Great Places for Ice Cream Other Sweet Treats in Kansas City

Whether enjoying the warmer months or in need of a tropical getaway, a collection of Kansas City shops serve scoops of ice cream, shaved ice, frozen custard and chilled drinks to keep you cool regardless of the time of year.

Here are some of the most popular local sweet treats in KC:

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

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Funky flavors, notable collaborations, house-made waffle cones and lines out the door define this local gem found in both Waldo and River Market.

Miami Ice

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Much more than a clever name, this bright 39th Street shop serves scoops, shaved ice and other frozen drinks.

Glacé Artisan Ice Cream

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Famed KC chocolatier Christopher Elbow’s ice cream side hustle deserves acclaim all on its own thanks to unique seasonal flavors and all-natural ingredients.

Clinton’s Soda Fountain

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Treat yourself at this old-fashioned Independence soda and malt shop where President Harry S. Truman worked as a young boy.

Shatto Milk Company

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Flavored milk (such as cotton candy or root beer), ice cream or ice cream sandwich, the products made by this local dairy purveyor, which are available in regional grocery stores, are your go-to sweet tooth fix.

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  • Paleteria Tropicana: Plan on natural popsicles, fruit smoothies and churros at this Southwest Boulevard staple with several additional locations throughout the metro
  • Foo's Frozen CustardNestled in Brookside, this concrete-serving frozen custard joint has been a favorite since 1988.
  • Winstead'sSundaes and banana splits are the usual at this old-school diner, but real ice cream champions buddy up to take down the Skyscraper Shake, a towering confectionary concoction.
  • Sheridan's Frozen CustardFind these delicious shops throughout the metro—including in Overland Park and Crown Center—for fresh frozen custard, shakes, smoothies and more. 
  • KC Soda Co.Craft soda meets kooky tastes and hard-to-find brands in this hometown soda shop located in The City Market.
  • Freezing MooAs fun to watch as delicious it is to eat, this regional chain features Thai fried ice cream rolls in countless flavor combinations.
  • Sylas & Maddy's Homemade Ice CreamA plethora of fresh-made ice cream options adorn waffle cones (also freshly prepared) at this local favorite that calls Olathe and Lawrence home.
  • Andy's Frozen CustardA regional icon with sizable portions and plenty of fun mix-in flavors.