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Save Room for Ice Cream at These Fantastic Detroit Shops

From soft-serve to custard to popsicles, here are some great places to chill out with a sweet treat this summer

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Guernsey Dairy ice cream at Doug’s Delight
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It’s officially ice cream season — and the frozen delicacy a year-round food, nothing quite hits the spot in muggy weather like a chili-mango popsicle or a double scoop of custard in a crisp waffle cone. Between the mangonada shops, ice cream bars, and frozen custard shacks, metro Detroit has all the bases covered for frozen treats. Here are some outstanding spots for ice cream to stay cool all summer long.

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1. Bob Jo's Frozen Custard

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4071 Quarry St.
Wyandotte, MI
(734) 282-6818
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For 74 years, summertime standby Bob Jo’s has attracted long lines on hot days for its towering swirls of frozen custard in flavors like blackberry, lemon, and Blue Moon. There’s also homemade raspberry Italian ice for non-dairy fans. Dress up a cone with the stand’s selection of toppings ranging from toasted coconut to rainbow sprinkles.

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2. Calder Brothers Dairy

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1020 Southfield Rd
Lincoln Park, MI
(313) 381-8858
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A Downriver classic since ‘46, Calder Brothers Dairy makes ice cream with products from the family farm. Find generous scoops in flavors like horchata, caramel cappuccino, and rich and creamy peanut butter.

3. The Custard Co.

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2801 Monroe St
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 274-1750
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There’s a long lineup of ice cream treats at this Dearborn shop. Sweet Bun, a hot-pressed ice cream donut sandwich, is this place’s claim to fame, and a machine keeps the donut hot and the ice cream cold. Go for the Superman flavor, or the Ashta, which was added after many requests from customers. Frozen custards can also be served in a pie and flavor include Fruity Pebbles, Oreo, Biscoff, and Cookie Monster.

4. Shatila Bakery & Cafe

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14300 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI
(313) 934-1520
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Dearborn’s sprawling Middle Eastern confectionery and cafe is the perfect recipe for a sugar coma. The ice cream counter offering flavors like mango, strawberry, and cherry is particularly satisfying. First-timers to this institution would be wise to consider the pistachio ice cream — a cult favorite and Shatila specialty.

5. Neveria La Michoacana

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4336 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI

This southwest Detroit parlor is exceptionally popular on sunny days as families and kids stop in for scoops of ice cream and fruit popsicles. Neveria La Michoacana also offers Mexican street food snacks like Dorilocos and refreshing aguas frescas.

6. Mangonadas Del Barrio

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4029 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

Mangonadas Del Barrio gets its name from a cool, tangy Mexican treat made with frozen mangos and a combination of chili, lime, and tamarind paste. This mini-chain has several locations throughout southwest and the Downriver area, meaning folks are never too far from a massive ice cream sundae of a cup of strawberries and cream.

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7. Milk & Froth Ice Cream

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535 Griswold St Ste 112
Detroit, MI 48226

Milk & Froth, a popular ice cream truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in downtown Detroit. Owners Alexis Matteson and Deion Cao say their vegan and classic ice cream is made from scratch without pre-manufactured mixes, chemical stabilizers, or artificial colors and flavors. Milk & Froth serves more than a dozen rotating ice cream flavors, including honeycomb, butterscotch brownie, matcha pistachio, malt cherry chocolate, orange cream, salted caramel, chocolate hazelnut, and Blue Magic.

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8. Detroit Water Ice Factory

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1014 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI

This downtown shop is all about water ice — a frozen dessert popular in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The Motown Twist takes the whole experience up a notch with swirls of soft-serve ice cream combined with water ice. A portion of the proceeds from Detroit Water Ice Factory goes to charity.

9. -320 at Detroit Shipping Company

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 462-4973
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Tucked into the second floor of Cass Corridor food hall Detroit Shipping Company, -320 is making some of the creamiest ice cream in town. The secret is the instant freezing of all of the ingredients with liquid nitrogen, which is -320 degrees Fahrenheit. Customers can choose from flavors like fresh mint chocolate chip, hazelnut cocoa crisp, and verde tea. Pour some espresso over the top to make it an affogato.

