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Here’s the scoop on Nashville’s ice cream shops

Whether you’re a fan of soft serve or looking for a dairy-free fix, there’s plenty to discover on the Nashville ice cream scene.

A hand holding up a basket of fries and a cup of soft serve in front of a business with a sign reading "Fryce Cream."

Fryce Cream’s new Donelson shop offers indoor and outdoor seating. | Photo by NASHtoday

Ice cream cravings can strike at any moment, and lucky for us, Nashville’s ice cream shops churn out delicious treats year-round. Find a scoop (or three) you love at these spots around town.

New locations

Fryce Cream, Locations vary | You don’t have to choose between sweet and salty at Fryce Cream, known for its soft serve (vanilla, chocolate, swirl, vegan, and seasonal) and crispy fries. Choose from a variety of ice cream toppings, fry dustings, and sauces. Bonus: The ice cream shop’s new Donelson location (2720 Old Lebanon Rd.) opens on Thursday, June 27 at 3 p.m.

The Bee Ice Cream & Mini Donuts, 2610 Nolensville Pk. | The Bee relocated a few blocks south as of mid-June, but fear not — you can still enjoy the signature Oaxacan ice cream, homemade fruit popsicles, and selection of sweet and savory snacks.

On the move

Lightbox Ice Cream, Locations vary | Self-described as “Nashville’s newest and brightest ice cream brand,” Lightbox specializes in dairy-free soft serve on tap. Watch the ice cream truck in action + keep up with its whereabouts on Instagram.

Black Box Ice Cream, Locations vary | Visit the brick-and-mortar location in Smyrna or catch the truck at local events to try rotating flavors such as Ube, Mountain Dew, and Creamy Cherry Kool-Aid.

Ice and Bones, Locations vary | This gourmet ice cream bar business is “just getting started,” so watch out for expanded flavor options and new pop-up locations.

An upclose perspective of a pecan pie ice cream cone.

Hattie Jane’s pecan pie ice cream is described as “a little like butter pecan and a little like pralines and cream.” | Photo via Hattie Jane’s Creamery

Scoop shops

Hattie Jane’s Creamery, Locations vary | Check the small-batch creamery’s website to see which classic and seasonal flavors are available in scoop shops.

The Ice Cream Bar, 5572 Nolensville Pk. | Keep it simple with ice cream served in a cone, cup, or churro bowl or try a cotton candy burrito stuffed with three scoops of ice cream.

Frozen yogurt

Radish Kitchen, 4101 Charlotte Ave. | Enjoy the restaurant’s vanilla frozen yogurt as is or choose to top it with local honey, strawberries, walnuts, or a chocolate shell. Pro tip: It’s also available at Little Red Market.

Yogurt Mountain, 5225 Old Hickory Blvd. | While frozen yogurt shops are rare in Music City, this chain stands out by offering 16 rotating flavors and over 50 toppings.

Someone holding a an ice cream cone in front of the Bobbie's Dairy Dip sign.

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip always delivers on Instagram-worthy creations.

Photo by @gracegamboa_

Ice cream and beyond

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, 5301 Charlotte Ave. | A West Nashville staple since the 1950s, summer days are just better with a Bobbie’s cone or sundae. The ice cream stand has burgers, hot dogs, and cheese fries, too.

Sarabhas Creamery, 400 21st Ave. S. | The cafe in Midtown serves Indian-style homemade ice cream in flavors like mango, chai spice, butterscotch, and saffron, as well as coffee, chai, and puff pastries.

Wanna Spoon Cereal Bar, 1111 Caruthers Ave. | Ice cream isn’t in the shop’s name, but it’s waiting for you at this vibrant 12 South spot. Blend your ice cream or milkshake (dairy-free option available) with a choice of cereal and additional toppings.

Mike’s Ice Cream | At Mike’s, you can hold an ice cream cone in one hand and a frozen espresso drink in the other. Beyond ice cream and soft serve, the downtown shop offers sundaes, shakes, and old-fashioned fountain sodas. Fun fact: Mike’s Ice Cream is also served at East Nashville’s Sip Cafe.

Sweet Sofia’s, 7087 Old Harding Pk. | This Bellevue dessert shop offers an expansive menu of ice cream, paletas, mangonadas, smoothies, crepes, and more.

A cone of purple ice cream

We’ll take a couple scoops of KOKOS ice cream on a warm summer day. | Photo by NASHtoday

Vegan ice cream

KOKOS Ice Cream, 3 City Ave., Ste. 700 | The scoop shop’s dairy-free ice cream comes in a variety of seasonal and rotating flavors — like peach, pina colada, and cookies and cream. Plus, try a Pint Club subscription (four pints per month for three months) for $120.

Tabla Rasa Cafe, 2039 Greenwood Ave. | This East Nashville coffee and ice cream spot isn’t exclusively vegan, but look out for its rotating dairy-free soft serve option available in a cone or cup.

The BE-Hive, 2414 Gallatin Ave. | Shake up your ice cream routine with a chocolate or vanilla vegan milkshake (both gluten free) with the option to add Oreos, caramel, or strawberries. Look out for seasonal options, like this watermelon basil breeze shake inspired by poolside wine coolers.

Rolled ice cream

Rolled 4 Ever Ice Cream, 1120 4th Ave. N., Ste. #102 | Choose from 10+ rolled ice cream flavors, with a variety of cookies, candy, cereal, and more rolled into frozen treats. Beyond rolled ice cream, the shop offers ice cream pops and a pup sundae for Fido. Try this: Learn how to roll ice cream like a pro by signing up for an interactive class.

Frozen custard

Andy’s Frozen Custard, Locations vary | Andy’s has been around nationally since 1986, now boasting locations just outside of Davidson County in Gallatin, Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and Spring Hill. Since then, the business has curated a lineup of loaded concretes, Jackhammers (center filled with hot fudge or other topping), sundaes, splits, floats, and malts.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 590 Sam Ridley Pkwy. W., Smyrna | Freddy’s vanilla and chocolate custard is freshly-churned throughout the day and made into concretes and sundaes, as well as Oreo custard sandwiches. If you want to enjoy the custard at home, look for the to-go freezer near the entrance.

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