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Where to Eat Ice Cream and Gelato in New Orleans Right Now

The best places to get a scoop right now

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New Orleans isn’t famous as an ice cream town — sno-balls and frozen daiquiris get us through the dog days of summer. And thanks to the city’s Sicilian heritage, gelato is part of the local vernacular. But ice cream still qualifies as a special treat, and there is some amazing ice cream (and gelato and sorbetto) to be found this summer in New Orleans. Here are the coolest ice cream spots in town.

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1. Creole Creamery

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4924 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 894-8680
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Ice cream chef Bryan Gilmore and team have been turning out insanely good ice cream at this 50s-inspired Uptown shop since 2004, with a rotation of creative flavors like black and gold crunch, lavender honey, Creole cream cheese, and Thai basil coconut. Summer usually brings blueberry pie ice cream and winter marks the arrival of king cake ice cream. For the bold, there’s the Creole Creamery’s Tchoupitoulas Challenge — an eight-scoop sundae — to get your name on the hall of fame wall. Uptown spot is open from noon til 10 p.m. daily. Also with locations in Lakeview and Metairie.

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2. Piccola Gelateria

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4525 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(954) 618-8141
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Piccola offers 18 different gelato and sorbet flavors every day it’s open. Not to mention the stellar crepes, piadina (Italian flatbread), and coffee. Traditional flavors and others: sea salt caramel, tiramisu, licorice, blueberry, rose petal, king cake, biscotti, and stracciatella. Savory and sweet crepes also an option. Closed Mondays, open noon to 9 p.m. weeknights and til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

3. Ice Cream 504

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2511 Jena St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 266-2708
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Michael Southall crafts small-batch ice cream without gum or preservatives at the cozy little Ice Cream 504 just off Freret Street. Plus, he makes his own waffle cones. He calls it “sitting on the porch ice cream,” and that’s the darned truth. Opens at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, til 8:30 p.m. Wednesday/Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday/Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.

4. Angelo Brocato's

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214 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 486-1465
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This iconic family-run Italian bakery and gelateria has been pleasing ice cream fanatics for more than 100 years with classic flavors like Sicilian pistachio, stracciatella (chocolate chip), and salted caramel. Also home to a great spumoni, freshly piped cannoli, and variety of Italian cookies. Angelo Brocato’s is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and til 9 on Sunday; closed Monday.

Mandorla abbrustolito gelato (roasted almond)
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5. Pandora's SnowBalls

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901 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 486-8644

This sweet spot near City Park is known for its sno-balls, but it also has some ragingly delicious soft serve and sundaes. Plenty of outdoor seating. Dogs are welcome at Pandora’s — and treated to a sno-ball selection of their own. Open Monday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., Sunday 1 to 7 p.m.

6. Aqua S

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1000 Girod St #4B
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 459-2846
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This soft serve chain started five years ago in Sydney, with franchises now in Texas, Virginia and here in New Orleans, the second U.S. location. Aqua S dishes Instagrammable soft serve in flavors like cappuccino, Arnold Palmer, and cotton candy that look and taste just like how they sound. This location is owned by sisters Loan Le and Yen Truong, who fell in love with the place in Houston. Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for now.

7. Drip Affogato Bar

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703 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA

Coffee, meet ice cream. This very adult ice cream spot is a relative newcomer to the frozen treat scene in New Orleans, but it has carved its own space with its intense focus on bringing coffee and ice cream together. Try the Matcha, Matcha, which is green tea ice cream, toasted coconut, Pocky, and matcha tea at Drip. Open every day from 8 a.m. til 8 p.m.

8. Amorino

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637 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 510-2398
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This newish gelato spot on Canal at Royal is a game changer for the lower French Quarter, an artisanal, organic chain founded in Paris in 2002. Amorino is located all over the globe, from Casa Blanca to Abu Dahbi, a Euro-style shop with flavors like caramel, chocolate and passionfruit, along with coffee, macarons and other treats. Open from 8 p.m. until midnight daily, til 1 a.m. on weekends.

