By ALLIE MYSZKA
Rising temperatures and sunny days call for cold, delicious treats. Fortunately, the city of Nashville offers plenty of wonderful options when you need a frozen treat! Support a local business, beat the heat, and satisfy your sweet tooth at one of these Nashville-based businesses this summer.
2911 12th Avenue South, Nashville
With an expansive menu that changes daily, Las Paletas has just about every flavor of popsicle you could dream of. From fruity and exotic to rich and chocolatey, their popsicles are inspired by the owners’ Mexican heritage—and they’re always made with love. Visit the Las Paletas website.
Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
5301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville
I’ll take a chocolate-dipped cone with a side of nostalgia, please! Bobbie’s Dairy Dip has been in business since 1951. After all these years, it still offers delectable treats and a welcoming place to sit and chat with a friend. Visit Bobbie’s Dairy Dip on Facebook.
Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar
129 2nd Avenue, Nashville
Mike’s Ice Cream has long been a staple for locals and tourists alike. This well-loved local business recently moved to a new (super convenient) location on 2nd Avenue—right in the middle of the bustling downtown scene. Visit the Mike’s Ice Cream website.
King of Pops
Multiple locations: click here to see their many Nashville locations
Technically, King of Pops isn’t a local Nashville business. But, it was started in our neighboring metropolis, Atlanta, and the owners of the company are dedicated to serving the entire Southeast with their pops. If that doesn’t convince you that they’re worthy of your business, their amazing popsicles most certainly will. Visit the King of Pops website.
Pied Piper Creamery
If you’re looking to skip the frills and go straight to good old-fashioned homemade ice cream, Pied Paper is the place to go. It’s conveniently located near Five Points, making it a great dessert stop after an evening at one of East Nashville’s prime dinner spots. Or, we wouldn’t blame you if you skipped dinner and just had ice cream instead! Visit the Pied Piper Creamery website.
Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place, Nashville
Elliston Place Soda Shop’s history dates all the way back to the early 1900s, making it the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Music City. And for good reason—their milkshakes and floats are to die for. Grab one to go and head over to Centennial Park for a summer evening stroll. Visit Elliston Place Soda Shop’s website.
1200 Villa Place, #113, Nashville
For the ultimate “treat yourself” experience, Legato Gelato can’t be beat. Order classic or adventurous flavors of their prepared-fresh-daily gelato, and grab a seat on their quaint patio to enjoy it as the summer sun sets. Visit Legato Gelato’s website.
2535 8th Avenue South, Nashville (Melrose); 4408 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville (Sylvan Park); 431 11th Avenue North, Nashville (Capitol View)
M.L. Rose is a favorite of Nashville locals for its burgers and expansive beer selection, but did you know they also have one of Music City’s most-loved bushwackers? When you need dessert with a buzz, their “Whipwacker” is a chocolate treat laced with whipped cream vodka. Visit the M.L. Rose website.
Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.