Food and Drink

The 14 Best Ice Cream Shops in Las Vegas

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Gus Dean's
Gus Dean’s
Gus Dean’s

This summer has been absolutely brutal in Vegas-even worse than our usual nuclear apocalypse heat. Ice cream can’t exactly replace ice-cold air conditioning, but it can’t hurt, either! When your A/C is struggling to maintain even 85 degrees at home, these locally owned frozen dessert spots will help you cool off. From old school creameries to Italian gelato and Mexican paletas, this list of 14 ice cream shops has you covered when the next heat wave hits-especially those with indoor seating and blessed, blessed air!

Cream Me Ice Creamery

Downtown
This utterly charming new scoop shop just opened in the thriving DTLV Arts District, and it’s exactly what an ice cream shop in an arts district that’s surrounded by mid-century modern vintage shops and rockabilly boutiques should be-a 1950s-inspired ice cream parlor complete with a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox, pastel-pink walls, a rainbow-colored floor that looks like melted pools of sherbet, and a colorful, bubbly ice cream sundae/fairy pinup mural covering one wall. They serve an assortment of Thrifty ice cream flavors with a variety of options for toppings (including their secret “Cream Me” sweet sauce), soft serve and Dole whip, specialty sundaes, and ice cream sandwiches on your choice of cookie, donut, or concha. If you’re up for a challenge, order the $20 banana split-if you finish it by yourself, it’s free!
How to order:
In-store.

secretcreamery
secretcreamery
secretcreamery

Secret Creamery

S. Sammy Davis Dr. 
Secret Creamery operates out of a trailer in a parking lot behind Reef Dispensaries in a part of town best described as the Strip’s backstage area. There’s just a small, small tent covering the window where you order and pay, so when it’s 1,000 degrees outside the process of acquiring the ice cream might feel a bit daunting, especially if there’s a wait. Stick it out, it’s worth it. Sample any and all the flavors that include some truly unique options like blueberry goat cheese, golden turmeric, and 24-month aged parmesan, then order a couple of scoops or a pint to take home. The ice creams are incredibly creamy and rich in flavor and utilize all Nevada-sourced milk (in fact, they source as much as they can locally and post all that info on their website), and the flavors themselves are exceptional. Not quite ready to go all-in on a savory ice cream? Order the vibrantly purple and dangerously addictive ube brownie ice cream made with rich chocolatey chunks of brownies from Carl’s Donuts, another local cult favorite. 
How to order: In-store or order online for pickup and to get pints shipped to you directly.

Frost N’ Roll

S. Decatur
Rolled ice cream is a big thing here in Vegas and there are plenty of places where you can get it, but Frost N’ Roll is a few steps above most others. The ingredients they use are top of the line, including organic agave instead of sugar and fresh fruit that’s hand-picked daily. Their premium dairy ice creams are all-natural, preservative-free, made fresh to order, and customized for each customer. They also have a whole line of fresh fruit sorbets, all vegan. Try one of their house creations, like the Chunky Monkey or Hawaiian Sunset, or concoct your own. And speaking of their house creations, order up a croffle-their take on a croissant-waffle, which you can get topped with Nutella, cookie butter, or their rolled ice cream. Go early because the croffles do sell out!
How to order: In-store or pickup and delivery via GrubHub and Postmates.

Waffelato
Waffelato
Waffelato

Waffelato 

Downtown
Located in the Downtown Container Park, which is always a fun trip in itself, Waffelato serves puffy, Hong Kong-style egg waffles and creamy Italian gelato. The waffles are made fresh to order (choose from vanilla, chocolate, or marble) and waffle “cones” are filled with your choice of rotating gelato flavors and topped with any number of candies and sauces. Or you can just pick from one of their popular signature creations like the very-Vegas “Elvis”-a vanilla waffle with vanilla gelato, Nutella, and banana. 
How to order: In-store or takeout and delivery via Doordash. No dine-in available at the shop, but there is plenty of open outdoor seating at Container Park. 