10. Tou & Mai

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4240 Cass Ave Ste 102
Detroit, MI

Bubble tea is definitely the headline, but this Asian mini-mart operated by Go! Sy Thai is an all-around good spot for chilled sweets. For an ice cream fix check out the Hello, Hello. The dessert is based on Filipino halo halo and features ube and mango ice cream, flavored jellies, red azuki bean, coconut and condensed milk, and candied coconut. The whole cup is topped with wafer cookies.

11. Guernsey Farms Dairy

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17101 Novi Rd
Northville, MI
(248) 349-1466
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This Metro Detroit classic’s shop in Northville scoops its creamy ice cream into cups, cones, and floats. Expect a wide range of flavors such as black cherry, birthday cake, and Mackinac fudge. Don’t overlook the dairy’s other specialty — chocolate milk.

12. Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium

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22965 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI
(248) 544-3440

Expect quirkier options like black tea ice cream with shortbread cookies, Apple Jacks, jalapeno, or the electric blue Kooky Monster. There’s a variety of vegan flavors, too. Customers who can’t choose just one flavor or go all out with an ice cream flight. Stop by the Ferndale shop or the outpost on Cass Avenue in Detroit for a cup, cone, a cookie ice cream sandwich, or whole pint.

13. Doug's Delight

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1108, 24110 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

Super creamy soft-serve is made in-house, alongside chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream-filled cream puffs. There’s even an off-menu ice cream with a dog treat available for pups. Doug’s sources hard ice cream from local favorite Guernsey Dairy.

14. Erma's Original Frozen Custard

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2080 E 14 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 275-2447
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With three locations in metro Detroit, this local favorite has built a small seasonal custard empire. The shops frequently rotate flavors with options like butter pecan, strawberry cheesecake, and coconut cream pie custard as well as Dole soft serve. Customers can customize their cones with a variety of dips and toppings.

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1. Bob Jo's Frozen Custard

4071 Quarry St., Wyandotte, MI

For 74 years, summertime standby Bob Jo’s has attracted long lines on hot days for its towering swirls of frozen custard in flavors like blackberry, lemon, and Blue Moon. There’s also homemade raspberry Italian ice for non-dairy fans. Dress up a cone with the stand’s selection of toppings ranging from toasted coconut to rainbow sprinkles.

4071 Quarry St.
Wyandotte, MI

2. Calder Brothers Dairy

1020 Southfield Rd, Lincoln Park, MI

A Downriver classic since ‘46, Calder Brothers Dairy makes ice cream with products from the family farm. Find generous scoops in flavors like horchata, caramel cappuccino, and rich and creamy peanut butter.

1020 Southfield Rd
Lincoln Park, MI

3. The Custard Co.

2801 Monroe St, Dearborn, MI 48124

There’s a long lineup of ice cream treats at this Dearborn shop. Sweet Bun, a hot-pressed ice cream donut sandwich, is this place’s claim to fame, and a machine keeps the donut hot and the ice cream cold. Go for the Superman flavor, or the Ashta, which was added after many requests from customers. Frozen custards can also be served in a pie and flavor include Fruity Pebbles, Oreo, Biscoff, and Cookie Monster.

2801 Monroe St
Dearborn, MI 48124

4. Shatila Bakery & Cafe

14300 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI

Dearborn’s sprawling Middle Eastern confectionery and cafe is the perfect recipe for a sugar coma. The ice cream counter offering flavors like mango, strawberry, and cherry is particularly satisfying. First-timers to this institution would be wise to consider the pistachio ice cream — a cult favorite and Shatila specialty.

