July is national ice cream month, and if you're craving something sweet and cold, why not treat yourself to a scoop? We've rounded up area shops to help you choose something a little different than you might otherwise. Go ahead, scream for ice cream!
 

FAVORITE LOCAL ICE CREAM SPOTS

A family trip to an ice cream parlor is one of summertime's sweetest outings. Treat the kids this Sunday at one of these tried-and-true faves in Middle Tennessee:

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
5301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
615-864-5576
Since 1951, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip has been a West Nashville favorite. The building maintains its nostalgic feel, and it’s the best place in town for a classic soft-serve dip cone. Specialty shakes are a hit — try the Chubby Checker (hot fudge, peanut butter and whipped cream — YUM!).

Bruster's Real Ice Cream
10646 Concord Road, Brentwood
615-819-0378
A wide selection of ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice, sherbet and sorbet flavors. Try banana chocolate chip!

Cold Stone Creamery
782 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood
615-661-8876
Design your own creation that’s hand mixed on the giant granite slab. Popular options are Birthday Cake Remix and Strawberry Blonde — order your’s in a waffle bowl. Also try one of the shop’s tasty shakes, smoothies or frappes.

Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place, Nashville
615-327-1090
Step into this retro classic soda shop — it’s been in town since 1939 — on a hot day to sit at the counter for an old-fashioned banana split or a signature malt (try the butterscotch). The Dreamsicle Shake (orange sherbet, orange juice and vanilla ice cream) is a tried-and-true favorite.

Janarty's Homemade Ice Cream
111 Front St., Smyrna
615-918-0085

Family owned homemade ice cream and treats shop serving fresh, small batch Ice cream, waffle cones and other treats made on site using local and premium ingredients. Check their Facebook page for what's on the menu before you go!

Jeni’s
Multiple Middle Tennessee locations
Impeccable, friendly service and a hip atmosphere make eating the smoothest ice cream found anywhere all the more fun. No synthetic ingredients here; the all-natural, buttercream-based frozen treats include ice cream and sorbets. How about a sundae made from green mint chip ice cream topped with the extra-bitter hot fudge? You can’t go wrong with a combo of the Darkest Chocolate and Salted Peanut Butter ice creams, either — they’re an awesome pair!

King of Pops
Cart locations at:
Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.;Fri - Sun 11 a.m. - 4 )
The Parthenon (2500 West End Ave., Nashville; Sun - Thu 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
The Gulch (505 12th Ave. S., Nashville; Fri - Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Leiper's Fork Market (4348 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Mon - Sun 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Cool off with a variety of gourmet popsicles in fruity or creamy varieties. King of Pops offers year-round and seasonal flavors, including Raspberry Lime, Blueberry Lemonade, Blackberry Honey, Orange Cream, Chocolate Sea Salt, and Peaches & Cream.

KoKos Ice Cream
3 City Avenue, Ste. 700, Nashville
615-730-7807

Nashville's newest ice-cream spot is vegan-friendly. This artisan ice cream is plant-based and dairy free. It's also nut and peanut-free, too.

Las Paletas
2911 12th Ave. S., Nashville; Thu - Sun 1 - 5 p.m.
615-386-2101
This gem in the 12th South District offers a variety of Mexican popsicles made on site with fresh ingredients including fruits, herbs, nuts, veggies and more. You’ll find seasonal flavors throughout the year along with sugar-free options like the Pineapple-Raspberry paleta sweetened with stevia. Our favorite cream paleta is the Chocolate-Strawberry. The line moves fast here even on a crowded day.

Legato Gelato
1200 Villa Place #113, Nashville
615-530-3190 
Choose from 36 featured Italian ice cream flavors like Snickerdoodle, Grape, Watermelon, Graham Cracker and more.

Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s
Eight Locations in Franklin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro & Nashville
It’s the ultimate mash-up watching your favorite ice cream getting blended together with your favorite mix-ins on the marble slab right before your eyes!

Mike’s Ice Cream
208 Broadway, Nashville
615-742-6453 
Pop into this shop in the heart of Lower Broadway for handmade ice cream, fro-yo, ice-cream sodas and smoothies. Mom and Dad will like the frozen espresso and cappuccino drinks, too.

Pied Piper Creamery
975 Main Street, STE 4, Nashville, TN 37206; Mon - Sun, appointments only
615-618-1552
Pied Piper makes all it’s bold flavors on site — and there are more than 200 of ‘em! Twenty-four are available on any given day — 12 permanent flavors with 12 rotating ones. Trailer Trash is the signature — and most popular — choice. It’s vanilla ice cream chock full of Oreos, M&Ms, Snickers, Butterfinger, Twix, Nestle Crunch and Reese’s Pieces. Popular with kids is Smurfberry Crunch — a tart blue raspberry sorbet infused with Nerds candy. Heat seekers should try Some Like it Hot — chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and cayenne pepper (it’s bold and tasty!).

The Soda Bar
1500 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 1C, Murfreesboro; Mon - Thu 12 - 8:30 p.m.; Fri - Sat 12 - 10 p.m.; Sun 1 - 8:30 p.m.
615-696-7923
Offers specialty ice creams, craft sodas, floats, Hawaiian shave ice, coffees and signature take-out treats such as edible cookie doughs. What’s different about them, however, is that there are 16 flavors of ice cream that you can pair with one of their 12 craft sodas on tap. Get a unique flavor every time you visit!

Sweet CeCe’s
Middle Tennessee locations include Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Mt. Juliet and Spring Hill
Kids love building their own creations at this beloved fro-yo parlor where you pay by the weight of your creation. Original tart, chocolate and vanilla are always available, and there’s more than 60 specialty flavors (including Cupcake Batter and Strawberry Kiwi Splash Sorbet) that rotate — every visit is a new flavorful adventure! Myriad toppings include fresh fruit, candy, cereal, nuts and syrups.