In the heat of summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than a scoop of ice cream (though it’s certainly a year-round treat). Here is a list of 10 places to indulge on a cold, sweet dessert in Hamilton County, Indiana.
Located on the charming Historic Noblesville Square is this old-time ice cream soda shop and restaurant with 30+ hand-dipped ice cream flavors, malts, shakes and more.
This is a sister ice cream shop to Alexander’s on the Square, but on Morse Reservoir. Note that this location offers 16+ flavors and is open seasonally March – October.
Grab a scoop at Bub’s original location and wander along the Monon Trail in the Carmel Arts & Design District. They can make a specialty milkshake with any of the 20+ flavors.
Located next to its sister business, Rail Restaurant + Bar, on quaint Park Street in downtown Westfield is Cone + Crumb. All ice cream flavors and waffle cones are made fresh in-house with creations like Sugar Cream Pie and Blueberry Buttermilk. Order a baked good or slab pie slice to go with your ice cream.
Pick from one of the 24+ flavors of premium ice cream at CRAVE, a newer ice cream shop located along Geist Reservoir in Fishers. They also serve coffee and baked goods if you want to avoid brain freeze.
The Cincinnati favorite arrived in Indiana a few years ago, with two locations in Hamilton County. The ice cream is made using the traditional French Pot process, only two gallons at a time. The most popular flavor is Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.
You know it’s summer when there’s a line around the corner at all three Handel’s walk-up locations. Check out the colorful mural painted by a local artist at the Fishers location and snap a photo with your scoop.
Say "aloha" to this business that opened in 2020. The menu includes - you guessed it - donuts and ice cream. Pick your donut icing and toppings, or enjoy a donut sundae to sample the best of both worlds. They even serve up a Dole Whip.
You’ll ooh and ahh as your ice cream is made in front of your eyes using liquid nitrogen technology. Choose from a concoction on the menu or make your own creation.
Take a trip back in time at this locally-owned drive-in, serving burgers, tenderloins and of course, ice cream. Popular cool treats include soft-serve swirl ice creams or lemonade shake-ups.
The following two businesses don’t technically serve ice cream specifically, but we think local gelato and custard are worthy of mentioning.
The owners of Ristorante Roma have brought a taste of Italy to Indiana with gelato made on-site each day. Gelato is churned at a slower rate and is denser than ice cream. Bring the family and play the board games available to borrow.
The Old Custard Stand is a mother/daughter business featuring butter pecan, chocolate and vanilla custard with other sundaes on the menu.