Honeysuckle Gelato at Ponce City Market

One of my absolute favorite sweet treats to beat the summer heat is ice cream. My love affair with this creamy dessert goes all the way back to my childhood growing up in Nashville. I can still remember that feeling of being on the swings at the playground and hearing a distant jingle. In an instant, I’d be running as fast as my spindly little legs could carry me towards the ice cream truck that came rumbling up the street.

In the years since I’d like to say that my palette has matured and that I’m some sort of ice cream aficionado who likes fancy flavors such as pistachio or lavender, but that would be a lie. I’m still devoted to the traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla, but I do try to ocassionally break out of my comfort zone for some new variations.

Here in Atlanta we have a few really great ice cream shops, and whether you’re into soft serve, gelato, sorbet, sprinkles, hot fudge, cones, cups, or sundaes, there’s delectable treats that are sure to please.

There are, of course, more than just the four ice cream shops featured here, but these are my personal favorites in some of my favorite neighborhoods.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Westside Provisions District, 1198 Howell Mill Road, 30318
jenis.com or (404) 355-6050
Mini Flight with Nectar Honeycomb, Cream Puff and Vanilla Honey – $6

Honeysuckle Gelato
Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. 30308
honeysucklegelato.com or (404) 228-7825
Brown Butter Scoop on a cone – $3.75

Zesto’s Drive-In
2469 Piedmont Road NE, 30324
zestoatlanta.com or (404) 237-8689
Single Twist Cone – $2.5

Queen of Cream
701 Highland Ave. NE #1, 30312
queenofcream.com or (404) 331-0807
Tahitian Vanilla Bean Sundae with sprinkles, hot fudge and whipped cream – $7.62


Sisters, from left, Penelope, Josephine and Eleanor Critz enjoy cool treats from Honeysuckle Gelato at Ponce City Market.

Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.