10 Best Shops For Vegan Ice Cream
No matter your location, you’re never far from a refreshing dairy-free ice cream.
July 14, 2016
Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, which means it’s time to enjoy a decadent dairy-free delight. These days, many supermarkets carry popular vegan ice cream brands such as So Delicious, Tofutti, and Coconut Bliss, and you can find an even wider variety at your local health food store. But hundreds of ice cream parlors across the country also serve fresh, housemade vegan ice cream in an array of flavors that are scrumptious enough to please even the pickiest palates. In honor of National Ice Cream Day, we’ve chosen 10 ice cream parlors with vegan versions to your tickle taste buds and tempt your tummy.
1. Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco
Whether it’s served in a cup or a cone, Bay Area vegan ice cream aficionados go crazy over Bi-Rite’s Chocolate Coconut. Their Strawberry Coconut is made with fresh fruit, in line with Bi-Rite’s mission “to create unique and delicious flavors with local, handmade, and organic ingredients.” With demand for their vegan ice creams reaching ever-increasing heights, Bi-Rite hopes to add more dairy-free flavors in the near future.
2. Bluebird Ice Cream in Seattle
Vegan Seattleites go gaga for Bluebird’s dairy-free delicacies, which include flavors such as Coconut Mint Chip and Horchata. Bluebird is also a brewery, so if you like sipping beer while savoring your vegan ice cream, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better hangout.
3. Cookie Dough Creamery in Columbus, OH
This ice-creamery located in a mall always has two vegan flavors available (currently pineapple and strawberry) to give customers a brain-freezing sweet-tooth fix. And thanks to a nature-themed play area and Johnny Appleseed Garden, Cookie Dough Creamery is perfect for children of all ages.
4. George’s Ice Cream and Sweets in Chicago
There are a dozen soy-based vegan ice cream flavors on George’s menu, including Butter Pecan, Espresso Oreo, and Raspberry Nebula. This family-owned Windy City business also has a private party room that can accommodate up to 35 people for birthday bashes, workplace celebrations, or any other fun occasion.
5. Ices Plain & Fancy in St. Louis, MO
Vegan flavors at this Midwestern ice cream parlor range from traditional vanilla to Coconut Milk German Chocolate and sweet Cherry Cordial. Ices Plain & Fancy also serves a plethora of resfreshing fruit sorbets that you can enjoy on any day that isn’t National Ice Cream Day.
6. Izzy’s Ice Cream in St. Paul, MN
The Twin Cities are famous for their cold winters, but when the summer season arrives, residents and visitors alike enjoy cooling down with a few scoops of Izzy’s vegan varieties such as Chocolate Peanut Butter, Four Berry, Mango, and Raspberry Chip.
7. Karma Cream in Gainesville, FL
Whether you order Karma Cream’s ice cream in a sundae with all the fixin’s, as a creamy milkshake, or as a side scoop with a spongy slice of strawberry shortcake, you’ll love all 12 of their vegan flavors. The eatery’s ice cream is also all-natural with no artificial flavors, food coloring, preservatives, pesticides, or herbicides. What’s more, all their coconut milk ice creams are made from organic fair-trade ingredients.
8. Kind Kreme in Los Angeles
Gourmet, raw, vegan, organic ice cream—it doesn’t get much better than that! Winner of the prestigious Best Vegan Ice Cream award bestowed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Kind Kreme is tops in the City of Angels thanks in part to its layered Icekreme Brownie Sundae.
9. Sweet Ritual in Austin, TX
With 16 flavors, this artisanal all-vegan ice cream parlor in the heart of Austin offers a multitude of ways—including sundaes and banana splits with housemade sauces to gluten-free waffle cones and thick, frosty shakes—for diners to enjoy their dairy-free desserts. Whether you try the Cubano Coffee, the Chocolate Chai, or the Cinnamonkey Elephantastic, prepare yourself for a fantastic taste sensation.
10. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in New York City
With five stores in New York City and Brooklyn (and three in Los Angeles), as well as “scoop trucks” roaming both cities, Van Leeuwen serves a variety of vegan ice creams made from cashews, coconut, and cocoa butter. Even better? The company recently added inventive new flavors such as Hazelnut Choc Rice Krispie and Vegan Red Currant Wedding Cake.
Photo courtesy of Sweet Ritual