9. Roule Rolled Ice Cream Gretna

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401 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 619-9797
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This new Thai-inspired ice cream chain is earning raves in Gretna, with its creative mash up of 24 different flavors along with a bevy of mix-ins, toppings, and sauces. Roule Rolled Ice Cream puts you in the drivers seat, and choices are mouth-watering. Then it’s showtime, with picks poured on a freezing plate for chopping and rolling. Open daily: 2:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

10. Nola Mia Gelato Cafe

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2230 St Claude Ave, New Orleans
LA 70117, United States
(504) 249-5009
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Homemade gelato flavors abound at Nola Mia, a family-owned shop on St. Claude Avenue, with regular offerings like mascarpone, stracciatella (chocolate chip), and tiramisu, as well as specials like strawberry cheesecake, wild fruit, and hazelnut. Rich and bright Italian ice flavors like cherry and watermelon are the perfect consistency, and with sorbets, milkshakes, and other Italian desserts like tiramisu and cannoli. Chef/owner Raffaele Iorio makes terrific pizza too. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed Tuesday.

Tiramisu, Italian cheesecake, and blueberry flavors at Nola Mia
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11. Sundae Best

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2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 656-4746
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Every day they’re open is Sundae Best at Hotel Peter & Paul in the Marigny, the sweet spot founded by ice cream whisperer Erica Buher. Situated in the hotel’s former convent space, the cozy little shop spotlights her handmade custard-style ice creams in spunky flavors like peanut crackle and jam, lemon bar, and honey and chocolate covered Zapps. There are vegan options too — a range of sorbets and best of all, homemade hot fudge. Open 1 to 9 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

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12. Freezy Street Rolled Ice Cream

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2633 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 228-4149
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In an amazing gelato town, it’s still refreshing to get a little something different from time to time. Enter Freezy Street on St. Claude Avenue. Solely responsible for bringing the Thai rolled ice cream trend to New Orleans, this place was popular from the jump. Open 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Order online for pick up.

1. Creole Creamery

4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA
A sundae from Creole Creamery
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Ice cream chef Bryan Gilmore and team have been turning out insanely good ice cream at this 50s-inspired Uptown shop since 2004, with a rotation of creative flavors like black and gold crunch, lavender honey, Creole cream cheese, and Thai basil coconut. Summer usually brings blueberry pie ice cream and winter marks the arrival of king cake ice cream. For the bold, there’s the Creole Creamery’s Tchoupitoulas Challenge — an eight-scoop sundae — to get your name on the hall of fame wall. Uptown spot is open from noon til 10 p.m. daily. Also with locations in Lakeview and Metairie.

4924 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA

2. Piccola Gelateria

4525 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Piccola offers 18 different gelato and sorbet flavors every day it’s open. Not to mention the stellar crepes, piadina (Italian flatbread), and coffee. Traditional flavors and others: sea salt caramel, tiramisu, licorice, blueberry, rose petal, king cake, biscotti, and stracciatella. Savory and sweet crepes also an option. Closed Mondays, open noon to 9 p.m. weeknights and til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

4525 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

3. Ice Cream 504

2511 Jena St, New Orleans, LA

Michael Southall crafts small-batch ice cream without gum or preservatives at the cozy little Ice Cream 504 just off Freret Street. Plus, he makes his own waffle cones. He calls it “sitting on the porch ice cream,” and that’s the darned truth. Opens at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, til 8:30 p.m. Wednesday/Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday/Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.

2511 Jena St
New Orleans, LA

4. Angelo Brocato's

214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
Mandorla abbrustolito gelato (roasted almond)
Angelo Brocato’s/Facebook

This iconic family-run Italian bakery and gelateria has been pleasing ice cream fanatics for more than 100 years with classic flavors like Sicilian pistachio, stracciatella (chocolate chip), and salted caramel. Also home to a great spumoni, freshly piped cannoli, and variety of Italian cookies. Angelo Brocato’s is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and til 9 on Sunday; closed Monday.

