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Get the scoop on San Antonio's 7 best ice cream shops

Get the scoop on San Antonio's 7 best ice cream shops

Lick Ice Creams
Lick Honest Ice Creams is located at The Pearl. Photo by Annie Ray
Rio de Gelato
Rio de Gelato serves homemade gelato and sorbet. Rio de Gelato/Facebook
Justin's Ice Cream
Justin's Ice Cream Company has been a San Antonio staple for over 30 years. Justin's Ice Cream Company/Facebook
Lick Ice Creams
Rio de Gelato
Justin's Ice Cream

The sun's out and the only thing we really want is to stay cool with some ice cream. After searching high and low, we've come up with a list of seven of the best ice cream (and gelato) shops in San Antonio. Our suggestion — try them all. And seeing that it's National Ice Cream Month, you have the perfect excuse.

Brindles Awesome Ice Creams 
Brindles has serious neighborhood vibes with bright colors and bubbly scoopers. There are more than 30 gelato and ice cream flavors on any given day, making it a suitable spot for a group of picky eaters. Be sure to try the Azteca, creme fraiche, nocciola, and red velvet.

Justin's Ice Cream
Cool off on the River Walk at Justin's Ice Cream, a favorite for over 30 years. Justin's serves ice cream, gelato, and sorbet in an abundance of flavors, including Mexican vanilla, tiramisu, chocolate chip, mango, and guava.

Lick Honest Ice Creams
Austin-based Lick Ice Creams is located in the Pearl and offers funky flavors made with fresh ingredients. Daily selections include horchata, Texas sheet cake, dark chocolate with olive oil and sea salt, hot chocolate, roasted beets, fresh mint, and more. Lick also makes seasonal and dairy-free creations.

Rio de Gelato
This family-owned Italian cafe has been using the same family gelato recipe for several generations. Though the flavors change seasonally, some of our top picks include strawberry fields, Australian lavender, and Perugia.

Sam's Ice Cream Shop
Sam's offers delicious homemade ice cream and a whole lot of accompaniments like brownies and peach cobbler. Popular flavors include cake batter, pistachio, bananas Foster, cookies and cream, and apple cinnamon.

South Alamode Panini & Gelato 
Nestled in the Blue Star Brewery complex is some of the best gelato and sorbetto in town. Every flavor is made fresh daily with both Italian and local ingredients. Our favorites include passion fruit, strawberry, black sesame, nocciola, and fior di latte.

The House, Boozy Ice Cream and Brews
Booze-infused ice cream? Yes, please. This King William District ice-cream-shop-meets-bar is the perfect stop for a hot summer day. Notable flavors include Aztec, RumChata, and iced coffee. There are nonalcoholic options for the kids too. Just ask the ice cream 'tenders  for details.

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