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Ice cream shops like Van Leeuwen are offering unique flavors that make ice cream OK any time of day.
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18 Houston Ice Cream Shops That Provide the Most Flavorful Scoops

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

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Ice cream shops like Van Leeuwen are offering unique flavors that make ice cream OK any time of day.
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Because Texas is a magical place, ice cream is an appropriate treat all year long. But now that spring has sprung, 'tis the season for enjoying as much of this creamy frozen treat as often as you damn well please.

While thick and classic custard and sophisticated sorbets will surely satisfy a sweet tooth, Houston’s ice cream scene runs the gamut with killer gelato, ice cream sandwiches, wacky and colorful toppings, and plenty of flavors that go well beyond the traditional chocolate and vanilla — some of which make ice cream for breakfast seem all the more acceptable.

Though we’ve removed Juice Box from the list, ice cream shops like Booza, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Amy’s Ice Cream, Van Leeuwen, Brain Freeze, and Red Circle Ice Cream are scooping up some of the most delicious frozen treats to help you cool down.

Here are 18 spots that will have you screaming for ice scream.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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 a scoop of the vegan chai tea coconut flavor.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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Cloud 10 Creamery offers classic ice creams and sorbets, as well as more unconventional flavors.
Cloud 10 Creamery

4. Honeychild's Sweet Creams

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600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 450
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 280-7854
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Not technically ice cream, but this creamy custard is good enough to hold its own amongst the ice cream. These custards, made with organic local ingredients, are churned with decadent flavors like buttermilk pie, pecan praline, peach cobbler, and dewberry. Score your own carton at Antidote Coffee or either Phoenicia location.

5. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

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1111 N Dairy Ashford Rd
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 920-9040
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It’ll be tempting to eat dessert before dinner at this fast-food burger joint. The Kansas implant boasts delicious creamy frozen vanilla custard, with toppings to make for decadent shakes and sundaes. The turtle sundae, topped with gooey hot fudge, warm caramel, and toasted pecans, is Freddy’s signature, while the “Dirt ‘n Worms,” piled with Oreo cookies, gummy worms, and whipped cream, is a favorite among kids or those young at heart.

6. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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801 Town and Country Blvd Bldg A, Ste 130
Houston, TX 77024
(281) 409-3364
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Who says you can’t have ice cream for breakfast? At Jeni’s, it’s encouraged. Go for a pint of the “Everything Bagel” flavor, which consists of a cream cheese ice cream, mixed with buttery streusel sesame and poppy seeds, and a hint of onion and garlic. Or start off with a scoop of the classic gooey butter cake or refreshing frosé as you wander around a bustling City Centre.

7. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

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888 Westheimer Rd Suite 157
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 492-2120
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The newest of Houston’s three Van Leeuwen ice cream shops, this Montrose ice cream shop offers an array of dairy and vegan ice creams, with clever combinations that are bound to mystify your mouth. Spring flavors include a vegan lemon creamsicle; royal wedding cake, made with sweet cream cheese ice cream, elderflower extract, and chunks of lemon sponge cake; and a blue spirulina almond ice cream swirled with matcha green tea ice cream in honor of upcoming Earth Day.

Van Leeuwen CEO Ben Van Leeuwen serves up four cups of ice cream in pink “Leeuwen” cups. The flavors are vegan yuzu sake, blood orange creamsicle, blue jasmine tea, and fior de latte chip.
Van Leeuwen serves a variety of dairy and vegan ice creams, cookie sandwiches, sundaes and milkshakes.
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8. 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.

9. 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.

orange and green scoops of ice cream topped with gummy worms and a red sauce.
Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More is known for its outrageous combinations.
Magnolia’s

10. 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.

11. Amy's Ice Creams

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3816 Farnham St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-2697
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This “quintessentially” Austin ice cream company comes to Houston with a host of flavors like Mexican vanilla, Belgian chocolate, and Oreo, with mix-ins, like Fruity Pebbles cereal, fruits, Ginger Snaps, and a variety of chocolate candies.

12. Booza

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5922 Richmond Ave Ste A
Houston, TX 77057
(832) 831-3176
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Booza’s first U.S. location here in Houston will make you rethink your definition of ice cream with its handmade, super stretchy Mediterranean version, which comes in compelling flavors like the traditional ashta, Turkish coffee, rosewater, and rainbow.

13. 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.

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14. 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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As the name states, Smoosh Cookie Sandwiches scoops various flavors of ice cream between two soft cookies.
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15. 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.

A cloud of cotton candy topped with green soft serve ice cream.
Aqua S’s ice cream wonderland offers cold concoctions that are pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds.
Aqua S

16. 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.

17. Brain Freeze

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2716 Preston Ave
Pasadena, TX 77503
(281) 303-6143
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On a hot day in Houston, this Pasadena’s artful snow-cones, brightly-decorated shakes and ice cream creations will do the trick. Try the “Tropical Piñalada,” which is poured in pineapple and topped with colorful, fruit-shaped candies, or the “MangoSwim Time,” a mango sorbet topped with chamoy, fresh mangos and candy — all in a taijin-rimmed mason jar.

