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Top Five Ice Cream Shops in Denver

Everyone Screams for Ice Cream


Everyone screams for ice cream at these top five ice cream shops in the Mile High City. From local institution Bonnie Brae Ice Cream to relative newcomer Sweet Action, ice cream lovers can find their sweet spot in Denver.

1. Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

A Denver institution for more than 20 years, Bonnie Brae makes all the ice cream on the premises from scratch. Located on the corner of University Blvd. and Ohio St., the neighborhood ice cream parlor attracts ice cream lovers from across the city. Don't miss the Grand Marnier chocolate chip for a flavorful treat.

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
799 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80209

2. Sweet Action

Sweet Action provides a welcome addition to the bars and boutiques along Broadway in central Denver. Sweet Action makes ice cream by hand, and features vegan flavors as well as a daily rotation of flavors. The ice cream store also stays open late for more action -- until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

Sweet Action
52 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

3. Liks Ice Cream

Liks Ice Cream remains Capitol Hill's top summertime spot with homemade ice cream. Liks also sells at other Denver locations and select King Soopers stores. Notable specialty flavors include amaretto cherry and chocolate cheesecake. Liks has been featured on the Food Network for its Jack Daniels chocolate chip and Guiness caramel fudge.

Liks Ice Cream
2039 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

4. Little Man Ice Cream

Little Man Ice Cream is easy to spot as its housed in a giant milk can in the Higlands neighborhood of Denver. The ice cream shop offers ice cream, sorbet and gelato from walk-up windows. If you're stumped for flavors, try the Mexican Chocolate ice cream, which offers chocolate with a hint of cinnamon.

Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th St.
Denver, CO 80211

5. Cold Stone Creamery

Although Cold Stone Creamery originally hails from Arizona, the franchise has made a welcome addition to the Colorado ice cream scene. Diners may pick their ice cream flavor, and choose their own additions to be folded in by hand. The banana ice cream with oreo cookies always hits the spot.

Cold Stone Creamery
8286 E. 49th Ave.
Denver, CO 80238

Cold Stone Creamery also has locations in Cherry Creek, Englewood and Lakewood.

6. Runner-Up: Enstrom Candies

Although known primarily for their almond toffee, Enstrom also has ice cream on their menu of dessert delights. The strawberry chocolate chip proved particularly delicious, and the generous scoop sizes will please any connoisseur. Enstrom Candies was founded in Grand Junction in 1960 by Chet Enstrom, and continues as a family business to this day.

Enstrom Candies
201 University Blvd. 118
Denver, CO 80206

Enstrom's Candies also has locations in Arvada, Fruita and Grand Junction.

All photos © 2007 - 2012 Nina Davidson, licensed to About.com

Editor's Note: Gelato d'Italia, previously on this list, closed in 2011.

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