Ice Cream Experiences You Have to Have In + Around Detroit


Have you ever treated yourself to a donut sundae? How about a waffle ice cream sandwich, or a towering, overstuffed milkshake? Well, it’s time to add these delicious treats to your foodie bucket list. We have rounded up all of the best ice cream experiences in + around Detroit, and we are pretty sure you’ll have a hard time deciding which to try first. Scroll down to discover some of the area’s best and most unique ice cream experiences that you just have to have!

1. Brown Dog Creamery + Dessert Bar | Northville + Farmington

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Brown Dog Creamery + Dessert Bar is a foodie’s dream come true. Not only do they offer 16 staple flavors, but they have boozy milkshakes, ice cream martinis, and sorbet mimosas. If you’re looking for different, and quite possibly adventurous, dessert, this is the place to be. Hello Margarita Sorbet! Looking for vegan options? They have you covered. 33314 Grand River Ave, Farmington and 120 East Main Street, Northville

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2. Donut Bar + Coffee | Livonia + Southfield

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Ok, so most of you know the Donut Bar + Coffee for having AH-MAZING donuts. But, did you know that you can get a donut cone with ice cream inside of it?! You get to choose from chocolate, vanilla, or swirl ice cream. Don’t forget to get one of these on your morning donut run. Don’t worry, it’s never too early for ice cream! 29039 Southfield Rd, Southfield and 19734 Haggerty Rd, Livonia

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3. Naughty Boy’s Ice Cream | Dexter

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First and foremost, you’ll be obsessed with owners Emily and Corey’s story on how Naughty Boy’s Ice Cream came to fruition. Their ice cream is prepared fresh and right in front of you. The recipe and process cuts out artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Not to mention, they use products from local farms and within the community whenever possible. 7045 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd, Dexter

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4. Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium | Ferndale

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This is one of our favorite stops in Ferndale. Their ice cream and cookie flavors change weekly. Every Sunday you can expect new flavors to debut featuring a variety of hard ice creams, sorbet, and vegan ice cream. Did we mention they have D’VINE Cookies there?Hello, ice cream sandwiches! 22965 Woodward Ave, Ferndale

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5. Street Sweets | Sterling Heights

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Are you ready to hear what Street Sweets has to offer? They are known for their amazing waffle pops, dessert pizzas, donut cakes, traditional Mediterranean desserts, and, hands down, the best donuts in Michigan. On top of that, they offer liquid nitrogen ice cream. Check out their Instagram for sweets that will make you want to jump in a car and get there as quickly as possible. 2237 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights

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6. Ray’s Ice Cream | Royal Oak

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Whenever I hear someone talk about a nostalgic ice cream place, Ray’s is always one that comes up. Here you’ll find a classic ice cream parlor with over 50 flavors to choose from such as White Russian, Cookie Monster, or Coffee and Heath. If you’re looking to relive those summer memories, this is the place to be. 4233 Coolidge Hwy, Royal Oak

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7. Custard Hut | Dearborn Heights

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So, the Custard Hut had me at ice cream wedged between waffles. Hot waffles. Choose your ice cream and your waffles, does it get any better?! Not feeling a hot waffle sandwich? The Hut also has a variety of slushies, sundaes, and shakes. 25947 W Warren St, Dearborn Heights

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8. Pagos Ice Cream Rolls | Royal Oak

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This beautifully rolled ice cream will make it nearly impossible to eat. Try the Robert Brownie Jr., The S’more the Merrier, or Oreo Free Tonight? You can also get bubble tea and frozen yogurt. 623 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak

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9. Garrido’s Bistro and Pastry | Grosse Pointe Woods

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Most people head here for the food (I’ve been eyeing their Panchos) and over-the-top hot chocolate. Let’s just put it this way, Garrido’s Bistro and Pastry has been featured on the Travel Channel, so you know it’s good. They are a Latin-American bistro and that alone makes us want to check it out. To the dessert lover, they are known for their insanely good frozen sweet treats. You’ve probably seen those Instagram-worthy photos of extreme towering milkshakes floating around. Check them out here. The Rockin’ Reese’s is calling my name! 19605 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods (currently offering carry-out)

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10. Mangonadas Del Barrio | Detroit

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Here’s a southwest Detroit favorite. It’s the home of the Mangonada, a frozen spicy Mexican fruit drink. But don’t you worry, they also offer snacks, sweet drinks, and ice cream. I’m adding the chocobanana split to my list. 1210 Lawndale St, Detroit



11. Huddle Soft Serve | Detroit

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The walk-up window for this cute little shop will make you instantly fall in love. Not to mention, their custard is delish. They keep it simple with chocolate and vanilla, or have the best of both worlds with a twist. Then, finish it off with toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips, salt, or get it dipped in cherry or chocolate. Not feeling ice cream? Grab a float. Our favorite part is walking up to grab our treats and then continuing on throughout the city. It’s an absolute must when you visit the city. 2 John R. St, Detroit

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12. Guernsey Farms Dairy | Northville

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Guernsey Farms is a family favorite and they just renovated to make it even more amazing. They now have an Ice Cream Scoop Shop and Soda Bar. You can choose from 48 flavors, which, if you ask me, is nearly impossible to choose just one! Sit down and enjoy a sundae or shake at the old school soda fountain bar. And, if you’re hungry, stop in to the dining room for some food. 21300 Novi Rd, Northville

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13. Modern Cone | St. Clair Shores

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Can you say ice cream nachos?! This is one item that we’ve added to our foodie bucket list as it’s known as a fan favorite at Modern Cone. Oh, if you can’t choose one flavor, why not choose six with an ice cream flight?! No shame in that ice cream game. Not feeling ice cream? Grab an Italian Ice Slush. These are only a few of the items offered here. Check out the menu here. 28616 Harper Ave, St. Clair Shores

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14. Detroit Water Ice Factory | Detroit

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Detroit Water Ice Factory serves up a uniquely delicious icy treat that is fat free, dairy free, and cholesterol free. Most of it is also vegan! Make it a Motown Twist by adding soft serve to the top and bottom of water ice flavors like Banana Peanut Butter, Cobo Coconut, and Honolulu Blue Raspberry. Other menu items include soft pretzels and 14+ unique gourmet popcorn flavors from sister store Brown Bag Popcorn. What we especially love about Detroit Water Ice Factory is that 100% of profits go directly to SAY Detroit charities. Thanks to Detroit’s beloved columnist and author Mitch Albom for bringing this gem to the city! 1014 Woodward Ave, Campus Martius

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We’re so torn, we think we’ll just have to try them all! Which of these ice cream treats makes the top of your list? Plan to stop at one of these places after you visit some local beaches or hiking trails for the ultimate summer treat!




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