The time has come when lines begin to form outside our local ice-cream, frozen yogurt and gelato shops. But which places are the best? Some of the following shops I’ve been going to for years and others I’ve just started to enjoy. These are my top picks of places to go find that delicious reward, in no particular order.
314 15th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
If you are need of strong dose of happiness, you cannot go wrong with this place. The colorful and bright interior compliments the ten or so flavors. I had the pomegranate and raspberry frozen yogurt paired with the coconut and dulce de leche. Crazy combo, right? Don’t judge. That combined with the fruit and candy toppings was the most fun treat I’ve had in a long time. Big win.
1315 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The best part about this place is you can add your own toppings. In the past, I’ve gotten the plain frozen yogurt and added strawberries, kiwi and blueberries. It has many other topping choices and yogurt flavors. If you are out for a bike ride, this is a great destination.
Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream
This place is my ice cream and frozen yogurt default and has been for years. This Uptown location is fun to hangout inside or even to chill outside. People-watching and visiting with the locals is a sure thing here, however, the variety of flavors of its frozen treats is what makes it a top favorite. Parking can sometimes be limited, so don’t get frustrated if finding a spot takes a while. It’s worth the wait.
The Soyberry Squeeze is a great pick after a run or workout as it is low-cal and the added honey is a refreshing touch. For you dairy and frozen yogurt lovers this is a big win. If your diet requires low sugar and no dairy it has options for you too. Sometimes I feel like skipping a big meal and supplementing it with a shake. Take it out on the mall and put some swagger in your step.
Jackson’s Coffee and Gelato
Okay, so I love writing for “Best Of” material, which involves finding the best eats to compliment my sweet-tooth. This place is fantastic. The humble interior makes for a great date place and motivates fun conversation. The flavors of gelato are wide and I’ll warn you now that pairing up several different flavors will most likely be a sure thing. Celebrate the warm weather and head to this Lyn-Lake location.
2328 E Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hey Vegans! Celebrate your unique ways at this location. My favorite flavors are of the soy based variety of ice cream. This location is quaint and it is fun to walk around in the eclectic neighborhood. Hipster-esque and trendy. Fun place for a date or to bring friends.
Izzy’s Ice Cream Café
2034 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Are you in the mood for a banana-split? Maybe a root beet float? That’s funny, so am I. Get your fix at this home-style ice cream shop. Rain or shine, this is a great place to enjoy our season’s finest. If you are a fan of St. Paul’s restaurants littered throughout its neighborhoods, this is one that will stand out. Get your treat to go and enjoy a walk around the block.
2524 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Cafe Kem is the icing on the cake for you Eat-Street goers. I split the mango-flavored frozen yogurt and a glass of the honeydew bubble tea with a friend. Both were fantastic. If you are in need of a change of scenery check out this Asian-inspired gem of the city. Choose from many toppings and maybe switch up your ususal with a scoop of homemade gelato. This cafe has it all.
Conny’s Creamy Cone
1197 Dale St. N
Saint Paul, MN 55117
If you are in the mood for something unusual and old-fashioned, check out Conny’s. It has everything from onion rings to sundaes and both are great. Sit outside and enjoy the warm air. If you have kids, I highly recommend this place or stop by when out for a walk.
Grand Ole Creamery
750 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
If you are a fan of homemade ice cream paired with pizza, come to this place on Grand Avenue. Get a ice cream to go and find one of the many parks in the neighborhood or take a stroll down Summit Avenue. This is another great idea for a date location.
-Justin Reis is a WCCO intern studying broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota. His passion for finding the “best” in the Twin Cities is inspired by his role as a group fitness instructor and interests ranging from “anything artistic” to “anything social.” Please leave a comment on what you think of his recommendations.