10 Local Ice Cream Shops You Need to Know About

Cotton Candy Freak Shake / Photo courtesy of Poutine & Cream

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night snack… there’s really no bad time for our favorite cold summer treat. We basically live for it. And Western New York has got some of the best spots to grab a cone (or shake, or sundae, or taco- it’s a real thing). Here are just *some* of our favs:

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1. Frosty’s

5500 Broadway St, Lancaster, NY 14086                 

2424 George Urban Blvd, Depew, NY 14043


If you like a classic ice cream stand, serving up Buffalo’s own Perry’s with all the extras, this one’s for you. When I tell you that they have literally every single flavor/combination/sundae/milkshake/form of ice cream out there, I mean L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y. You will find something new on the board every single visit, even after staring at it for 20 minutes everytime (guilty). They have some of the best milkshakes around, and if you’re going for something thicker, the arctics are fantastic (specifically the graffiti arctic-it’s a classic there). FYI: there are two locations- the one in Lancaster looks like a super cute fairytale gingerbread house, and the one in Depew is a bit more average but still has all the same goods.


2. Main Street Ice Cream

35 Main St A, Hamburg, NY 14075


This adorable little ice cream shop has a small indoor space consisting of a few tables and a cooler full of homemade goodies and an outside window for quick service. It’s right on – you guessed it, Main Street – in the Village of Hamburg and serves killer house-made hard ice cream, a variety of sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and more.


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3. Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream

79 Canal Street, Lockport, NY 14094 

1900 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214 


Lake Effect makes their own small-batch ice cream right here in WNY with unique flavors that we promise you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Each flavor and sundae is crafted meticulously with a Buffalo spin- and that’s why we’re so in love with it (like they even have a sundae that combines Buffalo’s famous Paula’s donuts with Public’s espresso). And they always keep us on our toes by adding new flavors (and locations…).




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4. 2 Scoops Ice Cream

4626 Camp Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075


This little Hamburg ice cream stand has got it goin’ on. They’ve got basically every flavor of Perry’s ice cream (including Fireball) and their own homemade custards (w/ new flavors. Every. Single. Week.), homemade waffle cones, sundae-on-a-sticks, nutty buddies, ice cream sandwiches, cakes AND TACOS- ICE CREAM TACOS. Do you really need anything else in life? The answer is no.


5. Green Acres Ice Cream

4357 Broadway, Depew, New York 14043


Prepare to be overwhelmed. This place has SO much to offer, not only in terms of ice cream, but life itself. Green Acres triples as a mini-golf course, driving range, and ice cream stand house (& ice cream truck), so you can golf your little heart out, and then treat yo self after (it also makes for a super cute date night). AND, they have FREE outdoor movie night on Wednesday nights, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf on Thursday nights, and LLoyd’s taco truck on Monday nights in July. Oh, and the ice cream options are endless- from Perry’s to Chocolate Shoppe to Dole Whip (peep the *gluten free* options) to Wow Cow!- served in sundaes to milkshakes and everything in between.


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6. Churn Soft Serve

1501 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216


If you’re into Lloyd (or delicious, homemade & natural ice cream) at all, keep reading. The same Lloyd serving up those one-of-a-kind, to-die-for tacos are now serving you ice cream- so you know you can expect nothing less than incredible. And they’re bringing the same unique Buffalo twist on Mexican to their ice cream as they do to their tacos. Obviously, that means churros. Churros AND ice cream. I mean, why the hell not? I would highly recommend the Caramelicious Churro Sundae for the full Churn experience. They’ve also got plain ‘ole cones, sundaes and ice cream sandwiches (if you’re not into the whole churro thing) with some vegan options too!


7. Jerk’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

523 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203


Jerk’s prides themselves in their homemade sodas- a craft that they’ve brought back from the 50s- that they use in their floats, NY ice cream sodas, NY egg creams, cremosas and cows! And of course, they’ve got everything else that spells ice cream- including over-the-top milkshakes (literally and figuratively), pancake wraps (aka the ultimate sundae inside of a pancake) and jerk nachos for a beautiful combination of sweet and salty. They’ve got Hershey’s ice cream, along with their own homemade small batches and vegan and dairy-free options! Literally everything here is #instaworthy. Do it for the pics guys.


Twinkie Freak Shake / Photo courtesy of Poutine & Cream

8. Hertel Ave Poutine & Cream

1488 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, New York 14216


This is the sister restaurant to Allen Street Poutine, but unlike the Allentown shop, they serve ice cream along with the poutine they’re known for. Made from scratch daily, their ice cream is 18% milk fat and offered in classic flavors, including Nutella, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, cake batter and a vegan option. Plus they use the good stuff to make unique treats like Creamy Buns – homemade donuts filled with ice cream and topped with toppings, and Freak Shakes – big, crazy milkshakes filled and topped with candy, cookies, cupcakes, you name it.




9. King Condrell’s Candy and Ice Cream

2805 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217


King Condrell’s has been around for 50 years, and it’s become a Buffalo classic. It’s all homemade at this old-fashioned ice cream and soda bar. Anything there is fantastic. If you’re daring enough, get yourself the kitchen sink sundae- it’s exactly what it sounds like- 16 (!!!) whopping scoops of ice cream with your choice of toppings. Object of the game is… try not to kill yourself. FYI: they also make and sell delicious chocolates (and sponge candy!!).


10. The Pink Cow Ice Cream and Eatery

13119 Broadway St, Alden, NY 14004


This pink and cow-patterned stand (w/ super cute matching picnic tables) is absolutely adorable, and they’re serving up some delicious sweet treats! They’ve got all the flavors you need (Perry’s & Upstate Farms), with a great selection of sundaes, and most importantly, they have DOGGY SUNDAES (yes, you can bring your dogs🐶)! And probably the best part about this place is the drive-thru- okay tell me another place serving ice cream through the window that *isn’t* a fast food chain… I’ll wait. Good stuff going on here. Good. Stuff.

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  • I agree with all of these, only out of personal bias you should check out Fran Ciels in Lackawanna. They have my heart for amazing custard. You won’t regret it!

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