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Boston's Best Ice Cream

Favorite Boston Ice Cream PlacesBoston's Best Ice Cream 2020

Ice cream is a universal smile maker - so it's great to know where to go in Boston to get a scoop of your favorite flavor!  We've asked out readers to share what their favorite Boston ice cream place is and here's what we came up with - in alphabetical order, by Boston Metro and Suburban favorites.

Boston Ice Cream Favorites

Boston Ice Cream Factory - Dorchester

Ice cream may be a classic kids’ treat, but Boston Ice Cream Factory founder Steve Cirame—a former J.P. Licks employee and the original owner of Christina’s—adds an adult twist to many of the offerings at his Dorchester storefront. 

Though traditional flavors like chocolate and pistachio hold a place on the menu, the real standouts borrow from the bar.  Adults are invited to try a scoop of Barbados Breeze, a fruity fusion made with Malibu rum and blue Curaçao; or Mud Slide, a boozy blend of Baileys, Kahlua, and vodka.

Chill on Park - Dorchester

Enjoy your favorite flavor in a cone, with a topping, in a hot fudge sundae or banana split, or make it into an extra thick frappe or smoothie. View the menu!

A true neighborhood joint, Chill on Park works hard to source products as locally as possible. They carry Karma coffee, MEM tea, Haley House pastries, My Grandma’s coffee cake, Coop’s hot fudge, FoMu pints, and couretsy of Chill on Park

Christina's Ice Cream - Cambridge

Christina's Ice Cream of Inman Square is a classic dessert destination with several booths, a local art display, and an amazing variety of ice cream.  

With well over 50 classic and inventive flavors, the shop continues to stay true to owner (and spice-lover) Raymond Ford’s vision to craft “creative, bold and daring” ice cream.

photo courtesy of Cristina's Ice Cream

Cookie Monstah Ice Cream Truck - Boston, Danvers

A Boston based food truck serving homemade cookies and ice cream sandwiches made with love and the best ingredients available.  Fresh cookies are baked throughout the day for maximum goodness.  The Cookie Monstah Ice Cream Truck  is most often found on the Boston Common and Dewey Park on the Boston Greenway.  You won't be disappointed!



Emack & Bolio's - Multiple Locations

This Boston favorite serves up some terrific stuff, and might we add, they have the best tasting sprinkles around.  

At Emack & Bolio's, you can choose from a variety of exotic & custom flavors, and soft serve, in a cup or in their giant waffle cones (dipped in chocolate and other goodies), which are desserts in and of themselves.  This place is worth going out of your way for.

JP Licks - Multiple Locations

Since 1981, JP Licks had been making customers happy with homemade ice cream and non-fat frozen yogurt.  The original, Jamaica Plain location (the 'Mother Ship') is where they make all of their ice cream.  JP Licks is locally owned & operated.  

photo courtesy of JP Licks

Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream - Cambridge, Waltham

Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream has something for everyone! Over 50 flavors of frozen goodness including ice cream, lite ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, tofutti, frozen yogurt, dairy free, gluten free, no-sugar-added, homemade hot fudge, ice cream cakes , mud pies and more. Visit their many locations to try what they have to offer!

Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream & Bowling - Hyde Park & Dedham

Ron's Ice Cream has two locations, one in Hyde Park that includes a candlepin bowling alley, in addition to ice cream, and an ice cream only venue in Dedham.   

Their homemade ice cream menu is delicious, and it'snow available for online ordering and prepaid, hands free pickup at the HydePark and Dedham locations.  There is a fun option for a take home "make your own sundae kit"  complete with 2 quarts of your choice of ice cream, 4 toppings and a can of whipped cream.  Call Hyde Park (617-364-5274) to place order. (24 hours advance notice).  You can either pick it up or ask about delivery options.

photo courtesy of Ron's Ice Cream

Ron's Ice Cream Sundae Special (2 Qts. Ice Cream, 4 toppings & whipped cream)

Taiyaki NYC - Boston

Tayaki is a fish-shaped pastry that is often served at Japanese festivals and weddings representing good luck, prosperity and happiness.  

Tayaki NYC's Boston Seaport location uses this fish pastry concept as the basis for their unique cone - and as a result, has become one of the most instagrammed ice cream cones in the world. 

photo courtesy of Taiyaki NYC Boston




The Ice Creamsmith - Dorchester Lower Mills

This family run, made from scratch ice cream shop is located in the Dorchester, MA, and has been making ice cream in the Lower Mills neighborhood for over 40 years. 

