Top Five Ice Cream Shops in Denver

Everyone Screams for Ice Cream

Everyone screams for ice cream at these top five ice cream shops in the Mile High City. From local institution Bonnie Brae Ice Cream to newcomer High Point Creamery, ice cream lovers can find their sweet spot in Denver.

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    Little Man Ice Cream in Denver's Highlands neighborhood.
    ••• Order ice cream from a giant milk jug. (Bryce Lankard/Getty Images)

    Little Man Ice Cream is easy to spot as its housed in a giant milk can in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. The ice cream shop offers ice cream, sorbet and gelato from walk-up windows . If you're stumped for flavors, try the Mexican Chocolate ice cream, which offers chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. Another signature flavor: Salted Oreo, which is part salty, part sweet.

    Little Man Ice Cream
    2620 16th St.
    Denver, CO 80211
    303-455-3811

    Extra topping: During the summer months, Little Man offers up some epic entertainment. Check out their calendar to get the 411 on swing dancing lessons, movie nights and hula hooping. A must-do for summer 2016: YouTube Night at Little Man on Aug. 12 with a marathon of hilarious viral YouTube videos. You can LOL while sipping on wine, beer, or a boozy cocktail. 

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    Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

    ••• Bonnie Brae ice cream.

    A Denver institution for more than 20 years, Bonnie Brae makes all the ice cream on the premises from scratch. Located on the corner of University Blvd. and Ohio St., the neighborhood ice cream parlor attracts ice cream lovers from across the city with its old-fashioned charm. (Picture this: Red vinyl seats and handwritten menus in a quaint shop that connects locals with visitors). Don't miss the Grand Marnier chocolate chip for a flavorful treat.

    Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
    799 S. University Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80209
    303-777-0808

    Extra Topping: This ice cream parlor is in the Washington Park neighborhood. Take your cone to go and take a stroll around the park. The lake and the flower gardens are a perfect pairing for your sweet treat on a summer afternoon.

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    Sweet Action provides a welcome addition to the bars and boutiques along Broadway in central Denver. Sweet Action makes ice cream by hand, and features vegan flavors as well as a daily rotation of flavors. The ice cream store also stays open late for more action -- until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

    Sweet Action
    52 Broadway
    Denver, CO 80203
    303-282-4645

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    Liks Ice Cream remains Capitol Hill's top summertime spot with homemade ice cream. Liks also sells at other Denver locations and select King Soopers stores. Notable specialty flavors include amaretto cherry and chocolate cheesecake. Liks has been featured on the Food Network for its Jack Daniels chocolate chip and Guiness caramel fudge.

    Liks Ice Cream
    2039 E. 13th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80206
    303-321-2370

    Extra Topping: Grown-ups, delight in some boozy flavors like Jack Daniels chocolate chip or a caramel Irish stout that make their way on to the menu. Your kids will delight in flavors like "Candy Land" or Cotton Candy. 

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    High Point Creamery

    High Point Creamery offers scoops of gourmet ice cream in the Hilltop neighborhood. Inspired by flights of wine, the ice cream shop's menu includes ice cream flights, which come with five scoops. Salted caramel and cookies and cream are always safe bets.

    High Point Creamery
    215 S. Holly St.
    Denver, CO 80246
    720-420-9137

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    Although known primarily for their almond toffee, Enstrom also has ice cream on their menu of dessert delights in Cherry Creek. The strawberry chocolate chip proved particularly delicious, and the generous scoop sizes will please any connoisseur. Enstrom Candies was founded in Grand Junction in 1960 by Chet Enstrom, and continues as a family business to this day.

    Enstrom Candies
    201 University Blvd. 118
    Denver, CO 80206
    303-322-1005

    Enstrom's Candies also has locations in Arvada, Fruita and Grand Junction.

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  • 07 of 07

    Sweet Cooie

     Paul Tamburello, the owner of Little Man Ice Cream, opened up yet another deliciously sweet spot. Step inside, and the aroma of waffle cones and sugar swirl in the air. The sweet shop is designed to look like a jewel box, complete with the signature Tiffany's blue. The ice cream selection includes sorbets and vegan ice cream, as well as traditional flavors and more inventive ones, such as sated oreo and Mint Julep. Sweet Cooie also sells truffles, ice cream sandwiches with Scottish short bread, malts, shakes and floats.