7 Must-Try Ice Cream Shops In Boston

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We’ve got the scoop on the best ice cream in Boston!

It’s hot out in Boston which means there’s one thing you must have at hand at all times–an ice cream! That’s why we’ve compiled some of the best ice cream shops in Boston to help you keep cool this summer.

Our mapped out list has everything from Emack & Bolio’s totally cool cones to Eataly’s gourmet Italian gelato. We’ve even put together a little map  to help  you  find all of these incredible spots even  when you’re looking for a new ice cream shop to check out (just scroll to the bottom of this article!)

1. Cookie Monstah, Back Bay

This iconic ice cream truck roams the streets of Boston selling amazing cookie sandwiches made with gooey freshly baked cookies. Cookie flavors include S’mores, Red Velvet and Snicker Doodle among others. You can choose to build your own ice cream sandwhich or you can choose to order one of their predesigned combos such as “Buttahscotch” with butterscotch cookies with butter crunch ice cream or “The Salty Dog” with salted caramel cookies with totally turtle ice cream. The options are endless!

2. Emack & Bolio’s, Back Bay

Could we even have an ice cream round-up without Emack & Bolio’s in it? We think not. This Back Bay ice cream shop serves amazing scoops and award-winning smoothies, which are whipped right in front of you using seasonal ingredients. Oh, and their awesome flavored cones dipped in marshmallow fluff and toppings like fruity pebbles and shaved coconut don’t hurt either.

Find Emack & Bolio’s at 290 Newbury St.

3. Eataly, Back Bay

Eataly’s creamy gelato is an absolute must-try on a hot summer’s day. At Eataly, they make their gelato fresh every day using local dairy products from High Lawn Farm, MA, and imported add-ins like Sicilian pistachios and hazelnuts from Piemonte. Buonissimo! 

Find Eataly at Prudential Center on  800 Boylston St.

4. FoMu, Allston

Calling all vegan Bostonians! FoMu has just the ice cream for you! Their creamy treats with a gelato-like consistency are made with a coconut milk base and flavors like avocado, bourbon maple walnut, mango habanero, and the summer-only almond raspberry crumble and are totally plant-based. Their shop in Allston also makes vegan-friendly ice cream cakes. Yum!

FoMu has multiple locations including one in Allston on 481 Cambridge St, near Packard’s Corner, and one in South End on 655 Tremont St.

5. J.P Licks, Jamaica Plain

Another Boston classic, J.P Licks has locations all over the city and is a total staple in Boston’s ice cream scene. The ice cream shop always has awesome seasonal flavors like such as PB & Chili, made with sriracha, alongside with all-time faves like Brownie Batter.


J.P. Licks has multiple locations including one in Beacon Hill at 150 Charles St and one in Back Bay at 1106 Boylston St.

6. Taiyaki NYC, Seaport

The famous NYC  ice cream shop opened in Boston’s Seaport District just last year! The store, as it name says, sells Japanese Tayaki and is well known for its totally Instagrammable colorful soft serves served on a fish-shaped waffle. Tayaki NYC also serves matcha frappes, Taro slushies and the famous Japanese fluffy pancakes! The store is currently open for take out only.

Find it at 119 Seaport Blvd Suite B.


7. Toscanini’s, Cambridge

Named the  ‘best ice cream in the world’ by the New York Times, Toscanini’s never disappoints! The Cambridge shop serves some unbelievably cool ice cream flavors including Goat Cheese Brownie, Peanut Butter Fluff and Belgian Chocolate. Yum!

Toscanini’s is currently open for take out at 159 First St, Cambridge. 

See also: 10 Beautiful Boston Rooftops To Check Out Right Now

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