When it’s hot and humid outside in Nashville, there’s nothing better than that first bite of ice cream. Whether you’re just visiting or a native, these ice cream shops are must-tries for everybody. Here are the top Nashville ice cream shops.
Nashville’s Top Ice Cream Shops
Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
Bobbie’s Dairy Dip is one of Nashville’s most iconic ice cream shops. They’ve been keeping it simple since 1951, focusing on milkshakes, burgers, and ice cream. The colorful location off Charlotte Avenue will make you feel like you’re in a ’50s throwback movie. It’s the perfect spot too cool off on a hot summer day.
Mike’s Ice Cream
Mike’s Ice Cream moved from the heart of Broadway to 2nd Avenue, not far from its original location. The space stays packed with out-of-towners and locals alike because of one simple thing: Tasty ice cream. It’s a right of passage, so if you haven’t tried Mike’s, make your way to 2nd Avenue for a scoop or two.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
With several locations throughout the city, this hotspot is sure to cool you down with any of the abundant and unique ice cream flavors. Jeni’s staff is friendly and eager to let you taste any of the options. And with flavors like Supermoon and Salty Caramel, sampling is almost mandatory. If you can’t decide, get the Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks.
Hattie Jane’s Creamery
Hattie Jane’s Creamery can be found on the second level of Assembly Food Hall at Fifth + Broadway. This is the fourth location for the women-owned and women-led ice cream shop. Guests can expect delicious made-from-scratch ice cream created with the highest quality of local ingredients. Gluten-free and dairy-free options are available. The Unicorn Milkshake comes highly recommended!
Gracie’s Milkshake Bar
Gracie’s Milkshake Bar is located in L&L Marketplace on Charlotte Avenue. This retro-inspired dessert bar is known for their “freakshakes” (freakishly large milkshakes). If dipping fries into your milkshake is your thing, this place has you covered—they offer three different variations of house-made fries. The Duo-Licious shake comes highly recommended!
Kokos Ice Cream
Kokos Ice Cream is a plant-based ice cream shop located in West Nashville. The ice cream is so delicious you won’t even believe it’s all dairy-free. We recommend trying Holy Chocolate!
Legendairy Milkshake Bar
The milkshakes at Legendairy Milkshake Bar live up to the name. One of their most popular milkshakes, The King, includes banana pudding ice cream, peanut butter rim, crushed peanuts whipped cream, chocolate and peanut drizzle, a whole banana, and bacon!
The Baked Bear
The Baked Bear in Midtown is known for their monstrous ice cream sandwiches! The sandwiches are created with fresh-baked cookies and brownies and filled with homemade ice cream. Mix and match to find your favorite combination!
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Elliston Place Soda Shop opened its doors in 1939, and has been serving some of the best milkshakes ever since. If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned ice cream parlor, this is the place for you. Elliston Place Soda Shop still serves milkshakes with the extra stuff in the metal mixing cup.
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