The Best Ice Cream and Dessert Shops in Memphis

The Best Ice Cream and Dessert Shops in Memphis

This article was written by team members at Campfire Collective in collaboration with I Love Memphis.

Summer time is quickly approaching and a cold treat is a must-have during the hot summer months. To help you keep your cool, we’ve got a list of some of the best ice cream and dessert shops in the 901.

Jerrys Sno Cones

Margie's 901

A Memphis classic, the Margie's 901 Homemade Ice Cream storefront is located on South Main Street, and it also offers catering services. With over 40 ice cream flavors, plus ice cream cakes, smoothies, and cookies, you can never go wrong with a trip to Margie’s 901.

Mempops

With two brick-and-mortar locations in Memphis, a popsicle truck, and many retail partners, you can always find a place that offers Mempops. The refreshing popsicles are made with fresh, simple ingredients and can also be dipped in a delicious fudge sauce. A tasty Mempop is the perfect sweet treat for a weekend outing. We recommend the Raspberry Lemonade and Strawberry with fudge!

Sweet Noshings

As you’d expect from the name, Sweet Noshings is the best place for all sweet lovers out there. This local dessert shop and ice cream parlor carries everything from giant gummy bears to boozy ice cream. Their brand-new location in East Memphis will transport you to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and you will leave with a smile on your face.

Jerry’s Sno Cones

You can’t compile a list of sweet treats in Memphis without mentioning Jerry’s Sno Cones. Known for delectable soft serve-filled sno cones, Jerry’s is a favorite summer and spring spot to grab a cool treat. If sno cones aren’t your thing, try the cheese fries, burgers, and other greasy eats. Jerry’s is a Memphis staple. Find them on 1601 Bonnie Lane off Germantown Parkway in Cordova. 

Sweet Nothings exterior
Sweet Nothings interior with Harry Potter.
Sweet Noshings ft. Harry Potter

Zio Matto Gelato - NEW

You may have tried this gelato spot at FedEx Forum or a farmers market. Now, you can visit their own brick and mortar spot in South Main connected to Central Station Hotel. There are 12 flavors always on hand in-store plus macaroon gelato sandwiches. You can also find Zio Matto around town at a number of stores.

Kaye's Pints and Scoops

For a taste of summer, Kaye's Pints and Scoops is a must! The shop was founded by local entrepreneur Kiamesha Wilson. Handcrafted and made in small batches, each flavor is rich and creamy. Recently, we had the butter pecan at a client’s banquet and everyone agreed it was some of the creamiest and most delicious ice cream we have ever had. You can find Kaye’s ice cream at her pop-up markets, local retailers, or order online.

Waffle Cream

Do you love waffles and ice cream? Well it is your lucky day because in Midtown Memphis, there is an ice cream shop that has both! Located in the Cooper Young district, waffle cream has a large variety of milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and waffle treats. Their cookie monster waffle sundae is especially tasty.

Milk Dessert Bar

Known for their unique and extravagant milkshakes, Milk Dessert Bar is an East Memphis mainstay. The family-owned local bake shop is conveniently located just off Kirby Parkway. In addition to their creative milkshakes, Milk Dessert Bar serves up cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and more. You can eat in the bar or order ahead of time and take your yummy snacks  to go!

Gracie Bleu

Gracie Bleu is one of the only build your own froyo places left in Memphis! Complete with several soft serve flavors and tasty toppings, Gracie Bleu’s frozen yogurt makes the perfect weekday pick-me-up. In addition to their frozen yogurt, you can enjoy popsicles and Dippin Dots. Sample these cool delights at their storefront in Germantown or order online from Grubhub.

Levee Coffee and Creamery

Do you love coffee and ice cream? It's your lucky day because this Collierville coffeehouse carries both! They open every day at 6:30 a.m. and offer a variety of savory coffee drinks and melt-in-your-mouth desserts.

Quintessential Sweets desserts
Mempops Truck

Quintessential Sweets

Family owned and operated, Quintessential Sweets has two locations in the Memphis area. You’ll find everything from waffle cones to deep fried oreos and chocolate covered strawberries. If you need desserts for a party, they also offer catering! No matter what dessert you're looking for, you can be sure to find it at Quintessential Sweets.

Sugar Ghost 

Located on Broad Avenue, this oh-so-cute and quaint ice cream shop sells homemade ice cream in a scrumptious range of flavors and fun and refreshing bubble tea. If gluten gives you the heebie-jeebies, don’t worry! Many ice cream flavors are gluten free. The shop opens at noon every day, making Sugar Ghost the perfect haunt for an afternoon or evening pick me up.

Sweet Magnolia Gelato

Located in Crosstown Concourse, one of the only gelato places in town, Sweet Magnolia is known for their vegan flavors and southern taste. If you don’t want to stop by Crosstown, Sweet Magnolia can be purchased in over ten retail locations in the Memphis area.

Suga Mama SnoBalls

Located in Whitehaven and East Memphis, Suga Mama SnoBalls has unique and authentic flavored snoballs. Not in the mood for something sweet? Owner, Marci Clark, has other snacks for you to try including tacos and nachos. They are known for their strawberry cheesecake stuffed snoball and it is a must try.

SnoJunt Sno-Cones

This on-the-go trailer is one the newest dessert spots in town and one that reps Memphis from its name to its sno-cone flavors which are all Memphis themed. Hunt this one down. It's well worth the hunt for the "Coach Cal Sucks" or "BB Kingcake" sno-cones. The flavors are delicious and the sno-cones almost too cute to eat.

La Michoacana

If you are looking for authentic Mexican ice cream, then La Michoacana is the place for you. With 4 locations in the Memphis area, you can find the ice cream shop in almost any Memphis neighborhood. They have ice cream, churros, popsicles and are known for their Chamoyada especial, a mexican fruit dessert. This ought to be on your list this summer.

La Michoacana dessert
Photo by @la_michoacana_memphis on Instagram

Memphis offers a wide range of sweet treats and ice cream options that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether you're in the mood for classic flavors or unique and innovative creations, there is something for everyone. No matter where you go in Memphis, you're sure to find a tasty treat to fulfill  your cravings this summer.

Sugar Ghost ice cream