There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with cool and tasty ice cream. Choose from these top ice cream shops in Houston, which not only offer a variety of regularly served flavors, but also specialty ice cream and frozen yogurt.
The Chocolate Bar
2521 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 520-8888

Well known for its fabulous and fun desserts as well as tasty chocolate confections, The Chocolate Bar is also one of the top spots for ice cream in Houston. Featured on The Food Network, The Chocolate Bar offers a variety of ice cream flavors which, you guessed it, feature chocolate. Select from flavors like Triple Decadence, Let’s Go Oreo and Cool de Menthe, as well as fruity flavors like Lemon Velvet and Snow Berry. The house specialty is The Chocolatta, part ice cream part hot chocolate, which means it’s perfect for the ups and downs of Houston weather.

Amy’s Ice Cream
3816 Farnham St.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-2697

Amy’s Ice Cream beats the heat and is one of the top ice cream parlors in Houston, San Antonio and Austin. With seven original flavors including Mexican Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate, Just Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Cream, Coffee and White Chocolate available all year long, there are over 300 rotating flavors available. Amy’s Ice Cream offers ice cream, fruit ice flavors and frozen yogurt. Head to the store for a complimentary tour topped off by a tasting and M&Ms topping.

Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor
9291 S. Main St.
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 665-5103

For 20 years this family-owned business has been providing downtown and the greater Houston area with some of the top ice cream in Houston. Hank’s Ice Cream is still made the old fashioned way with fresh ingredients. Closed on Mondays, you can visit this ice cream parlor Tuesday – Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.n. to 8 p.m. and select from the 16 regular flavors offered daily as well as choose from the over 100 special flavors offered on a rotating schedule throughout the year. Become a member of the Cream Team and every fourth visit gets you a free ice cream.

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Fat Cat Creamery
1901 N. Shepherd
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-1080

There’s nothing ordinary about the ordinary ice cream flavors offered at Fat Cat Creamery. Year round flavors include Milk Chocolate Stout, Waterloo Strawberry Buttermilk, and Chai Tea Coconut. Be sure to call or check the chalkboard every day for the flavor of the day, which offers a variety of flavors including the very popular Birthday Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Rum Raisin. Have a craving for Fat Cat Creamery but not near the store? That’s okay; there are several other coffee shops serving it as well as Saint Arnold Brewing, Houston Marriott West and Crust Pizza Company.

Cloud 10 Creamery
5216 Morningside Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 434-6129

Pastry chef Chris Leung takes his talent of creating delicious desserts to the next level with gourmet ice cream flavors that vary according to the seasons. In the summer, look for flavors like Gingersnap, Sour Green Sorbet, and Dolce de Leche. Original flavors include Nutella and Marshmallow, which is a must when ordering a banana split; Mango Pineapple Sorbet and Spicy Dark Chocolate. Cloud 10 Creamery was voted by the Houston Chronicle as a top ice cream in Houston, one which puts ice cream lovers “on cloud nine.”

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