With the evenings becoming longer and a lot warmer — we’re projected to hit 106 degrees today + 101 tomorrow — turning to ice cream to help cool off on an evening stroll just makes sense (or as a lunchtime indulgence, we don’t judge).
Here’s the inside scoop on some of the top frozen dessert spots in the Sacramento area — from historic neighborhood favorites to inventive creameries churning things up with creative flavors + confectioneries.
🍦Gunther’s Ice Cream | 2801 Franklin Blvd.
Since 1940, this Curtis Park parlor has built an inimitable reputation in our community — in fact, its building is even recognized as a Sacramento historical landmark. Cool yourself off with a 50/50, which combines two fruity sherbet flavors of your choice with a vanilla scoop in the middle, or choose from the 40+ flavors of slow-churned, high butterfat ice cream at hand, like banana rocky road or thai tea.
🍦 Conscious Creamery | 3400 Broadway
With a mission to bring vegan + gluten-free frozen desserts without artificial ingredients to the forefront of the community, this gelateria started its flagship Oak Park business in 2021. The shop ditches the usage of GMOs and refined oils for organic + fair-trade ingredients in its craft-made gelato, which is served in pints, cakes, bars, and even tacos.
🍦 Devil May Care | 710 K St.
With a rotation of 300+ handcrafted flavors made in small batches, this one-of-a-kind artisanal shop — originally located in West Sac — is making noise with inventive flavors like corn on the cob, chamomile kumquat + unicorn fudge. The artsy creamery, owned by the former chef + co-owner of West Sac’s The Eatery, was voted best parlor by Sac Bee readers in 2021. Note: While the ice cream parlor has closed, it plans to return in the near future.
🍦 Leatherby’s Family Creamery | Multiple locations
What started as a family business in 1982 has expanded to restaurants in Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Sac + a recently opened spot in Lincoln. The retro establishment, known for its old-fashioned creations like sundaes + root beer floats, was voted best place for frozen treats by Sacramento Magazine readers in 2021.
🍦 The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs | 2620 Fair Oaks Blvd. + 1490 Eureka Rd. Ste. 170
A cherry on top might make everything better, but what about churros + donuts? That’s the unofficial motto of this local chain with locations in Sac + Roseville, which produces a triple-scoop milkshake with a hot nutella-filled donut or crispy churro that’s topped off with whipped cream + all the extras you want. Be sure to also check out its ice cream puffs + red velvet ice cream.
🍦Vic’s Ice Cream | 3199 Riverside Blvd.
A family-owned business in Land Park, this old fashioned diner has been around since 1947. Although mainly serving the traditional confections and ice cream flavors, the menu doesn’t stop at shakes + banana splits– you can also find popular American comfort foods like fresh-made hot dogs and hamburgers.
🍦 Long Island Ice Cream & Coffee | 5017 Stockton Blvd.
Since 2009, this sweet treat in Fruitridge Manor has been serving the area with 44+ ice cream flavors (carefully selected from Gunther’s and Oregon Ice Cream Co.), as well as malts, banana splits, custom-made coffee, scratch-made cupcakes, and more. Fans speak highly of the shop’s milkshakes, and its taro flavor in particular.
🍦 Davis Creamery | 113 E St.
Sweeten your palate with handmade + gourmet ice cream from this college town creamery and confectionery. There are 20 fresh flavors that rotate daily — like chips ahoy + avocado coconut — and can be paired with house-made cupcakes and cookies. The crème de la crème, however, is the spot’s cupshakes, which are any flavor milkshake you’d like with a cupcake blended in.
🍦 Yume Gelato | 5921 Folsom Blvd.
This East Sac business, which opened its doors in 2019, boasts a rotating variety of in-house gluten-free + vegan gelato options – from classic flavors to distinct profiles like strawberry basil, mango sticky rice + caramelized honeycomb.
🍦Crazy Fruit & Ice Cream Trujillo | 6427 Mack Rd. + 1689 Arden Way
Located across the street from the South Sac DMV and more recently at the Arden Mall, this Mexican eatery + creamery often upends expectations of frozen feats by placing “sweet n’ savory” flavors side by side, like its fermented masa beverage with lime freeze. Must try: Dulce Bimboyo + mangonada fruit freeze.
🍦 Sweet Dozen Cones | 807 Sutter St.
Sister shop to the popular North Highlands bakery, this Folsom location is known for serving up gelato in churro-donut chimney cones. You can grab it in flavors such as coconut + cinnamon sugar with fillings like cream cheese and peanut butter. With candy + cereal-inspired specialty cones also available, get ready to go nuts.