Top Ice Cream Shops in Nashville

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When it’s hot and humid outside in Nashville, there’s nothing better than that first bite of ice cream. Whether you’re visiting or a local, these ice cream shops are a must-try for everybody. This is your go-to guide for Nashville’s top ice cream shops including out-of-this-world milkshakes, dairy-free options, an old-fashioned soda shop, and more.

Nashville’s Top Ice Cream Shops

Elliston Place Soda Shop

Elliston Place Soda Shop opened its doors in 1939, and has been serving some of the best milkshakes, floats, and scoops ever since. If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned ice cream parlor, this is the place for you. This popular spot still serves milkshakes with the extra stuff in the metal mixing cup.


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 situated on Charlotte Avenue will make you feel like you’re in a ’50s throwback movie. It’s the perfect spot to cool off on a hot summer day.

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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.

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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 Brambleberry Crisp and Salty Caramel, sampling is almost mandatory. If you can’t decide, get the Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks.

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Fryce Cream

If you love fries and ice cream, then you must add Fryce Cream to your list. Can you really name a more delicious combination? This seasonal ice cream spot is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 9:00pm and Sunday from noon to 7:00pm.


Soft Service Station

Soft Service Station is a coffee shop that also serves delicious and refreshing soft-serve ice cream. This family-friendly hangout spot was previously occupied by a gas station and is situated next to Tabla Rasa Toys! Ice cream lovers can expect rotating flavors and topping options. Make sure to snap a photo of your sweet treat in front of the “no selfies” mural.


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 third location for the women-owned and women-led ice cream shop. Customers can expect delicious made-from-scratch ice cream created with the highest quality of local ingredients. Gluten-free and dairy-free options are available.


Gracie’s Milkshake Bar

Gracie’s Milkshake Bar is located in L&L Market on Charlotte Avenue. This retro-inspired dessert bar is known for its “freakshakes” (freakishly large milkshakes). If your kids are ice cream lovers, you’ll definitely want to check this spot out. Also, the Duo-Licious Shake is a must-try.

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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. Not sure which flavor to try? Go with the Holy Chocolate.

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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.

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The Baked Bear

The Baked Bear 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.


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