La Flor de Michoacan

Multiple locations
La Flor de Michoacan specializes in frozen Mexican treats, including cream popsicles and fruit popsicles chock full of huge chunks of hand-cut fruit, shaved ice, chamangos, ice creams in flavors like pistachio, guava, and strawberry vanilla, and more. Popsicles are really the least-respected of the frozen treats and definitely deserve more love-on a hot day when you’re craving something icey cold, a fresh fruit popsicle can hit the spot in a way that ice cream or sorbet simply can’t. The popsicles here are edible works of art-kind of like those handmade soaps that look like slices of fancy cakes you want to eat but can’t. These you actually can!
How to order: In-store.

SCOOP LV
SCOOP LV
SCOOP LV

Scoop LV

Enterprise
Because everything is Instagram and Instagram is everything, many ice cream shops go out of their way with outrageous dessert creations. At Scoop LV, they’ve got the boba bear bottles-bear-shaped souvenir bottles for your boba teas. (There are also light bulb-shaped bottles.) When the shop does limited-edition bear bottle runs, they sell out fast. There are also super fun ice cream flavors like Cookie Monster, Nutella Banana, Hokkaido Milk Tea, Fruity Pebbles, brown sugar boba, black sesame, and durian. But most importantly, they have vibrant purple ube ice cream-try it in their ube Oreo caramel shake! They’ve also got vegan ice cream options, slushies, shakes, milk teas, halo halo, macarons, giant macaron ice cream sandwiches, and cookie ice cream sandwiches.
How to order: In-store, call 702-802-3800 for contactless curbside pickup, or get delivery through Postmates, Uber Eats, and Doordash.

Gus Dean's
Gus Dean’s
Gus Dean’s

Gus Dean’s

Multiple locations 
Gus Dean’s churns out premium ice cream from its Las Vegas production facility that is sold at retail outlets inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and at Pawn Plaza downtown. Made very simply with butter, sugar, and nonfat milk powder for a smooth texture, Gus Dean’s offers over a dozen flavors including all the classics and modern favorites like salted caramel and mocha. The signature flavor, however, is Rebel Red, a strawberry, almond, and cookie ice cream named for the UNLV Rebels. 
How to order: Walk-up locations at the Grand Canal Shoppes and Pawn Plaza are both open.

Paradise City Creamery

Downtown
If you thought 100% plant-based ice cream couldn’t possibly be as sinful as the real thing, allow Paradise City Creamery to blow your mind. Founder Valerie Stunning is not shy about her previous sex worker days, and she brings all of that cheeky showmanship to her ice cream brand, which celebrates pleasure-seeking indulgence and plays up the naughtier side of ice cream. Current summer flavors include Birthday Sex handies (ube cream with brandy icing and paradise pink sprinkles sandwiched between ube birthday cake cookies) and XXXpense It! (Mexican vanilla ice cream with a secret blend of chilis smothered in a juicy mango coulis and garnished with a dehydrated chili). Paradise City Creamery is also extremely vocal and active in supporting social justice causes in the Las Vegas community. 
How to order: In-store or you can also pre-order pleasure pints online for pick-up at Garagiste and the Juice Box LV in Rhodes Ranch.

Luv-it Frozen Custard

Downtown
This place is classic Vegas-and classic walk-up custard stand. Located spitting distance from the Strip in the shadow of the STRAT in downtown Las Vegas, Luv-it has been around since 1973 (that’s historic in Vegas years) and serves two unique rotating and seasonal flavors, in addition to the staple vanilla and chocolate, all made fresh daily. Check the flavor calendar online for exciting additions like Sin-a-Buns or Cookie Dough. The shop also now accepts credit card payments and has their own app for order-ahead pickup and home delivery.
How to order: Order at the walk-up window, order in advance for pickup or delivery via Chow Now, or get delivery through Grubhub and Postmates.

