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14 Essential Ice Cream Shops of the Twin Cities

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If you want to spot the Minnesotan, look for the person eating ice cream in a snow storm. Whether soft serve, custardy, sprinkle-topped or adorned with sprinkles ice cream is a true obsession in this part of the country. Whether you’re plain vanilla, black chocolate, dairy-free, extra sprinkles or just prefer ice cream that tastes like cereal milk, there’s an ice cream shop that caters to every whim.

Shops are listed in geographical order.

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1. Sweet Science Ice Cream

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3919 Market St
Edina, MN 55424

This ultra-creamy ice cream with the cool, creative flavors has opened near 50th and France. Try some coffee-steeped toffee scoops or fresh-picked berries mixed with that dense, cream base. Grab a pint of the limited release flavors to take home for later.

Two chocolate scoops on a mini cone held by someone in a blue shirt
Sweet Science builds a better ice cream through science! Try the inventive flavors and the ulta-rich dark chocolate sourbet
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2. La La Homemade Ice Cream

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3146 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

A beautiful little shop in Uptown, La La serves both kid-approved cones and more sophisticated flavors adults adore, like the olive oil and balsamic vinegar Olivia Balsamico. There is also a wide selection of house-made sodas.

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3. Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

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1007 W Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 870-0065
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Sebastian Joe’s was the shop that introduced Minneapolis to adult flavors like zinfandel in ice cream along with more kid-friendly concoctions with Oreos and chocolate chips. With several locations around the Twin Cities and scoops available inside Minnehaha Falls’ Sea Salt, its no wonder Sebastian Joe’s has become a Minneapolis tradition.

4. Bebe Zito Ice Cream

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704 W 22nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55405

This adorable shop in the Wedge neighborhood opened amidst the pandemic and brought scores of smiles during a difficult time. Part of the happiness found within are the incredible flavors from chef Ben Spangler. Then there is the incredible design and determination from his partner Gabriella Grant. Together they serve joyous flavors like the Marvelous Mrs. Hazel, a nutty chocolate mix, or the Crowening with peanut butter chocolate ice cream crammed with cookie crumbles. Even vanilla gets a flavor punch up with a dose of MSG.

A hand holds a shake in a clear container with a proudly tattooed naked baby cartoon sticker on it in front of a brightly colored mural. Inside the shake are visible caramel drizzles and on top is a swirl of whipped cream and a bunch of candy chunks.
Ice cream treats with chef-made flavors
Bebe Zito/Facebook

5. Milkjam Creamery

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2743 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 424-8855
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This is what happens when a chef creates an ice cream shop with flavors made from late night munchie dreams. The flavor combinations are crazy delicious, including a coriander and orange ice cream that tastes like Fruity Pebbles, but better. The toppings available take the scoops into another stratosphere of flavor, plus, several options just happen to be vegan.

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6. Sonny's Ice Cream Cafe

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3403 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-3868
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Rich and creamy scoops with adult-friendly flavors that sometimes contain booze, Sonny’s is an ideal stop for a first date night on warm evenings. Only open Friday through Sunday in spring, the shop does stay open late into the evening. In summer the ice cream is available every day.

Ice cream Guinness float
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7. La Michoacana Purepecha

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701 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 886-3039
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A deliciously fun shop on East Lake Street that’s part of a larger chain, serving a dazzling array of paletas, agua frescas, and over 30 flavors ice cream. There are also walking tacos, for those that love to mix salty and sweet in one stop.

Summer fun found inside here all year long
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8. Pumphouse Creamery

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4754 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 825-2021
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Using organic and local ingredients, the ice cream at Pumphouse Creamery possesses a purity of seasonal flavors. The strawberry actually tastes like freshly picked wild strawberries.

High quality cream makes for a better scoop.
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9. MN Nice Cream

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807 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Come selfie ready, this entire shop is built for picture taking. Soft serve is all dolled up with glitter, sprinkles, drizzles, and even doughnut holes. While it is all a bit over-the-top, the cones and doodads are delicious build-your-own adventure creations. The shop is located right by Able Seedhouse and Brewery, near Animales Barbecue Co., for a magical day of all things awesome.

Popcorn on ice cream is weird, but tasty
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10. Cold Front

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490 Hamline Ave S
Saint Paul, MN
(651) 330-7632
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Why get one scoop when there’s an option of four with a flight of flavors offered inside Cold Front? There are also old fashioned, house made sodas are served up as floats or flights. Plus, they have coffee. Try a scoop in a cup with a shot of espresso poured over it.

Zanzibar chocolate scoop
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11. Dairy Queen

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1720 Lexington Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 489-4182
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The state’s oldest Dairy Queen dates back to 1947 and still sports a glowing neon sign. The walk-up stand serves all the classics from a Peanut Buster Parfait to a served upside down Blizzard with all the candy mix-ins.

The first Dairy Queen in the state is still serving the goods
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12. 2 Scoops Ice Cream Eatery

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921 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 645-0227
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This friendly little spot is quick with a scoop of classic flavors like chocolate or ones the kids love like “superman.” There’s a little patch of green space across from the shop for an impromptu, sweet picnic.

13. Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza

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750 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN
(651) 293-1655
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A St Paul institution, Grand Ole Creamery is making their ice cream in house and doling out giant servings in fresh waffles cones. The lines are long on hot summer nights, but they move quickly.

A Grand Avenue tradition.
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14. Conny's Creamy Cone

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1197 Dale St N
Saint Paul, MN
(651) 488-4150
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This iconic stop is a step back into the era when you ordered from the walk up window. There is a large array of fun soft serve flavors like amaretto, black cherry, and pumpkin, plus you can pick up some onion rings and chili dogs to complete the guilty pleasure trip.

