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Nashville’s Best Cool Treats for a Hot Summer in Music City

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Of course, you can always find ice cream or frozen yogurt at any number of chain establishments, but the following is a list of places you can only find in Nashville!

 Ice Cream

Ice Cream & Milkshakes

The Pied Piper Creamery

114 South 11th Street, Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 227-4114
Award winning ice cream made on site. Located in East Nashville with indoor, outdoor, and porch seating. Very kid-friendly with a small play-area indoors. Check website for Summer and Winter hours.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (multiple locations)

Jeni’s East Nashville: 1892 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 262-8611
Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.

Jeni’s 12 South: 2312 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-7794
Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.

Jeni’s at The Nashville Farmers’ Market: 900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 928-8028
Open Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 4 pm and Friday – Saturday 11 am – 8 pm.

*(Ok, so Jeni’s isn’t unique to Nashville, but the nationally known, Ohio-based ice cream company has SIX locations in Nashville…and they are delicious!)

Elliston Place Soda Shop

2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-1090
This place has been a Nashville institution for over 75 years! Try stopping in for an old-fashioned milkshake. Open Monday – Thursday 7 am – 8 pm and Friday – Saturday 7 am – 10 pm.

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip 

5301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 463-8088

223 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 770-2770

Another long-time Nashville institution, Bobbie’s is also known for their burgers, corn dogs, dipped cones, and incredible shakes. Call or check their Facebook pages for hours as they change with the season.

Mike’s Ice Cream

208 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 742-6453
This ice cream parlor and coffee bar is in the heart of Downtown Nashville. They serve cones, sundaes, shakes, fountain sodas, and many other treats. Mike’s Ice Cream is also available at Sip Café in East Nashville. Open Sunday – Thursday 8 am – 11 pm and Friday – Saturday 8 am – 12 am.



Las Paletas

2911 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 386-2101
This sister-run business makes paletas (Spanish for popsicle) with fresh ingredients in the store’s kitchen and offers 20 or more flavors each day! Paletas are available in both cream and fruit versions as well as in traditional Mexican flavors, seasonal flavors, and featured customer suggestions. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday – Monday 11 am – 5 pm.

Snow Cone

Snow Cones

Retro Sno

A food truck specializing in shaved ice snow cones, Retro Sno offers creative, original flavors such as Sour Grape + Gummies and Vanilla Toasted Coconut that incorporate candy, ice cream, and other toppings. Check website and social media for their weekly schedule.

Frozen Custard

Frozen Custard


290 Indian Lake Boulevard, Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 265-8603

3400 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 224-9811

*(Culver’s is a chain, and not exclusive to Nashville, but it’s worth mentioning, because frozen custard is just so worth it. Check with individual locations for hours.)



Legato Gelato

12oo Villa Place #113, Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 530-3190
Legato Gelato serves up gelato made fresh daily with no artificial sweeteners, dyes, or extracts. Open Monday – Saturday 11:30 am – 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm.

What are we missing?  Where do you like to take your family for a cool treat?
Leave us a comment and let us know!

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9 Responses to Nashville’s Best Cool Treats for a Hot Summer in Music City

  1. Mandy May 14, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    You can also get ice cream and Las Paletas popsicles at Hot/Cold – the coffee/ice cream store run by Bongo Java in Hillsboro Village!

    • Mandy May 14, 2015 at 9:32 am #

      Oooooooh And Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ and Summer Social on June 14th! It’s the Martha O’Bryan annual fundraiser and 30th year of competition for local ice cream makers.

    • Elissa May 14, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks, Mandy! Hot/Cold was on my list; I’m not sure what happened to it!

  2. Elissa May 14, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    And I’ve been meaning to go to the Ice Cream Crankin’ for years! Have you been?

  3. Nashville Shaved Ices Trucks May 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    Don’t forget Gorilla Ices! Awesome italian ices from New York… old school!


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