Lobster, oysters, and clam chowder might be the unofficial foods of Boston, but ice cream might be more popular. New Englanders eat more ice cream than anyone else in the US, and Boston, as the capital of New England, is home to a slew of must-try ice cream shops. Enjoy a scoop or two at the best Boston ice cream shops.
Our Favorite Boston Ice Cream Shops
Gelato at Eataly
Snack on the Italian version of ice cream-gelato-at Eataly Boston. The new Italian food emporium offers gelato in rich flavors like Stracciatella (chocolate chip) and tiramisu as well as fruit sherbet. We recommend mixing raspberry sherbet and chocolate gelato.
Cambridge-based ice cream shop Toscanini’s flourishes with its rich, inventive flavors like B3 (brown butter, brown sugar, and fudge brownies), bourbon-gingersnap, and fruit strawberry. Grab a pint to go after you’ve sampled their adventurous flavors.
Located in Inman Square between MIT and Harvard, Christina’s is a Cambridge ice cream shop founded in 1983 that offers at least 50 homemade flavors at a time. Choose from options like Chocolate Mousse, Coffee Oreo, and Mango.
Gelato (or ice cream) never looked so good thanks to Amorino gelateria’s namesake flower “petals” fashioned out of gelato. Indulge in flavors like amerena (cherry) and organic Sicilian citrus while strolling Newbury Street.
Somerville ice cream shop Gracies makes its flavors in small batches to ensure the highest quality product. There are usually 12 rotating flavors each week, including one non-dairy option, like Black Raspberry Chip and Cold Brew Coffee.
Boston’s most notable foray into vegan food came with the opening of New York-based by CHLOE in the Seaport and Fenway. Cool off with coconut-based Chill by CHLOE ice cream flavors like Kale Cookies and Cream and Salted Peanut Butter.
Coconut-based ice cream brand FoMu prides itself on being made by hand from real ingredients. Dine on flavors like avocado and sweet lavender from FoMu’s Newbury Street, Allston, and Jamaica Plain locations.