If you’re looking for the best ice cream in Orlando then you’ve come to the right place! From sundaes to soft serve to milkshakes, I’ve included all of our favorite places to get ice cream in Orlando, including many locally owned small business you should absolutely support, and I’ve listed my favorite menu items at each location in case you need a personal recommendation. Tried and tested by myself and an ice cream loving toddler, these are the places to get the best ice cream in Orlando!
The best ice cream in Orlando
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream in our favorite place for ice cream in Orlando when we visit as a family because it’s so kid friendly. There are so many different flavors of ice cream and sorbet, their homemade waffle bowls are amazing, and as if the ice cream weren’t enough, there are board games for the kids to play while they eat!
Kelly’s has been in Orlando since 2015 and began because Kelly, who previously worked in an ice cream shop, noticed that people always smile when you hand them an ice cream, which is one of the best things I’ve ever heard! The ice cream is delicious and the atmosphere at the store is cozy and welcoming.
Where: 3114 Corrine Drive, Orlando FL 32803 (this is their original location, but there is a second location on Ferncreek Avenue in Orlando as well).
What to order: My favorite is the mango sorbet in a chocolate dipped waffle cone.
DOMU can be found in the East End Market in the Audubon Park District of Orlando, and while they actually specialize in ramen and other noodle dishes, they serve some of the best soft serve ice cream I’ve ever had!
They rotate their flavors and include some seasonal varieties, so it’s hard to know what they’ll serve on any given day (unless you follow them on social media, which is what I do to keep up to date with their options!) but if you visit while they have the Guava soft serve on sale, it’s my absolute favorite! Otherwise their Matcha Green Tea is light and refreshing.
East End Market on Corrine Drive is actually one of my favorite places to eat in Orlando and home of Gideon’s Bakehouse, which sells my favorite chocolate chip cookie in the whole world (and is one of my most Instagrammable sweet treats in Orlando!)
Where: In the East End Market on Corrine Drive
What to order: if they’re serving it, the Guava soft serve is amazing – if not, try the Matcha Green Tea soft serve instead.
If you’re vegan or have a dairy allergy and looking for the best ice cream in Orlando then this is absolutely the place for you!
The Greenery creamery specializes in dairy free ice cream (although they have ice cream with dairy in too) homemade in small batches using organic and locally sourced ingredients. I have always been skeptical about dairy free ice cream but theirs is the best I’ve ever tried!
The location is small (parking can be found around the back of the building) and a short walk from Lake Eola, which is a great place to stroll with an ice cream (and one of my recommendations for family friendly things to do in Orlando outside of the theme parks!)
Where: 420 E Church Street Unit 112, Orlando FL 32801
What to order: Try any of their non dairy options in a black ash cone.
If you’ve never tried nitrogen ice cream, you need to change that! It’s such a fun experience to watch it being made, and a great experience for kids – my toddler loves it here!
Frozen Nitrogen Ice Cream has only been in Orlando for a short time but it’s a great place with super friendly employees and delicious ice cream. You select your flavor and then watch as they flash freeze it with liquid nitrogen that freezes the ice cream while still keeping it smooth and creamy. You can then add toppings, which I would highly recommend – we love adding Captain Crunch cereal!
Where: 4498 N Alafaya Trail Unit 330, Orlando FL 32826
What to order: it’s all about the process here so anything will taste amazing, but I do love the vanilla ice cream with Captain Crunch cereal and caramel sauce.
Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop has been a staple at Disney Springs since before it was even called Disney Springs, and even though other ice cream shops have popped up at Walt Disney World since, this still remains a very popular favorite.
Located in the Market Place, Ghiradelli has a traditional soda fountain as well as a chocolate shop, and it almost always extremely busy. The interior seating section isn’t particularly big, but there is outdoor seating and you can always take your ice cream to go.
I love the sundaes, especially the Treasure Island Warm Brownie Sundae, or on a cold day the Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa really hits the spot! Ghiradelli is listed as one of the best places to find chocolate at Walt Disney World.
Where: The Marketplace at Disney Springs
What to order: The Treasure Island Warm Brownie Sundae (but I substitute the vanilla ice cream for raspberry sorbet!)
Ample Hills Creamery was added to the Boardwalk area at Walt Disney World a couple of years ago and has become a favorite place to pick up ice cream, rivaling Beaches and Cream across the water at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Prices are a little higher, but quality is noticeably better. A lot of places to get ice cream at Walt Disney World are simply using Edy’s ice cream, which is fine but not a particularly great quality. Ample Hills is handcrafted premium ice cream, and in my opinion it’s worth the extra cost. Everyone working there is friendly and happy to let you sample as many flavors as you like. Some of the flavors are truly unique, and the Sally Sells Seashells flavor is made just for the Boardwalk location.
