Best ice cream shops in the Twin Cities

Categories: Top 5

This Sunday, July 18, marks National Ice Cream Day, during which we plan to give thanks for the breadth and depth of our outstanding independent ice cream shops with a few local licks. All the Twin Cities' standard-bearers use premium ingredients (often local and organic) and have a creative assortment of flavors. Here are our top 5 scoop shops and recommendations on what flavors to order:

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The Grand Avenue storefront opened in 1984.

5. Grand Ole CreameryThe most old-fashioned of our local scoop shops, this 20-plus-year vet often has lines out the door that stretch down the block. One of our favorites that's worth the wait: Birthday Cake, with fluffy hunks of angel food and colorful candy bits.

Jessica Chapman
Gray is the hue of a cookie-rich scoop at Sebastian Joe's.
4. Sebastian Joe's
There are other flavors in the Sebastian Joe's case, sure, but every time we set foot in the place, our vision narrows, our ears start ringing, and we hone in on the Oreo, a blend that happily seems to contain more cookies than ice cream. Better yet: Get a Brr Bar, which is Oreo ice cream dipped in dark chocolate.

Location Info

Crema Cafe

3403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

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Connie's Creamy Cone!!!

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I wrote about ice cream a few weeks ago for Simple Good and Tasty! Something about summer makes me want to eat ice cream as often as possible--at least twice a day.

Here are my flavor picks: Grand Ole Creamery Black Hills Gold or Sweet Cream; Crema Black Pepper Cardamom; Pumphouse Creamery the one with salted caramel and pralines; Izzy's lemon custard or midnight snack (graham cracker with pb swirl and chocolate chunks); Sebastian Joes Karlen's Karma coffee drink, Pavarotti (caramel banana and chocolate). And when I go overboard, I get a double of Oreo and raspberry chocolate chip.

I had an amazing double at Jackson's Gelato last night of Grapefruit and Mojito Sorbets.


Nelson's Drive Inn Dairy Store in Stillwater has better ice cream than all of these places. Sorry, but it's true.

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