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.Read More
Where to Treat Yourself to Soft Serve Ice Cream
Shops serving soft serve ice cream and frozen custard around ATL
Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar at the Marietta Square Market
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Wonderkid and King of Pops
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.
Rita's Italian Ice
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.
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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.
Matcha Cafe Maiko - Atlanta
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.
Andy's Frozen Custard
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.