Rolled Ice Cream
Rolled Ice Cream
Rolled Ice Cream

Rolled Ice Cream

Multiple locations
Rolled Ice Cream is not the only shop in town to capitalize on the rolled trend, but it is the only one with the namesake. Rolled ice cream is made by pouring liquid ice cream base onto a frozen pan with selected flavors and mixers, and then it is chopped and rolled into tightly wound ribbons that are then packed into a cup and finished with a variety of toppings. Try one of the house creations like The Elvis with Nutter Butter and banana, or get creative and make your own. They now also sell “cereal cookies” which you can order as a rolled sandwich, like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookies with vanilla ice cream or Fruity Pebbles with strawberry.
How to order: In-store or takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, and UberEats.

Creamberry
Creamberry
Creamberry

Creamberry

Rhodes Ranch
Get a crash-course education in Asian ice cream desserts at Creamberry, where they make nearly all of them. The spot has 22 ice cream and sorbet flavors and another 20 toppings to mix them with. The kicker is that you can order them in all kinds of crazy shapes: rolled ice cream, rolled “tacos” (rolled ice cream in a waffle taco), bubble waffles, bear waffles (shaped like a cartoon teddy bear), halo halo, shaved ice, snow ice, and honey toast sundaes, among other things. And by “other things,” we mean the cotton candy rainbow ice cream burrito, which is, obviously, a dessert that exists specifically for Instagram that takes about 15 minutes to craft (so wait times can get really long if there are a lot of ‘grammers ahead of you in line).
How to order: In-store or takeout and delivery via Uber Eats.

Nielsen's Frozen Custard, Las Vegas
Nielsen’s Frozen Custard, Las Vegas
Nielsen’s Frozen Custard, Las Vegas

Nielsen’s Frozen Custard

Silverado Ranch
Nielsen’s Frozen Custard is a blast from the past-back to the days of soda shops and sock hops. Think vintage tin Coca-Cola signs and black, red, and white checkered packaging. Nielsen’s custard is made fresh in-store every few hours, always with a unique “flavor of the day” (check Facebook) in addition to chocolate and vanilla. You can order a custard cone or a pint to go, but their specialty is the Concrete, a “very thick shake you eat with a spoon” (think DQ Blizzard, only way thicker) with any number of candy, chocolate, fruit, brownie, or nut combinations. Their custards are also available to take home by the pint or quart.
How to order: In-store or takeout and delivery via Seamless, Postmates, and Grubhub.

CJ's Italian Ice And Custard
CJ’s Italian Ice And Custard
CJ’s Italian Ice And Custard

CJ’s Italian Ice & Custard

Multiple locations
CJ’s serves homemade soft serve custard, gelato, and Italian ice. Flavors change constantly, but expect some nostalgic ones like cotton candy gelato, Cinnamon Toast Crunch custard, and Sour Patch Kid ice. The shop also offers a variety of waffle cones dipped in chocolate and coated in cereals, candies, cookies, and sprinkles. In case you’re feeling indecisive, the customer favorite (and Instagram-famous) Bobalati is a mix of boba, Italian ice, and gelato all rolled into one. Another customer favorite: the Spicy Sandia, made with mango ice, watermelon ice, pineapple Dole whip, chamoy, tajin, fresh watermelon & strawberry, and a “spicy stick.” CJ’s is known for its innuendo-heavy Instagrammable moments by way of neon signage inside its shops that make a lot of use of the word “lick,” so come ready for your selfie and order something ostentatious!
How to order: Dine-in and takeout are available at all locations. Delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, and Uber Eats are available at select locations.

Pineapple Park

Southern Highlands
You don’t have to go all the way to Disneyland to indulge in the Dole Whip craze, and you also don’t have to settle solely for pineapple. At Las Vegas’ Pineapple Park, flavors include the classic pineapple as well as strawberry, mango, raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, and seasonal flavors (all of which are vegan). Plus, you can top them with all kinds of candies and cookies and sauces and fruits. Pineapple Park also serves Thrifty ice creams, Dippin’ Dots, boba teas, frappes, crepes, waffles, churros, cakes, macarons, and banana splits. Come hungry and order the massive Pineapple Boat, a banana split served in a halved pineapple.
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Nicole Rupersburg is a freelance writer covering food, travel, arts, culture, and what-have-you. She winters in Las Vegas and summers in Detroit, as does anybody who’s anybody. Her favorite activities include drinking beer and quoting Fight Club.