Ample Hills is a great place to visit if you’re staying at any of the Epcot Resorts (Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, or the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin), and is a short walk from Epcot or Hollywood Studios (and is now a short walk from the International Gateway stop of the Disney Skyliner.)
Where: Disney’s Boardwalk Resort (and opening soon is a location at Disney Springs)
What to order: the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Sundae is definitely worth the cost – and the calories!
Vivoli Il Gelato is found at The Landing at Disney Springs and is a great place to pick up gelato, a milkshake, or one of their extremely creative seasonal options.
The gelato is rich and creamy, and they’re happy to let you try different flavors. They usually have a sign outside with whatever seasonal option they have at the moment, and these are usually really creative (and more than big enough to share!)
There is outdoor seating in front of the shop but across the walkway you can sit and look out over the water and even watch the amphicars take off from The Boathouse.
Where: The Landing at Disney Springs
What to order: Any of their seasonal milkshakes or sundaes
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is easily spotted from Universal Citywalk as a huge steampunk inspired structure located between Universal Studios Orlando and Island’s of Adventure. The restaurant offers a full service brunch and dinner menu, but most people head there for the ice cream and milkshakes.
Toothsome’s milkshakes are no ordinary milkshakes; Jacques’ Specialty milkshakes include flavors like Red Velvet, Marshmallow Crisp and Key Lime Pie, and all come adorned with fancy toppings that just beg to be photographed! The milkshakes and sundaes are huge, definitely big enough to share, and I would recommend trying to get a seat indoors to eat them just to take in the incredible decorations and enjoy the ambiance.
Where: Citywalk at Universal Orlando Resort
What to order: the Red Velvet Milkshake with vanilla ice cream, red velvet cupcake, raspberry sauce, rainbow sprinkles and whipped cream.
Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor is one of those locations that any Harry Potter fan would tell you is a staple in the books, and it was a must add to Diagon Alley when it opened at Universal Studios Orlando. The location is on the corner in front of Gringotts Bank, and can’t be missed, with a giant rotating ice cream out front.
Lines can often be long here and there is no indoor seating – and not much seating in the surrounding area – but it’s worth it to try this ice cream! Die hard Harry Potter fans will want to try the Strawberry Peanut Butter that Harry enjoys in the books, but other unique flavors include Chocolate Chili and Clotted Cream.
Take a look at my list of other summer snacks to enjoy in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Where: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando
What to order: The Strawberry Peanut Butter ice cream
Over by UCF, you can find Ice & Bites Cafe, which features one of the more unique ice cream options on this list.
Ice & Bites Cafe specializes in Boba Tea, however they also feature Taiyaki, which has become my new favorite way to eat ice cream. Taiyaki is a fish shaped cake, and at Ice & Bites you can get that filled with ice cream and toppings and it is delicious! I tried the latte flavored ice cream topped with Pocky, chocolate chips, and caramel sauce, and it was incredible!
The cakes are made fresh so you’ll need to be a little patient for your Taiyaki, and the ice cream tends to melt a little quickly since the cake is hot and fresh, but it’s absolutely worth it!
Where: 3402 Technological Avenue Suite 220, University Park FL 32817
What to order: The Taikyaki filled with latte flavored ice cream topped with Pocky and caramel sauce
J-Petal in Waterford is a truly unique place to get ice cream.
They specialize in Thai style rolled ice cream, which is a fascinating process to watch: ice cream mix is poured onto a cold plate and then rolled as it freezes, creating rolls of ice cream that can then be stacked in a bowl and toppings added. Not only is it fun to watch, but it’s delicious!
Where: 1100 N Alafaya Trail Unit 130, Orlando FL 32828
What to order: try the Thai rolled ice cream (we got the Cookie Monster) and make sure you watch it being made!
This is my local neighborhood ice cream shop so I had to include it here since we’re at this location most often!
A traditional ice cream and soda fountain, West Orange Creamery is a short drive from downtown Orlando and the Orlando theme parks – and absolutely worth it! The ice cream is delicious, they often have seasonal flavors and special offers, and the soda jerks are super friendly.
The location features indoor and outdoor seating as well as board games to keep kids (or adults!) busy while enjoying your ice cream.
Where: 1575 Maguire Road, Ocoee FL 34761
What to order: The Cookies and Cream Milkshake topped with whipped cream and a cherry