17 Spots to Get Dairy-Free/Vegan Ice Cream in WNY

Photo courtesy of Churn

Dairy isn’t for everyone- we get it, but guess what? ICE CREAM IS. Everyone needs their ice cream fix- and now, nothing is stopping you, thanks to some shops around town serving up dairy-free. And let me tell you, these shops aren’t just serving dairy-free “options” (aka freezie pops and slushies)- they’re serving real dairy-free vegan *ice cream*. Check out some of our fav spots:

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Adrian’s Ice Cream Sandwich / Photo x Naomi Sakovics

1. Adrian’s Custard & Beef

2335 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072


It’s not very often that you find a little hidden treasure place like this serving dairy-free custard. Adrian’s is doing it right, guys. Not only is the custard Ahh-mazing, it doesn’t taste like pure chemicals (#plus)- it’s real creamy and delish, just like ice cream should be. The flavors rotate regularly (and yes, there’s more than just vanilla). Oh, and did I mention they’ve got a dairy-free and vegan ICE CREAM SANDWICH?! Yeah, that’s right. Get there today.


2. Anderson’s Frozen Custard

View All 6 Locations here  (PS They also have a food truck!)


This Buffalo favorite has some of the best custard around, but I bet you didn’t know they had some bomb vegan ice cream too! Well, “ice cream” is a relative term- they’re using “Plant Based Frozen Dessert”- same thing though, right? (if we’re being honest, it sounds a lot healthier). They’ve got 2 flavors (with these flavors, that’s all you even need)- Chocolate Raspberry Chunk and Coconut Chocolate Almond😍 . They’re both made with coconut milk!


Peach & Love / Photo courtesy of Churn

3. Churn Soft Serve

1501 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216


Churn’s coconut soft serve is vegan (and may I add, delicious)– AND they’ve got vegan specialties too, not just plain old ice cream in a dish (BORRRINGGG) -in fact, these are the exact opposite. There’s “The Samoan,” which includes coconut soft serve, toasted coconut, chocolate chips and silky caramel sauce. And then, AND THEN- there’s the “Trix Are For Kiddos” curated cone with coconut soft serve, fruity cereal and lime zest- it’s supppper yummy.


4. Jerk’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

523 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203


All of their housemade ice cream is made with coconut milk, cream of coconut, high fructose corn syrups, extracts and a true non dairy whip base (aka dairy-free)! And guess what? There’s actually more than one dairy-free flavor, shocking, right?! Flavors include: Colada Noir, Cruella de Vanilla, Chocolate Cocoa and Strawberry.


5. Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream

56 E. Spring St, Williamsville, NY 14221


This one-of-a-kind ice cream shop makes ALL of their flavors from scratch- and they’ve got just about a million flavors on hand (okay, that may be a little of an exaggeration-but there’s A LOT) that they rotate regularly. There are usually 2-3 vegan options and a couple tasty sorbets as well (flavors also rotate regularly)!


Photo courtesy of PJ COOLS

6. PJ COOLS Ice Cream Shoppe

6160 Transit Rd, Depew, NY 14043


PJ Cools is looking out for you with gluten free, dairy free and lactose free options that are available everyday. Ice cream cakes included as well!


7. Green Acres Ice Cream

4357 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043



Frosty’s Non-Dairy and Vegan Menu

8. Frosty’s

5500 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086 / 2424 George Urban Blvd, Depew, NY 14043



9. Mississippi Muds

313 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY 14150


Mississippi Muds offers a dairy free almond milk and cookies n’ cream ice cream.


10. Jamie’s Ice Cream

1401 Nash Rd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120



Pineapple Dole Whip / Photo courtesy of Bug Sings

11. Big Sings

6251 Goodrich Rd, Clarence Center, NY 14032



12. Kone King East

117 Hamburg St, East Aurora, NY 14052



13. Route 20 Ice Cream

2783 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127



14. Fran-Ceil Custard

3411 South Park Ave, Blasdell, NY 14219


Serving Dole Whip in 17 different flavors, this custard is vegan, gluten, dairy, and fat free.


15. Yummies Ice Cream

12 Center St, Warsaw, NY 14569


Serving homemade ice cream, Yummies has close to 75 flavors including rotating vegan and lactose free flavors. Their site even has the option for you to send in flavor ideas!


16. Frey’s Tasty Treat

6186 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094


Tasty Treat serves both vanilla and cookies n’ cream dairy free ice cream options.


17.  Reid’s Ice Cream Parlor

130 Lake Ave, Lockport, NY 14094


Reid’s carries a rotating selection of almond milk swirl vegan ice creams. Some of their flavors include: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, coconut, peanut butter, and fudge brownie.


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