214 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA

5. Pandora's SnowBalls

901 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA

This sweet spot near City Park is known for its sno-balls, but it also has some ragingly delicious soft serve and sundaes. Plenty of outdoor seating. Dogs are welcome at Pandora’s — and treated to a sno-ball selection of their own. Open Monday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., Sunday 1 to 7 p.m.

901 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA

6. Aqua S

1000 Girod St #4B, New Orleans, LA 70113

This soft serve chain started five years ago in Sydney, with franchises now in Texas, Virginia and here in New Orleans, the second U.S. location. Aqua S dishes Instagrammable soft serve in flavors like cappuccino, Arnold Palmer, and cotton candy that look and taste just like how they sound. This location is owned by sisters Loan Le and Yen Truong, who fell in love with the place in Houston. Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for now.

1000 Girod St #4B
New Orleans, LA 70113

7. Drip Affogato Bar

703 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA

Coffee, meet ice cream. This very adult ice cream spot is a relative newcomer to the frozen treat scene in New Orleans, but it has carved its own space with its intense focus on bringing coffee and ice cream together. Try the Matcha, Matcha, which is green tea ice cream, toasted coconut, Pocky, and matcha tea at Drip. Open every day from 8 a.m. til 8 p.m.

703 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA

8. Amorino

637 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This newish gelato spot on Canal at Royal is a game changer for the lower French Quarter, an artisanal, organic chain founded in Paris in 2002. Amorino is located all over the globe, from Casa Blanca to Abu Dahbi, a Euro-style shop with flavors like caramel, chocolate and passionfruit, along with coffee, macarons and other treats. Open from 8 p.m. until midnight daily, til 1 a.m. on weekends.

637 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Roule Rolled Ice Cream Gretna

401 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053

This new Thai-inspired ice cream chain is earning raves in Gretna, with its creative mash up of 24 different flavors along with a bevy of mix-ins, toppings, and sauces. Roule Rolled Ice Cream puts you in the drivers seat, and choices are mouth-watering. Then it’s showtime, with picks poured on a freezing plate for chopping and rolling. Open daily: 2:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

401 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053

10. Nola Mia Gelato Cafe

2230 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, United States
Tiramisu, Italian cheesecake, and blueberry flavors at Nola Mia
Nola Mia Gelato Cafe/Facebook

Homemade gelato flavors abound at Nola Mia, a family-owned shop on St. Claude Avenue, with regular offerings like mascarpone, stracciatella (chocolate chip), and tiramisu, as well as specials like strawberry cheesecake, wild fruit, and hazelnut. Rich and bright Italian ice flavors like cherry and watermelon are the perfect consistency, and with sorbets, milkshakes, and other Italian desserts like tiramisu and cannoli. Chef/owner Raffaele Iorio makes terrific pizza too. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed Tuesday.

2230 St Claude Ave, New Orleans
LA 70117, United States

11. Sundae Best

2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Peanut Crackle & Jam from Sundae Best
Sundae Best/Official

Every day they’re open is Sundae Best at Hotel Peter & Paul in the Marigny, the sweet spot founded by ice cream whisperer Erica Buher. Situated in the hotel’s former convent space, the cozy little shop spotlights her handmade custard-style ice creams in spunky flavors like peanut crackle and jam, lemon bar, and honey and chocolate covered Zapps. There are vegan options too — a range of sorbets and best of all, homemade hot fudge. Open 1 to 9 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

12. Freezy Street Rolled Ice Cream

2633 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

In an amazing gelato town, it’s still refreshing to get a little something different from time to time. Enter Freezy Street on St. Claude Avenue. Solely responsible for bringing the Thai rolled ice cream trend to New Orleans, this place was popular from the jump. Open 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Order online for pick up.

2633 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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