Albuquerque Ice Cream Shops

Whether you're on the lookout for frozen yogurt, a creamy gelato, an icee or a traditional ice cream cone, Albuquerque has a place that will hit the spot every time.

If you are conscious of trying to support small and local business, you'll be pleased to know this list includes local shops and mom and pop places—some of which carry national brand ice creams, but no franchises or big chains are on the list. 

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Pop Fizz

Pop Fizz

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530 Bridge Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA
Phone +1 505-508-1082

Pop Fizz has paletas, or fruit and cream popsicles in flavors that range from cucumber chile lime to mango red chile. Where else in town can you pick up an ice cream taco or a carrot cake popsicle?. Flavors include cookies and cream, cinnamon churro and mint chocolate chip—and there's plenty more. The small eatery also has soda floats; try the creamsicle or create your own float with a selection of cane sugar sodas (no high fructose syrups here). Snacks, hot foods and aguas frescas round out the list.

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I Scream Ice Cream

Colorful ice cream shop with different kites on the walls, as well as statues, a vintage bike, and many gumball machines. There is a family sitting at a table eating ice cream on the right side of the image and an ice cream counter on the left

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2000 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110-4972, USA
Phone +1 505-268-0139

The nostalgic ice cream shop is perfect for kids and the young at heart. They'll scoop up your favorite flavor and top it with some perennial kid favorites. Take the kids because there are toys and games to play with, along with hats and dress ups for the younger ones. It's easy to stay a while and slow down to a kid paced life at I Scream. 

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Dakine Hawaiian Ice

Different color Icees

Courtesy of Dakine Hawaiian Ice

4007 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107-4505, USA
Phone +1 505-821-8402

Shaved ice is incredibly refreshing, and Dakine provides a large variety of flavors that range from the standard cherry, blueberry, and apple to more esoteric ones such as wedding cake, passion fruit, and mango. They also offer a large number of suggested combinations, doing the footwork for you. Try the Beach Comber, a combination of cherry, grape, and lime, or the Waikiki, a combination of blue Hawaii and sour green apple. Sugar-free alternatives are available, and all shaved ice is free of preservatives, fat-free and has no high fructose corn syrup. Shed the guilt, and for those who can't do dairy, it's a chance to celebrate.​

Dakine also offers smoothies, blended coffees and Hawaiian treats like Pukka dogs.

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Itsa Ice

215 Phoenix Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-1350, USA
Phone +1 505-268-2560

Itsa has a restaurant that is both nostalgic and perfect for picking up a Philly cheesesteak, veggie sub or corn dog. They also carry a selection of refreshing Italian ices in classic flavors that include cantaloupe, tangerine, lemon, lime, cherry, root beer, and peach. They have gelati, a layered Italian ice with ice cream, or an ice cream scoop of vanilla and spumoni. Itsa also has a fresh dipped Nutty Buddy bar.

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JP's Frozen Custard Cart

Mobile-Food Truck, Albuquerque, NM 87104-3200, USA
Phone +1 505-766-5122

Have cart, will travel! JP's motto is "Have Custard, Will Travel" because their shop is self-contained and you'll find them most everywhere. They use New Mexico grown nuts and all natural ingredients. 

JP's is a traveling cart and you'll find them out and about at events all summer. On most weekends, they're parked at the southeast corner of 4th and Osuna.

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La Michoacana De Paquime

6500 Zuni Rd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108-3018, USA
Phone +1 505-266-3408

These paleterias sell cold treats made from fresh fruit. Paletas (popsicles) come in flavors like strawberries with cream, non-alcoholic pina colada, and chile for those who like a bit of spice. You'll find smoothies, gelato, and fro-yo as well as ice cream.

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Olo Yogurt

3339 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA
Phone +1 505-750-4656

Olo has two locations, one in Nob Hill and one on the west side. The popular yogurt studio is a self-serve, with a variety of flavor choices and a toppings bar where you can put your favorites in for a one of a kind treat. Cups are sold by weight. Yolo sells real cultured yogurts, nothing powdered or packaged.

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Rude Boy Cookies

115 Harvard Dr SE #7, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA
Phone +1 505-200-2235

Rude Boy is probably the most popular place for picking up some freshly baked cookies. Couple that with ice cream and a milk bar, and you've got a predicted future full of return trips. Try a giant cookie waffle with ice cream or a brownie ice cream sandwich. Rude Boy is conveniently located across the street from UNM, near Winning Coffee, Gyros and the Frontier. Another convenience is Rude Boy offers gluten-free and vegan cookie varieties.

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Steve's Ice Cream and Java

323 Romero St NW # 16, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1469, USA
Phone +1 505-242-8445

The small Old Town ice cream shop is a standard spot for tourists to pop in, and for locals who happen by.

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Van Rixel Bros. Chocolate Cartel

315 Juan Tabo Blvd NE ste a, Albuquerque, NM 87123, USA
Phone +1 505-797-1193

It was a sad day when the fabulous Ecco Gelato closed in Nob Hill, though there is still a location in Santa Fe if ever you need a fix. Luckily for Albuquerque residents, the fabulous Van RIxel brothers scoop gelato and sorbet into pints that can be found at lucky stores around town, and also at their Chocolate Cartel location. Buy some chocolate while you're there; the chocolate covered almonds are divine.

Gelato flavors change with the seasons, but chocolate is a favorite, along with strawberry habanero, pumpkin pie, and blueberry lavender. The brothers are nothing short of artists. 

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Here's Where to Find a Frozen Sweet Treat In Albuquerque