Delicious, ice cream is made on-site in small batches using whole ingredients, concentrated flavorings and time-tested recipes, right here at the The Ice Creamsmith

Toscanini's - Cambridge

This delightful, local  ice cream parlor located in Cambridge, MA has delicious ice cream, and it's sold all over! Including: most Whole Foods in New England, Formaggio’s in Cambridge and in the South End in Boston, Dave’s Pasta in Davis Square, Somerville, Angel Foods in Provincetown and The Nut House, too!  One thing is for sure,Toscanini's take their ice creams, coffees and teas very seriously. 


Boston Suburbs Ice Cream Favorites

Bedford Farms - Bedford, Concord

Bedford Farms Ice Cream has two stores that open year-round. They serve the best homemade style gourmet ice cream (in our opinion), frozen yogurt, frappes, and soft serve in over 60 flavors and fun concoctions!   They make a pretty good lime rickey too!

Dairy Joy - Weston

An old-fashioned roadside ice cream stand  that has it all, from old picnic tables and humming fluorescent lights to greasy hot dogs and hamburgers...and, lest we forget, ice cream!  Dairy Joy scoops up traditional ice cream cones, soft serve & banana boats.


Erickson's Dairy & Ice Cream - Maynard

Great flavors and the wonderful, creamy, dense farm-stand texture (i.e., no air whipped into it) are the standard fare at Erickson's Dairy & Ice Cream.   Choose from cones, sundaes (often using fresh picked local fruit for amazing raspberry or peach sundaes), shakes - all with the most decadent fresh whipped cream.  

Bonus points: Erikson’s also does one thing that many places neglect these days - they actually pack ice cream into the cone, and don’t merely drop a scoop on the top.

Rancatore's Ice Cream & Yogurt - Belmont, Lexington

A great ice cream place that offers over 30 different flavors in cups, cones, as well as sundaes, frappes, blended drinks, hot drinks, signature hot chocolate and more! 

Hot chocolates are generally only available during the winter months and  include flavors such as, Peppermint and cookies and cream! Come join us and pick up a warm cup of exciting hot chocolate!

Rancatore's Ice Cream & Yogurt is a true neighborhood joint, where you're sure to run into all the kids you know in town - they even offer homemade ice cream cakes you can order for any occasion.



Richardson's Ice Cream - Middleton

Enjoy flavors like Purple Cow indoors in the spotless, all-season dining room, or on the outdoor patio with waterfalls.  And don't forget a gallon of milk to take home. The Richardsons have been farming for over three centuries, but today's farm includes miniature golf courses, batting cages and driving range. You can also enjoy Richardson's Ice Cream at Jordan's Furniture, Reading.

photo credit Silvia Wagner

TC Scoops - Medway

TC Scoops is a  wonderful ice cream parlor in Medway features regular ice cream, sherbert, frozen yogurt and No Sugar Added ice cream. Stop by soon to enjoy their delicious ice cream. Gluten-free sugar & wafer cones are available here!

White Farms Homemade Ice Cream - Ipswich

Established in 1953, White Farms Homemade Ice Cream has been a destination for ice cream lovers for over half a century! Known to many as 'the place with the cow on the roof'; they offer over 60 hard ice cream flavors, including frozen yogurt, so there is definitely a flavor here for everyone to indulge in! 

Their list of flavors contains old time favorites like Chocolate Chip and Strawberry and more creative flavors like 'Caramel Cow' and 'Outrageous'. You can also enjoy their various soft serve flavors, ice cream sundaes, frappes, the list goes on and on!

You can find more great places to get ice cream in Boston in our comprehensive list.  Any day is a good day to eat ice cream - discover a new place to enjoy some today!  Not to be overlooked, you can also find a number of Ben & Jerry's shops throughout the Boston Metro area as well.

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Our specialty is helping people find fun things to do in Boston with kids - so we've got all sorts of resources on hand to help you do just that. Stacey Sao

Stacey Sao has been the Managing Director of the family-friendly events and activities website, BostonCentral for almost 20 years.  She continues to enjoy discovering and exploring new places to visit in the Greater Boston area.