Locals know that some of the best ice cream sundaes can be found in shops sprinkled around downtown Denver. Some of these unique places focus entirely on chilling the taste buds with ice cream, while other frozen favorites are hidden gems inside a coffee shop or burger joint. These fabulous ice cream spots are must-visits, along with these other great destinations: Top Cold Treats In Denver.
Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th St.
Denver, CO 80211
Well known as one of the most famous and must-taste ice cream shops in Denver, Little Man Ice Cream dishes out all of the good stuff. Creative ice cream flavors can be found at Little Man such as French toast, banana chocolate chip and even a bhakti chai for those tea enthusiasts. For those who crave chocolate, the chocolate salted Oreo ice cream comes close to perfection. Surprisingly generous portions with great prices, such as only $3.95 for a ‘Little’ and $5.60 for a ‘Big,’ make Little Man great for the wallet as well. Smiles are always found on the employees’ faces while they handcraft the sundaes, malts, shakes and floats. Guests can even grab a pint to take home in case that visit was not enough. A beautiful bonus to grabbing an ice cream here is its Scoop for Scoop program. Owner Paul Tamburello started the Scoop for Scoop program, in which Little Man Ice Cream matches a scoop of rice or beans for every ice cream scoop served, to donate to a community in need somewhere in the world.
Liks Ice Cream Parlor
2039 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Capitol Hill ice cream lovers know that Liks Ice Cream Parlor is the place to go for cold summer treats. Knowledgeable and friendly staff are experts at creating the ideal treat deliciously placed in a cone, cup or as a mouthwatering sundae. Liks makes ice cream sundaes with any of its myriad of flavors and can top it with fudge, caramel, butterscotch or whatever creation can be conjured up. Liks also has malts, milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches. Along with the traditional flavors, it offers incredible delights such as raspberry or apple cobbler, ancho chile, banana peanut butter cup, cayenne caramel and Colorado mud. Liks has a patio where you enjoy people watching – from the local hipsters to about every variety of Denverite. For those heading up Highway 285, Liks also has a location in Conifer.
Sweet Action Ice Cream
Denver, CO 80203
In the mood for a hot fudge sundae in an ice cream shop with a fun downtown atmosphere? Come find Sweet Action Ice Cream nearby the Mayan Theater and dive in to a sundae made with any of its 24 flavors, homemade rich fudge, homemade whipped cream, nuts or sprinkles and, of course, a cherry on top. The ice cream is made fresh with natural Colorado dairy ingredients and Sweet Action offers flavors such as vegan Colorado peach, garden mint, year of the dragon fruit and even a Stranahan’s whiskey brickle. For those tea lovers who cannot get enough of those leaves, there are tasty grey tea, Thai iced tea and green tea ice creams.
5280 Burger Bar
500 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
The 5280 Burger Bar brings the joy of ice cream to all ages. Just off the 16th Street Mall, this burger joint has fresh mouthwatering burger buns just begging to have all the fixings added. Then after the meal, the ice cream awaits. Creamy delights are made right there on the premises including flavors like wild strawberry, Mexican vanilla, Belgian chocolate, maple bacon, caramelized banana, toasted coconut and sea salted caramel. The adults are in for a treat with what are known as “shaketails” in martini glasses, including a grasshopper and even a drink called the s’mores shake. Incredible ice cream sundaes made to order, down-to-earth prices and a fun and friendly atmosphere make this burger place a must-visit.
Zook’s Coffee and Ice Cream
3156 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Hot and cold treats that will impress both the coffee and ice cream connoisseurs await at Zook’s Coffee and Ice Cream. The owners, Dave and Annie Zook, are incredibly friendly and fun while they whip up pancakes for breakfast, espresso to wake up and killer ice cream sundaes all made with Little Man Ice Cream. Sundaes are created with chocolate, caramel or white chocolate sauce, along with yummy toppings. Ideal for all ages, this gem offers a nice kids’ menu, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and even some delicious alcoholic drinks. To top it all off, there are very comfy chairs in which to chat, play some board games or sink in to a good book.
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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.