10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Houston

January 27, 2023

Houston is famous for being home to NASA’s space center with the famous line “Houston we got a problem”. Well today, we don’t have a problem, just tasty treats. We have created a list of Houston’s best ice cream places where you can enjoy some out-of-this-world ice cream!

List of Best Ice Cream Places in Houston

  1. Fat Cat Creamery
  2. Van Leeuwen
  3. Howdy Homemade Ice Cream
  4. Milk & Sugar
  5. Smoosh Cookies
  6. Cloud 10 Creamery
  7. Flower & Cream
  8. Honeychild’s Sweet Creams
  9. Aqua S
  10. Tiny’s Milk & Cookies

10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Houston

1. Fat Cat Creamery

1901 N. Shepherd Dr, 1225 W. 34th St

Named after Fat Cat Wallace (now in Kitty heaven), Fat Cat Creamery makes handcrafted small-batch ice cream where they use local ingredients. They have a little bit for everyone! They have pies, milkshakes, old fashion soda, cookies, etc. They have classics and specialties. If you want some classic chocolate or want seasonal flavors such as pumpkin cheesecake, they got it!

Hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-10pm

Fat Cat Creamery
Photo from Fat Cat

2. Van Leeuwen

2565 Amherst Street, Houston, TX 77005 – Rice Village

Van Leeuwen ice cream shop started out as an ice cream truck on the streets of New York City in 2008! They pride themselves on their simple and good ingredients and happiness in being healthy. While ice cream isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of something healthy, its simple and good ingredients are good. They have an array of flavors and also offer vegan ice cream. 

Hours: 

Rice Village: Monday-Friday 1pm-12am, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-12am

Uptown Park: Everyday 1pm-11pm

Montrose Collective: Everyday 1pm-11pm

Van Leeuwen
Photo from Paper City Magazine

3. Howdy Homemade Ice Cream

20920 Katy Freeway Suite #S, Katy,TX 77449

Howdy Homemade is good ice cream with a great purpose and mission behind it. They not only serve great ice cream with an array of flavors, this creamery has a mission. It opened with the purpose of creating a safe place where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could work and be made the priority. Howdy challenges other companies to be more inclusive in their hiring process and aims to change the way people with special needs get treated.

Hours: Monday 5pm-8pm, Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-8pm

Howdy Homemade Ice Cream
Photo from Yelp

4. Milk and Sugar

1848 Westheimer Rd.Houston, TX 77098

This ice cream shop doesn’t serve flavors you would find in the freezer aisles of your grocery store. It was started by two girls who were ice cream connoisseurs and couldn’t find ice cream that would satisfy their craving in Houston.  Their ice cream is for ice cream lovers. All their ice cream is made in house and they have unique flavors such as cereal milk and city that never sleeps. If you are looking for a more adventurous and unique ice cream this is the place for you! They all look really good!

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am 

Milk and Sugar
Photo from Milk and Sugar

5. Smoosh Cookies

718 W. 18th St. Houston, TX 77008 – Heights

Smoosh cookies offer premium ice cream, freshly baked goods, and a build-your-own crazy ice cream sandwich. You are given a variety of options to choose from such as donuts, brownies, churros, waffles, etc. That’s just the baked goods options! For ice creams to squish in between your baked goods, you have options such as cookie monster, vanilla, chocolate, and so many more!

Hours:

Heights: Monday-Sunday 2pm-10pm

Westchase: Monday-Thursday 12pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 2pm-9pm

Smoosh Cookies
Photo from Smoosh Cookies

6. Cloud 10 Creamery

711 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007 – Heights

This creamery offers handcrafted ice cream and sorbets! Cloud 10 started out in 2011 and they have grown from an ice cream shop to being able to have its product in grocery stores. They have flavors such as banana cinnamon, lemon mint, marzipan, maple butter pecan, and so many more! They are located at several Whole Foods locations, but here are their main locations!

Hours:

Heights: Monday- Sunday 11am- 10pm

Midtown: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm

Upper Kirby: Monday-Thursday 3pm-10pm, Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm- 10pm

Katy: Monday-Wednesday closed, Thursday & Sunday 12pm-9m, Friday & Saturday 12pm-10pm

Cloud 10 Creamery
Photo from Cloud 10 Creamery

7. Flower & Cream

2617 W Holcombe Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77025

Flower & Cream is an Artisan ice cream shop. They make their unique ice cream flavors with locally sourced ingredients. They have severely gluten-free options and unique flavors such as cereal milk oreo, toffee coffee cake, honey rose, and so many more! These flavors also change so go and try them out before they change their flavors!

Hours: Monday- Thursday & Sunday 12pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm

Flower Ice Cream
Photo from Flower & Cream

8. Honeychild’s Sweet Creams

600 N Shepherd Dr, Houston,TX, 77007

Honeychild’s Sweet Creams serves frozen custard that they make by hand. They pride themselves on using local and fresh ingredients. All the ingredients are natural or organic. They have flavors that are year-round such as pecan praline, buttermilk pie, cafe de olla coffee, and many more. They also have seasonal flavors such as king cake, strawberry, peach cobbler, etc. Check them out for some fresh handmade custard

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-pm, Monday closed

Honeychild's Sweet Creams
Photo from Honeychild’s Sweet Creams

9. Aqua S

9889 Bellaire Blvd, D232.,Houston, TX 77036 – Bellaire

Started in 2015 down under in Sydney, Australia this ice cream shop hopes to bring people the best soft-serve ice cream. Since then they have been able to bring their soft serve to the US. Their signature sea salt ice cream with their signature aqua color is a must-try! They have so many flavors and they rotate them every 1st and 16th of the month. Their ice cream is also perfectly swirled and would make for a great picture!

Hours:

Bellaire: Monday closed, Sunday-Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm

Heights: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm

Aqua S
Photo from Tripadvisor

10. Tiny’s Milk & Cookies

3636 Rice Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77005 – West University

Tiny’s Milk & Cookies is a bit different from the others on this list because ice cream isn’t their sole focus. They are a walk-up bakery that serves fresh baked goods, cookies, homemade ice cream, and homemade coffee. Their ice cream is very classic with classic flavors. It truly feels homemade. If you are looking for something simple and classic this is the place!

Hours: Everyday from 7am-9pm

tiny milk
Photo from Yelp

Conclusion

So this was it from the list of Best Ice Cream shops in Houston that you shouldn’t miss. Also, don’t forget to check out the Best Ice Cream Shops in Austin.