Long summer days are almost upon us, meaning it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite summer treat: ice cream!
The best ice cream shops in Cleveland
Here are all my favorite locally-owned shops to find the best ice cream in Cleveland:
1. Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream has been an ice cream staple in Cleveland since Pete and Mike Mitchell opened their first shop in Westlake in 1999. The duo soon expanded to shops in Solon, Rocky River, Beachwood, and beyond, and opened their now-flagship store and kitchen in Ohio City in 2014. They now have 10 shops across the Greater Cleveland area.
My favorite Mitchell’s location is their Ohio City flagship store, where you can also go on behind-the-scenes tasting tours of their kitchen.
Mitchell’s serves up dozens of hand-crafted flavors of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet, all made using as many Ohio-grown ingredients as possible. They have seasonal flavors like Lavender Honey in the spring, Campfire S’mores in the summer, Pumpkin Spice in the fall, and Peppermint Stick in the winter, plus all the regular favorites.
They also offer vegan and sugar-free options, as well as sundaes, shakes, cakes, and more.
2. Mason’s Creamery
4401 Bridge Ave, Cleveland
If it’s innovative, Instagram-ready flavors of ice cream that you’re looking for, then you need look no further than Mason’s Creamery in Ohio City.
Mason’s is a small-batch ice cream shop known for its experimental flavors and making everything from scratch. They try new things all the time, whether it’s soft serve, ice cream donut sandwiches, or interesting collaborations with other local brands and businesses.
I love Mason’s shop, with its outdoor picnic tables and colorful murals; this is a great spot to hang out on a summer evening. AND, if you’re dairy-free, Mason’s has one of the largest selections of vegan-friendly flavors.
During the winter months, Mason’s does something extra unique and actually switches from serving ice cream to ramen noodles!
3. Honey Hut
When I asked people on Twitter about their favorite Cleveland ice cream spots, one shop kept being mentioned: Honey Hut.
Honey Hut doesn’t actually have a location in downtown Cleveland, but it’s such a local favorite that I decided it deserved a spot on this list anyway. They’ve been serving ice cream in the area since 1974, and are known for using honey instead of sugar as a sweetener for their flavors.
You’ll find 5 different Honey Hut locations in the Greater Cleveland area: in Brecksville (7304 Chippewa Rd.), Brunswick (922 Pearl Rd.), Old Brooklyn (4674 State Rd.), Parma (6250 State Rd.), and Solon (28300 Miles Rd.).
Honey Hut serves up 13 regular homemade flavors, along with extra seasonal ones that change monthly. Must-try flavors include their Honey Pecan (a take on a butter pecan) and Orange Blossom.
4. Sweet Moses
6800 Detroit Ave, Cleveland
Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned soda fountain and treat shop? That’s exactly what Sweet Moses is.
This Gordon Square favorite serves up classic ice cream flavors, sundaes, and fountain sodas from an authentic Bastion-Blessings soda fountain. Belly up to the counter and order a sundae and a Sweet Moses Root Beer, which they’ll pour for you right out of the barrel.
This is an excellent place to take the kids – just maybe don’t let them order the Terminal Tower sundae, which comes with 10 scoops of ice cream and 5 toppings!
Sweet Moses also serves vegan and no-sugar-added ice cream, as well as phosphate sodas, chocolates, popcorn, and more.
5. Piccadilly Artisan Creamery
11607 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
If you find yourself with an ice cream craving in the University Circle/Uptown area, make sure to stop in to Piccadilly Artisan Creamery. Not only do they serve up “farm to cone” ice cream that’s hand-crafted with local organic ingredients, but they also make their ice cream with liquid nitrogen!
The experience of watching them make your order at Piccadilly is half the fun. You choose your flavor and mix-ins, and then they craft the ice cream with liquid nitrogen in large mixers right in front of your eyes.
They say the liquid nitrogen makes the ice cream extra creamy – and this certainly seems to be true!
6. Tremont Scoops
2362 Professor Ave, Cleveland
Tremont Scoops calls itself “Tremont’s neighborhood ice cream shop,” and that’s exactly what it feels like inside – the local go-to spot for cones and cups in the heart of Tremont. The inside of the shop decorated in shades of pink, and comes complete with a couple indoor swings.
The shop serves up 24 different flavors (with some being swapped out seasonally), with everything being sourced from the Greater Cleveland area. I really like their raspberry truffle and blueberry cheesecake flavors.
Along with ice cream, Tremont Scoops also offers milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and chocolate covered bananas. If you like salty with your sweet, order your ice cream in one of their pretzel cones.
7. The Sweet Spot
17806 Detroit Ave, Lakewood
In Lakewood, a go-to shop is The Sweet Spot, a small-batch gelato creamery located in a space that resembles an old diner. The checkered floors, bright chairs, and art on the wall make this a fun space to sit down and enjoy a scoop or two.
All of The Sweet Spot’s gelato flavors are made from scratch, and they have some cool flavors from Jack’s Bourbon Butterscotch to Earl Grey Tea to Vegan Snickerdoodle.
Honorable mention: Addicted Coffee and Ice Cream
13743 Madison Ave, Lakewood
To be fair, Lakewood’s Addicted doesn’t *just* do ice cream. They also serve up espresso drinks and cold brew, cookies and muffins, and even sandwiches. But the shop went viral earlier this year for their new Crazy Shakes – which, yes, are indeed crazy.
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Just be aware that these crazy milkshake concoctions cost about $15 (but they are definitely meant to be shared).
An ice cream note: Not all of these Cleveland ice cream shops remain open during the winter months, so please check times online if you’re visiting in the winter!
Where’s YOUR favorite spot to get ice cream in Cleveland?
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Amanda was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and has always been a fangirl of the state. Now, she wants to share her love of Cleveland with the world, highlighting all the best things to do, see, and eat in the CLE.