Denver's five best ice cream parlors

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Glacier Ice Cream
Ice cream at Glacier, one of Denver's five best ice cream parlors.
Rain or shine, we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about ice cream. It's one of our very favorite desserts, not least because you can totally put it on the side of any other dessert and it doesn't count as two treats: it counts as a la mode. This succession of warm days, however, has us in a veritable ice cream-eating frenzy: we ponder eating a pint for lunch or dinner, and rarely does a day go by without us stopping somewhere for a scoop.

And when we're considering where to sate our cravings, we look to these places, our five best ice cream parlors in Denver, listed here in no particular order.

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Liks Ice Cream Parlor, 2039 East 13th Avenue
It's been more than 35 years since Liks first started scooping in Capitol Hill, and its ice cream -- made in two-tub batches -- continues to draw crowds. Rightfully so. The place stocks more than 300 rotating flavors that encompass everything from birthday cake to banana split, cinnamon roll to chocolate strawberry and vanilla ginger to vanilla bean, all available by the scoop or in sundaes, shakes or floats. We've never had the same thing twice -- and we've never been disappointed.

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Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street
It's hard to miss the big silver milk jug at the edge of Highland; besides being architecturally interesting, it's always swarming with people. They come for cones and cups of creamy banana-flavored ice cream studded with chocolate chips, or sweet and spicy ginger gelato, or tangy mint-lime sorbet. We like the salted flavors best; salted Oreo, in particular, will make us brave the line, no matter how hard we try to resist. The treats, made in small batches and by hand, are so decadent that you might want to buy a whole pint.

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Sweet Action Ice Cream52 Broadway
While several shops on the Front Range make their own ice cream, none do it as creatively as Sweet Action. The place goes above and beyond when it comes to flavors, supplementing the typical chocolate and vanilla variations with treats made from beer, baklava, a honey and chile blend, and Cadbury creme egg. Today the dessert-monger is offering up mascarpone chile blackberry, white chocolate cinnamon, pomegranate sorbet and mint chip -- and there's no telling what it'll come up with for tomorrow.

Location Info

Liks Ice Cream Parlor

2039 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Little Man Ice Cream

2620 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Action Ice Cream

52 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Cow

637 Front St., Louisville, CO

Category: Restaurant

Glacier Ice Cream

4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
Niki Kessinger
Niki Kessinger

Well, Jeff, now I have multiple ice cream trips when Kathleen returns in December. Thanks!

Lynda Bay
Lynda Bay

I've been to Denver, tasted their ice creams and it was so great! I wish to come back again this summer. :) _______________ Want an ice cream business? click here for more information.

Lucy Hill
Lucy Hill

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Guest
Guest

the photo for Liks is incorrect.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Where can I get chocolate almond ice cream, or is there no telling?

mmclau12
mmclau12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

What about Bonnie Bray ice cream !!!

butterfat
butterfat like.author.displayName 1 Like

What, no Bonnie Brae ??

And Sweet Action has a great scene but they are a bit lacking...

 

Mick Bizzo
Mick Bizzo

Ei's Gelato in Park Hill. Check it out.

Marin
Marin

BIG vote #2 for Scrumptious in Arvada. Their blueberry pancake ice cream was the best thing I'd ever put in my mouth until I tried their caramel apple ice cream. That's right, they hold the two top slots for Best Thing I Ever Put in My Mouth. And I've put a lot of stuff in my mouth in my day.

Mike Michaelson
Mike Michaelson

Clound 9 Frozen Custard on 8th Ave just east of Colorado Blvd. Love Liks & Bonnie Brae too!

Mookie
Mookie

Scrumptious, in Arvada?

Sosfrojd
Sosfrojd like.author.displayName 1 Like

No offense, and I especially love Sweet Cow, but where is Bonnie Brae? Perhaps you never had the fortitude to stand in line to get in there on a summer's eve...

Bagwhan
Bagwhan

Hard to argue with Glacier or Sweet Cow, both excellent.

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