It’s hot out there, so why not cool off with a sweet and tasty frozen ice cream treat? July is National Ice Cream Month, so there is no better time to indulge—cool down lick by refreshing lick.  Enjoy gourmet flavors, handmade custards and ice cream scoops the size of baseballs. Take the heat off and cool taste buds with the best ice cream in St. Louis.
The Fountain on Locust
3039 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 535-7800

Step inside off of the busy street and you’ll not only cool off, but will feel as if you have traveled back in time to an era that is now only a distant memory on the pages of a history book. Look around and enjoy the walls and The Fountain on Locust’s motif, reminiscent of when Art Deco was all the rage and old-fashioned soda fountains were more of a trend than nostalgia. Slip up to the counter and ask one of the soda jerks to create a surprise sundae. Or, make a wish on three chocolate coins accenting an ice cream that tastes like an after-dinner mint delight covered in Zanzibar chocolate, vanilla and real handmade whipped cream.

Ices Plain And Fancy
2256 S. 39th St.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 601-3604

For an extreme icy blast, head into Ices Plain and Fancy for the coldest ice cream treats made using liquid nitrogen for deep-down cooling. This Tower Grove ice cream parlor has got you covered with everything from the classic frozen flavors of vanilla and chocolate to specialty ices like campfire s’mores flavors or a taste from your childhood of orange dreamsicles. There is something for the adults as well, with made-to-order treats like infused soft serve mixed with coffee. Ask for soy or coconut milk-made ices to fit within your healthy eating or dietary needs.

Serendipity Ice Cream

8130 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 962-2700

Cool down in the center of an eclectic art and university district of Webster Groves. Sit down with the entire family and savor homemade ice cream made on site at Serendipity Ice Cream. Choose scoops that range from golf ball to basketball size with plenty of choices in between. Lick by slow lick, stay awhile and enjoy unique flavors like cantaloupe, pistachio or additional flavors that frequently change.

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Jilly’s Ice Cream Bar
8509 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
(314) 993-5455

It started as the most delicious cupcake bar in town and has now become a place where you can have your ice cream-topped cake and eat them, too. Offering ice cream with the popular cupcakes began with pastry chefs designing four initial flavors. Now, you will find new creative ice cream flavors offered each month that are specially hand-crafted on site. Try a combination that brings in flavors of lemon combined with cake, or go for a latte mixture of chocolates and coffee inside a frozen treat.

Anna Marie’s Ice Cream
16497 Clayton Road, Suite 101
Wildwood, MO 63011
(636) 273-1900

Be a part of the dream of two women who have been friends since high school and combined their middle names to form an ice cream shop. Now, the pair offers homemade ice cream that is made fresh right here in the Ballwin area shop. Order a pie with your favorite ice cream flavor as the filling, bite into an ice cream sandwich or other novelty item, or enjoy a cake that is layered with alternating ice cream and fudge. Anna Marie provides ice cream for campers at Camp Rainbow and has been part of the Missouri Market.

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