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14 Essential Dallas Ice Cream Shops

Where to cool off with a creamy frozen treat

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Unless you’re a vampire who only goes out at night, it’s been hard to escape the gradual increase of summer heat in Dallas. As such, certain things are of utmost importance during summertime: swimming pools, refreshing drinks, and frozen scoops of chilly, creamy ice cream.

There’s really no better way to cool off during a hot Texas summer than with the world’s best frozen treat. Whether in a cone or cup, plain or piled with toppings, these 14 essential Dallas ice cream shops will surely suit any ice cream enthusiast’s fancy.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

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117 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 384-1818
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This longtime Denton fave is known for their rich and creamy frozen confections in decadent flavors like lavender-honey, raspberry truffle, and rum raisin. Order them in a cone or a cup, or have it blended into a shake or malt for a sippable frozen treat.

2. Cow Tipping Creamery

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3685 The Star Blvd Suite 201
Frisco, TX 75034
(214) 430-5227
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This Austin import made waves when it landed in Dallas. Soft-serve is the name of the game here, available in a variety of constantly changing flavors like Fruity Pebbles and classic chocolate. Pile cones high with cake chunks, housemade syrups, and other delectable toppings.

3. Sweet Firefly

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2701 Custer Pkwy
Richardson, TX 75080

This beloved Richardson creamery offers up some of the most potently flavored ice creams in DFW. Treat yo' self to a scoop (or three) of flavors like lavender honey, bourbon vanilla, and chocolate ice cream packed with giant chunks of Oreo.

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4. Paleteria San Marcos

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14203 Coit Rd
Richardson, TX 75080

This hidden gem is tucked into a shopping center in North Dallas, but it’s definitely worth a stop. Nearly two dozen flavors of ice cream, ranging from the usual (strawberry, vanilla) to the unique (queso, cantaloupe) provide almost too much variety. Good luck choosing just one scoop.

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5. Howdy Homemade

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4333 Lovers Ln.
Highland Park, TX 75225
(469) 563-8555

Aside from their admirable mission, Howdy Homemade churns out excellent ice creams that are made in-house every day. The Dr. Pepper chocolate chip ice cream is the first of its kind, and it’s a pretty amazing flavor combination. Avocado-lime, fruit punch, sweet tea, and classic vanilla are also available.

6. Hypnotic Emporium

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9005 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

Hypnotic Emporium brings Denton’s Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Creams to Dallas, which means that ice cream lovers won’t have to hop on I-35 for a taste of Key Lime Pie or Rum Raisin. Even better, shove a scoop of that delicious ice cream into a warm griddled donut or housemade pretzel cone.

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7. Botolino Gelato Artigianale

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2116 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 776-9077
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This legit gelato shop is run by an authentic Italian “gelatiere” (gelato-maker) from the old country. Carlo Gattini uses only raw, natural ingredients in his concoctions, so they’re free from artificial dyes and preservatives. Snag flavors like berries & lavender, mint stracciatella, mascarpone & figs, and melon sorbetto, among many others. And of course no authentic gelato shop would be complete without a tiramisu ice cream cake (he has several other flavors on offer too).

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8. Milk • Cream

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7421, 5420 Ross Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 377-7821
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Get the ice cream equivalent of a Sloppy Joe at this Lowest Greenville joint, where the shop offers up sweet buns stuffed with the cold creamy stuff. Fan favorites include the eye-popping bright-blue “Cookie Monster” chock full of chocolatey bites. Then top that with any number of accouterments including chocolate chip cookies or breakfast cereals like Cap’n Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, or Lucky Charms.

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9. Paciugo Gelato & Caffé

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3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 219-2665
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This popular gelato chain has its roots in Dallas, which is likely why it seems that there’s one on every corner in town. Pop into Paciugo for consistent, always-solid gelato in a bevy of flavors. Added bonus: sample unlimited bites of gelato for free.

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10. Devious Desserts

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2724 Elm St
Dallas, TX

This ice cream pop-up tucked inside Wit's End offers up both milk-based and dairy-free ice creams in flavors like Thai iced tea, frozen hot chocolate, and horchata, all of which can be served in an edible Belgian waffle bowl.

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11. Chills 360

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2646 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

The Thai rolled ice cream trend has a firm foothold in Dallas, and this Deep Ellum spot is among the best. Customize cups of ice cream rolls with mix-ins (like strawberry and matcha) and plenty of toppings, then snap a photo for the 'gram.

Kathy Tran

12. Wild About Harry's

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111 S Hall St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 399-7776
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While the Knox Street location of Wild About Harry’s closed this spring to much consternation by local fans, the frozen custard shakes and sundaes live on at its Deep Ellum outpost. Choose from one of Harry’s 50 flavors (the original chocolate and vanilla are excellent) and top with Oreos, M&Ms, and Nilla wafers. Plus, grab a pint to go for when that inevitable ice cream craving strikes hours later.

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13. Kate Weiser Chocolate

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 619-4929
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In addition to those artistic painted bonbons, chocolatier Kate Weiser knows her way around an ice cream machine. During the summer, an assortment of pre-batched ice creams made in-house are ready to grab and go like pistachio, salted caramel, or keylime and passionfruit sorbets. For a truly decadent treat, order up one of Weiser’s delicate macarons and stuff it with a scoop.

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14. Melt Ice Creams

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954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

This Fort Worth ice cream parlor is an excellent choice for vegans, as a non-dairy option is always available. For those that dig the dairy, Chocolate Chocolate is made with Dallas’ Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and the seasonally rotating flavors are made with uber-fresh local produce.

1. Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

117 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201

This longtime Denton fave is known for their rich and creamy frozen confections in decadent flavors like lavender-honey, raspberry truffle, and rum raisin. Order them in a cone or a cup, or have it blended into a shake or malt for a sippable frozen treat.

117 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201

2. Cow Tipping Creamery

3685 The Star Blvd Suite 201, Frisco, TX 75034

This Austin import made waves when it landed in Dallas. Soft-serve is the name of the game here, available in a variety of constantly changing flavors like Fruity Pebbles and classic chocolate. Pile cones high with cake chunks, housemade syrups, and other delectable toppings.

3685 The Star Blvd Suite 201
Frisco, TX 75034

3. Sweet Firefly

2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson, TX 75080
Sweet Firefly/Facebook

This beloved Richardson creamery offers up some of the most potently flavored ice creams in DFW. Treat yo' self to a scoop (or three) of flavors like lavender honey, bourbon vanilla, and chocolate ice cream packed with giant chunks of Oreo.

2701 Custer Pkwy
Richardson, TX 75080

4. Paleteria San Marcos

14203 Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
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This hidden gem is tucked into a shopping center in North Dallas, but it’s definitely worth a stop. Nearly two dozen flavors of ice cream, ranging from the usual (strawberry, vanilla) to the unique (queso, cantaloupe) provide almost too much variety. Good luck choosing just one scoop.

14203 Coit Rd
Richardson, TX 75080

5. Howdy Homemade

4333 Lovers Ln., Highland Park, TX 75225

Aside from their admirable mission, Howdy Homemade churns out excellent ice creams that are made in-house every day. The Dr. Pepper chocolate chip ice cream is the first of its kind, and it’s a pretty amazing flavor combination. Avocado-lime, fruit punch, sweet tea, and classic vanilla are also available.

4333 Lovers Ln.
Highland Park, TX 75225

6. Hypnotic Emporium

9005 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Kathy Tran

Hypnotic Emporium brings Denton’s Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Creams to Dallas, which means that ice cream lovers won’t have to hop on I-35 for a taste of Key Lime Pie or Rum Raisin. Even better, shove a scoop of that delicious ice cream into a warm griddled donut or housemade pretzel cone.

9005 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

7. Botolino Gelato Artigianale

2116 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Botolino Gelato Artigianale/Facebook

This legit gelato shop is run by an authentic Italian “gelatiere” (gelato-maker) from the old country. Carlo Gattini uses only raw, natural ingredients in his concoctions, so they’re free from artificial dyes and preservatives. Snag flavors like berries & lavender, mint stracciatella, mascarpone & figs, and melon sorbetto, among many others. And of course no authentic gelato shop would be complete without a tiramisu ice cream cake (he has several other flavors on offer too).

2116 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Milk • Cream

7421, 5420 Ross Ave #160, Dallas, TX 75206
Milk & Cream/Facebook

Get the ice cream equivalent of a Sloppy Joe at this Lowest Greenville joint, where the shop offers up sweet buns stuffed with the cold creamy stuff. Fan favorites include the eye-popping bright-blue “Cookie Monster” chock full of chocolatey bites. Then top that with any number of accouterments including chocolate chip cookies or breakfast cereals like Cap’n Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, or Lucky Charms.

7421, 5420 Ross Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Paciugo Gelato & Caffé

3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Paciugo/Facebook

This popular gelato chain has its roots in Dallas, which is likely why it seems that there’s one on every corner in town. Pop into Paciugo for consistent, always-solid gelato in a bevy of flavors. Added bonus: sample unlimited bites of gelato for free.

3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Devious Desserts

2724 Elm St, Dallas, TX
Wits End Food Truck Devious Desserts/Facebook

This ice cream pop-up tucked inside Wit's End offers up both milk-based and dairy-free ice creams in flavors like Thai iced tea, frozen hot chocolate, and horchata, all of which can be served in an edible Belgian waffle bowl.

2724 Elm St
Dallas, TX

11. Chills 360

2646 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Kathy Tran

The Thai rolled ice cream trend has a firm foothold in Dallas, and this Deep Ellum spot is among the best. Customize cups of ice cream rolls with mix-ins (like strawberry and matcha) and plenty of toppings, then snap a photo for the 'gram.

2646 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Wild About Harry's

111 S Hall St, Dallas, TX 75226
Wild About Harry’s/Facebook

While the Knox Street location of Wild About Harry’s closed this spring to much consternation by local fans, the frozen custard shakes and sundaes live on at its Deep Ellum outpost. Choose from one of Harry’s 50 flavors (the original chocolate and vanilla are excellent) and top with Oreos, M&Ms, and Nilla wafers. Plus, grab a pint to go for when that inevitable ice cream craving strikes hours later.

111 S Hall St
Dallas, TX 75226

13. Kate Weiser Chocolate

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 115, Dallas, TX 75212
Kathy Tran/EDFW

In addition to those artistic painted bonbons, chocolatier Kate Weiser knows her way around an ice cream machine. During the summer, an assortment of pre-batched ice creams made in-house are ready to grab and go like pistachio, salted caramel, or keylime and passionfruit sorbets. For a truly decadent treat, order up one of Weiser’s delicate macarons and stuff it with a scoop.

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212

14. Melt Ice Creams

954 W Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76104

This Fort Worth ice cream parlor is an excellent choice for vegans, as a non-dairy option is always available. For those that dig the dairy, Chocolate Chocolate is made with Dallas’ Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and the seasonally rotating flavors are made with uber-fresh local produce.

954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

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