The lazy days of summer have arrived, and the heat is on! Dreams of childhood poolside popsicles and homemade peach ice cream dance through our heads as we search for ways to satisfy our sweet tooth and beat the heat. Fortunately, you don’t have to chase down the neighborhood ice cream truck to get your fix—Alpharetta has dreamy sweet treats available across the city that will cool you down in a jiffy. So, if you’re looking for a cup or cone filled with heat-beating delights, here are a few local ice cream shops you won’t want to miss:
1. Where’s the Scoop – Dessert Bar – 26 Old Roswell Street, Suite 102
This Downtown Alpharetta sweets shop’s menu boasts endless combinations of small-batch, custom-made rolled ice cream featuring seasonal ingredients and fresh fruit. With over 37 MILLION possible flavor combinations, you can try something new every single day of summer and barely even scratch the surface! For those who want a tried-and-true treat, try classics on the menu like the Original Bae, made with Madagascar vanilla ice cream and Oreos, topped with Pocky sticks, sprinkles and whipped cream. Venture into the exotic with the Pineapple Pants Down, combining Madagascar vanilla ice cream with pineapple and cherries, then topped with cinnamon brûlée pineapple, cherries, and whipped cream. Most importantly, don’t forget to take a pic of your creative concoction!
2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – 800 Avalon Boulevard
“Splendid” hardly does this mouthwateringly good ice cream justice. Located at Avalon, the ice cream mainstay is everything you could ever want in the way of totally addictive dessert. For an jammin’ ice cream that flirts with fruity flavors, look no further than the Raspberry Rose Jelly Donut. Looking for lemony goodness? Go with the Lemon & Blueberries for a beautiful scoop with swirls of purple and cream and the occasional bite of blueberry.
3. Kilwin’s Ice Cream – 251 Market Street
When it comes to dessert, Kilwins knows variety is the spice of life. With an abundance of ice cream flavors to choose from, you’ll want to come back time and time again. Dive into the Dulce De Leche for sweet milk with caramel flavor and swirls of cream caramel interlaced. Taste the Toasted Coconut for coconut-flavored ice cream and yummy flecks of chocolate-covered toasted coconut. While there, don’t miss the chance to order the famous fudge, caramel apples and espresso drinks.
4. Le Macaron Alpharetta – 1000 North Point Circle & Kiosk at Avalon
Step into North Point Mall or visit their first-of-its-kind outdoor mobile kiosk front of Regal Cinemas at Avalon and find fabulous French gelato at Le Macaron. Le Macaron is known for their handmade, delightful macarons available in fun flavors like Salted Caramel, Lavender White Chocolate, Key Lime-Strawberry and many more. Thankfully, these light and airy confections pair extremely well with the French Gelato – a thick, creamy answer to American ice cream. Even more indulgent than Italian gelato, this icy goodness will melt your heart. Try the pistache, chocolat, caramel flavors for classic gelato or opt for the fruity French sorbet!
5. Andy’s Frozen Custard – 3670 Old Milton Parkway
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between custard and ice cream? While the main three ingredients for both ice cream and custard are the same (milk, cream, and sugar), the differentiation for custard is that it must also contain 1.4% pasteurized egg yolk, which gives it a smooth, super creamy texture. At Andy’s, the custard is made fresh every single hour, ensuring every single spoonful is absolutely excellent. We’re suckers for Andy’s Snowmonster Concrete, featuring Andy’s signature frozen custard blended beautifully with strawberries and melted chocolate chips. You will fall in love with this creamy concoction!
6. Four Fat Cows – 64 North Main Street
With a menu that has something “four” everyone, Four Fat Cows makes classic and creative quality ice creams that truly satisfy every sweet tooth. Using only the highest quality cream, fruits and mix-ins, indulgent flavors like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie or Brown Butter Peanut Butter Cookie will blow your tastebuds away. Savor a cone filled with Strawberries & Cream or bite into a bowl of Banana Pudding. Get adventurous with a scoop of Olive Oil & Lemon flavored ice cream or stay in tune with your inner traditionalist with Butter Pecan. We’re sure you’ll polish off your pick before the heat can even think about melting your scoop!
7. Cafe Antico – 3185 Avalon Boulevard
A traditional Neapolitan caffé serving gelato, sorbet, coffees and cakes, Caffè Antico is the best place to indulge in Italian sweet treats. Order the Sapori Tradizionale in cioccolato or pistacchi. Opt for fruity flavors of Sorbetti in pesche or pomegranate. Combine divine flavors and caffeinated goodness with the Affogato, a combination of gelato, espresso and whipped cream.
If you’re indulging in ice cream (or custard) awesomeness in Alpharetta, we want to see which sweet selections you’re going with to beat the heat! Looking for more ways to cool off this summer? Book a room at any of our 30 modern hotels to enjoy refreshing pools, add a brewery tour to your itinerary for a crisp refreshing brew, or enjoy a frosé while frolicking in the fountain at the Town Green. Make sure to share your summertime adventures in Alpharetta with us by tagging us @awesomealpharetta and #AwesomeAlpharetta.