This article was originally posted in Eater Denver by Andra Zeppelin in July 2016.
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Eating ice cream is a year-round activity in the Mile High City but the recent warm-up and a variety of new spots for frozen treats beg for a refocus on where to find the best scoop. These spots from LoHi to Boulder and everywhere in between are sure to hit the spot. And if you want to spot a trend, think Thai and Taiwanese and look for the new places!

Nuggs Ice Cream

Nuggs hit the spot in this densely residential neighborhood bringing housemade ice creams, shakes, malts and sundaes. The waffle cone is a must have and the patio is one of the best for summer nights.

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

This neighborhood spot has been around for some 30 years. If that doesn’t draw you in, maybe the over 80 flavors will! A handful of flavors are made daily. From banana cream pie to gingersnap or pistachio, plus all the classics – there’s something for the kiddos and the more mature ice cream palate.

Chaos & Cream

The two men team that runs this innovative Thai-inspired ice cream cart takes fresh ingredients and cream and creates, freezes, then rolls the ice cream right in front of you. It’s mesmerizing.

D Bar Denver

Uptown’s D Bar is great for lunch and dinner but it is also a fabulous place for a scoop of ice cream. The fancy ice cream freezer holds a variety of classic and seasonal flavors.

Fior di Latte

A staple on Pearl Street, Fior di Latte serves classic Italian gelato- rich, creamy and bursting with fresh flavors. The seasonal flavors are always spot-on.

Frozen Matter

A family-run operation, Uptown’s Frozen Matter offers carefully created varieties of ice cream with seasonal accents like the recent port-poached rhubarb.

Glacier Homemade Ice Cream

With a couple of locations in Boulder and several franchises in the metro area, this ingredient-driven ice cream maker has a loyal following.

Heifer & the Hen

Sister spot to BRU, this new creamery features 20 ice cream flavors, 8 dairy-free and sorbet options, as well as a float bar and a variety of ice cream sandwiches.

High Point Creamery

With a brick and mortar in Hilltop but also a hot fuchsia truck, High Point Creamery offers some 18 flavors regularly—a mix of traditional and unique offerings, like fresh basil with blackberry swirl. A new outpost is coming to the RiNo neighborhood.

Ice Cream Riot

Small batch ice cream flavors and Philadelphia-style water ices, all made on-site, are all the rage here. Just don’t dare ask for diary free or egg-free options, or you may get yelled at.

Inside Scoop Creamery

A small-town classic, Inside Scoop launched a location on Platte Street in addition to its Littleton original.

Inventing Room

This Willy-Wonka inspired dessert emporium makes ice cream to order using liquid nitrogen. A variety of options is available and the process is fascinating.

Liks Ice Cream

Nearly forty years old, Liks delivers a delicious scoop and a great neighborhood atmosphere. There are classics but also adventurous flavors, including: almond roca, amaretto peach, caramel Irish stout, and PB&J. Bonus: There is a location of the shop in Conifer too.

Little Man Ice Cream

There is always a line outside the iconic Little Man Ice Cream in LoHi. With some 60 different flavors of ice cream and sorbet available, there’s something for everyone. Special toppings are also available to add a little something to your tasty treat. New locations are popping up from Congress Park to Sloane’s Lake to Stapleton.

Scrumptious Ice Cream & Candy Shop

Scrumptious – Olde Town Arvada’s old-time gem. This sweet shop offers 80 different flavors, and if you don’t see the one you want on the list, you can make a request and they’ll do their best to have it at a future visit.


Not your classic dessert shop, this new spot bring Taiwanese-style shaved ice to those ready for a smooth and ice cream-like experience that is vegan and full of flavor.

Sweet Action Ice Cream

Sweet Action uses fresh, natural Colorado ingredients to whip up its ice cream. Flavors are updated daily, from thai ice tea to ginger lemon cookie. This is the place to get a delicious and eccentric ice cream, some in vegan varieties.

Sweet Cow Ice Cream

With multiple locations in Denver, an original in Louisville, and more outposts in Boulder, not to mention the truck, Sweet Cow covers a lot of geographical bases. Made with carefully selected ingredients, Sweet Cow offers lots of classics but also quirky flavors like bourbon corn flake.