20 Greater Cincinnati Ice Cream Parlors You Need to Visit This Summer

From old school creameries to Thai rolled, nitrogen-infused and gelato, the Queen City has plenty of options when it comes to getting your sweet, frosty fix.

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Best Chocolates
1. Aglamesis Bro’s, aglamesis.com
2. Maverick Chocolate Co., maverickchocolate.com
3. Esther Price, estherprice.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best Chocolates

1. Aglamesis Bro’s, aglamesis.com
2. Maverick Chocolate Co., maverickchocolate.com
3. Esther Price, estherprice.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Old Milford Parlor
119 Main St., Milford
Sister shop to Pendleton Parlor in Pendleton, Old Milford specializes in the “fusion of espresso and ice cream,” while dabbling in the edible cookie dough business. Choose from “old school” flavors like vanilla or rainbow sherbet or “top shelf” flavors like chocolate brownie or peanut butter pretzel. And don’t forget to top everything with cookie dough.
Photo via Facebook.com/OldMilfordParlor

Old Milford Parlor

119 Main St., Milford
Sister shop to Pendleton Parlor in Pendleton, Old Milford specializes in the “fusion of espresso and ice cream,” while dabbling in the edible cookie dough business. Choose from “old school” flavors like vanilla or rainbow sherbet or “top shelf” flavors like chocolate brownie or peanut butter pretzel. And don’t forget to top everything with cookie dough.
Photo via Facebook.com/OldMilfordParlor
Hello Honey
633 Vine St., Downtown
This downtown gem has been scooping from-scratch sweets since 2012. The ice cream flavors rotate based on seasonal availability and have included amazingly interesting and decadent options like banana honeycomb, charcoal black sesame, Earl Grey blackberry, brown butter caramel and basic but delicious options like Dutch chocolate. Pro tip: always ask to top your ice cream with a homemade marshmallow. Now offering pints.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Hello Honey

633 Vine St., Downtown
This downtown gem has been scooping from-scratch sweets since 2012. The ice cream flavors rotate based on seasonal availability and have included amazingly interesting and decadent options like banana honeycomb, charcoal black sesame, Earl Grey blackberry, brown butter caramel and basic but delicious options like Dutch chocolate. Pro tip: always ask to top your ice cream with a homemade marshmallow. Now offering pints.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Schneider’s Sweet Shop
420 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Schneider’s Sweet Shop has been an essential neighborhood destination for sugary treats since 1939. The shop offers ice cream, handmade candies — like their signature Opera Creams — and a Northern Kentucky delicacy called “Ice Balls,” which are shaved ice with your choice of flavor and some ice cream. 
Photo via Schneider’s Sweet Shop Facebook

Schneider’s Sweet Shop

420 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Schneider’s Sweet Shop has been an essential neighborhood destination for sugary treats since 1939. The shop offers ice cream, handmade candies — like their signature Opera Creams — and a Northern Kentucky delicacy called “Ice Balls,” which are shaved ice with your choice of flavor and some ice cream.
Photo via Schneider’s Sweet Shop Facebook
Loveland Sweets
124 West Loveland Avenue, Loveland
Founded in 2006, this nostalgia-inducing confectioner offers a blend of housemade items and an array of other specialty sweets including their small-batch ice cream. Taste a variety of flavors including Nutella and pistachio and take your cone or cup on a walk around adorable downtown Loveland. 
Photo via Facebook.com/LovelandSweets

Loveland Sweets

124 West Loveland Avenue, Loveland
Founded in 2006, this nostalgia-inducing confectioner offers a blend of housemade items and an array of other specialty sweets including their small-batch ice cream. Taste a variety of flavors including Nutella and pistachio and take your cone or cup on a walk around adorable downtown Loveland.
Photo via Facebook.com/LovelandSweets
Fort Thomas Ice Cream
1013 S. Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Offering vegan options and popsicles along with their classic ice cream, Fort Thomas Ice Cream serves up over 20 homemade flavors a day on waffle cones. Try unique options like spicy pineapple sorbet or honeycomb, or keep it classic with strawberry or mint chip. Can’t pick one flavor? Try an ice cream flight: four flavors with four toppings.
Photo via Facebook.com/fortthomasicecream

