HOUSTON – Whenever the craving for ice cream strikes, consider venturing to one of Houston’s many delicious scoop shops.

Here are 18 that stand out:

Asian quarter

  • Aqua S: In this soft-serve franchise, you can grab a swirl of soft serve in flavors like dark vanilla, horchata, or coconut, then pile it on with cotton candy, toasted marshmallows, pops, and more. rocks, popcorn and more. 9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036, (281) 501-3220, aquas.us.com.
Aqua S (Photo courtesy of Aqua S)
  • Babe: Ice cream parlor serving colorful, swirled ice creams in flavors like Strawberry and Mango, Cocoa Puffs and Earl Gray and Charcoal, Pineapple and Vanilla.

  • Red Circle Ice Cream: Ice cream parlor serving artisanal ice cream accompanied by made-to-order churros and authentic Hong Kong-style egg waffles. 6838 Ranchester Dr, Houston, TX 77036, (832) 767-5679, redcirclefranchising.com.

heather meadow

  • Alcohol : This family-run shop serves up fancy, stretchy ice cream in traditional flavors like strawberry and buttered pecan. 5922 Richmond Ave. Ste A, Houston, TX 77057, (832) 831-3176, booza1941.com.
Ice cream at Booza (Image courtesy of Booza)

clear lake

  • Gelatissimo: Global ice cream chain Gelatissimo has opened its first US storefront in Baybrook Mall. Decadent flavors include Chunky New York Cheesecake and Wicked Double Choclate Brownie. 700 Baybrook Mall Suite D-105, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 982-1201, gelatissimo.com.

east end

  • Magnolia Ice Cream and More: This neighborhood hangout serves up ice cream, snow cones, fresh fruit and other chamoy-flavored treats. 6421 Brady St, Houston, TX 77011, (713) 926-7472, magnoliasicecreamandmore.com.

Cy-Fair

  • Connie’s Ice Cream: This drive-thru dessert dweller with a walk-in window serves old-fashioned cream cones, concretes, sundaes, malts, milkshakes and sodas. 12545 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070, (281) 469-3444.

Connie’s Ice Cream (Image courtesy of Connie’s Frozen Custard)

wood of friends

  • Exotic Palm Beach Ice Cream: Dessert shop serving handmade Italian gelato and small-batch gelato in far-flung flavors like Peach Cobbler, Mango Tango Margarita, and Koffee Kat. 211 W El Dorado Blvd Suite D, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 386-5406, palm-beach-exotic-ice-cream-ices.business.site.

Heights/Great Heights

  • Fat Cat Creamery: Small ice cream parlor serving small batches of ice cream in unique flavors like Milk Chocolate Stout, Mexican Vanilla Cat’s Meow, Amaya Coffee and Cream, and Coconut Chai Tea. Other goodies on offer include old-fashioned sodas, floats, milkshakes, push-up pops, ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, and coffee. 1901 N Shepherd Dr #3, Houston, TX 77008, (713) 869-1080, fatcatcreamery.com.
  • Honeychild’s sweet creams: This confectionery serves handmade frozen custard in flavors such as dark chocolate, buttermilk tart and Deweberry. 600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 450, Houston, TX 77007, (832) 280-7854, honeychildssweetcreams.com.
Honeychild’s sweet creams (Photo by Lauren Marek)
  • Jeni’s splendid ice creams: Jeni’s is an American ice cream chain founded in 2002 by James Beard Award-winning ice cream maker Jeni Britton. Covet-worthy flavors include Salted Caramel, Cold Brew with Coconut Cream, and Texas Sheet Cake. 375 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, (346) 335-1394, jenis.olo.com.
  • Sweet bribe: This locally owned and operated ice cream served artisanal ice cream in flavors such as Springe Lemon Custard Pie, Coconut Milk Horchata and Bourbon Espresso. 250 W 19th St suite e, Houston, TX 77008, (281) 501-0639, www.sweetbribery.co/.

Kema

  • Cool Cow Dairy: This family-run ice cream parlor in Kemah serves small-batch artisanal ice cream, soda floats, milkshakes and cookie ice cream sandwiches. 609 Bradford Ave Ste 111, Kemah, TX 77565, (281) 549-6393, coolcowcreamery.com.
Cool Cow Creamery Ice Cream (Image courtesy of Cool Cow Creamery)

Medical center area

  • Flower & Cream: Artisan ice cream parlor serving small batches of ice cream in delicious flavors like Honey Roasted Strawberry, Kahlúa & Cookies and Raspberry Tres Leches. 2617 W Holcombe Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77030, (832) 667-8412, flowerandcream.com.
Flower & Cream Ice Cream (Photo courtesy of Flower & Cream)
  • Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor: Family-owned store serving artisanal ice cream since 1985. 9291 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025, (713) 665-5103.

montrose

  • milk + sugar: This ice cream parlor specializes in “mixes” which are homemade and incorporated into the ice cream as it is churned. Think brownie chunks, pecan streusel, cinnamon sugar blondies. Mouth-watering flavors include PB Cookies & Cream, Dulce de Horchata, and Strawberry Almond Cheesecake. 1848 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, milkandsugarcreamery.com.
Milk ice cream + sugar (Photo courtesy of Milk + Sugar)
  • SweetCup: This Montrose stalwart serves artisan ice cream made with love in hundreds of different flavors like Blueberry Cobbler Cheesecake, Coconut Kulfi Sorbet and Turkish Coffee. 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, (713) 942-2226, sweetcupgelato.com.
SweetCup Gelato Nutella S’mores (Image courtesy of SweetCup)

Kirby Top

  • Amy’s ice cream: Long time locations serving up some damn good handmade ice cream. 3816 Farnham St, Houston, TX 77098, (713) 526-2697, amysicecreams.com.

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🍨 Sugar lovers, make your voice heard! What’s your favorite ice cream parlor in Houston? This list is a work in progress that we will continue to edit and build. You can submit your recommendations to us in the comments section at the bottom of the page.