Chattanooga, home to the tasty MoonPie, the famous song “The Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and Lookout Mountain (you can see seven states from the mountaintop), has some darn good ice cream as well.
While the place has its share of sightseeing to keep you occupied, don’t forget to indulge in the best ice cream in Chattanooga.
Best Ice Cream Spots in Chattanooga
Here are some of the best ice cream shops in the Chattanooga area to drop by for some incredible treats!
Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
For a place that’s been hand-churning its ice cream since 1999 and continues to do so, you can be sure it’s among the more popular ones.
The son of a third-generation candy maker launched Clumpies with a vision to create one-of-a-kind treats as unique as the city. And the result? They’re a local favorite.
They use fresh ingredients to churn small batches of a wide variety of flavors. Apart from the fresh milk and cream they pasteurize to make their ice cream mix, they also do home-made cakes, cookies, sauces, jams, and chunks.
Go for one of the classic or exciting new flavors in rotation; you’ll love them all. Don’t forget to check out their sumptuous seasonal flavors and gourmet popsicles. My favorites are Espresso Chocolate Chunk, Whiskey Caramel Cornflake Crunch, Firecracker (Tutti Frutti ice cream with pop rocks), and Strawberry Hibiscus Sorbet (the absolute best).
- Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
- Northshore, 26 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37405
- 3917 St. Elmo Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37409
- 1401 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
8o F Ice Cream
Have you ever witnessed the making of rolled ice cream? It’s almost mesmerizing to see the process; the result is a delight to the eyes and taste buds.
With more than 28 rolled ice creams, as well as milkshakes, bubble tea, green tea, slushies, and eight regular ice cream flavors, 8o F is, hands down, among the best ice cream parlors in Chattanooga.
You have a choice of flavor and three toppings, and you’ll see handmade, fresh ice cream made right in front of you in a capturing show.
The choice of ice cream/milkshake flavors ranges from Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry to Butter Pecan, Cookies & Cream, Cookie Dough, and Rainbow Sorbet. They also have an extensive range of toppings – fruits, nuts, chocolates, syrup, cookies, and others.
Indulge in the tropical flavor of Pina Colada (cream with vanilla, pineapple, and coconut flakes), or go for an Oreo Cheesecake (cream with vanilla, Oreo, cheesecake). If you visit them on your birthday, you get a free ice cream of your choice!
- 8 F Ice Cream, 1913 Gunbarrel Rd #105, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Finding a line at Bruster’s isn’t uncommon, but you could use that time to decide which flavor you’d like to pick. They have homemade ice creams, Italian ices, sherbets, and sorbets, sugar-free, non-dairy, and vegan options.
Their ice cream flavors will drive you nuts; Birthday Cake, Banana Nut Bread, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Coffee Cake Streusel, Egg Nog, Hallowscream, and Lemon Blueberry Cake, among others.
That’s not all – they also have ice cream cakes, pies, sundaes, blasts, shakes, and freezes. Try their Banana Split, it’s heavenly.
- Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, 1406 Jenkins Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Milk and Honey
You may visit Milk and Honey for breakfast, lunch, pastries, sweet treats, or some Stumptown espresso and coffee, but you mustn’t miss the authentic homemade gelato here.
As much as their hot chocolate and vanilla bean latte are exceptional, so is their made-from-scratch gelato. They have amazing seasonal flavors like Pineapple Habanero and Summer Strawberry and rotating ones like Blueberry Buttermilk, Coffee + Cream, Milk & Honey, Avocado, and Sicilian Pistachio.
- Milk & Honey, 135 N Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Downtown Dough Chattanooga
Drop by Downtown Dough to get your ice cream and cookie dough fix in one go. This ice cream shop serves its frozen treats with a slice of edible cookie dough!
That means you get to choose your ice cream and cookie dough flavors. They have options like Cookies n Cream, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookie, and more.
- Downtown Dough Chattanooga, 100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Mr. T’s Pizza and Ice Cream
A great place for pizza that also sells delicious ice cream with a great view of Lookout Mountain.
They may have only 15 flavors of Mayfield ice cream, but you’re bound to find the perfect flavor for dessert after gorging down their delicious, hot, cheesy pizzas. The regular ice creams include Vanilla, Strawberry, and Chocolate.
And then there are some popular flavors like Mint Chocolate Chip, Moose Tracks, Peanut Butter Cup, Black Cherry, Praline Pecan, and my favorite – Rainbow Sherbet.
If you’re looking for special flavors, they have Mocha Almond Fudge, Smoky Mountain Fudge, Lemon Custard, Black Walnut, and more. You can also choose your favorite flavors and make a customized banana split or sundae.
- Mr. T’s Pizza & Ice Cream, 3924 Tennessee Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409
Other Places With Great Ice Cream in Chattanooga
Here are some other places in Chattanooga that serve great ice cream:
- The Ice Cream Show, 105 Walnut St, Chattanooga, TN, 37403
- Cold Stone Creamery, 100 Chestnut St Ste A, Chattanooga, TN 37402
The Cherry on Top!
Whether you’re in Chattanooga for some rock climbing, sightseeing, or seeking an adventure, make some unforgettable memories with the best ice cream the place has to offer.