The forecast this week: hot, hot, hot!
What better way to enjoy the summer heat than to order up a double scoop of chilled, icy goodness?
We got your back! In this article, we include the hottest spots in Detroit serving the coolest flavors of ice cream.
With summer in full swing, it’s time to make your way downtown for some of the most unique ice cream shops around.
Located on 4160 Cass Ave in Midtown, Treat Dreams in redefining the idea of homemade ice cream.
Striving to use local ingredients and vendors, this store creates small batches of ice cream on site in Michigan.
According to their website, Team Dreams has made over 800 different flavors, including crazy concoctions like Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Macaroni & Cheese, and Sweet Corn!
The best part about this shop is their spontaneity: every Sunday features new flavors for you to try out. Now you have the perfect excuse to get ice cream every week (as if you needed an excuse!) You can see the featured flavors on their Facebook or Twitter.
They feature 12 – 14 hard ice creams, 1 – 2 lactose free sorbets, and homemade vegan ice cream. Also included in their menu is ice cream cakes, baked goods, homemade ice cream sauces, and drinks. There’s something for everyone at Treat Dreams.
Hours of operation include Monday – Thursday from noon – 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from noon – 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 9:00 p.m.
Mootown Ice Cream & Desserts Shoppe
Take a break from walking around Eastern Market to check out Mootown Ice Cream & Dessert Shoppe.
As the name implies, you’ll find more than a scoop of sugary ice at this shop: Mootown serves cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and pie!
Fitting in with the Market vibe, this shop is designed with reclaimed wood flooring and home-on-the-range, cow patterned curtains. As the store is family owned and operated, you’ll feel a welcoming, homey presence in the shop.
Serving Michigan-made Hudsonville ice cream and Sanders toppings, Mootown has everything: from classic flavors like French vanilla and superman to creative mixes like Sleeping Bear Dunes Bear Hug and Mackinac Island Fudge.
If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, chill out: Mootown has you covered! Fruit and vegetable smoothies are the newest addition to their menu, featuring a Going Green smoothie, including kale, pears, oranges and a Moo Smooth with bananas, pears, and pineapple!
They also have an outdoor patio, so you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Eastern Market while you dig into your dessert.
Mootown Ice Cream is open Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They are closed Sunday – Monday. Follow Mootown on Facebook for updates on the store.
Detroit Water Ice Factory
If you need more convincing on increasing your weekly (or daily!) ice cream intake, Detroit Water Ice Factory (DWIF) is the perfect excuse!
According to their website, 100% of their profits help Detroit’s neediest citizens through Super All Year (S.A.Y.) Detroit.
The best part is, you don’t have to wait until after dinner to have your dessert: DWIF created a breakfast menu full of sweet treats to jump start your day, including a dessert crepe, made with nutella, powdered sugar, chocolate and fruit or a traditional breakfast crepe made with eggs, ham and cheese.
Back to the ice cream: my personal favorite is “The Motown Mash,” not only because of the tribute to Detroit, but the layers of chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream and fluffy goodness!
If fruity-flavors are your thing, I also enjoy the Salted Margarita and the Woodward Watermelon!
For a complete list of menu items, check out their website.
Detroit Water Ice Factory is located on 1014 Woodward Ave and open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mangonadas Del Barrio
If you’re looking for a unique Mexican dessert experience, Mangonadas Del Barrio is your ice cream shop!
What is a Mangonada you ask? Good question: a Mangonada is a chilled fruit drink, usually containing fruit, like mangos, spices, like chili power and lime juice.
They also serve ice cream, fruit drinks and smoothies as well. Offering a wide range of delectable desserts.
Another great aspect of this shop is the food: serving an authentic Mexican menu, Mangonadas makes street food like Dorilocos, nacho cheese Doritos topped with various items like cucumber, carrots, lime juice, chili powder, and anything else you can imagine!
Make Mangonadas your one-stop-shop for dinner and dessert. Find and “like” them on Facebook for additional menu options.
Mangonadas is open on 1210 Lawndale St. Monday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Astoria Pastry Shop
Located in the historic Greektown neighborhood on 541 Monroe, Astoria Pastry Shop uses the finest ingredients for dessert perfection.
With a wide and diverse menu of sweets, Astoria serves everything from Macaroons to hard-scooped ice cream. Each of these sweets can be enjoyed with a piping hot cup of fresh brewed coffee.
Their ice cream selection provides classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, along with some fun flavors like Moose Tracks.
Astoria Pastry Shop is open Sunday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to midnight and Friday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Ice, Ice Baby!
As if you needed yet another excuse to indulge in some of the D’s best ice cream shops, it’s gonna be a hot one this week: a perfect reason to check out a local Detroit ice cream shop.
Check out these cool locations and let us know your favorite ice cream flavor!