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What’s the best way to beat the summer heat? With ice cream and other frozen treats, of course! Lucky for you, we’ve made a list of the top 5 summer dessert shops to try in Nashville, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth in Music City.
Have you ever heard of Thai-inspired rolled ice cream? If not, you’re missing out on a popular trend and a delicious treat! You can experience it at Rolled4Ever on 4th Avenue in Nashville. The concept of rolled ice cream is simple enough, yet at the same time totally brilliant: liquid ice cream is dumped on a cold plate, where it’s manipulated with a spatula until it freezes and then rolled. The result is sweet curls of ice cream that are as fun to look at as they are to eat.
1120 4th Ave N Suite 102 Nashville, TN 37208
For downhome flavor and texture that just can’t be beaten, you don’t want to miss this sweet little dessert shop in downtown Nashville. Mike’s Ice Cream is famous for its handmade ice cream – that’s right, handmade! And it’s so good, it’s even been featured in People Magazine and Rachel Ray.
Need something with a little more pick-me-up than ice cream? Take a swig of one of their gourmet coffee or espresso offerings.
129 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
If you’re environmentally conscious but also love ice cream and froyo, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at 12 South is the dessert shop for you. On their website – where you can order their delicious treats to be shipped all around the country – they boast that 95 percent of what you buy in the store is compostable. Their flavors and the high quality of their desserts also attest to their integrity, as well as their mastery of yummy tasting creams and yogurts.
2312 12th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37204
Are you craving fresh ice cream, cookies, fudge, and key lime pie (oh my!)? Then visit Mattheessen’s on 2nd Street. They serve up all sorts of mouthwatering desserts made with the finest ingredients. Everything on the menu is homemade so that you feel like you’re eating sweets straight out of Grandma’s kitchen.
123 2nd Avenue North Nashville, TN 37201
Mimi’s Ice Cream and Coffee Shop has everything you could ever want on a hot, sticky Nashville afternoon: ice cream in a kaleidoscope of flavors, shakes, malts, floats, and of course, coffee. This little place is brightly lit, brightly colored, and sweet inside and out – just like the giant ice cream cone outside the door.
2400 Music Valley Drive, Suite A Nashville, TN 37214
If you’re looking to go beyond ice cream, Cotton & Snow’s menu of delightful shaved ice creations is here to dazzle your palate. Not only will you cure your snow cone craving here, you’ll also find milkshakes, ice cream, coffee, and cotton candy. In fact, Cotton & Snow is also well known as Nashville’s Cotton Candy Bar and serves 50 seasonal flavors that rotate throughout the year. Whatever hits that sweet spot, this dessert shop on Music Valley Drive won’t miss.
2444 Music Valley Dr. Nashville, TN 37124
Enjoy your summer tour of Nashville dessert shops!
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