It should come as no surprise that Atlanta has a plethora of local ice cream shops scattered throughout the metro area. A city with the nickname “Hotlanta” better have some good ways to cool off. While there are many ways to chill out, ice cream is one of the tastiest! Check out the five establishments below which serve some of the best ice cream in Atlanta and perhaps all of the southeast.
Jake’s Ice Cream
660 Irwin St.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 705-7945

For creative ice cream flavors in a comfortable, homey setting, head to Jake’s Ice Cream in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood. The ice cream is hand-crafted and made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Flavors change weekly so there’s always something new to try. The perennial favorite is Chocolate Slap Yo Mama which is chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup, Oreo cookies and chocolate chips!

Morellis Gourmet Ice Cream
749 Moreland Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 622-0210

Anyone who loves ice cream needs to visit Morellis in Atlanta. With a “flavor library” of over 200 homemade flavors there is sure to be something special to tempt anyone.  From coconut jalapeno to caramel plantain to rosemary olive oil, the flavor combinations are out of this world. Salted caramel and Oreo cheesecake are some more traditional favorites. With great outdoor seating, Morellis on Moreland is a fun people-watching spot. There is now a second location in the Edgewood Shopping Plaza.

Vintage Frozen Custard
1021 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 515-3053

Looking to elevate the typical ice cream treat? Then go for frozen custard. It is like ice cream but with more eggs and cream and it tastes even better. Vintage Frozen Custard makes the good stuff the old fashioned way throughout the day so customers can enjoy fresh custard whenever they come. Check out the Flavor of the Day calendar to be sure they have your favorite flavor on tap before going in.

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The Frosty Caboose
5435 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 451-4556

You don’t have to venture inside the perimeter to taste some great ice cream. Just head to The Frosty Caboose in downtown Chamblee for a truly family-friendly ice cream experience. Serving Greenwood Ice Cream, which has been manufactured in Chamblee for over 50 years, this train-centric restaurant serves every type of frozen dessert one can dream up! Bring the kids to watch the trains go by as they eat their tasty treat for a truly memorable visit! And anyone under 36 inches tall gets a free kiddie cone.

Piece of Cake
1299 Collier Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 846-0908

Since 1985, Atlantans have been ordering their special occasion cakes from Piece of Cake. Piece of Cake is now offering its own brand of ice cream to go along side their gourmet cakes. With a total of 10 locations in Atlanta, including one at Hartstfield Jackson Airport, it is easier to get your Piece of Cake fix. The ice cream is homemade and can be bought in easy to take-home pints. Try the Georgia Buttered Pecan flavor. Pair it with the Red Velvet Cake and there may be a taste bud explosion from all that sugary goodness!

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Maria Smith is an on-the-go mom to 4 children ages 8 and under. In between carpool lines, she’s a freelance writer covering travel, health, and family fun. She was a producer for Oprah in her pre-mom days, but now produces people instead of TV shows. Read more on