Best Places To Get Ice Cream In The Twin Cities

portrait of little girl in straw hat eating ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Summertime is the perfect time for that sweet and creamy treat. Whether it’s scooped or shaken, this delicious dessert always hits the sweet spot.The only thing that could make ice cream better is sharing it with your kids. 

You might be thinking, “What is the best place near me to get great ice cream?”  At Twin Cities Kids Club, we have some suggestions for the best places to take your kids out for that special treat! 

We’ve done the research, hard work, we know, so you don’t have to. We’ve even broken it down into a Minneapolis and St Paul list to make it that much easier to get your frozen treat fix. So sit back, relax, and get ready to drool!

Two little girls (sisters) eating ice cream.


MN Nice Cream

807 Broadway St

Since its launching in 2016, the MN Nice Cream food truck is a destination worth the trip. With lactose-free and vegan options, this place has something for everyone. 

When it comes to toppings, think glitter, sparkles and all things fabulous. Unique toppings include bacon, doughnut holes, and cotton candy. Once you build your own cone, your kids will be begging to come back!

Bonus for the grown-ups, the truck is located next to Able Seedhouse and Brewery so mom and dad can treat themselves as well!

Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Cafe

1007 W. Franklin Ave

At Sebastian Joe’s, they are all about small batches of hand-churned ice cream. They only use the best, all-natural ingredients, and everything is made fresh on the same day. That includes their delicious waffle cones!

The impressive menu boasts thousands of seasonal flavors. Some standouts include chartreuse chip, cucumber mint, brick & bourbon peach, and birthday cake. 

With varied offerings that include shakes, cookie ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, and ice cream pies, even the pickiest people can find something to delight their senses. They also offer affogatos, a delicious concoction of espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream.

Milkjam Creamery

2743 Lyndale Ave

Of all the shops on this list, Milkjam is the one that will best please both kids and parents alike. The flavors are crazy delicious and inventive. The combinations are beyond inspired; you must see them to believe them.

Milkjam offers shakes, sundaes, ice cream cake, and, best of all, ice cream sandwiches made with glam doll doughnuts. 

Notable toppings include fruity pebbles, roasted pecans and coconut brittle. Additionally, they offer a food menu of hot dogs and sides. Vegan and gluten-free options available by request.

father and daughter enjoying ice cream together

La La Homemade Ice Cream

3146 Hennepin Ave

La La Homemade Ice Cream offers a wide range of flavors from classic and traditional to bold and original. Founded in 1993, La La is committed to providing the best possible product made from the best possible ingredients. 

They offer ice cream by the scoop in a cup or a cone. Sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, and housemade sodas. Milk free options are available. 

They feature a rotating, seasonal menu. Some flavor standouts include rhubarb, PB cup, and sweet basil vanilla. 

Aside from ice cream, they offer baked goods, tea, and coffee.

Sonny’s Ice Cream

3403 Lyndale Ave 

Sonny’s Ice Cream was founded in 1945. They offer delicious sorbet, ice cream, and gelato. Sonny’s takes the term Artisan to a whole new level.

They spin their ice cream in five or ten gallons at a time. Sonny’s menu is extensive. It contains over 1000 rotating flavors. Some of our favorites include watermelon mint sorbet, candied ginger, and goat cheese honey. 

Happily, for mom and dad, Sonny’s serves beer and wine and offers adult options like beer floats!

St Paul

Sweet Science Ice Cream

928 W Seventh St

Founded on the idea that ice cream can be a delicious bridge to unite people, Sweet Science makes ice cream that is meant to share. Everything at Sweet Science is as locally sourced and organic as possible.

They make everything by hand and in-house at Sweet Science in small batches. You won’t find any high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors here!

Sweet Science offers pure, elegant flavors that pack an intense punch. Some of our favorites are black sesame, pumpkin five-spice, and coffee toffee. At Sweet Science, ice cream is king. The menu is limited, but that is part of the charm.

Kids eating ice cream in the summer

Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe

2034 Marshall Ave

The people at Izzy’s are genuinely revolutionary. They patented what they call the “Izzy scoop,” a small, ¾ ounce scoop of an extra flavor on top of your original scoop of ice cream. Izzy sells it’s pints in stores, so you have most likely seen them around. 

At Izzy, they believe that the proof is in the details. As much as they can, they use ingredients made in house. For everything else, they find the best products and ingredients available. 

Some flavors to try are beets and berries, cereal milk, tiramisu, and Mexican chocolate fiesta. Add an Izzy scoop to spice things up!

With a Minneapolis and St Paul location, Izzy’s is convenient for everyone. Stop in today!

Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza

750 Grand Ave

If you love nostalgia, Grand Ole Creamery is the place for you! This shop has an old-timey feel that will transport you back in time. One special touch that they are known for is their handmade waffle cones complete with a whopper nestled in the bottom of each one.

Grand Ole Creamery offers seasonal flavors. Choose to eat yours in a delicious waffle cone or sandwiched between two cookies. They also serve pizza! Bring the whole family and  make a night of it. 

Cold Front

490 Hamline Ave

The last one on our list is a little bit different than the rest. Cold Front sources their ice cream from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream out of Madison, WI. At Cold Front, the goal is to pair exceptional customer service with delicious drinks and frozen treats.

On top of the fantastic ice cream, they offer house-made sodas and artisan coffee. Bring a group, your friends and all of your kids, and enjoy a one of a kind experience. 

Parents and kid eating ice cream and having fun outside

In the Twin Cities, we know a thing or two about excellent ice cream. At Twin Cities Kids Club, we want to help expand your horizons. We encourage you to work your way through this list and find your favorites.


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