America’s Best Ice-Cream Shops
13 artisanal spots across the country
There's so much to love about summer: weekend trips to the beach, regular pedicures, breezy palazzo pants. Oh, and let's not forget about ice cream. Here are 13 of the best small ice-cream shops across the U.S.
Four Seas Ice Cream
Cape Cod has no shortage of ice cream spots, but none are quite like Four Seas. It's one of the oldest shops in New England, and you'll feel the nostalgia as soon as you walk in-- from the walls covered in retro articles to the classic sundaes on the menu.
If you're going to Sweet Republic, splurge on the signature Toffee Banofi sundae (vanilla ice cream, banana-almond-toffee brittle and salted-caramel sauce) or an ice-cream sandwich made with fresh-baked cookies.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Serving up some of the best ice cream in NOLA, Creole Creamery’s motto is “Eat ice cream. Be happy.” Order what you please, but don't leave without trying the Mexican hot chocolate ice cream--dark and creamy with a kick of cayenne pepper--from the ’50s-style shop.
Big Gay Ice Cream
New York, New York
The inventive soft-serve dispensary, which is known for creations like “The Salty Pimp” (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt and chocolate dip), has two NYC shops, a food truck and is expanding across the country. And you can cover a basic cone in any number of toppings like wasabi-pea dust, curried coconut and crushed Nilla Wafers.