14300 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI

5. Neveria La Michoacana

4336 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

This southwest Detroit parlor is exceptionally popular on sunny days as families and kids stop in for scoops of ice cream and fruit popsicles. Neveria La Michoacana also offers Mexican street food snacks like Dorilocos and refreshing aguas frescas.

4336 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI

6. Mangonadas Del Barrio

4029 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
banana split Brenna Houck

Mangonadas Del Barrio gets its name from a cool, tangy Mexican treat made with frozen mangos and a combination of chili, lime, and tamarind paste. This mini-chain has several locations throughout southwest and the Downriver area, meaning folks are never too far from a massive ice cream sundae of a cup of strawberries and cream.

4029 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

7. Milk & Froth Ice Cream

535 Griswold St Ste 112, Detroit, MI 48226
A sign reading Milk & Froth hangs on the outside of a brick building. Courtesy photo

Milk & Froth, a popular ice cream truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in downtown Detroit. Owners Alexis Matteson and Deion Cao say their vegan and classic ice cream is made from scratch without pre-manufactured mixes, chemical stabilizers, or artificial colors and flavors. Milk & Froth serves more than a dozen rotating ice cream flavors, including honeycomb, butterscotch brownie, matcha pistachio, malt cherry chocolate, orange cream, salted caramel, chocolate hazelnut, and Blue Magic.

535 Griswold St Ste 112
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Detroit Water Ice Factory

1014 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI

This downtown shop is all about water ice — a frozen dessert popular in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The Motown Twist takes the whole experience up a notch with swirls of soft-serve ice cream combined with water ice. A portion of the proceeds from Detroit Water Ice Factory goes to charity.

1014 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI

9. -320 at Detroit Shipping Company

474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201

Tucked into the second floor of Cass Corridor food hall Detroit Shipping Company, -320 is making some of the creamiest ice cream in town. The secret is the instant freezing of all of the ingredients with liquid nitrogen, which is -320 degrees Fahrenheit. Customers can choose from flavors like fresh mint chocolate chip, hazelnut cocoa crisp, and verde tea. Pour some espresso over the top to make it an affogato.

474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

10. Tou & Mai

4240 Cass Ave Ste 102, Detroit, MI

Bubble tea is definitely the headline, but this Asian mini-mart operated by Go! Sy Thai is an all-around good spot for chilled sweets. For an ice cream fix check out the Hello, Hello. The dessert is based on Filipino halo halo and features ube and mango ice cream, flavored jellies, red azuki bean, coconut and condensed milk, and candied coconut. The whole cup is topped with wafer cookies.

4240 Cass Ave Ste 102
Detroit, MI

11. Guernsey Farms Dairy

17101 Novi Rd, Northville, MI

This Metro Detroit classic’s shop in Northville scoops its creamy ice cream into cups, cones, and floats. Expect a wide range of flavors such as black cherry, birthday cake, and Mackinac fudge. Don’t overlook the dairy’s other specialty — chocolate milk.

17101 Novi Rd
Northville, MI

12. Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium

22965 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI

Expect quirkier options like black tea ice cream with shortbread cookies, Apple Jacks, jalapeno, or the electric blue Kooky Monster. There’s a variety of vegan flavors, too. Customers who can’t choose just one flavor or go all out with an ice cream flight. Stop by the Ferndale shop or the outpost on Cass Avenue in Detroit for a cup, cone, a cookie ice cream sandwich, or whole pint.

22965 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI

13. Doug's Delight

1108, 24110 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Super creamy soft-serve is made in-house, alongside chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream-filled cream puffs. There’s even an off-menu ice cream with a dog treat available for pups. Doug’s sources hard ice cream from local favorite Guernsey Dairy.

1108, 24110 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

14. Erma's Original Frozen Custard

2080 E 14 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

With three locations in metro Detroit, this local favorite has built a small seasonal custard empire. The shops frequently rotate flavors with options like butter pecan, strawberry cheesecake, and coconut cream pie custard as well as Dole soft serve. Customers can customize their cones with a variety of dips and toppings.

2080 E 14 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48092

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