Hot summer days are finally here in Boston and one of our favorite ways to cool down is with a frozen treat. There are plenty of ice cream and gelato shops in the neighborhood and across the city and today we’re highlighting some of our favorites. Whether you grab a cup of cinnamon ice cream from Picco in the South End or a classic cone from Ben and Jerry’s, you can go wrong with a few scoops!
Ice cream at Picco || Photo credit: Kalman Zabarsky, BU Today
513 Tremont Street, Boston, 02116
Picco in the South End tops our list! Their ice cream is handmade and they always have a unique variety of flavors. We recommend the PB Chip, Honey, and Cinnamon flavors for something a little different. They also offer a delicious “Adult” Ice Cream Float – which is raspberry Belgian Lambic poured over their Vanilla ice cream.
249 Newbury Street, Boston, 02116
Newly opened on Newbury Street, the European café Amorino serves up artisanal Italian gelato. At the shop you can create your own “Amorino rose” (the gelato is scooped with a spatula to look like a flower in the cone) with as many different flavors as you want.
150 Charles Street, Boston, 02115
311 Harvard Street, Brookline, 02445
J.P. Licks is a Boston staple. The very first J.P. licks opened in Jamaica Plain (just outside of the city) in 1981. You can visit one of their thirteen shops across Massachusetts (many of them in Boston), or the original, located in a former Victorian Fire House in Jamaica Plain. We love that they offer fun seasonal flavors like Fresh Peach.
EMACK & BOLIO'S
290 Newbury Street, Boston, 02215
With a list of over 100 flavors, Emack & Bolio's is sure to have something for everyone. We like how they offer standard flavors but also some that are a little off the wall. One of our favorite flavors is "Beantown Buzz" which is Espresso Ice Cream With Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans and a Chocolate Cookie Swirl. The ice cream chain also invented the flavored cone in 1980 and you can opt to have your cone covered in a number of different toppings from sprinkles, to nuts to fruit loops.
If Fro-Yo is more your speed, Pinkberry is the place to go. The L.A. chain is a hit in Boston and they have locations on Newbury Street, in the Prudential Center and in South Station. Their tart frozen yogurt comes in flavors like green tea and blueberry and you can add a whole variety of toppings like chunks of fresh fruit, nuts and even cereal.
Photo Credit: Scoop Sights website
SOWA Market, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, 02118
Sundays only (through the fall)
For those who are lactose intolerant, or just looking for something a little different, there's Scoop Sights. You can find pops and pints of Scoop Sight's dairy-free ice cream almost every Sunday at the SoWa Market in the South End. Our favorite is the Salty Toasted Coconut!
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