Nothing completes a day in Idaho better than an impeccable scoop of ice cream. No matter the weather, you can trust that there are plenty of towns in the Gem State serving your favorite frozen treat. Idahoans take their dessert selection very seriously. The 10 best ice cream parlors are as follows, each one holding a unique and high standard for natives and tourists alike.
This shop is home to a variety of handcrafted flavors, each made in-house. They also have espresso and baked treats, such as their brown butter sea salt cookies which are absolutely heavenly! You will seriously want to try every variety of ice cream here, so if you’re in town stop in for a few samples of their unique kinds. Their buttermilk huckleberry is a North Idaho favorite!
This Artesian creamery offers a fine selection of delectable flavors, all made with local ingredients. Abi’s also serves specialty items, such as nut-free, dairy free, gluten free and vegan, making it the perfect place for those that love frozen treats, but need to customize. Come in and try either their ice cream or sorbet. The chocolate orange sorbet is a customer favorite!
If you’ve never tried rolled ice cream, you’re missing out. This hand-rolled delicacy is made to order and filled with whatever flavors and toppings your heart desires. Freezia is one of the few you’ll find creating these wonders. Try one of their new waffle tacos. Yum!
Tucked along the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene is this hidden gem. Harrison Creamery is the perfect stop along your lake adventure for a waffle cone or a bit of fudge. The views here are a bonus, and provide plenty of spectacle while you enjoy what this little spot has to offer. Root beer floats and rocky road make you feel right at home here!
This well-hidden secret is known to any local, so if at first glance you don’t find it just ask! A seasonal favorite, this parlor offers the biggest scoops of most any other, making them well worth the trip. Not only are the portions grand, but their ice cream is absolutely amazing, as is their selection of sundaes and shakes. Get in line, because it’s sure to be a popular spot any time of day!
The aroma of homemade waffle cones will envelope your senses as soon as you walk through the door. This cute store has a bit of everything in addition to their tasty ice cream. Just hearing fresh soft pretzels would make any anyone’s mouth water. Stop in to check out the gift shop, after grabbing your favorite indulgence of course!
You really can’t get any more local than Reed’s, as all their ice cream is made right on the farm with fresh milk from their very own dairy cows. Their rich chocolate milk is a drink you must try to accompany any of the delights you may choose from in this establishment. They truly have the world’s best ice cream, and the best dairy products around! Support your local farmers and stop in for some truly great tastes.
For those that love a little soda with their ice cream, head to this Boise favorite. They’ll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, especially those with a nostalgic side. With homemade cones, classic ice cream sodas and boat sized banana splits, you’ll get a little weak in the knees waiting in line.
This bustling bistro is home to the best gelato in North Idaho, and quite possibly in the entire Pacific Northwest. This selection of Italian ice cream is within walking distance of Sandpoint’s own City Beach and is the perfect way to cool off after a day in the sun. Check out the rest of their menu as well, as this desert is the perfect cherry on top after having one of their legendary sandwiches.
A family run operation from our Montana neighbor, Sweet Peaks has been slowly making the trek across the Northwest to bring you their marvelous flavors. Their shop in Coeur d’Alene offers a selection of carefully crafted ice cream that reflects what it means to be a mountain native. With every unique bite you’ll feel right at home!