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Cool off with Honeychild's Sweet Creams
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12 Excellent Houston Ice Cream Shops

Ice cream, sorbet, gelato — it's all delicious.

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Cool off with Honeychild's Sweet Creams
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Because Texas is a magical place, ice cream is an appropriate treat all year long. But now that summer has arrived, 'tis the season for enjoying as much of this creamy frozen treat as often as you damn well please.

Looking for Houston’s best ice cream? These 12 spots offer an incredible variety of options, ranging from thick and classic custard to sophisticated sorbets, one of these spots will surely satisfy a sweet tooth. You’ll also find killer gelato, ice cream sandwiches, and plenty of unique flavor options beyond the traditional chocolate and vanilla.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honeychild's Sweet Cream

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205 W Crosstimbers St
Houston, TX 77018
(832) 846-1041

Not technically ice cream, but this creamy custard is good enough to hold its on amongst the ice cream. These custards, made with organic local ingredients, are churned with decadent flavors like pecan praline, peach cobbler, and dewberry. Score your own carton at Antidote Coffee or either Phoenicia location.

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2. Fat Cat Creamery

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1910 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 869-1080
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Traditional flavors get a Texan upgrade at this popular creamery, known for its flavors like milk chocolate ice cream made with Convict Hill oatmeal stout, and coffee made with beans from Houston’s own Amaya roasters. Dairy free? Swing by for the chai tea coconut.

3. Tampico Refresqueria

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4520 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

This tiny stand in the Heights creates some of the most refreshing raspas and frozen mango drinks in town. Score a fruity raspa topped with ice cream or chamoy, then snack on Fritos chili pie and elotes for a bit of savory balance.

4. Amorino

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4444 Westheimer Rd C150
Houston, TX 77027
(346) 319-2194
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Scoops of gelato and sorbet are transformed into stunning floral creations at this European export in the River Oaks District. In even better news, the gelato at Amorino tastes as good as it looks.

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5. Magnolia's Ice Cream & More

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6421 Brady St
Houston, TX 77011

Known for its crazy confections piled high with candy and infused with wacky flavors, Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More is definitely doing the most. Choose a few scoops of ice cream (vanilla is an excellent blank canvas) and add fresh fruit for a healthy vibe, or plenty of gummi worms, sour candy, and a thick drizzle of chamoy if sugar is what you crave.

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6. SweetCup Artisan Gelato & Espresso

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3939 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-2226
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This Montrose sweet shop offers frozen treats in a variety of inventive flavors that are constantly changing, including coconut rum gelato and coconut curry cashew sorbet.

7. Tinys Milk and Cookies

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3636 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 352-3086
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This sweet shop founded on Houston’s favorite cookie also serves excellent ice cream. The milk & cookies is an obvious choice, and dairy-free coconut milk chocolate ice cream is a quality option for folks who eschew dairy.

9 days until it’s officially summer, even though it already feels like it!

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8. Smoosh Cookie Sandwiches

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(832) 582-9864
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A secret family cookie recipe combined with freshly made, richly flavored ice creams makes for the deliciousness that is a Smoosh ice cream sandwich. And really, is there anything better than a massive scoop of ice cream tucked in between two soft cookies? Nope.

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9. Juice Box

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9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste A-109
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 484-8085

This local favorite in the busy Don Huang Plaza offers so much more than durian ice cream, although it's worth the try for more adventurous tongues. Don't sleep their large bowls of shaved ice with fresh fruits drizzled with condensed milk and giant scoops of ice cream on top.

10. Aqua S

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9889 Bellaire Blvd D232
Houston, TX 77036
(281) 501-3220
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An Instagram wonderland in Asiatown, Aqua S is known for its blue hued, salty-sweet sea salt soft serve. There’s also a rotating flavor on offer that changes frequently, and each cone can be crowned with a halo of cotton candy or shower of Pop Rocks for the perfect shot for the ‘gram.

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11. Hank's Ice Cream

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9291 Main St
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 665-5103
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Hank’s produces ice cream the old-fashioned way by hand and using fresh ingredients. The Houston staple showcases eighteen flavors daily, with choices rotating from a list of nearly 100 flavors. And via their website, apparently Queen Bey, "always gets banana pudding," when she's in town.

