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The Best Ice Cream Shops in Boise, Idaho (2024)

It's May and the weather is finally starting to warm up here in the Treasure Valley! As we all start to spend more time outside and plan some fun family outings we thought we'd share some of the BEST places for ice cream in the Boise area. We've rounded up information for some of Boise's best spots to grab ice cream scoops at but we want to know what YOU would say is the "best spot" in the Boise community? Does your favorite ice cream shop make our list? 

The Stil (The Sweetest Things in Life)

About:"Reinventing the Ice Cream Experience: We set out to create unique flavors made from real ingredients. No artificial flavors, colors, or additives. The STIL crafts small batch ice cream from Idaho dairy, creative and creamy vegan options from coconut cream, and our famous booze infused creations. Pair your scoop with our wide selection of local beer and wine for an experience unlike any other, create your own ice cream sandwich, or try yours as an affogato with fresh local espresso. Start your experience with a freshly oven-toasted sandwich sourced from our favorite local partners, or order online for an in-home experience!"

Items you gotta try: Local favorite flavors include Fresh Powder (vanilla and cream cheese) and Deja Vu (Almond Cream, Oreos, & Waffle Cone Pieces) and the adults gotta try their affogato and the 21+ homemade ice cream (or their beer or wine pairings!).


Downtown Boise - 786 W. Broad Street, Boise, ID

Boise Bench -13 S. Latah Street, Boise, ID

Southeast Boise / Harris Ranch - 3724 S. Eckert Rd, Boise, ID

Downtown Caldwell Indian Creek Plaza - 712 Arthur Street, Caldwell, ID

*You can also grab pints at some Albertsons, the two Boise Co-op locations and it's served at various restaurants around town.

Stella's Ice Cream

About: "We strive to serve joy to every person that walks through the door. We believe that ice cream has the power to make the world a little sweeter. At our stores, we are committed to celebrating differences, considering new ideas, and making ice cream that is simply better. Each day, our employees come to work with a smile on their face ready to make our customers happy. We founded our store with the belief that kindness builds the best kind of business. To model this in both our ice cream, personnel, and future ventures, we developed four core values that we strive to uphold in our daily operations."

Items you gotta try: Kids love their "Blue Moon" and if you're looking for vegan options they have a variety of unique vegan flavors made from coconut, oat, and almond milk


Downtown Boise: 100 N 8th Street, Boise Idaho 83702

State Street: 4740 W State St, Boise, ID 83703

Eagle: 2826 S Eagle Rd Suite 140, Eagle, ID 83616

North Meridian: 1492 N Webb Wy Suite 150, Meridian, ID 83642

Nampa: 1212 3rd St S, Nampa, ID 83651

Caldwell: 2609 Blaine St, Caldwell, ID 83605

Fanci Freez Burgers and Shakes

About: "Locally owned and operated, Fanci Freez has been serving Boise families delicious burgers, shakes and fast food for decades. Our little restaurant has seen the same customers come back time and again, some of them for 50 years! We feel fortunate to share this community with you, and look forward to creating more timeless bonds and memories."

Items you gotta try: Boston Shake - a shake with a sundae on top! They also have a great food menu to delight your taste buds!


Boise: 1402 W State St, Boise, ID 83702

Meridian: 1750 W McMillan Rd #100, Meridian, ID 83646

Reed's Dairy

About: "Reed’s Dairy Farm Brings Four Idaho Generations of Family Values To Your Table. A farm-to-table enterprise in the truest sense, our Idaho Falls dairy farm has 250 Holstein cows, which provide milk for our delivery service in eastern and western Idaho. Dairy products, including ice cream, are also available at our four retail locations. You will appreciate that all the dairy products we sell are produced and processed on-site; it is generally sold to our local community of customers within hours of the cows being milked! Our top-selling products include chocolate milk, cheese curds and eggnog during the holidays. In store, our 80+ flavors of ice cream and legendary grilled cheese on homemade bread are also favorites."

Items you gotta try: Huckleberry or huckleberry cheesecake (an Idaho must) or their shakes/malts made with Reed's Dairy milk!


Meridian: 1735 West Chinden, Meridian, ID 83646

Goody's Soda Fountain and Candy Shop

About: "Goody's has been a Boise tradition since we first opened our doors in 1996. Nestled in the heart of Boise's historic district, Hyde Park, we work hard every day to create delicious handmade ice cream, chocolates and candy that live up to our motto: Only Too Much Is Enough! At Goody's we strive to create the best ice cream flavor and experience possible. Our ice cream is made multiple times each week right in our store in Hyde Park, Boise. We always use rich, high quality cream and premium ingredients. When you take a bite or lick of Goody's ice cream you taste 33 years of ice cream making experience. Whether in the blistering heat of summer or as a comfort in dreary winter there is never a bad time to enjoy a Boise tradition with Goody's ice cream."

Items you gotta try: Got a sweet tooth? You'll wanna leave with goodies from their candy store (like their homemade chocolates) in addition to their great ice cream!


Delsa's Homemade Ice Cream + Restaurant


About: "Award winning ice cream and old fashioned, quality diner food. There was a time in Boise's history when farms and wide open spaces were as common as heavy traffic is today. And it was then, in 1961, that Owen and Delsa Walton opened a tiny ice cream parlor in front of their farmhouse on Ustick Road, serving nothing but Mrs. Walton's homemade ice cream. Delsa's still stands by tradition, serving up homemade ice cream using Delsa Walton's Original Recipe from 1961.Today, Delsa's is still operating out of the original parlour (with some additions made as the years went by) bringing you an unforgettable experience. We believe ice cream should be full of flavor and free of unnecessary ingredients, so we use fresh high-quality dairy and fresh fruit and produce from local farms. We feel our ice cream could possibly be the world's best so come taste it yourself!"

Items you gotta try: Delsa's is a great place to grab a meal or visit just for their delicious ice cream! The classic ice cream parlor feel makes it a Boise gem!


Boise: 7923 W Ustick Rd, Boise, ID 83704-5851Meridian - Capri/Delsa's: 1407 W McMillan Rd Suite 170, Meridian, ID 83646

Fizzy Cow

About: "The Fizzy Cow is an Ice Cream & Soda Shop in Downtown Boise located at the Green Acres Food Truck Park (a magical place right off the Greenbelt). We offer ice cream by the cup or waffle cone. Check out our extensive beverage menu with fun soda creations. Try one of our concoctions or make your own!"

Items you gotta try: Their soda creations are super fun! Go with a classic root beer float, try one of their creations or create your own with their endless flavor combinations!


Green Acres Food Truck Park: 1401 Shoreline Drive Boise, ID 83702

Alright, those are just a handful of the local ice cream shops we recommend checking out next time you're screaming for ice cream! Whether you're looking for the best ice cream treats, soft-serve ice cream, ice cream made with local ingredients or the most popular places to enjoy a sweet treat (or two), we hope you find good options on our list! 

PS... Looking for frozen yogurt? Our favorite is Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt off Apple Street in Boise! It's a self serve frozen yogurt spot with what feels like unlimited topping options! Plus it's a great place to hang out and play games - very kid friendly!


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