We all know summer in Memphis is nothing but hot. Fortunately, there are a host of delicious ways to keep your cool. Be it snow cones, popsicles or gelato, the frozen treat selection in Memphis is broad and ever-growing. Search out these favorite spots for an icy break from the sweltering sun!
1243 Ridgeway Road, Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 421-5985
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
The popular popsicle truck has gone brick and mortar, with a location in the Park Place Mall. There’s an ever-changing menu of flavors, both fruity and creamy, all unique and fresh. Hibiscus lemonade is tart and refreshing, or go indulgent with a Mexican chocolate, with hints of cinnamon and chile. My niece has recommended the chocolate-covered strawberry pop — and in fact, you can get any pop dipped in chocolate. MemPops sources its ingredients locally and uses cane sugar to sweeten their pops.
2015 S. Houston Levee Rd., Collierville, TN 38017 • (901) 316-8136
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Miccos opened at the beginning of summer serving New Orleans-style sno balls and other frozen treats. The happening little spot is tucked away behind a gas station at Houston Levee and Wolf River Parkway. Sno cones are served drenched in sweet syrup from take-out style containers with a spoon and an extra-wide straw. Because of the New Orleans inspiration, I ordered a King Cake cone, a vivid purple concoction. You may have to wait behind a line of excited teenagers, but your sweet tooth will be rewarded.
4091 Summer Ave., Memphis, TN 38122 • (901) 590-1901
Hours: Daily, 12 p.m to 9 p.m.
The gold standard for paletas (Mexican-style popsicles) in Memphis is definitely La Michoacana. The shop is moving a few doors down to a bigger location, so you’ll have more room to spread out with your ice cream and popsicles. The key lime pie ice cream is amazingly creamy with bits of graham cracker swirled throughout, and try the pine nut ice cream — I promise, I can’t describe it, but it is truly unique and delicious. I’m a fan of the Rosewater paleta but for a real treat, go for the Cajeta, which has a lovely pocket of creamy caramel hidden in the center.
1657 Well’s Station Rd., Memphis, TN 38108 • (901) 767-2659
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A classic since the 1970s, the astonishingly bright pink and turquoise façade of Jerry’s is really the face of summer. Sure, you can get a burger or a soft serve but the heart of Jerry’s is the snow cones. You might wait in line, you might see people you know — but order a slushy, icy sweet treat and hang in the parking lot slurping it up. I’m a fan of the wedding cake flavor, which is inexplicably red, or a nice fruity peach.
Midtown: 603 N. McLean Blvd., Memphis, TN 38107 • (901) 725-1718
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Highland: 510 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111 • (901) 410-0765
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I’ve been a fan of the sandwiches at Café Eclectic since they first opened but don’t miss out on their soda fountain frozen treats at the Midtown and Highland locations. Indulge with an Oh So Campy S’More Sundae (vanilla ice cream with graham crackers, hot fudge and marshmallows) or try something exotic with a spicy chai milkshake. For a touch of nostalgia, you can go for a float, like the Black Cow (root beer with chocolate ice cream) or the delicious peanut butter chocolate shake, which tastes a lot like a frozen peanut butter cup. For the frozen sophisticate, order and Affogato (espresso poured over ice cream).
106 GE Patterson Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 305-8577
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The gelato at Scoops is made by The Creamery, which also sells at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market. Scoops is a great stop for a frozen treat while meandering around the shops and galleries of the South Main district. You can read our full review here.
Stay cool this summer!