Best Memphis Ice Cream Shops

Treat Yourself, Memphis! It's National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month! Memphis has plenty of delicious ice cream shops, sno cone places, local gelatos, and dessert spots to keep you cool this summer.

Margie's 901 is a local black-owned ice cream shop in downtown Memphis. 

Here are twelve ways to celebrate this monthlong sweetened dairy holiday—ten places for ice cream in Memphis and the Mid-South. 

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new-ish! Taiyaki at good fortune

Unique flavors of soft serve in a fresh fish cone? Sign me up! check out the latest flavors at on Good Fortune's Instagram. They've been open for a year but... I'll bet you haven't tried this South Main dessert yet.

New! sweet magnolia gelato

Sweet Magnolia Gelato is now open in the Crosstown Concourse (where Area 51 used to be).

New! kay's pints & scoops

Handmade Memphis ice cream in pints—or scoops! 


1. La Michoacana 

While La Michoacana serves all of the standard flavors of ice cream, the best things on the menu are the daily specials and unique desserts. There are a half-dozen locations in the Mid-South, and you can get everything to-go. Read more here.

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2. The Levee Creamery

This new coffee shop and homemade ice creamery in Collierville offers a fairly basic array of ice cream flavors, but with plenty of ways to enjoy them: in a cone or cup, with espresso in an affogato, in a milkshake with espresso, and or with a side of "cookie dough". You can get coffee and ice cream to-go. The Highland Strip location is closed. Read more here.

3. Sweet Noshings Ice Cream

When you walk in Sweet Noshings in Overton Squre, you have several options. You can go for the candy jars, the gourmet popcorn, the pre-packaged candy and baked goods, or, of course, the ice cream. Read more here.

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4. Sweden Kream

Sweden Kream looks like it’s been open since man first realized that snow cones, milkshakes, and burgers are necessary to surviving summer in the South. Read more here.

Chocolate cherry shake, Sweden Kream, Memphis, Tenn.

5. Margie's 901 Ice Cream

Need a scoop or two of delicious gourmet ice cream? Margie’s 901 downtown on South Main has you covered, from unique flavors with mix-ins, cookies, and custom ice cream cakes.

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6. I Love Waffle Cream

This Cooper Young shop combines two of the most wonderful inventions human kind has ever produced: waffles and ice cream. And better yet, it’s custom flavored waffles, all kinds of ice cream flavors, and fun toppings, too. Their IG is absolutely mouth-watering. They’re located right by the Johnny Cash statue, across the street from the First Congo Parking lot. 

7. Jerry's Sno Cones: Supreme Sno Cones

When you order, ask for your snow cone "supreme" and you'll get it layered with vanilla soft serve ice cream. It sounds kind of weird, but trust me – the soft serve takes the basic snow cone and transforms it into a local delicacy. Read more here.

8. Mister Softee Memphis

This locally-owned ice cream truck favorite can be found around town most Saturdays for all of your soft-serve needs. Think dipped cones, milkshakes, and sundaes.

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9. Area 51 Ice Cream

For ice cream that's outta this world (I'm sorry) in unique and locally-sourced flavors, you can head to Area 51 Ice Cream's in Hernando, Mississippi. Read more.

Area 51 Ice Cream Two Scoops

10. Miccos Snocones & Shakes

This Germantown ice cream hot spot uses soft serve to create delicious sundaes, milkshakes, and stuffed snocones. If you're really on the treat yourself train, splurge for the Chips Ahoy milkshake, topped with tiny cookies.

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What did we leave off the list? What are your favorite flavors to order at these spots? Let me know in the comments.

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Jack Ryan
Mama D;s @ 305 New Byhalia Road in Colliervile has a great selection of Italian Ice & Frozen Pops.  Check it out here.    It's awesome !!          
July 9, 2015 10:32am
James C.
You forgot Chill Sweets & Treats in Collierville. Family owned and operated and their milkshake line up is ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
July 28, 2020 7:08pm
RoseMaria DiLu…

I LOVED ❤️ this article!

Will start today and go to #1 on your list. Will try a new location each week!

July 27, 2021 3:42pm