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Where to Treat Yourself to Soft Serve Ice Cream

Shops serving soft serve ice cream and frozen custard around ATL

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Few foods conjure more memories of childhood and warm sunny days than soft serve ice cream. The two seem to go hand-in-hand. Here are a few places around Atlanta to grab a waffle cone stuffed to overflowing with soft serve or even frozen custard dipped in chocolate or covered in sprinkles, peanuts, or pralines beyond Dairy Queen.

Disclaimer: A number of Atlanta restaurants on this map have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the Georgia Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar at the Marietta Square Market

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68 N North Marietta Pkwy NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 581-3777
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Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar at Marietta Square Market food hall offers two soft serve flavors on its menu: taro and matcha with tapioca pearls (boba). Bot come with a choice of toppings. Tiny Bubbles also has a location on Marietta’s historic town square and in downtown Woodstock. Order online for takeout. Patio seating available. Masks required.

2. Momo Cafe

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95 8th St NW #100
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 390-3025
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The small, two-story coffee shop in Midtown is part of Japanese fast-casual restaurant Momonoki from chef Jason Liang and John Chen (Brush Sushi). Momo Cafe serves more than just coffee and tea, though. They also offer matcha and black sesame soft serve ice cream. Pro tip: make it a swirl cone. Order online for takeout. Patio seating available. Masks required.

3. Big Softie

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68 Georgia Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Summerhill soft serve ice cream shop Big Softie offers from scratch flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and seasonal options on its menu. Make sure to add toppings to that cone such as chocolate dip made from Nicaraguan dark chocolate, strawberry dip, custom sprinkles created by Atlanta’s Beautiful Briny Sea Salt, honeycomb, cocoa nib bark, pink pralines, and O’Brien’s favorite, a peanut crunch coat. Check Big Softie’s Instagram for hours and daily flavor updates. Masks required. Street seating available. Soft serve cakes available.

4. Lottafrutta

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590 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 588-0857
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Old Fourth Ward sandwich shop and bodega Lottafrutta combines fresh fruit with vegan dulce de leche to create their soft serve ice cream. Look for flavors like peach, strawberry, passionfruit, mango, and a South American orange-like fruit called solanum quitoense. Order online for takeout. Street-side seating available. Masks required.

5. Zesto Drive-In

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2469 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 237-8689
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Zesto’s Drive-In has been an Atlanta institution since the first location opened in 1949 on Peachtree Street across from Brookwood Station. That location is gone but, the Piedmont Road shop, opened in the 1950s, is still offering the shop’s real deal vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Dip that cake or waffle cone in nuts, chocolate, or butterscotch topping. Other locations include Little Five Points, East Atlanta, Forrest Park, and Tyrone. Order online for takeout and delivery. Masks required. Patio seating available.

6. Skyline Park

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675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(770) 999-1530
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Rooftop amusement park Skyline Park at Ponce City Market offers vanilla soft serve ice cream in a chimney cone aka a doughnut cone. The cone originated in Prague and is coated with chocolate inside with hazelnut candy at the bottom. Limited capacity. Masks required.

7. Wonderkid and King of Pops

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777 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 331-0909
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Wonderkid, the Memorial Drive diner collaboration between the King of Pops crew and Big Citizen restaurant group’s Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins (Bon Ton, The Lawrence, Miracle Atlanta), opened in 2019 at Atlanta Dairies. Head in for a diner meal paired with cocktails and finish with soft serve ice cream flavors from King of Pops like chocolate, vanilla, pineapple rightside-up, or space fruit. Order online for takeout or delivery. Masks required. Patio seating available.

8. Rita's Italian Ice

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3530 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
(770) 986-9335
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Rita’s serves more than just Italian ices at its shops, they also carry old fashioned, frozen custard soft serve. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, strawberry, and orange cream. Frozen custard is served in a cup or a cake cone. Rita’s has two other metro Atlanta locations in Griffin and Suwanee. Masks required.

9. Southern Custard

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3575 Durden Dr NE #302
Brookhaven, GA 30319
(404) 402-1570
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Located in Brookhaven, this frozen custard shop offers Southern-inspired flavors ranging from pineapple upside-down cake and butter pecan to key lime pie and rum raisin. Check Facebook for menu updates and new flavors. Patio seating available. Masks required.

10. Matcha Cafe Maiko - Atlanta

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5306 Buford Hwy NE B
Atlanta, GA 30340
(470) 359-3142
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For those who enjoy matcha and soft serve ice cream, head to Matcha Cafe Maiko on Buford Highway. The silky sweet texture of soft serve mixed with the slight bitterness of ground green tea leaves makes this ice cream pop with flavor while still being refreshing and not too sweet. Try the matcha and vanilla swirl in a waffle cone. The cafe also includes parfaits and soft serve floats on its menu. Pints available. Masks required.

11. Andy's Frozen Custard

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3670 Old Milton Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(470) 268-6175
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There’s absolutely no shortage of frozen custard flavors to choose from or how it comes served at Andy’s in Alpharetta, including mint chocolate chip, butter pecan, strawberry and oreo, and seasonal flavors like key lime, pumpkin pie, and Santa brownie. Walk-up window. Masks highly encouraged.

