The 9 Best Ice Cream Shops in Detroit

With summer in full force, now is prime time to eat some icy treats

A double scoop gelato with mint and raspberry chip from Krema is as delicious as it is colorful.

Detroit Water Ice Factory
Behold the Detroit institution of Detroit Water Ice Factory. Serving delicious high quality water and ice with crazy awesome flavors like salted margarita, chika mango, and Bo’s black cherry & Bordeaux also has a goal of doing good for the community with 100% of profits going back to help the youth of Detroit.

From the co-owners of the beloved Astoria Bakery, Krema of Greektown brings you 16 flavors of authentic gelato and freshly made, in-house waffle cones – add sprinkles and chocolate if you’re feeling frisky.

What up Dough?
You can find these bad boy ice cream sandwiches at farmers markets around the Detroit area. Choose from cookies like Southern Seduction with orange zest and oats to peanut butter s’more with caramelized marshmallows. Need we say more?

Jim’s Frostie Treats
Notorious for its Superman phone booth street décor and long lines, Sweet Jim’s is the quintessential childhood ice cream stand. Pop by for a Hawaiian flurry or Jimbo Bar, but get there early.

Bob Jo’s
Two words. Frozen. Custard. And oh my does Bob Jo’s do it right. Serving Downriver & Detroit a variety of twisted custard flavors like Toasted Coconut and Strawberry Shortcake since 1947, a must try for anyone in the area and well worth a drive if not.

River Breeze Dairy Freeze
It’s like Dairy Queen only Detroit grown with premium ingredients, not to mention the super friendly staff. This walkup ice cream shop is known for its vanilla, chocolate, and twist soft serve as well as custom made flurries. Hungry for more? You can dig your teeth into a lake perch sandwich among other delicious food that comes on a bun.

The Custard Hut
You’ve probably seen The Custard Hut while scrolling through Instagram. This uber-grammed ice cream shop serves up one-of-a-kind hot waffle sandwiches.  That’s right, two freshly made waffles with homemade soft serve in the middle in a variety of flavors like blue moon cherry and pistachio coconut.

Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream
There’s something for everyone at Ashby’s, serving up 44 flavors of sweet, delicious hand dipped ice cream in waffle bowls, cones, sundaes, milkshakes, floats, and malts since 1984. So many flavors, so many options so everyone goes home with a smile on their face. 

The Daily Dinette
From the restaurant group that brought you POPS! For Italian, and One Eyed Betty’s, The Daily Dinette is quickly becoming a staple for Ferndale residents. This contemporary take on an old time diner has a mean milkshake. We’re talking smooth, creamy, buttermilk milkshakes with house made donuts on top. You’ll get elevated classic flavors like Tahitian vanilla, double chocolate, and salted caramel. Not to mention this place is open 24 hours so it’s a good idea at anytime of the day or night.

Calder Brothers Dairy
Michigan made ice cream with milk from the Calder Brothers Farm. That’s right peeps, this is as local and homemade as you can get in Michigan. Take a visit to their farm, ice cream shop located in Lincoln Park or get your ice cream home delivered. With over 70 years of experience, this is some of the freshest ice cream you’ll ever taste. 

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