LIST: Houston’s essential ice cream shops

‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!’

Ice cream from Fat Cat Creamery (Chuck Cook, (c)Chuck Cook Photography

HOUSTON – Whenever the ice cream cravings kick in, consider venturing to one of Houston’s many delicious scoop shops.

Here are 18 that stand out:


  • Aqua S: At this soft-serve franchise, you can snag a swirl of soft serve in flavors like black vanilla, horchata or coconut then pile it high with cotton candy, toasted marshmallows, pop rocks, popcorn and more. 9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036, (281) 501-3220,
Aqua S (Photo courtesy of Aqua S)
  • Bae: Ice cream parlor serving colorful, swirled soft serve in flavors like Strawberry & Mango, Cocoa Puffs & Earl Gray and Charcoal Pineapple and Vanilla.
  • Red Circle Ice Cream: Ice cream parlor serving handcrafted ice cream paired with made to order churros and authentic Hong Kong style egg waffles. 6838 Ranchester Dr, Houston, TX 77036, (832) 767-5679,

Briar Meadow

  • Booza: This family-run shop serves whimsical, stretchy ice cream in traditional flavors like strawberry and Butter Pecan. 5922 Richmond Ave. Ste A, Houston, TX 77057, (832) 831-3176,
Ice cream at Booza (Image courtesy of Booza)

Clear Lake

  • Gelatissimo: Global gelato chain Gelatissimo opened its first U.S. storefront in the 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,

East End

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


  • Connie’s Frozen Custard: This drive-thru dessert denizen with a walk-up window serves custard cones, concretes, sundaes, malts, milkshakes, and old-fashioned soda. 12545 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070, (281) 469-3444.
Connie’s Frozen Custard (Image courtesy of Connie’s Frozen Custard)


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

Heights/Greater Heights

  • Fat Cat Creamery: Small ice cream parlor serving small-batch ice cream in unique flavors like Milk Chocolate Stout, Cat’s Meow Mexican Vanilla, Amaya Coffee & Cream and Chai Tea Coconut. Other treats on offers include old-fashioned soda, floats, milkshakes, push-up pops, ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, and coffee. 1901 N Shepherd Dr #3, Houston, TX 77008, (713) 869-1080,
Ice cream from Fat Cat Creamery (White Beard Photography)
  • Honeychild’s Sweet Creams: This sweet shops serves handmade frozen custard in flavors like Black Chocolate, Buttermilk Pie and Deweberry. 600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 450, Houston, TX 77007, (832) 280-7854,
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. Crave-worthy flavors include Salty Caramel, Cold Brew with Coconut Cream, and Texas Sheet Cake. 375 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, (346) 335-1394,
  • Sweet Bribery: This locally owned and operated ice cream served handcrafted ice cream in flavors like Springe Lemon Custard Pie, Coconut Milk Horchata, and Bourbon Espresso. 250 W 19th St suite e, Houston, TX 77008, (281) 501-0639,


  • Cool Cow Creamery: This family-run ice creamery in Kemah serves small-bath, handmade ice cream, soda floats, milkshakes, and cookie ice cream sandwiches. 609 Bradford Ave Ste 111, Kemah, TX 77565, (281) 549-6393,
Ice cream from Cool Cow Creamery (Image provided by Cool Cow Creamery)

Medical Center area

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


  • milk + sugar: This ice cream parlor specializes in “mix-ins” that are made in-house and are folded into the ice cream as it’s churned. Think brownie chunks, pecan streusel, a cinnamon-sugar blondies. Mouthwatering flavors include PB Cookies & Cream, Dulce de Horchata, and Strawberry Almond Cheesecake. 1848 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098,
Ice cream from milk + sugar (Photo courtesy of milk + sugar)
  • SweetCup: This Montrose mainstay serves handcrafted, lovingly made gelato in hundreds of rotating flavors like Blueberry Cobbler Cheesecake, Coconut Kulfi Sorbet and Turkish Coffee. 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, (713) 942-2226,
SweetCup's Nutella S'mores gelato (Image courtesy of SweetCup)

Upper Kirby

  • Amy’s Ice Cream: Longstanding locations serving darn good handmade ice cream. 3816 Farnham St, Houston, TX 77098, (713) 526-2697,

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🍨 Sugar fiends, sound off! What’s your favorite ice cream shop in Houston? This list is a work in progress that we’ll continue editing and building. You can submit your recommendations to us in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team in 2019. When she’s not hard at work in the KPRC 2 newsroom, you can find Bri drinking away her hard earned wages at JuiceLand, running around Hermann Park, listening to crime podcasts or ransacking the magazine stand at Barnes & Noble.