Nothing screams summer like evening walks with a dripping ice cream cone in your hand.
So, here’s the inside scoop on some of the top dessert spots in the Kansas City metro area — from historic neighborhood favorites to inventive creameries churning things up with creative flavors + confectioneries.
The Flying Cow | 5000 State Line Rd., Westwood Hills, KS
This new spot is sister stores with Annedore’s Fine Chocolates, with its gelato house-made using the Annedore’s confectionery twist. Reader Linda R. recommends getting the grapefruit prosecco gelato.
Betty Rae’s Ice Cream | Multiple locations
With two locations, this spot is known for churning up unique flavors like Goat Cheese, Apricots, & Candied Walnuts and Chinese 5 Spice.
Ice Cream Bae | 5260 W 116th Pl., Leawood, KS
If you’re looking for ice cream that tastes as good as it looks, this is the spot for you. The neon sign in the store is the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram picture.
Paleterías Tropicana | Multiple locations
Founded in 2004 to serve homemade, authentic Mexican ice cream to a growing Hispanic market, Paleterías Tropicana offers more than just ice cream. Try its fruit cocktails, smoothies, churros + traditional Mexican lunch and dinner food items.
Miami Ice | 1624 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO
Ice, ice, baby. Transport yourself to a tropical oasis by trying its shaved ice. If you’re looking for other cold treats, opt for the custard instead.
Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream | 6609 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS
Reader Susan P. sent us this spot, which has over 80+ flavors of ice cream. Try one of its KaleidoChills, described as a “frappe with a scoop of our own premium ice cream.”
Sylas & Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream | Multiple locations
Several readers sent us this spot, and City Editor Krit agrees. From the moment you step into one of its stores, you’re greeted with the smell of homemade ice cream. We recommend getting the 5 Flavor Sampler to try its expansive menu.