also a location in Fayetteville now.

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

13. Jake's Ice Cream

660 Irwin St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Irwin Street Market has seen tenant shuffles over the years, but this ice cream shop remains a staple here. Now people can bulk order Jake’s ice cream for home delivery to the Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, and Tri-Cities areas.

660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

14. Paolo's Gelato

1025 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Atlanta wasn’t much of a gelato town when this Virginia-Highland institution first opened over 20 years ago. There's a cool 62 different flavors here, in both creamy and fruity format.

1025 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

15. Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream

749 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Morelli's started with its Ormewood Park shop in 2008, and it has since opened locations around Atlanta and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. There’s now an ice cream stall at food hall Chattahoochee Food Works in Underwood Hills.

749 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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16. Frosty Caboose

5435 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

Housed in a converted train caboose near antiques row in historic downtown Chamblee, Frosty Caboose is where to head for old-school ice cream cones and sundaes with lots of toppings. Order at the walk-up window and find a seat in the shade on one of the benches.

5435 Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

17. Where's The Scoop?

26 Old Roswell St STE 102, Alpharetta, GA 30009

This Thai-style ice cream cafe, owned by Zak Khimji and Zein Rahemtulla, includes rolled ice cream on the menu made using dairy from Georgia’s Mountain Fresh Creamery. Look for several flavors of bubble tea, coffee and coffee drinks, and cakes here, too. Vegan options available.

26 Old Roswell St STE 102
Alpharetta, GA 30009

18. Butter & Cream

416 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

With locations in Decatur and the Old Fourth Ward off of the Eastside Beltline trail, Butter and Cream is a great option to cool down with a classic cone of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream or fun flavors like green tea ginger, key lime cheesecake, and dark chocolate malbec. A location opens in Norcross later this year.

416 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

19. Cremalosa

UP THE STAIRS ON THE PLAZA LEVEL!, 2657 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Meridith Ford opened her Decatur gelato shop in 2020 across from the Avondale MARTA station. Cremalosa serves a dozen or so gelato flavors throughout the year, ranging from malted milk ball and stracciatella and pistachio to banana pudding and peaches and cream. In addition to the rotating selection of gelato, there’s also sorbet, gelato popsicles and cakes, and gelato shakes (with or without booze).

UP THE STAIRS ON THE PLAZA LEVEL!, 2657 E College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

20. Lupita's Ice Cream

5627 N Henry Blvd, Stockbridge, GA 30281

This dessert and paletería shop serves everything from frozen treats, like ice creams by the scoop and mangonadas, to fresas con crema, fruit cocktail cups topped with chili lime sauce, and paletas (popsicles) filled with fresh fruit.

5627 N Henry Blvd
Stockbridge, GA 30281

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