Best Ice Cream Around Rochester

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM . . . and frozen custard, gelato, frozen yogurt, and Italian ice! There is no shortage of cold treats in our area. These shops around Rochester have options galore, between flavors, cones, dishes, toppings, sundaes, shakes, and other novelty desserts. Let’s check out what to expect and some exciting, special offerings at each one!

Abbott’s Frozen Custard

Many locations throughout Rochester!
Abbott’s was founded by Arthur Abbott who started perfecting his frozen custard recipe in the early 1900s. Based in Rochester, it’s found all over the city and surrounding towns, and often attached to Bill Gray’s too! This delicious frozen custard is made fresh daily.

Bruster’s | Irondequoit, Webster

1930 East Ridge Road, Irondequoit, NY 14622
1041 Ridge Road SR404 SR 404, Webster, NY 14580
Offerings vary by location, with at least 24 flavors made fresh in the shops daily (over 150 handcrafted flavor recipes in rotation!). Consider trying their candy-filled blasts!

Byrne Dairy

Several locations throughout Rochester!
Byrne Dairy has a great selection of affordable, hard and soft ice cream flavors — including a vanilla and black raspberry twist! For something different, try out their Donut Sundae.

Chill & Grill | Palmyra

616 E Main St, Palmyra, NY 14522
Serves up Perry’s ice cream plus many other options. The “kiddies” are so big you can order a half kiddie!

Colby’s Ice Cream & Bake Shop | Rush

7272 West Henrietta Road Exit 11 US I-390, Rush, NY 14543
Colby’s offers Hershey’s ice cream in over 30 flavors. Try their five-scoop, five-topping, Monster Bowl to share as a family!

Creamcredible | Henrietta

3130 E Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14467
Check out their delectable, unique flavors of homemade ice cream! Combine it with a waffle for extra goodness.

Dave’s Ice Cream | Batavia

3872 W Main Street Rd, Batavia, NY 14020
Touted as the creamiest ice cream around, Dave’s is known for offering various flavors of delicious, sugar-free, soft ice cream twisted with vanilla: pineapple, loganberry, and peanut butter (to name a few)!

Drip Ice Cream Shop | Greece

200 Elmridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626
Open seven days a week, check out this cute shop in Elm Ridge Center next to Walmart. Try a Twisted Sundae, Amaze Ball, or Ice Cream Nachos!

Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream & Chocolates | Downtown

672 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Hedonist handcrafts confections using old-world techniques and carefully sourced ingredients. In addition to staple flavors, they make small-batch flavors that rotate as they sell out. 

iKON Ice Cream | Scottsville

12 Main St, Scottsville, NY 14546
A cozy, family-run ice cream parlor with over 3000 flavor combos, plus Perry’s ice cream! They even have boba tea!

Lift Bridge Ice Cream | Fairport

6 North Main St, Fairport, NY 14450
Lift Bridge offers 32 flavors, plus soft chocolate, vanilla, and custard twist. For extra fun, try their ice cream tacos and ice cream nachos!

LuGia’s | Spencerport

4719 Lyell Rd, Spencerport, NY 14559
You get BIG portions here of hard ice cream, custard, and vegan options alike! Instead of accepting tips, LuGia’s accepts donations for a local charity, which is selected each year.

Moonlight Creamery | Fairport

36 West Ave, Fairport, NY 14450
Conscientious with environmental impact and ingredient sourcing, Moonlight creates imaginative signature and seasonal flavors.

Netsins Ice Cream | Irondequoit

290 Culver Pkwy, Irondequoit, NY 14609
You certainly won’t be left wanting for choices at Netsins, since they have over 50 delicious flavors. Plus, big portions for the price!

Papa Jack’s Ice Cream | Victor

265 W Main St, Victor, NY 14564
Try Papa Jack’s fun custard flavors: pineapple, orange, and raspberry, plus raspberry and lemon sorbet! Holiday-themed sundaes are a must-see too.

Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery | Pittsford, Downtown

44 N Main St, Pittsford, NY 14534
733 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Their treats are made from scratch — a whole lot more than ice cream! Local farms provide the raw milk used in the ice cream and other products.

Pulcini’s Ice Cream | Palmyra

2460 State Route 21, Palmyra, NY 14522
Delicious specialty sundaes with hard and soft ice cream (gluten-free and non-dairy options).

Quigley’s Cafe | Penfield

1592 Qualtrough Rd, Rochester, NY 14625
Enjoy ice cream, smoothies, and many other goodies at this cafe!

Rita’s | Brighton

1900 S Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Italian ice made fresh daily, Rita’s has over 95 flavors in rotation! They also serve frozen custard and a bunch of combinations between the two.

ROC City Ice Cream | Greece

571 Stone Rd, Rochester, NY 14616
Check out ROC City for an old-fashioned outing, fun flavors, and big servings. Try a delicious Bubble Waffle or an Ultimate with unlimited toppings to share as a family!

Royal Cafe Gelato | Fairport

15 N Main St, Fairport, NY 14450
For highly-rated gelato, don’t miss this place! Customers speak of it being the best in New York.

Russell’s Ice Cream | Chili

2385 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624
Russell’s is family-owned and operated since 1967, open all year round. They have a long list of toppings and hard ice cream flavors, with a few soft ice cream and yogurt flavors.

Scoop ‘n Twist | Brighton

932 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618
This local establishment offers a wide range of inventive flavors, including oats cream and other non-dairy options, sherbet, and frozen yogurt. Try out a crepe or waffle with your ice cream in their suggested combos! Scoop ‘n Twist works closely with local suppliers for ingredients.

Sprinkles Ice Cream | Chili

3193 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624
A family-owned business offering 25 hard ice cream flavors, and a few Italian ice flavors. The frozen custard comes in vanilla, chocolate, plus two different flavors that change weekly. Don’t snooze on their flavor burst twists with vanilla: Blue Goo, Watermelon, Birthday Cake, and Tropical Orange!

The Creamery | Hilton

144 South Ave, Hilton, NY 14468
Serving Perry’s ice cream, this cute shop does it up right with sundaes and waffle cone nachos!

VICS | Spencerport

194 S Union St, Spencerport, NY 14559
VICS serves ice cream from Gifford’s (Maine) and Leiby’s (Pennsylvania). Check their website for instructions on parking. Try their Bills Spirit Sundae!

What’s ‘Ur Scoop | Penfield

1601 Penfield Rd, Rochester, NY 14625
Find this outdoor space with picnic tables in the front corner of Panorama Plaza. Enjoy hard ice cream, frozen yogurt, Dole soft serve, oat-based ice cream, or Italian ice. Don’t miss the photo op with your little ones at the photo stand!

Yolickity | Greece, Henrietta, Webster

848 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14612
1000 Hylan Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
944 Hard Rd, Webster, NY 14580 
Yolickity is the first self-serve frozen yogurt store in Rochester. Their high-quality frozen yogurt comes in 18 flavors and includes free taste tests. There are some gluten-free, certified kosher, non-dairy sorbet, and non-sugar options too!

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Amanda grew up on the west side of Rochester before getting married and moving to Charleston, SC. She and her husband adopted their two boys as toddlers from South Korea in 2017 and 2019. She loves adventuring, watching her boys try new things, and helping out at their schools. Amanda has a social work degree and a background in non-profit work. She is currently Managing Editor for Charleston Moms after being a contributing writer for several years. After a decade in the southern heat, her little family decided they would thrive more in the Rochester area, and found their home on the east side in 2022. Amanda is thrilled to now be contributing locally for Rochester Mom Collective! She is a quirky, creative soul who enjoys expressing through writing, art/decor, dance, drums, and singing (commonly incorrect lyrics).