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How Talking Terps Has Influenced Cannabis Hype Culture

The origins and optimism behind the cannabis brand that sells out drops within minutes. Canabis...

Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain
Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain
Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain

Many cannabis brands describe themselves as “lifestyle brands” and “cultural disruptors.” Few of them actually impact lifestyles or broader cultural trends. Only one of them has figurines up on Stock X right now.

“For OG Terp Crawford to be featured amongst Nike, Jordans, Supreme, BAPE, and PS5s is really sick,” says Hope Lord, co-founder of cannabis lifestyle brand Talking Terps. “Stock X is not taking everyone who makes a toy and putting it up there.”Between their psychedelic graphics, cannabis-adjacent accessories, and famous OG Terp Crawford figurine, Talking Terps has established a cult following amongst cannabis enthusiasts, hypebeasts, and beyond. On paper, it’s a lifestyle brand interested in both cannabis and psychedelics. In action, Talking Terps is an alternative universe that bridges the gaps between toy culture, cannabis culture, psychedelic culture, and American pop culture.

The brand was established as a concept in 2015 by Leor Feit aka Hope Lord, Flatbush Zombies member Antonio Lewis aka Zombie Juice, and Flatbush Zombies spiritual adviser Phil Annand aka PTA Haiti 3000. One year later, the phrase “talking terps” popped in a Flatbush Zombies song, referring to terpenes, a compound found in cannabis.

“We had a show at Red Rocks in Colorado,” Lord recalls. “I had a friend that was part of Blue River Terpenes who brought us the first sample of cannabis-derived terpenes. Then Juice and Erick made a song with it in the chorus.”

Talking Terps
Talking Terps
Talking Terps

Once Talking Terps emerged as a phrase, the graphics, accessories, apparel, events, and, of course, toys were soon to follow. By 2017, the phrase was spotted on one of Snoop Dogg’s t-shirts. In 2019, the concept of Terp Crawford was born, launching the brand towards the collectible toy game.

While the first Terp Crawford was technically a plush pillow, the first toy-named OG Terp Crawford-came in March 2020. The 6-inch tall vinyl sculpture of a humanized weed nug with a joint in his hand and a smile on his face is meant to embody everything Hope, Juice and PTA stand for.

“Our message is to love each other and be happy,” Lord says. “Tread lightly and disrupt nothing.”OG Terp Crawford drops sell out in actual seconds and resell on sites like Stock X for over double their retail price. More than a simple toy, he’s a figure that Talking Terps hopes will evolve into a full-on cartoon character.

“As time goes, the idea for Terp Crawford is for him to be a Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny type figure from our world that can cross over,” Lord says. “There should be no reason one day that Terp Crawford’s not throwing a football in some skit on Monday Night Football.”

That’s not just a high aspiration-the team is currently working with 3 Hearts Entertainment to develop a TV show around him. The goal is for Terp Crawford to go global and for Talking Terps to go meta. With their vast graphic library and club of TT enthusiasts, virtual collectibles like NFTs only make sense (though the team can’t let the terp out of the hat just yet).

“I can see Terp Crawford in Japan, speaking in Japanese on TV,” Lord muses. “Once we take him somewhere else, we could do big sculptures, like at KAWS level, maybe. I think we’ll get a TV show. I can’t speak too much on what we’re working on for the metaverse, but it’s got a lot of components. I can say that we’re building a whole new platform called the meta-forest.”

It’s safe to say there will be a sold-out waitlist to get into that forest.
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Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture and education. Follow him on Instagram.

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