In the Southwest desert we have about five months of summer, affording plenty of opportunities to cool down with a frosty treat! If you are looking for a neighborhood ice cream shop in the Phoenix area, here are ten ice cream parlors that are bound to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Phoenix Ice Cream Parlors: Cold Slab/Table Style
Cold Stone Creamery
The very first Cold Stone Creamery was opened in 1988 right here in Tempe, Arizona.
Each Cold Stone Creamery is privately owned. You select your ice cream, select your mix-ins, and the staff mixes them together on a frozen granite stone--the Cold Stone! Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek.
Phoenix Ice Cream Parlors,Yogurt Shops, Gelato Shops: Locally Owned and Operated
Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream
More than 20 flavors of homemade ice cream with homemade toppings. Malts and shakes. Located in Wickenburg, Arizona for more than 30 years.
Handspun ice cream flavors, frosty shakes, custom-built ice cream sandwiches. You can also treat yourself to Churn's selection of nostalgic candy for a sweet escape. Central Phoenix.
The Gelato Spot
This popular Scottsdale G-Spot (get it?) has 36 daily gelato flavors from a rotating menu of 150 total flavors. They also serve other desserts and baked goods. Three locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Mary Coyle Ice Cream
The environment at Mary Coyle Ice Cream is definitely old-fashioned ice cream parlor. This family-friendly place has been in the Valley for more than 50 years. Mary Coyle Ice Cream is a family business. There are lots of choices, combos, and huge specialties that several people can share.
Papa Ed's Ice Cream
Once a garage, it was transformed into an old fashioned ice cream parlor in 2008. Papa Ed's Ice Cream is a family owned business located in the quaint Catlin Court Historic District in downtown Glendale, AZ.
Scooptacular Hand Crafted Ice Cream
Since 2010. They make their own hard scoop ice cream at the store. Creative flavors include: Oatmeal Cookie, Cookie Monster, Mango, Red Velvet, German Chocolate Cake. Create your own flavor. Homemade ice cream cakes. Laveen (West Phoenix).
Artisan ice cream, using milk and cream from independent Arizona dairy farms. They make all their own toppings, sauces and waffle cones from scratch with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils. Scottsdale.
Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor
Old Town Scottsdale wouldn't be the same without the Sugar Bowl. Not only ice cream, but shakes, floats and malts. Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor is a full service place, with sandwiches, salads, and soups. There's only one Sugar Bowl, and it is is old town Scottsdale.
Located in Gilbert.
Phoenix Ice Cream Parlors,Yogurt Shops, Gelato Shops: National/International Chains
We all know Baskin-Robbins as "31 Flavors" and it is the world's largest ice-cream franchise. Kids 12 and under can register online for the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club. More than 25 Baskin-Robbins locations in the Greater Phoenix area.
Customers choose a size or specialty (ranging from shakes to floats to waffle bowls and more), next they select an ice cream base (including premium, organic, non-dairy, vegan and gluten free options including sorbet and coconut milk) and one of nearly 40 flavors (ranging from birthday cake to sea salt caramel to Madagascar vanilla bean or blood orange sorbet) and finally they select toppings (candy, fruit, nuts, cookies/cake). Everything is mixed with liquid nitrogen.
Frozen custard, malts, shakes and floats. Culver's also serves food. 10+ locations around town.
DQ serves food, too, but I'll always think of Dairy Queen as soft-serve ice cream. I say, let the kids have soft-serve--I'll stick with those Blizzards. Many locations of Dairy Queen in the Greater Phoenix area.
Uses ingredients imported from Italy. Gelato is made fresh daily in-store. Gilbert, Phoenix.
"...nutritious frozen yogurt and deliciously fresh toppings set in a self-serve environment that allows you to create your own frozen masterpiece." It's a chain of franchises. Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale.
Not Really an Ice Cream Parlor,Yogurt Shop or Gelato Shop
The signature item at Bahama Buck's is the gourmet shaved ice - shaved ribbons of fluffy snow, flavored with one of more than 90 Bahama Buck's gourmet flavors. Bahama Buck's also offers made-to-order tropical smoothies and fruit juices. Several Bahama Buck's locations in the Phoenix area, generally in the East Valley.
All offerings are subject to change without notice.