Screaming for Ice Cream: 13 Cool Sweet Spots around New Orleans

Cool off and treat yourself.

Ice Cream is that All-American dessert that no matter how it's served - shaken, rolled, blended, scooped - it will always be good. Restaurants and ice cream shops have gotten pretty creative with their frozen treats by adding unique toppings and creating new flavors.

Here's is a list of the coolest places to get scoops, shakes and sundaes around town.

Frey Smoked Meat

This Mid-City BBQ joint gets decadent with their shakes. There are four options to choose from — coffee and donuts, Cookie Monster, Nutella Reese’s and Saturday morning cartoons which consists of vanilla ice cream, orange sherbet and fruit loops. Photo courtesy: Frey Smoked Meat via Instagram

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Drip Affogato Bar

Who needs coffee flavored ice cream when you have Drip Affogato Bar. This Downtown sweet spot serves up gelato or ice cream with a shot of espresso. The idea is to pour the espresso over the ice cream resulting in a perfect marriage of flavors. There are also versions with green tea ice cream and matcha tea and hot chocolate ice cream with hot chocolate. Photo courtesy: Drip Affogato Bar

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Freezy Street Rolled Ice Cream

Freezy Street is the first rolled ice cream shop in Louisiana. Rolled ice cream is a Thai-inspired method of making ice cream that has now made its way into our state. It’s about the freshest ice cream you can get. You can watch the cream turn from a liquid to a solid right before your very eyes. Photo courtesy: Freezy Street via Instagram

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The Freakshake Cafe'

The folks at Freakshake Cafe really do it big. They coat a frozen mug in chocolate and toppings, pour a milkshake in it and top it off with cookies, baked goods or whatever your heart desires. Photo courtesy: Freakshake Cafe’ via Instagram

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Ziggy's Ice Cream and Snowballs

This North Shore ice cream shop gets creative with their flavors and toppings. Try the white chocolate lavender, ooey gooey butter cake or lucky charms. You can’t go wrong. Photo courtesy: Ziggy’s Ice Cream and Snowballs via Facebook

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Atomic Burger

Atomic Burger in Metairie really shakes things up. The Atomic Freeze Shakes are made to order using liquid nitrogen. It’s an interesting process to watch, and it will have your shake tasting thick, creamy and delicious. Photo courtesy: Atomic Burger

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The Creole Creamery

This Uptown ice cream spot has been a local favorite for years. The Creole Creamery creates some of the most unique flavors in town including honey lavender, creole cream cheese and doberge cake. If you really love ice cream, you can try to become a member of their Tchoupitoulas Hall of Fame. All you have to do is eat a sundae made with eight scoops of ice cream and your choice of eight toppings served with whipped cream, cherries, and wafers.

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Fat Boy Pantry

The Lower Garden District cafe makes their flavors in-house and partners with establishments in the neighborhood to come up with some interesting combinations. Try the District Buttermilk drop donut ice cream to sample what we’re talking about. Photo courtesy: Fat Boy Pantry via Instagram

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Pandora's Snowballs

Don’t let the name fool you, they have more than just great snowballs.  This little Mid-City spot serves up some of the best soft serve ice cream in town. Photo courtesy: Pandora’s Snowballs via Facebook

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Angelo Brocato

The original Italian ice cream parlor has been operating in New Orleans for more than 100 years and turns out some of the best gelato around. Aside from their famous gelato, you also can’t go there without trying one of their world famous cannolis. Photo courtesy: Angelo Brocato

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Ice Cream 504

Small batch ice cream gets done right over at Ice Cream 504. This ice cream is as natural as it gets. The fresh ice cream here contains no preservatives or gums. Photo courtesy: Ice Cream 504 via Facebook

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Piccola Gelateria

Enjoy a little bit of Italy on Freret Street. The husband and wife team at Piccola Gelateria serve house-made gelato as well as sandwiches, crepes, espresso and cakes. Choose from 18 flavors of gelato and sorbetto. Enjoy traditional flavors such as pistachio, or try seasonal such as rose petal. Photo courtesy: Piccola Gelateria

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Sucre

Sucre is well-known for their delicious macaroons but the gelato is not to be missed either. Try the “All Things NOLA” sundae for a taste of everything good about New Orleans desserts. It has brown butter gelato with bananas foster sauce, bread pudding pieces, whipped cream and candied pecans. Don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants. Photo courtesy: Sucre via Flickr

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