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 Saturday from noon to 8:00pm and Sunday from noon to 6:00pm.


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. 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 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 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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