12. Cloud 10 Creamery

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711 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 485-5106
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Perfectly creamy and richly flavored, the ice creams at Cloud 10 run the gamut from classic to wacky. Cool off with a scoop of cafe sua da, or Vietnamese iced coffee ice cream, or consider the wildly refreshing lemon and mint sorbet.

Cloud 10 Creamery
Cloud 10 Creamery

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1. Honeychild's Sweet Cream

205 W Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77018
Honeychild's

Not technically ice cream, but this creamy custard is good enough to hold its on amongst the ice cream. These custards, made with organic local ingredients, are churned with decadent flavors like pecan praline, peach cobbler, and dewberry. Score your own carton at Antidote Coffee or either Phoenicia location.

205 W Crosstimbers St
Houston, TX 77018

2. Fat Cat Creamery

1910 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77002

Traditional flavors get a Texan upgrade at this popular creamery, known for its flavors like milk chocolate ice cream made with Convict Hill oatmeal stout, and coffee made with beans from Houston’s own Amaya roasters. Dairy free? Swing by for the chai tea coconut.

1910 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77002

3. Tampico Refresqueria

4520 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009

This tiny stand in the Heights creates some of the most refreshing raspas and frozen mango drinks in town. Score a fruity raspa topped with ice cream or chamoy, then snack on Fritos chili pie and elotes for a bit of savory balance.

4520 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

4. Amorino

4444 Westheimer Rd C150, Houston, TX 77027
Amorino USA/Facebook

Scoops of gelato and sorbet are transformed into stunning floral creations at this European export in the River Oaks District. In even better news, the gelato at Amorino tastes as good as it looks.

4444 Westheimer Rd C150
Houston, TX 77027

5. Magnolia's Ice Cream & More

6421 Brady St, Houston, TX 77011
Magnolia's/Facebook

Known for its crazy confections piled high with candy and infused with wacky flavors, Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More is definitely doing the most. Choose a few scoops of ice cream (vanilla is an excellent blank canvas) and add fresh fruit for a healthy vibe, or plenty of gummi worms, sour candy, and a thick drizzle of chamoy if sugar is what you crave.

6421 Brady St
Houston, TX 77011

6. SweetCup Artisan Gelato & Espresso

3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

This Montrose sweet shop offers frozen treats in a variety of inventive flavors that are constantly changing, including coconut rum gelato and coconut curry cashew sorbet.

3939 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

7. Tinys Milk and Cookies

3636 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

This sweet shop founded on Houston’s favorite cookie also serves excellent ice cream. The milk & cookies is an obvious choice, and dairy-free coconut milk chocolate ice cream is a quality option for folks who eschew dairy.

3636 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005

8. Smoosh Cookie Sandwiches

Houston, TX
Smoosh

A secret family cookie recipe combined with freshly made, richly flavored ice creams makes for the deliciousness that is a Smoosh ice cream sandwich. And really, is there anything better than a massive scoop of ice cream tucked in between two soft cookies? Nope.

9. Juice Box

9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste A-109, Houston, TX 77036

This local favorite in the busy Don Huang Plaza offers so much more than durian ice cream, although it's worth the try for more adventurous tongues. Don't sleep their large bowls of shaved ice with fresh fruits drizzled with condensed milk and giant scoops of ice cream on top.

9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste A-109
Houston, TX 77036

10. Aqua S

9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036
Aqua S/Facebook

An Instagram wonderland in Asiatown, Aqua S is known for its blue hued, salty-sweet sea salt soft serve. There’s also a rotating flavor on offer that changes frequently, and each cone can be crowned with a halo of cotton candy or shower of Pop Rocks for the perfect shot for the ‘gram.

9889 Bellaire Blvd D232
Houston, TX 77036

11. Hank's Ice Cream

9291 Main St, Houston, TX 77025

Hank’s produces ice cream the old-fashioned way by hand and using fresh ingredients. The Houston staple showcases eighteen flavors daily, with choices rotating from a list of nearly 100 flavors. And via their website, apparently Queen Bey, "always gets banana pudding," when she's in town.

9291 Main St
Houston, TX 77025

12. Cloud 10 Creamery

711 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Cloud 10 Creamery
Cloud 10 Creamery

Perfectly creamy and richly flavored, the ice creams at Cloud 10 run the gamut from classic to wacky. Cool off with a scoop of cafe sua da, or Vietnamese iced coffee ice cream, or consider the wildly refreshing lemon and mint sorbet.

711 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

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