18. Red Circle Ice Cream

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3595 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 903-7074
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With three Texas locations, including Pearland and Houston, Red Circle gets wild with its frozen treats. The ice cream company offers more than 100 rotating flavors like “Elmo Crunch,” “Donkey Kong,” durian, Thai tea, and its limited-time-only crawfish flavor — plus, an assortment of heart-shaped churros and Hong Kong-style egg waffles that serve as sugary complements.

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1. 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 a scoop of the vegan chai tea coconut flavor.

1910 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77002

2. 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

3. Cloud 10 Creamery

711 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
a cup of ice cream topped with whipped cream and toppings.
Cloud 10 Creamery offers classic ice creams and sorbets, as well as more unconventional flavors.
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

4. Honeychild's Sweet Creams

600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 450, Houston, TX 77007

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

600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 450
Houston, TX 77007

5. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

1111 N Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77079

It’ll be tempting to eat dessert before dinner at this fast-food burger joint. The Kansas implant boasts delicious creamy frozen vanilla custard, with toppings to make for decadent shakes and sundaes. The turtle sundae, topped with gooey hot fudge, warm caramel, and toasted pecans, is Freddy’s signature, while the “Dirt ‘n Worms,” piled with Oreo cookies, gummy worms, and whipped cream, is a favorite among kids or those young at heart.

1111 N Dairy Ashford Rd
Houston, TX 77079

6. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

801 Town and Country Blvd Bldg A, Ste 130, Houston, TX 77024

Who says you can’t have ice cream for breakfast? At Jeni’s, it’s encouraged. Go for a pint of the “Everything Bagel” flavor, which consists of a cream cheese ice cream, mixed with buttery streusel sesame and poppy seeds, and a hint of onion and garlic. Or start off with a scoop of the classic gooey butter cake or refreshing frosé as you wander around a bustling City Centre.

801 Town and Country Blvd Bldg A, Ste 130
Houston, TX 77024

7. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

888 Westheimer Rd Suite 157, Houston, TX 77006
Van Leeuwen CEO Ben Van Leeuwen serves up four cups of ice cream in pink “Leeuwen” cups. The flavors are vegan yuzu sake, blood orange creamsicle, blue jasmine tea, and fior de latte chip.
Van Leeuwen serves a variety of dairy and vegan ice creams, cookie sandwiches, sundaes and milkshakes.
Van Leeuwen

The newest of Houston’s three Van Leeuwen ice cream shops, this Montrose ice cream shop offers an array of dairy and vegan ice creams, with clever combinations that are bound to mystify your mouth. Spring flavors include a vegan lemon creamsicle; royal wedding cake, made with sweet cream cheese ice cream, elderflower extract, and chunks of lemon sponge cake; and a blue spirulina almond ice cream swirled with matcha green tea ice cream in honor of upcoming Earth Day.

888 Westheimer Rd Suite 157
Houston, TX 77006

8. Amorino

4444 Westheimer Rd C150, Houston, TX 77027

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

9. Magnolia's Ice Cream & More

6421 Brady St, Houston, TX 77011
orange and green scoops of ice cream topped with gummy worms and a red sauce.
Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More is known for its outrageous combinations.
Magnolia’s

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

10. 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

11. Amy's Ice Creams

3816 Farnham St, Houston, TX 77098

This “quintessentially” Austin ice cream company comes to Houston with a host of flavors like Mexican vanilla, Belgian chocolate, and Oreo, with mix-ins, like Fruity Pebbles cereal, fruits, Ginger Snaps, and a variety of chocolate candies.

3816 Farnham St
Houston, TX 77098

12. Booza

5922 Richmond Ave Ste A, Houston, TX 77057

Booza’s first U.S. location here in Houston will make you rethink your definition of ice cream with its handmade, super stretchy Mediterranean version, which comes in compelling flavors like the traditional ashta, Turkish coffee, rosewater, and rainbow.

5922 Richmond Ave Ste A
Houston, TX 77057

13. 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

14. Smoosh Cookie Sandwiches

Houston, TX
A woman viewing the menu hung outside of a blue food truck.
As the name states, Smoosh Cookie Sandwiches scoops various flavors of ice cream between two soft cookies.
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.

15. Aqua S

9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036
A cloud of cotton candy topped with green soft serve ice cream.
Aqua S’s ice cream wonderland offers cold concoctions that are pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds.
Aqua S

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

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16. 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

17. Brain Freeze

2716 Preston Ave, Pasadena, TX 77503

On a hot day in Houston, this Pasadena’s artful snow-cones, brightly-decorated shakes and ice cream creations will do the trick. Try the “Tropical Piñalada,” which is poured in pineapple and topped with colorful, fruit-shaped candies, or the “MangoSwim Time,” a mango sorbet topped with chamoy, fresh mangos and candy — all in a taijin-rimmed mason jar.

2716 Preston Ave
Pasadena, TX 77503

18. Red Circle Ice Cream

3595 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478

With three Texas locations, including Pearland and Houston, Red Circle gets wild with its frozen treats. The ice cream company offers more than 100 rotating flavors like “Elmo Crunch,” “Donkey Kong,” durian, Thai tea, and its limited-time-only crawfish flavor — plus, an assortment of heart-shaped churros and Hong Kong-style egg waffles that serve as sugary complements.

3595 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478

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