It just isn’t summer without an ice cream sundae or two, right? Atlanta has far more to offer than your standard chain ice cream and yogurt shops. Consider a more high-end option, like Morelli’s or Kilwins. If you really want a treat, head to Virginia Highlands for Paolo’s Gelato, especially for the floral blends offered on weekends. Any of these places will have you licking your spoon, that’s for sure!
Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Desserts
749 Moreland Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316
Morelli’s has a well-deserved reputation for serving some of Atlanta’s yummiest and fanciest ice cream, so it is a natural first stop on your summer ice cream tour. Check out its Facebook page to see a listing of the flavors available each day at the different locations around Atlanta. If you are bringing the kids, consider the Dunwoody location, which is inside of a Farm Burger. From the traditional flavors like mint chocolate chip to more exotic fare like lemon blueberry pie and Brooklyn cheesecake, Morelli’s has all of your sweet needs covered.
Jeni’s Westside Provisions
1198 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
Jeni’s is one of Atlanta’s favorite ice cream shops, and the sundae options include a small for $7 or a trio for $8. The sundaes come with ice cream, Jeni’s trademark gravel (in Chocolate Blackout or Salty Graham flavors) and unlimited accoutrements. There are all of the standard flavors and some local favorites like Savannah Buttermint, Wildberry Lavender and Brambleberry Crisp. The shop is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.
1025 Virginia Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Paolo’s Gelato is hands down the best sweet treat in Atlanta. Founded by Paolo Dall Zorza, a native of Treviso, Italy, this tiny spot in Virginia Highlands serves authentic Italian gelato in a wide range of yummy flavors. If you want a truly fantastic sundae, or some freshly filled cannoli, this is the spot. On the weekends, the flavor selections include at least one dreamy, unique flower-based concoction, like violet.
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1380 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA 30363
Kilwin’s has been making delicious indulgent treats since the 1940s, and the Atlantic Station location is always popular with locals shopping and attending movies nearby. The ice cream comes in over 40 rich flavors, using cream from family farms. The flavors range from all of your regular favorites to more offbeat choices like New Orleans Praline Pecan and Traverse City Cherry. You may find yourself distracted by all of the fudge and other sugary offerings on site, too.
The Frosty Caboose
5435 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
The Frosty Caboose has sundae options for kids and adults, so you can decide whether you feel up to one or two scoops. This is definitely an Atlanta establishment, with offerings like the Georgia Crossing sundae featuring peach ice cream and crushed peanuts. The menu is all train-themed, which the kids will love. Adults may want to check out the Orient Express sundae, with green tea ice cream combined with ginger candy and a fortune cookie. The Frosty Caboose is open until 10 p.m. on the weekends for your late-night ice cream fix.
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