Written by guest contributor: Erika Olivares
Perhaps you’re on a summer vacation and in the mood for something sweet. Or maybe you just want to enjoy a scoop of ice cream on a warm summer evening at home. It can be difficult for vegans to find ice cream options outside of a grocery store’s frozen food aisle.
If you’re in one of the below cities, though, you’re in luck! The following list comprises shops offering vegan ice cream in major US cities.
New York City
The Big Apple has tons of different food options, and vegan ice cream is no exception:
Lula’s Sweet Apothecary
516 East 6th St.
New York, NY 10009
Lula’s is entirely vegan and dairy-free with organic and gluten-free options. Flavors are made in small batches fresh daily, on the premise, and rotate regularly.
2236 Forest Ave
Staten Island, NY 10301
Maze’s is not fully vegan, but they offer an impressive selection of coconut, soy, and hemp ice cream in several different flavors. Vegan options are clearly marked.
159 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Stogo offers dairy-free ice cream using organic dairy-free ingredients with no refined sugars, animal products, gluten, preservatives, or artificial flavorings. Every flavor is made from scratch and the shop is committed to a health-conscious and earth-conscious approach. Flavors are rotated daily; see website for a complete listing of flavors offered.
1537 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
iCream is not your ordinary ice cream shop. You won’t find premade flavors or soft serve machines – everything is made on the spot according to the customer’s choices. A nitrogen machine zaps the created flavor and instantly freezes your customized treat.
712 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Scoops offers vegan ice cream in a variety of unique flavors including oreo cookie, chocolate jasmine, and strawberry coconut. Be warned – Scoops is cash only!
Several different locations in the LA area, check website for addresses.
KindKreme is a gourmet, raw, vegan, organic dessert shop offering their vegan icekreme. Virtually all menu items are also gluten-free.
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Multiple locations in the Seattle area, check website for addresses.
Full Tilt has an offering of vegan ice cream flavors that are coconut-milk-based, including Almond Joy. They also have vegan waffle cones and you can buy their ice cream wholesale!
Oregon Ice Works
3221 SE Division
Portland, OR 97202
Oregon Ice Works creates a frozen treat that is not exactly ice cream – the dessert is a frozen mix of fruit, water, cane sugar, and natural stabilizers. Flavors include mango, marionberry, and coconut vanilla.
3713 North Mississippi Ave
Ruby Jewel makes its own ice cream locally, in small batches. Though the entire shop is not vegan, they offer 2 vegan flavors daily – Pink Lemonade and Oregon Berry. Ruby Jewel is also committed to sustainability and supporting the local economy.
481 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
FoMu uses a coconut-base to make their vegan ice cream, and offers flavors such as salted caramel, peanut butter, and bananas foster. They can even turn your scoop into a vegan sundae!
1310 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
J.P. Licks has 10 locations around the Boston area and its entire menu items are Kosher certified. The shop offers several dairy-free options such as chocolate coconut.
Rocket Ship Ice Cream
1666 Market St
(between Van Ness Ave & 12th St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Rocket Ship Ice Cream is the creation of Sarah Smart, and is completely vegan, made with coconut milk and rice milk. Flavors range from the common (coffee, vanilla chocolate swirl) to the unique (lavender honey, peppermint lime).
1392 9th Ave
(between Irving St & Judah St)
San Francisco, CA 94122
This San Fran gelato and coffee shop has 2 sections of gelato, each containing 12 flavors. One section is traditional gelato; however, the other section contains all vegan varieties. Twelve flavors of vegan gelato to choose from, including Irish Morning and mint cookie!
(All pictures courtesy of A la Mode)