Denver is without a doubt home to some of the best restaurants, cafés, and bistros, and locals have come to expect the same high standard of the area’s ice cream parlors and creameries.
Since so many destinations come up when you search for ice cream shops in Denver, we thought we’d help steer you in the direction of the very best!
Get the scoop on Denver’s top four ice cream shops listed in alphabetical order below:
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
This year, the Bonnie Brae Ice Cream shop, marked by the confident red and white striped awning on the corner of University Boulevard, celebrates 30 years of selling everybody’s favorite cold and creamy dessert.
When you taste Bonnie Brae’s 100% from-scratch ice cream, the amount of love and care put in at each stage of the process is instantly recognizable. Bonnie Brae’s head ice cream mastermind is always coming up with something new, inventive, and delicious to scoop—their roster of over 100 revolving flavors makes for all the more reason to try more than just one!
Coffee lovers are encouraged to go for their famous Cappuccino Crunch, while fruity cold treat connoisseurs will enjoy a double scoop of Bonnie Brae’s Amaretto Peach.
Liks Ice Cream
Liks Ice Cream in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver may just hold the title for offering the largest number of ice cream flavors available at one given time. Liks’ family-owned approach and unique micro-batch creamery process allows them to create a swath of unique flavor options and subtle variations by adding decadent ripples or swirls of caramel or fudge or imbedding fruit, nut, or candy pieces, all by hand.
Taking requests for custom flavors from customers, Liks largely attributes the creativity of their proclaimed running flavor list of 400 (Almond Toffee all the way through Yellow Cake) to the greater Denver community.
Little Man Ice Cream
Designed to fit into the early 21st century dining era in which food establishments were represented by over-the-top interpretations of their signature menu items, you can’t miss Little Man Ice Cream’s building, a 28-foot-tall, 14,000-pound silver dairy can.
Little Man certainly puts you at the center of a big wide world of ice cream. Small ice cream batches and premium local ingredients add up to over 50 delicious flavors to choose from. A few that caught our eye were Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup, Vegan Horchatta, and Strawberry Balsamic.
Selling ice cream that tastes good and does good, Little Man’s Scoop for Scoop program helps to fight global hunger by donating a scoop of rice for every scoop of ice cream purchased.
Sweet Action Ice Cream
Creamy, indulgent, and creative, tasting something new is encouraged at Sweet Action Ice Cream on Broadway, a shop that prides itself on hand making all of its ice cream with ingredients sourced from the Centennial State.
There are more than just a few flavor combinations that make their way onto the Sweet Action menu board that speak to the Denverite way of life, including Colorado Margarita, Coconut Honeydew, and Chocolate Mole. Repeat customers are big fans of Sweet Action’s vegan ice cream options and the fact that the adventurous flavors far outnumber the traditional by a (chocolate) landslide.
Ready, Set, Indulge!
Visit these fabulous ice cream shops for the BEST ice cream in Denver today!