5 Cool Ice Cream Shops in Des Moines

5 Cool Ice Cream Shops in Des Moines

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Day and nothing satisfies a summer sweets craving better than cold creamy ice cream!  From traditional vanilla cones to yummy malts to spectacular sundaes these local ice cream shops will have your kiddos screaming for more! Be the cool mom (or dad) and let the kids indulge at one of these five local ice cream shops in Des Moines. 

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Dairy Zone

2219 E University Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50317 • (515) 265-7824

After a day at the Iowa State Fair Grounds, a stop at this old-school soft serve ice cream joint, Dairy Zone, is a nice way to end the day.  We like to indulge with one of their famous sundaes- pictured above is their Grasshopper Deluxe Sundae. DELISH!  Be sure to get there by the end of October or you’ll have to wait until March to get your ice cream fix.
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Granny’s Sweet Freeze

3417 Hubbell Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 266-0887

Little ice cream lovers can top-off their day at this quaint soft serve shop on the Eastside. You’ll be relieved at the prices and many choices of mix-ins, toppings and their ice cream flavor of the week. Our favs are the dipped cone topping selections like butterscotch, toasted coconut and peanut butter.

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Marble Slab Creamery

2310 SE Delaware Avenue # O • Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 964-9300

If your little foodie loves to BTO (build-their-own) ice cream cone then Marble Slab Creamery is your yummy go-to spot. With over 75 flavors of daily made small batch ice cream and unlimited mix-ins, their cones are always made to order.  It’s always interesting to see what the kids choose.  Featured above is a coconut ice cream cone with cookies n’ cream and sprinkles mixed in. Yum?!

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Smokey Row

1910 Cottage Grove Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50314 • (515) 244-2611

Belly up to the old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain inside this popular coffeehouse. Try not to drool while you read through the menu of their old school favorites like malts, shakes, sundaes, tornadoes, ice cream sodas and floats. I love their old school chocolate soda with vanilla ice cream.  My kids love their GINORMOUS waffle cones.

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Snooky’s Malt Shop

1810 Beaver Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 255-0638

Spend the day shopping in Beaverdale and then cool off at Snooky’s. A popular spot with Drake University students and locals of all ages, the cool creamy concoctions at this seasonal malt shop make it “snookilicious”! There is some indoor seating available, but to really get the full Snooky’s experience take a seat on the patio.  And, don’t forget to ask for a cone for your pooch!




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