Best Ice Cream in Kansas City: 5 Must-Visit Shops

I mentioned in previous posts that I was on a mission this summer to explore Kansas City’s best ice cream, and I think I’ve finally made my rounds. While I’m sure there are places I missed, today I’m sharing 5 ice cream shops worth visiting if you’re in Kansas City. (This was, hands down, the most fun I’ve had doing research for a blog post.)

{5 Don’t Miss Ice Cream Shops in Kansas City}

Kansas City has some excellent food, ice cream included. Here are 5 ice cream shops worth visiting if you're ever in the Kansas City area.

{Betty Rae’s - Waldo}

Betty Rae’s is the newest of the bunch, as it opened this past spring in the Waldo neighborhood. They serve delicious homemade ice cream in unique flavors like Lavender Honey and Brown Butter Toasted Pecan (and plenty of chocolate-heavy options for a chocoholic like me!). Be sure to get your scoops in one of their homemade waffle cones, or even between two freshly baked cookies--either way you can’t go wrong. 

Best ice cream in Kansas City - Betty Rae's in Waldo

{Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard - Brookside and Leawood, KS}

Foo’s is Kansas City’s original custard shop, serving up tasty sundaes and concretes as well as lunch and other treats (at their Leawood location). I’m typically a hard-serve ice cream kind of gal, but I make an exception for rich, creamy frozen custard. They have plenty of classic, yet fun, flavor combinations to choose from. I enjoyed their Triple Threat (chocolate, peanut butter, and chocolate chip), while Aaron loved the Candybar Crunch concrete. 

Best ice cream in Kansas City - Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard in Leawood or Brookside

{Glace Artisan Ice Cream - Kansas City or Leawood, KS}

Founded by Kansas City’s well-known chocolatier Christopher Elbow, Glace specializes in small-batch homemade ice cream made from high quality ingredients. Reminiscent of gelato, their flavor-packed ice cream is served in modest quantities with tiny spoons. Don’t let that deter you though, you will still leave there with a full and happy belly. I love their classic Christopher Elbow Dark Chocolate, especially when I combine it with Fleur de Sel Caramel--what a delicious mix! They also offer flavors like Basil Lime Sorbet, Toasted Corn Flake, and Pistachio Halva.  

Best ice cream in Kansas City - Glace in Leawood or Kansas City

Westport, a Kansas City neighborhood known for its excellent food and shopping, boasts a gem of an ice cream shop in Murray’s Homemade Ice Creams. Its colorful exterior is full of charm, and its wonderful homemade ice cream (as well as a full-service coffee bar!) can’t be missed. Their flavor menu changes, but I always cross my fingers they’ll have my favorite, Chocolate Flake Fromage, a tangy, cheesecake-like chocolate chunk. Murray’s is always worth the visit, but be sure to plan accordingly--they’re only open Thursdays through Sundays, and they’re closed in the winter. To stay on top of their schedule be sure to follow them on Facebook. 

Best ice cream in Kansas City - Murray's in Westport

{Sylas and Maddy’s - Olathe, KS}

Also located in Lawrence, KS, Sylas and Maddy’s serves up delicious, homemade hard-serve ice cream. They have an ever-changing menu of creative flavors like DaBomb (loaded with chocolate and candy), Peanut Butter Freak, and the Dark Side. Aaron loves to get a milkshake made with their Birthday Bash ice cream, while I can’t go without getting a scoop or two in one of their homemade waffle cones. Because of it’s all-too-convenient location, this is probably the place I visit the most, although I rarely have the same thing twice! 

Best ice cream in Kansas City - Sylas and Maddy's in Olathe and Lawrence

{Honorable Mention - Sheridan’s Frozen Custard}

Although it’s not local to Kansas City (there are locations across the country), I can’t do an ice cream post without mentioning the popular frozen custard joint, Sheridan’s. One of their locations is less than a 5 minute drive from my work, so I stop there a little too frequently. I pile on the chocolate there--chocolate custard with peanut butter cups usually, while Aaron loves their seasonal pie and cobbler sundaes. 

I hope I’ve convinced you to check out at least one of these places on your next trip to Kansas City. And if you want to let me know when you'll be here, I’d be happy to accompany you! 

Tell me, what’s your favorite ice cream shop in your city? I think I need to keep a running list for future travels! 

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