Fort Thomas Ice Cream

1013 S. Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Offering vegan options and popsicles along with their classic ice cream, Fort Thomas Ice Cream serves up over 20 homemade flavors a day on waffle cones. Try unique options like spicy pineapple sorbet or honeycomb, or keep it classic with strawberry or mint chip. Can’t pick one flavor? Try an ice cream flight: four flavors with four toppings.
Photo via Facebook.com/fortthomasicecream
Milkman Ice Cream
6063 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
This brand new walk-up, located outside of Pleasant Ridge's Revolution Rotisserie, offers ice cream and milkshakes on weekends and freshly made donuts on Sundays. With both boozy and non-alcoholic options, Milkman has been selling out almost every weekend since opening, so you know it’s delicious. Try flavors like Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble or Lemon Basil Blueberry.
Photo via Facebook.com/milkmancincy

Milkman Ice Cream

6063 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
This brand new walk-up, located outside of Pleasant Ridge's Revolution Rotisserie, offers ice cream and milkshakes on weekends and freshly made donuts on Sundays. With both boozy and non-alcoholic options, Milkman has been selling out almost every weekend since opening, so you know it’s delicious. Try flavors like Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble or Lemon Basil Blueberry.
Photo via Facebook.com/milkmancincy
Buona Terra
1028 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout
This Mt. Lookout shop features 24 flavors of gelato and sorbetto daily. As for ingredients, it rotates flavors regularly, but maintains staples like caramel and chocolate. For the most part, availability of fresh produce determines the gelato and sorbetto flavors. Keep an eye out for unfamiliar options, including Earl Grey and white chocolate lavender and refreshing sorbetto flavors such as mango passion fruit, melon and blood orange. 
Photo via Facebook.com/BuonaTerraGelato

Buona Terra

1028 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout
This Mt. Lookout shop features 24 flavors of gelato and sorbetto daily. As for ingredients, it rotates flavors regularly, but maintains staples like caramel and chocolate. For the most part, availability of fresh produce determines the gelato and sorbetto flavors. Keep an eye out for unfamiliar options, including Earl Grey and white chocolate lavender and refreshing sorbetto flavors such as mango passion fruit, melon and blood orange.
Photo via Facebook.com/BuonaTerraGelato
La Grassa
7014 Miami Ave., Madeira 
We know: Gelato isn’t technically ice cream. But it’s close enough. If you wanted to try every flavor of gelato available at La Grassa in Madeira, you could. Entertain no fear of being too picky or taking too long to decide on a flavor — proprietor John Berman wants you to find your favorite. Choose from unique flavors like creme brulee, espresso chip and passion fruit sorbet. Ice cream or not, there’s something for everyone.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

La Grassa

7014 Miami Ave., Madeira
We know: Gelato isn’t technically ice cream. But it’s close enough. If you wanted to try every flavor of gelato available at La Grassa in Madeira, you could. Entertain no fear of being too picky or taking too long to decide on a flavor — proprietor John Berman wants you to find your favorite. Choose from unique flavors like creme brulee, espresso chip and passion fruit sorbet. Ice cream or not, there’s something for everyone.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Buzzed Bull Creamery
1408 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 6052 OH-48, Maineville
Cincinnati-based boozy ice cream chain Buzzed Bull Creamery opened the doors of its first storefront in 2016 and has since opened a second location in Maineville (with several franchises opening across the nation). Known for its liquid nitrogen-infused ice creams and milkshakes, Buzzed Bull serves both boozy and non-boozy creations like Death by Chocolate, Dreamsicle and Honey Bourbon Pecan.
Photo via Facebook.com/buzzedbullcreamery

Buzzed Bull Creamery

1408 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 6052 OH-48, Maineville
Cincinnati-based boozy ice cream chain Buzzed Bull Creamery opened the doors of its first storefront in 2016 and has since opened a second location in Maineville (with several franchises opening across the nation). Known for its liquid nitrogen-infused ice creams and milkshakes, Buzzed Bull serves both boozy and non-boozy creations like Death by Chocolate, Dreamsicle and Honey Bourbon Pecan.
Photo via Facebook.com/buzzedbullcreamery