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Indulge in Denver's Ice Cream Scene

These four ice cream shops scoop both traditional and obscure handmade ice cream flavors.

Craving something sweet? Denver’s neighborhood ice cream parlors churn more than just the traditional flavors. The shops may look simple, sometimes even old-fashioned, but the handmade scoops placed inside waffle cones—or bowls, if that’s how you roll—are anything but. Flavors are often seasonal or temporary, so frequent visits are encouraged.

Liks Ice Cream

Liks is situated in the ideal Capitol Hill location. Blocks from Cheesman Park, an ice-cream romance can take one on a walking tour from the shop along the park’s tree-lined path while enjoying a generously sized scoop. Amaretto peach, chai tea, Jack Daniels chocolate chip, and sourdough pretzel are just a few from the lengthy and creative selection of flavors Liks has created. 

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

For drivers along University (between E. Exposition and E. Ohio Aves), the line outside of Bonnie Brae Ice Cream is often enough encouragement to pull a u-turn at the next stop and join the crowd. The Washington Park ice cream shop is worth the wait. The selection at the 28-year-old business is traditional yet never short of flavor, including banana walnut, butter brickle, gingersnap, carrot cake, Mounds and Kahlua & cream.

Little Man Ice Cream

Strawberry balsamic, banana pudding, salted maple pecan and German chocolate cake are just a few of the tantalizing options at Little Man Ice Cream. The Highlands neighborhood destination is easy to spot—it is housed inside a 28-foot-tall cream can, inspired by the iconic Coney Island hot dog stands, with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy an ice-cream-packed waffle cone.

Sweet Action Ice Cream

Plain Jane or experimental palate—both cravings can be satisfied at Sweet Action Ice Cream on Broadway. Along with the traditional offerings, flavors like roasted green chile, sour cream & chive, baklava, avocado and Colorado sweet corn entice daredevil taste buds. Vegan-friendly flavors are a top priority here and a specialty Chinese Zodiac flavor is available each year.