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1. Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar at the Marietta Square Market

68 N North Marietta Pkwy NW, Marietta, GA 30060

Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar at Marietta Square Market food hall offers two soft serve flavors on its menu: taro and matcha with tapioca pearls (boba). Bot come with a choice of toppings. Tiny Bubbles also has a location on Marietta’s historic town square and in downtown Woodstock. Order online for takeout. Patio seating available. Masks required.

68 N North Marietta Pkwy NW
Marietta, GA 30060

2. Momo Cafe

95 8th St NW #100, Atlanta, GA 30309

The small, two-story coffee shop in Midtown is part of Japanese fast-casual restaurant Momonoki from chef Jason Liang and John Chen (Brush Sushi). Momo Cafe serves more than just coffee and tea, though. They also offer matcha and black sesame soft serve ice cream. Pro tip: make it a swirl cone. Order online for takeout. Patio seating available. Masks required.

95 8th St NW #100
Atlanta, GA 30309

3. Big Softie

68 Georgia Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Summerhill soft serve ice cream shop Big Softie offers from scratch flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and seasonal options on its menu. Make sure to add toppings to that cone such as chocolate dip made from Nicaraguan dark chocolate, strawberry dip, custom sprinkles created by Atlanta’s Beautiful Briny Sea Salt, honeycomb, cocoa nib bark, pink pralines, and O’Brien’s favorite, a peanut crunch coat. Check Big Softie’s Instagram for hours and daily flavor updates. Masks required. Street seating available. Soft serve cakes available.

68 Georgia Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

4. Lottafrutta

590 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Old Fourth Ward sandwich shop and bodega Lottafrutta combines fresh fruit with vegan dulce de leche to create their soft serve ice cream. Look for flavors like peach, strawberry, passionfruit, mango, and a South American orange-like fruit called solanum quitoense. Order online for takeout. Street-side seating available. Masks required.

590 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

5. Zesto Drive-In

2469 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Zesto’s Drive-In has been an Atlanta institution since the first location opened in 1949 on Peachtree Street across from Brookwood Station. That location is gone but, the Piedmont Road shop, opened in the 1950s, is still offering the shop’s real deal vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Dip that cake or waffle cone in nuts, chocolate, or butterscotch topping. Other locations include Little Five Points, East Atlanta, Forrest Park, and Tyrone. Order online for takeout and delivery. Masks required. Patio seating available.

2469 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

6. Skyline Park

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Rooftop amusement park Skyline Park at Ponce City Market offers vanilla soft serve ice cream in a chimney cone aka a doughnut cone. The cone originated in Prague and is coated with chocolate inside with hazelnut candy at the bottom. Limited capacity. Masks required.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. Wonderkid and King of Pops

777 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Wonderkid, the Memorial Drive diner collaboration between the King of Pops crew and Big Citizen restaurant group’s Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins (Bon Ton, The Lawrence, Miracle Atlanta), opened in 2019 at Atlanta Dairies. Head in for a diner meal paired with cocktails and finish with soft serve ice cream flavors from King of Pops like chocolate, vanilla, pineapple rightside-up, or space fruit. Order online for takeout or delivery. Masks required. Patio seating available.

777 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

8. Rita's Italian Ice

3530 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

Rita’s serves more than just Italian ices at its shops, they also carry old fashioned, frozen custard soft serve. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, strawberry, and orange cream. Frozen custard is served in a cup or a cake cone. Rita’s has two other metro Atlanta locations in Griffin and Suwanee. Masks required.

3530 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

9. Southern Custard

3575 Durden Dr NE #302, Brookhaven, GA 30319

Located in Brookhaven, this frozen custard shop offers Southern-inspired flavors ranging from pineapple upside-down cake and butter pecan to key lime pie and rum raisin. Check Facebook for menu updates and new flavors. Patio seating available. Masks required.

3575 Durden Dr NE #302
Brookhaven, GA 30319

10. Matcha Cafe Maiko - Atlanta

5306 Buford Hwy NE B, Atlanta, GA 30340

For those who enjoy matcha and soft serve ice cream, head to Matcha Cafe Maiko on Buford Highway. The silky sweet texture of soft serve mixed with the slight bitterness of ground green tea leaves makes this ice cream pop with flavor while still being refreshing and not too sweet. Try the matcha and vanilla swirl in a waffle cone. The cafe also includes parfaits and soft serve floats on its menu. Pints available. Masks required.

5306 Buford Hwy NE B
Atlanta, GA 30340

11. Andy's Frozen Custard

3670 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005

There’s absolutely no shortage of frozen custard flavors to choose from or how it comes served at Andy’s in Alpharetta, including mint chocolate chip, butter pecan, strawberry and oreo, and seasonal flavors like key lime, pumpkin pie, and Santa brownie. Walk-up window. Masks highly encouraged.

3670 Old Milton Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005

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