The 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in San Antonio

Ya’ll, I love ice cream.

Is there anything better than finishing a nice dinner or a fun day out with a great scoop of ice cream?

These days, I think I’m semi-addicted to that tradition, but can you blame me? San Antonio has such a great mix of ice cream shops that no matter what type or flavor of I’m craving, The Alamo City always comes to the rescue.

Whether you’re in the mood for classic ice cream, amazing yogurt, or even a boozy shake, there’s a great shop for it. Oh, and we haven’t even talked about San Antonio’s rolled or Mexican ice cream, yet!

This calls for a guide! To all the best ice cream shops in San Antonio:

Map of the Best Ice Cream Shops in San Antonio

Best ice cream near the River Walk: Justin’s Ice Cream

The River Walk is beautiful, but after a tour down the river, the hot San Antonio sun will make you run for a cool-down. If you’re on this side of town, stop by Justin’s, a River Walk staple since 1981. They have good stand-by flavors like cookies & cream and strawberry, but I recommend trying their tarte de limone or Mexican raspberry flavors. Justin’s also serves espresso drinks if you want an afternoon pick-me-up with your scoop of ice cream.

  • Address: Riverwalk Level, 245 E Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Website: Justin’s Ice Cream

Best soft-serve ice cream: Arctic Ape Yogurt

The cool thing about Arctic Ape is its customizable menu! They have Italian ice, sorbet, and frozen yogurt, but their soft serve is out of this world, too. Arctic Ape is always changing out its flavors, but right now you can try coconut milk or pineberry flavored soft serve. It’s a great option if you have lactose-intolerant folks in your party, too: Arctic Ape serves plenty of non-dairy frozen desserts in tasty flavors that won’t make anyone feel left out.

  • Address: 5221 Walzem RD. Suite 1, San Antonio, TX 78218
  • WebsiteArctic Ape Yogurt

Best ice cream cake: Amy’s Ice Cream

Yeah, you can pick up an ice cream cake at Baskin Robbins if you’re in a hurry, but if I’m being 100% honest, Amy’s Ice Cream cakes are the bomb. You can choose from flavors like Chocolate Delight, Oreo, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Vanilla Cookie, Strawberry Shortcake, or Celebration. With layers of fudge, sprinkles, and other delectable goodies, Amy’s is my go-to spot for ice cream cakes.

Best ice cream near downtown San Antonio: Mr. Ice Cream

Mr. Ice Cream is a good, old-fashioned ice cream shop. It’s located in downtown San Antonio, which makes it the perfect stop after a day of sightseeing downtown. Sit yourself down on one of their retro stools to enjoy a simple cup of Blue Bell ice cream or a decadent sundae. If it’s your first time here, I recommend trying Mr. Ice Cream’s sundaes: the Banana Royal is a revelation of creamy ice cream, toasted nuts, fresh bananas, and fluffy whipped cream. Heavenly.

P.S. This place only accepts cash, so make sure you stop by the ATM first.

  • Address: 423 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
  • Website: Mr. Ice Cream

Best late-night ice cream stop: 210 Ice Cream

Burning the midnight oil? Drop by 210 Ice Cream to enjoy ice cream until midnight every night. They don’t serve ice cream by the scoop, but their ice cream creations are very special indeed. From fried Oreos to brownies to funnel cake, you can adorn your ice cream with a sweet treat of your choice.

A word of warning: 210 Ice Cream might look like a kids’ ice cream parlor, but it isn’t. They like to blare uncensored music (like Cardi B’s “WAP”) that might be a bit sensitive for the youngins. My little nieces thought it was funny, but I was less amused, so it’s best to leave the kiddos at home for this one.

  • Address 1: 5444 Evers Rd, San Antonio, TX 78238
  • Address 2: 9800 Airport Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Address 3: 6502 S Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78214
  • Website: 210 Ice Cream Facebook

Best hipster ice cream: Lick Ice Cream

I love enjoying a few scoops of Lick Ice Cream with a shot of espresso. You just can’t beat the quality of their artisanal ice creams. They’re proud about the fact that they track every ingredient back to its source, so if you want to be 100% sure of what you’re eating, Lick is the place to grab a scoop of ice cream. Every batch is churned by hand and they even make their marshmallows in-house! The flavor is just unreal, so check out this (admittedly a little hipster) ice cream shop.

  • Address 1: 17635 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78257
  • Address 2: 2312 Pearl Pkwy #2101, San Antonio, TX 78215
  • Address 3: 639 Hemisfair Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Website: I Like Lick

Best shaved ice: The Original Ice Factory

My husband is an absolute fanatic for shaved ice. Whether you want flavorful shaved ice or a swirl of chocolatey ice cream, The Original Ice Factory has something for you. They specialize in Italian ice, which is a very delicate version of shaved ice that’s lighter and fluffier. Best of all, you can customize the flavor of shaved ice to your heart’s content.

P.S. They also make some of the best, most crunchy, fluffy mini donuts in the city. If you stop here, you absolutely have to try an order of donuts to go with your ice cream. Trust me.

Best adult ice cream stop: Boozy’s Creamery

Well, with a name like Boozy’s, you know it’s going to be an adults-only kind of stop. You need to be 21 to enter this place, which feels more like a bar than an ice cream shop. They’re only open from 5 – 10 pm for dine-in, but that makes Boozy’s one of the best places for an after-dinner treat. And if you’re in the mood for libations, they’ve got you covered: indulge in a chocolate bourbon ice cream or their Irish Setter ice cream for a sugary, alcoholic delight.

P.S. They also specialize in local craft beer, so you can always pick up a brew if you aren’t in the mood for ice cream.

Best rolled ice cream: Fahrenheit 32

Okay, I admit I didn’t know what rolled ice cream was until I went to Fahrenheit 32. Upon seeing the rolled ice cream, I freaked out and wanted to buy every single flavor. My husband calmed me down and I eventually settled on The Boy Scout, a rolled ice cream with graham crackers, chocolate syrup, and a toasted marshmallow.

I recommend waiting at least 15 minutes to let your rolled ice cream warm up before you eat it. They have to get it super-cold to roll it properly, which admittedly makes it tough to eat at first. If you want a treat but ice cream sounds too heavy, try Fahrenheit 32’s filling smoothie bowls.

Best Mexican ice cream shop: Ice Ice Baby

Mexican ice cream shops are very popular here in San Antonio, but I didn’t set foot in one until I met my husband, who’s Mexican. And boy, have I been missing out!

Fruterias like Ice Ice Baby serve your typical ice cream fare, like ice cream cones and shakes, but the real gems are the mangonadas, fresonadas, and pepino ice cream treats. I admit the chili and fruit flavor combo isn’t my favorite, but local San Antonians eat it up! If it’s your first time in San Antonio, you’ve got to try Ice Ice Baby’s Mexican-inspired fare.