Hold your tongue about back-to-school prep and fall fashion; summer is still in full swing and we intend to enjoy every hot, carefree day we have left. Few things say summertime like a cold treat on a steamy day. Let melting ice cream drip down your clothes and enjoy the sugar high while indulging in ice cream, gelato and paletas. We chose ten of our favorite frozen indulgences around town. When you aren’t checking things off your summer bucket list, cool down with one of our favorite frozen treats.
5301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 463-8088
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Although they serve up a full menu of burgers, hot dogs and fries, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip always has a long line for their soft-serve ice cream. The ice cream and burger stand will take you back to yesteryear — with brightly colored picnic tables and iconic sign. Choose one, two or the swirl of the ever-changing flavors, and asked for it dipped, which will create a crunchy layer of chocolate around the ice cream, making it something extra special. Grab a stack of napkins and dig in.
2911 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 386-2101
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It’s not unusual for ice cream to get all of the attention in the summer heat, but this Mexican frozen treat deserves some recognition as well. Las Paletas’ gourmet pops are either fruity or creamy — and sometimes both. The cream paletas are more reminiscent of an ice cream bar, while the fruit have the texture of an ice pop. Top cream flavors include avocado, cookies and chocolate with mint chip. You can’t go wrong with the fruit flavors, but if you are feeling adventurous, opt for the pineapple with chili (yes, it’s spicy).
116 Third Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 490-6685
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Inside a Goo Goo Cluster, caramel, marshmallow nougat and fresh roasted peanuts meet, then are coated in a layer of milk chocolate. This tasty combination, which has been around for more than 100 years, is made in Nashville. The Goo Goo Shop retail store in downtown Nashville recently expanded to include the Dessert Bar. As sweet as it sounds, the Dessert Bar features desserts, shakes and floats — many of which incorporate Goo Goo Clusters. The Goo Goo Brew Shake combines Goo Goo Brew coffee, vanilla ice cream, banana and cinnamon, and is topped with fresh whipped cream and house-made salted caramel. That should be reason enough to choose this as your frozen treat during your next visit.
4611 Alabama Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 270-9611
Hours: Visit their Facebook page for location.
Although Kokos Ice Cream has yet to open a brick-and-mortar location, they promise that one is coming soon. They are giving folks a taste of what they offer by traveling around town via their ice cream bicycle. What they offer is technically ice cream, but you will be surprised to learn it is dairy-free, all-natural, low-allergen, coconut milk-based ice cream. Find flavors such as mint, golden milk, cookies ‘n cream, blueberry and s’mores. Visit their Facebook page to find out where the ice cream bike will be next.
Locations in East Nashville, 12 South, Nashville Farmers’ Market, Hillsboro Village, Brentwood and The Factory at Franklin; Hours vary.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find traditional flavors at Jeni’s. Instead, you will find standout combinations such as brambleberry crisp, brown butter almond brittle, wildberry lavender and Queen City cayenne. Whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows make this artisan ice cream stand out. The first full-size scoop shop opened in East Nashville in 2011, and they have since opened five additional locations. They’re all pretty popular, so prepare for a wait.
2309 B 8th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 730-5860
Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Rolled ice cream has officially made its way to Nashville! It’s likely you have seen the trend circulating on Instagram, and now you can try it for yourself. Nestled next to Bolton’s Hot Chicken, Supreme Kreme specializes in rolled ice cream. As you step inside, someone on staff will kindly explain the process: pick a base flavor ice cream, add a mix and two toppings. Take a seat, admire the chalk art and wait. On a busy day, the wait can be close to 30 minutes, just enough time to fall into a trance while watching the guys behind the counter roll the ice cream until being brought back to reality with a sugar rush.
200 Villa Place, #113 Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 530-3190
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Legato Gelato is small but mighty. With only 600 square feet and a short ingredient list, this gelato shop has become popular for their simple yet delicious creations. Allow yourself to be transported to Italy with traditional flavors including stracciatella, pistachio and chocolate hazelnut. Fruity and creamy, the gelato comes in a variety of flavors from lime to snickerdoodle. Made fresh daily, everything from the gelato to the cones is delicious.
114 South 11th St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 227-4114
Hours: Monday through Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Choosing from The Pied Piper Creamery’s 24 flavors is no easy feat. Make the decision between old favorites, such as trailer trash, toffee loaded coffee and peanut butter and chocolate, or something seasonal such as key lime sherbet or blueberry cheesecake with a blueberry pie filling swirl — all of which have punny menu names, such as Are You There God? Its Me, Margarita; Baby Got Baklava; and The Cereal Killer. You will find this ice creamery in East Nashville’s Five Points District.
Plaza Mariachi, 3955 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211 • (615) 373-9292
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Inside Plaza Mariachi, find Nina’s Nieves De Garrafa. Their Mexican sorbet is a water-based sorbet that is reminiscent of a slightly melted snow cone (which in this case, is a good thing). Made with just water, sugar and fresh, natural ingredients, it is said that these are the healthiest of the typical frozen treats. You can choose from a variety of flavors and can top your pick with fresh fruit and spices.
Hours and location: Find King of Pops here.
The brainchild of three bothers, King of Pops is a southern-based company known for bringing happiness and serving ice pops. They have grown since opening their first cart in 2010 and now service Atlanta, Athens, Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville, Nashville, Richmond and Savannah. In Nashville, you can find them around town serving creamy pops, with flavors such as cookies and cream, salted caramel and key lime pie, and fruit flavors such as blackberry honey, blueberry lemonade and grapefruit mint. Find out where they are here.
Three cheers to celebrating the end of summer until the last possible moment!
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