Somerville Summer: Snag a Scoop of Ice Cream

One of the most classic summer activities is getting a big ice cream cone on a hot day and savoring each bite before it melts. Here are some spots to snag a scoop in Somerville:

Christina’s at Q’s Nuts: One of my favorite places to get ice cream is Christina’s across the border in Cambridge, but you can also get your fix at Q’s Nuts (349 Highland Ave.) in Somerville.

Frozen Hoagies: What started as a food truck in 2011 is now also a brick-and-mortar shop in Powder House Square. Frozen Hoagies (864 Broadway) sells ice cream from the Chilly Cow in Arlington sandwiched between two homemade cookies out of its Somerville storefront and off its truck that parks around the Boston area.

Gracie’s Ice Cream: For years I’ve heard locals lament the lack of ice cream in Union Square, but now there’s reason to rejoice. Gracie’s Ice Cream (22 Union Square) has opened in the former Sherman Market space and is serving up scoops of flavors like chocolate Fluff, cold brew coffee and even Grape-Nut.

Gracie's Ice Cream Pop-Tart

iYo Cafe: It seems like frozen yogurt shops are springing up faster than weeds in mid-summer and iYo (234 Elm St.) is Davis Square’s locally owned version of this trend. In addition to iYo’s fun fro-yo flavors, the shop also brews coffee and espresso drinks and sells pastries, sandwiches and a variety of other foods.

J.P. Licks: A giant in the local ice cream scene, J.P. Licks now has two Somerville locations. The original is in Davis Square (4 College Ave.) and now you can also visit the shop at 611 Assembly Row. From traditional and seasonal hard ice cream flavors to soft and hard frozen yogurt and even lactose-free offerings, J.P. Licks has it all. You can also feast on one of our favorite frozen treats–an affogato–vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso at the shop.

Louie’s Ice Cream: Located in East Somerville, Louie’s (193 Broadway) is a classic, old-fashioned scoop shop with a plethora of offerings. Open seasonally, Louie’s has got everything from sundaes to sherbet in addition to traditional hard ice cream in a variety of flavors.

Louie's Ice Cream

Orange Leaf: Though it’s a chain, the staff at Orange Leaf (256 Elm St.) is friendly and the fro-yo is delicious (none of that fake flavor that you so often find). I’m partial to the peanut butter, but the coconut, oatmeal cookie and classic tart are also excellent. And don’t forget the extensive toppings bar where you can add candy, fruit, cereal and other tasty bits to your creation.

Scoop N Scootery: This brand new ice cream truck not only parks at various locations around Somerville every day of the week, it will also deliver ice cream, frozen yogurt and sundaes right to your door! Scoop N Scootery sources its frozen treats from Richardson’s in Middleton (a really fun summer destination).

The Galley Ice Cream: Based out of Kitchen Inc. (201 Somerville Ave.), The Galley Ice Cream will be making appearances at area markets and pop-ups this summer. Handmade in small batches, The Galley turns out fresh flavors like lemon curd, tahini caramel chip and coconut cajeta.

Tipping Cow Ice Cream: Based in nearby Medford, Tipping Cow can be found at the Union Square Farmers Market on Saturdays. Tipping Cow sells pints or four-ounce servings of its ice creams, which come in flavors like dark chocolate and sea salt, ginger berry and sweet corn. [Updated 8/13/15: Word is that Tipping Cow may be making Somerville its permanent home. Check out the Kickstarter.]

What’s your favorite place to get ice cream in Somerville? 

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