Ultimate Guide to Ice Cream | In & Around Cedar Rapids

It’s officially ice cream season! Nothing hits the spot more than twist cone on a hot, summer day. When it’s hot and you’re in a pinch for something to cool down, ice cream is a must! We’ve rounded up our favorite frozen treat spots in Cedar Rapids – and also included our must-order favorites!

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Almost Famous Popcorn

Address:1121 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Salted Caramel. Simple yet decadent. It’s a bit sweet, a bit salty, with a ton of creamy flavor.

Parlor City Ice Cream

Address:1936 42nd St NE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Simple twist cone. As “vanilla” as it may be, soft serve twist cones just hit the spot. It’s under $2 and is our family’s go-to.

The Kool Moo

Address: 1020 Old Marion Rd NE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Take 5 Sundae. Soft serve mixed with Take 5 Candy Bar (chocolate, pretzels, and caramel) will have your taste buds rejoicing!

Moo Moo’s Ice Cream Truck

Address: Based in North Liberty | Serving Eastern Iowa

Our Favorite: Monster Cookie Sandwich. This yummy treat features two signature monster cookies sandwiched between vanilla ice cream.

Cold Stone Creamery

Address: 4701 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Our Favorite: Apple Pie A La Cold Stone. You can’t go wrong with any signature creation, but this one is so yummy – apple, caramel, crushed graham crackers, and cinnamon.

Deb’s Ice Cream & Deli

Address: 215 3rd St Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Root Beer Float. There is something so classically nostalgic about this frozen treat. Hits the spot every time!

Bittersweet Coffee & Ice Cream Camper

Address: Based in Cedar Rapids | Serving Eastern Iowa

Our Favorite: Ice Cream Nachos. You can’t go wrong with their monthly rotating drinks/float flavors, but the nachos have my heart.

Luna Gelato & Ice Cream

Address: NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd ST SE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Caramel Oreo Gelato. Creamy, sweet, and oh-so creamy. Gelato just takes frozen treats to a entirely new level.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard

Address: 2745 Blairs Ferry Rd NE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Signature Turtle Sundae. Fresh & creamy vanilla custard, hot fudge, hot caramel & toasted pecans. Yum!


Address: Multiple Locations

Our Favorite: Salted Caramel Concrete Mixer with Cookie Dough. Talk about an indulgence! Sweet n’ salty with a ton of creamy custard.


The Freeze

Address: 915 S 11th St, Marion, IA

Our Favorite: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie A La Mode. Made with Kathy’s Pies and soft serve vanilla soft serve, it’s a quintessential summertime treat.

Barker’s Ice Cream & More

Address: 2100 7th Ave Marion, IA

Our Favorite: Ice Cream Cinnamon Roll. OMG! A fresh baked cinnamon roll filled with vanilla soft serve and topped with frosting.

Frydae Street Fries & Ice Cream

Address: 743 10th St, Marion, IA

Our Favorite: Coffee & Donuts Loaded Shake. Caramel Cold Brew ice cream, caramel sauce, streusel topping, whipped cream, & mini donuts!

Mount Vernon

Bass Farms

Address: 840 Bass Ln, Mt Vernon, IA

Our Favorite: Munchie Madness. Sweet cake batter ice cream swirled with a salted caramel ripple and brimming with Oreos, M&M pieces and peanut butter cups.


Dan & Debbie’s Creamery

Address:1600 Main St. Ely, IA

Our Favorite: Butter Pecan. Browned butter, toasted pecans, and a rich custard base make this a standout version of a classic flavor. Swoon.


Two Scoops

Address: 207 East Main Street Anamosa, IA

Our Favorite: Wapsi Mudd Slide (a local favorite & named by the community)


Jon’s Ice Cream Store & Restaurant

Address: 231 W Marengo Rd, Tiffin, IA

Our Favorite: Bear Claw Hand Dipped Cone. Soft, creamy dark chocolate soft serve with covered cashews and a caramel swirl.


Shelly’s Sweets

Address:211 1st St E, Newhall, IA

Our Favorite: Peanut Butter Shake. This creamy, nutty, and delicious shake is made with soft serve with real bits of peanut butter.

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