With summer temperatures that top 90 most days, Denver locals know how to cool down: with a good, old fashioned ice cream. But like most things, Denver isn’t about being vanilla. Denver’s local ice cream shops, spread conveniently across the area so you’ll never have to drive far, are all about flavor, local vibes and chilling out. Every Denverite has their personal favorite, so try these all before you choose your own go-to shop.
Liks Ice Cream, Capitol Hill
Like most Denver creameries, Liks makes their own ice cream in house. The shop, a local hit since 1976, serves up a variety of flavors, including blueberry cobbler and banana cream pie. Unlike other shops, Liks has some really hearty flavors, as there is literally cobbler mixed into their cobbler ice cream. With a dog-friendly patio, Liks is also a great destination for people walking in Cheesman Park or the Cap Hill neighborhood.
Little Man Ice Cream, The Highlands
With its giant milk jug exterior, Little Man Ice Cream is a local landmark and ultra-popular destination. On weekend nights, the line is usually wrapped around the block and it can take at least an hour to be served. Its popularity is not unwarranted, though, as the ice cream itself is a delicious medley of unique flavors like Vegan Salted Oreo and Grapefruit Margarita sorbet. The shop rotates flavors regularly so you’ll never get bored. There is ample seating around Little Man, but it can be difficult to find a table to sit at on weekends.
Sweet Action Ice Cream, South Broadway/Baker
Sweet Action is probably the hippest shop in town and is a haven to many of the artsy folks that live and shop on South Broadway. With flavors like Andes Mint and Stranahan’s whiskey ice cream, Sweet Action is all about unique flavors. The shop also serves a good deal of vegan options, including vegan cookie ice cream sandwiches. With a seating area that faces the street, Sweet Action is a great place to relax and people watch.
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, Bonnie Brae/Cherry Creek/Wash Park
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream has a retro feel and is super family-friendly. With rotating flavors like Ginger Spice and Pineapple Cheesecake, there’s something for everyone at this shop. Bonnie Brae also makes ice cream cakes and other special orders, so it’s a great destination for birthdays and parties.
There are dozens of ice cream shops nestled in the Denver Metro area, and these are just a few of the most popular. Go out and explore on your own, discover new flavors, and report back to us with your favorites.