Everyone loves stopping by a local ice cream shop on a hot summer day. It brings a sense of nostalgia and pure happiness. We certainly have our fair share of amazing local ice cream shops around the Des Moines metro area that make your mouth water just thinking about them. So, whether you’re visiting the area or a local looking to try something new, keep reading to learn about the most popular local ice cream shops in the area!
Local Ice Cream Shops (…in no particular order)
Black Cat Ice Cream
If you’re looking for a unique bite of ice cream, you should check out Black Cat Ice Cream! They create innovative flavors that change weekly, so be sure to check their Facebook for updates on what they’re serving! Dairy-free? They also serve unique vegan flavors!
Located near Pappajohn Sculpture Park, this ice cream dive is easy to miss. Look for their serving window right around the corner from Gas Lamp. Take note, there’s no place to dine-in at this Des Moines ice cream shop, but that shouldn’t deter you from this local gem.
Address: 1501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
Hours: 12-8 Tu-Sat; 12-6 Sun; Closed Mon
Snookie’s Malt Shop
A Des Moines local hit since 1986, Snookie’s serves all of your classic ice cream shop favorites. Located in Beaverdale, Snookie’s does soft serve and they do it well! Dips, cones and malts are just the beginning at Snookie’s. Getting a shake? You’ll love their staple “yes” and “no” cookies that cling to your straw.
Address: 1810 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines
Hours: 12-9 M-Th; 12-10 Fri-Sat; 1-9 Sun
You might recognize this Des Moines local ice cream spot by its old-fashioned soda fountain and nostalgic interior. Bauder’s is a great spot for your classic ice cream cravings. If you’re looking to try Bauder’s this summer, you can find it at the Iowa State Fair! Try their peppermint bars – a fan favorite.
Address: 3802 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines
Hours: 6:30-5:30 Tu-Fri; 6:30-4 Sat; 7-3:30 Sun; Closed Mon
Classic Frozen Custard
If you’re looking for a sweet treat on Des Moines’ south side, head over to Classic Frozen Custard. There’s a wide variety of flavors, including black raspberry, birthday cake, pumpkin, caramel cashew and chocolate chip cookie. In addition to the heaping scoops at this local ice cream shop, you can get shakes, malts, banana splits and sodas.
Address: 4000 S.E. 14th Street, Des Moines
Hours: 12-10 Mon-Sun
The Funky Cow
Enjoy soft serve ice cream in the Urbandale area at The Funky Cow. With its black, white and pink color scheme, you won’t miss this local ice cream shop from the road. You can get all of the classics at this shop, with the addition of custom ice cream cakes and massive ice cream sandwiches.
Address: 7025 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale
Hours: 1-9 Mon-Th; 1-10 Fri-Sun
The Outside Scoop
The Outside Scoop serves delicious hard-packed ice cream at their Indianola storefront and to the greater Des Moines area via their pink food truck! In addition to their 60 different flavors of ice cream, they offer specialty sundaes, root beer floats, shakes and storms. And to top it all off, The Outside Scoop only uses local ingredients to make their artisan ice cream.
Address: 602 North Jefferson Way, Indianola
Hours: 12-11 Mon-Sun
Whether at the Farmer’s Market or the Des Moines Art Festival, you’ve probably seen Thelma’s delicious ice cream sandwiches around town. It all started with a mother and son selling handmade ice cream sandwiches from a small cart at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market. And now, Thelma’s sells their sweet treats at over 100 retailers!
You can still find Thelma’s locally to enjoy a decadent ice cream sandwich! Pick one up at one of their local retailers, like Hy-Vee and Quick Trip, swing by their storefront or find them at a local festival! They post their schedule online, so it’s easy to find their cart. And if that doesn’t work, they’ll deliver warm cookies and ice cream sandwiches by the dozen anywhere in the Des Moines area!
Address: 2323 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines
Hours: 9-3 Mon-Th; Closed Sat and Sun
Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe
Don’t be fooled by this sweet spot’s reputation for its amazing tenderloin sandwich, you’ll be in soft serve heaven at Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe. You can get the standard vanilla, chocolate and swirl soft serve at any point throughout the summer, with the addition of rotating flavors like blue raspberry, peppermint and orange cream! They also offer classics like banana splits, parfaits and specialty sundaes.
Address: 304 W. 2nd Street, Prairie City
Hours: 11-8:30 Mon-Sun
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