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Ice Cream Hot Spots in Austin

07.05.2016 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Temps are soaring and there are only so many cocktails you can drink to cool down. A tastier alternative is to treat yourself to some ice cream, froyo, or frozen yogurt. And because it's Hippieville, USA here in Austin, you can even find some pretty awesome cold vegan treats. Here's a round up of our top 5 favorite spots to score some tasty cones.

Amy's Ice Cream

Amy's Ice Cream is the OG (read: original gangster) of the Austin ice cream game. Amy's has been scooping up tasty treats in Austin since 1984, and they have over 350 flavors in rotation! It's home to the world famous Mexican Vanilla ice cream, but they don't just stop at ice cream - you'll also find malts, shakes, Italian ices, and frozen yogurt. It's a great place to pick up an ice cream cake, and with 12 locations, it couldn't possibly be more convenient.


Amy's Ice Cream
Photo via Amy's Ice Cream's Instagram

Moojo Ice Cream

Campus kids, rejoice! Moojo is located right on The Drag and features epic ice cream sandwiches made with freshly baked cookies. Moojo offers twelve amazing types of cookies, sixteen flavors of ice cream and wide range of toppings. You can create your own sandwich, or go with one of their tried and true combos. Get your mojo back at Moojo.


Moojo ice cream sandwiches
Photo via Moojo's Instagram

Gelateria Gemelli

If you're looking for ice cream to cap off a date night, we recommend Gelateria Gemelli. The shop has romantic vibes, the gelatos are decadent, and you can also score a cocktail or a pretty amazing cappuccino or espresso to accompany your treat.


Gelateria Gemelli treats
Photo via Gelateria Gemelli's Instagram

Lick

If you're feeling adventurous flavor-wise, Lick is the place for you. Lick specializes in handcrafted small batches of artisan ice cream that are made with honest ingredients from Texas. Some of our favorite creative flavors found at Lick include Goat Cheese-Thyme-Honey, Roasted Beets with Fresh Mint, Lemonade Poundcake, and Blackberry-Lime-Basil. If you're a purist when it comes to ice cream, Lick may not be your top pick.


Lick pints to go
Photo via Lick's Instagram

Sweet Ritual

Sweet Ritual is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that serves delicious dairy-free soft serve, sundaes, shakes, and hand-scooped ice cream. Vegans, this is the place for you!  The ice cream is made without dairy, eggs or casein. The majority of the menu options are also gluten free. There are a ton of great flavors to choose from, and you'll never miss the dairy!


Sweet Ritual vegan ice cream
Photo via Sweet Ritual's Instagram

Summer days are long, and a stop at one of these adorable shops are sure to keep you cool and happy. Did we leave off one of your favorite ice cream shops from this list? If so, let us know in the comments! Or tell us about your favorite flavor in town.

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