Old school, cool treats.
Conny’s Creamy Cone

1. Sweet Science Ice Cream

3919 Market St, Edina, MN 55424
Two chocolate scoops on a mini cone held by someone in a blue shirt
Sweet Science builds a better ice cream through science! Try the inventive flavors and the ulta-rich dark chocolate sourbet
Sweet Science/Facebook

This ultra-creamy ice cream with the cool, creative flavors has opened near 50th and France. Try some coffee-steeped toffee scoops or fresh-picked berries mixed with that dense, cream base. Grab a pint of the limited release flavors to take home for later.

3919 Market St
Edina, MN 55424

2. La La Homemade Ice Cream

3146 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Ask for Charlotte’s Web
Facebook

A beautiful little shop in Uptown, La La serves both kid-approved cones and more sophisticated flavors adults adore, like the olive oil and balsamic vinegar Olivia Balsamico. There is also a wide selection of house-made sodas.

3146 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

3. Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

1007 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Sebastian Joe’s was the shop that introduced Minneapolis to adult flavors like zinfandel in ice cream along with more kid-friendly concoctions with Oreos and chocolate chips. With several locations around the Twin Cities and scoops available inside Minnehaha Falls’ Sea Salt, its no wonder Sebastian Joe’s has become a Minneapolis tradition.

1007 W Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN

4. Bebe Zito Ice Cream

704 W 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55405
A hand holds a shake in a clear container with a proudly tattooed naked baby cartoon sticker on it in front of a brightly colored mural. Inside the shake are visible caramel drizzles and on top is a swirl of whipped cream and a bunch of candy chunks.
Ice cream treats with chef-made flavors
Bebe Zito/Facebook

This adorable shop in the Wedge neighborhood opened amidst the pandemic and brought scores of smiles during a difficult time. Part of the happiness found within are the incredible flavors from chef Ben Spangler. Then there is the incredible design and determination from his partner Gabriella Grant. Together they serve joyous flavors like the Marvelous Mrs. Hazel, a nutty chocolate mix, or the Crowening with peanut butter chocolate ice cream crammed with cookie crumbles. Even vanilla gets a flavor punch up with a dose of MSG.

704 W 22nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55405

5. Milkjam Creamery

2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Milkjam/Facebook

This is what happens when a chef creates an ice cream shop with flavors made from late night munchie dreams. The flavor combinations are crazy delicious, including a coriander and orange ice cream that tastes like Fruity Pebbles, but better. The toppings available take the scoops into another stratosphere of flavor, plus, several options just happen to be vegan.

2743 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

6. Sonny's Ice Cream Cafe

3403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Ice cream Guinness float
Sonny’s [Official]

Rich and creamy scoops with adult-friendly flavors that sometimes contain booze, Sonny’s is an ideal stop for a first date night on warm evenings. Only open Friday through Sunday in spring, the shop does stay open late into the evening. In summer the ice cream is available every day.

3403 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. La Michoacana Purepecha

701 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Summer fun found inside here all year long
La Michoacana Purepecha [Official]

A deliciously fun shop on East Lake Street that’s part of a larger chain, serving a dazzling array of paletas, agua frescas, and over 30 flavors ice cream. There are also walking tacos, for those that love to mix salty and sweet in one stop.

701 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

8. Pumphouse Creamery

4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
High quality cream makes for a better scoop.
Facebook

Using organic and local ingredients, the ice cream at Pumphouse Creamery possesses a purity of seasonal flavors. The strawberry actually tastes like freshly picked wild strawberries.

4754 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN

9. MN Nice Cream

807 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Popcorn on ice cream is weird, but tasty
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Come selfie ready, this entire shop is built for picture taking. Soft serve is all dolled up with glitter, sprinkles, drizzles, and even doughnut holes. While it is all a bit over-the-top, the cones and doodads are delicious build-your-own adventure creations. The shop is located right by Able Seedhouse and Brewery, near Animales Barbecue Co., for a magical day of all things awesome.

807 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

10. Cold Front

490 Hamline Ave S, Saint Paul, MN
Zanzibar chocolate scoop
Facebook

Why get one scoop when there’s an option of four with a flight of flavors offered inside Cold Front? There are also old fashioned, house made sodas are served up as floats or flights. Plus, they have coffee. Try a scoop in a cup with a shot of espresso poured over it.

490 Hamline Ave S
Saint Paul, MN

11. Dairy Queen

1720 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113
The first Dairy Queen in the state is still serving the goods
Dairy Queen Lexington Plaza/Facebook

The state’s oldest Dairy Queen dates back to 1947 and still sports a glowing neon sign. The walk-up stand serves all the classics from a Peanut Buster Parfait to a served upside down Blizzard with all the candy mix-ins.

1720 Lexington Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

12. 2 Scoops Ice Cream Eatery

921 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

This friendly little spot is quick with a scoop of classic flavors like chocolate or ones the kids love like “superman.” There’s a little patch of green space across from the shop for an impromptu, sweet picnic.

921 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

13. Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza

750 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN
A Grand Avenue tradition.
Grand Ole Creamery

A St Paul institution, Grand Ole Creamery is making their ice cream in house and doling out giant servings in fresh waffles cones. The lines are long on hot summer nights, but they move quickly.

750 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN

14. Conny's Creamy Cone

1197 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN
Old school, cool treats.
Conny’s Creamy Cone

This iconic stop is a step back into the era when you ordered from the walk up window. There is a large array of fun soft serve flavors like amaretto, black cherry, and pumpkin, plus you can pick up some onion rings and chili dogs to complete the guilty pleasure trip.

1197 Dale St N
Saint Paul, MN

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