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Our Ten Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Metro Detroit

We are ready to dive into summer this year. A trip to your local ice cream shop is certainly a great way to create some great family memories. If you are looking for some of the most tasty and different ice cream shops in metro Detroit, then check out our list below.

Ice Cream Shops in Metro Detroit

Ferndale Ice Cream Shop

Treat Dreams Ice Cream Emporium
Address: 22965 Woodward Ave, Ferndale
Treat Dreams takes being an ice cream emporium seriously, with weekly rotating hard ice cream, alongside sorbet, and vegan ice cream to make into all sorts of treats like you’ll-need-two-hands-to-eat-it ice cream sandwiches.

Best Ice Cream Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods

Ashby’s Sterling
Address: 20081 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods
Ashby’s Sterling delivers in assortment, with over 20 types of ice cream. They have unique flavors like Unicorn Stars, Play Dough, Jacked Up Tennessee Toffee, as well as sherbet, sorbet, and fat/sugar free options.

Nitro Ice Cream in Northville

Milkster Nitro Creamery
Address: 20570 Haggerty Rd, Northville
It’s ice cream + science at this shop. The ice cream is made at the counter using liquid nitrogen, which clocks in at -321 degrees, changing the ice cream’s molecular make up. In addition, all products at this location are local and organic.

Rolled Ice Cream in Royal Oak

Pagos Rolled Ice Cream
Address: 623 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak
Rolled ice cream, along with slushies, smoothies, and bubble fruit tea, are on the menu the menu at Pagos. The creations are beautiful, and include unique add ins such as hello panda and sweet red beans.

Milkshakes and More in Grosse Pointe Woods

Garridos Bistro
Address: 19605 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods
Technically a Latin American restaurant worthy of visiting in its own right, Garridos has a “secret” menu of out of this world, gravity defying milkshakes. Imagine a milkshake, with a doughnut on top, with a brownie on top of that, next up is an entire slice of cheesecake, followed by a lava cake, topped with an upside down scoop of ice cream in a cone. For those in the crypto-currency world, Garridos sells its milkshakes as NFT’s on the digital blockchain.

Best Frozen Custard in Metro Detroit

Erma’s Original Frozen Custard
6451 Auburn Rd, Shelby Township
2080 14 Mile, Warren
28840 Harper Ave, St. Clair Shores
A metro Detroit institution, Erma’s means summer for those on the east side. A traditional custard venue, Ermas features two custard flavors alongside a non-dairy ice flavor. The menu rotates weekly.

Farmington Hills Creamery

Browndog Creamery
Address: 33314 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills
Offering small batch artisanal ice cream, Browndog Creamers has found success in the quest for distinctive flavors with choices such as Golden milk, Oh Christmas Tree, Holy Cannoli, as well as Cadbury Cream Egg.

Southfield Donut and Coffee Bar

Donut and Coffee Bar
Address: 29039 Southfield Road, Southfield

The Donut and Coffee Bar is worth the trip for the donut cones alone. As if a waffle-style cone but made entirely of donut was not enough, toppings are also free of charge. In addition, vegan options are available.

Hazel Park Ice Cream from a ‘Top Chef’

Doug’s Delight
Address: 24110 John R Rd, Hazel Park
Doug’s Delight ice cream could be likened to Dairy Queen, but made by top rated chefs. Describing their vibe as “bowling alley chic,” Dog’s offers traditional fare such as cones, as well as shakes and banana splits, all created by the chefs from the award winning restaurant Mabel Gray

Dearborn Heights Custard Spot

Custard Hut
Address: 25947 W Warren St, Dearborn Heights
The Custard Cut distinguishes itself among soft serve custard spots with its most popular item, the custard waffle sandwich. Creamy custard and toppings between two warm, sugared waffles makes this shop worth the trip.

Vanessa Howerton
Author: Vanessa Howerton

Vanessa is a mom to six crazy and fun boys. She assists her husband in running their family’s nonprofit organization, Chosen Kingdom Builders, that provides housing and mentorship to young adults who have come out of the foster care system. She loves writing, and finds that sitting at the computer creating for Metro Detroit Mommy is the “me time” this boy mom needs. Her Covid hobbies include wondering if she will ever vacation again, and staring out the window dreaming of all-inclusive resorts.