Cool down from the heat and humidity in St. Louis with the best cold treats in the city. Enjoy frozen custard, hometown bottled root beer or hand-scooped ice cream desserts from a classic candy kitchen. Watch a train chugging by as you cool off inside a historic train station or savor a romantic chilled dessert for two. Beat the summertime St. Louis heat with a tasty chilled treat from one of these top hometown favorites.

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Best Custard

Ted Drewes
6726 Chippewa St
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 481-2652

Call it a refreshing treat that makes your taste buds sing or a place to meet after a ballgame, but don’t call it ice cream. It is custard. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is as much a part of summertime in St. Louis as Cardinals baseball, and is one of the must-see stops when visiting the city. Turn your concrete upside down and discover that these treats are so thick that you won’t lose your spoon or a drip. The lines are known to wrap around the building and onto the curbs along the busy street, but energetic custard scoopers keep it moving to satisfy your taste buds in a jiffy. Choose from flavors like big apple, butterscotch and lime, among 13 others.

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Best Frozen Pastries

603 E Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 963-3232

Come in out of the shade and let your face be seen at Cyrano’s. Share a World’s Fair Eclair (pastry with French vanilla ice cream, gold brick and whipped cream) or a Cleopatra (French vanilla ice cream, bananas, strawberries, rum sauce, gold brick and whipped cream) dessert with that special someone. Both treats are hard to find, but that might just be because Cyrano’s makes them so well that no one can compete. Cyrano’s has been a part of St. Louis for over 40 years and is now in the heart of Webster Groves waiting to deliver sweet poetry of a cool treat to your taste buds.

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Best Root Beer Floats

Fitz Root Beer
6605 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 726-9555

Sip a frosty mug in the restaurant after shopping in the Delmar Loop and add a side of its signature smiley fries for the kids. If you want some ice cream in that frosty mug, choose from the almost 20 float options made with Fitz Soda. With names like Purple Haze (Fitz’s Draft Grape Pop topped with vanilla ice cream), The Orange Volcano (Fitz’s Orange Cream Soda topped with chocolate ice cream) or Red Bird (Fitz’s Black Cherry Soda topped with chocolate ice cream), how could you say no? Take home a case of root beer and add a pint of good vanilla ice cream to make your own root beer float for a party. Watch the root beer bottling process inside Fitz’s St. Louis restaurant as you wait for this refreshing, cool-down treat.

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Best Malts

Crown Candy Kitchen
1401 Saint Louis Ave
St. Louis, MO 63106
(314) 621-9650

Add an “H” to the hot, humid and hazy summer days in St. Louis with some happiness. Indulge in a refreshing hand-dipped malt, shake or World’s Fair sundae complete with an old-fashioned soda or any other cool treat inside the oldest soda fountain in St. Louis. Take the malt challenge that has stood the test of time since 1913. Drink five malts in half an hour and get them for free. Regular malts can be ordered in seven flavors including cherry, marshmallow, vanilla, pineapple, strawberry, chocolate banana and fresh banana. Ask about the chilled treat named after famous St. Louis native Johnny Rabbit, and give it a try.

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Best Variety Of Cold Treats

Whistle Stop
1 Carson Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
(314) 521-1600

Wet your whistle at Ferguson’s Whistle Stop Depot. This historic building used to be an active train station. Now, it’s a favorite among locals who want to stop in for a chilled treat or lunch. Indulge in a Smoke Stack which is its unique vertical banana split for $4.79, a Depot Delight strawberry shortcake and custard dessert for $4.49 or a small Streamliner light vanilla ice cream with crushed cherries and chocolate shell for $3.50. Refresh as you watch trains that still use the nearby tracks as they pass by the depot’s large viewing windows to entertain young and old alike.

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