The best ice cream in Rhode Island? Try these 9 great spots



Oh my dear. Clementine’s combines the charm of a homemade ice cream stand—you’ll find such after-beach favorites like Oreo and Chocolate Chip—with boutique flavors like oatmeal cookie, buttery brick ( sweetened butter pecan ice cream with layers of buttery candy crunches) or dark raspberry chip frozen yogurt in homemade waffle cones. Their pistachios and cotton candy are food coloring free, and the coffee ice cream is decaffeinated, so you can treat yourself late into the night. Keep an eye out for special bundles like the Birthday Cake, Rocky Rhode or – take note for spring – Cadbury Egg. Oh, and bring Fluffy: They made doggie sundaes out of cookies. Open every day (from noon to 9 p.m.) at 62 Wave Ave. in Middletown, and open Tuesday through Sunday (noon to 9 p.m.) at 2934 South County Trail in East Greenwich.


Remember when ice cream novelties meant Flintstone Push-Ups, Tricolor Popsicles and Klondikes? Tricycle serves ice cream novelties 2.0. We’re talking about artwork that makes for a drool-worthy Instagram scroll. Think passion fruit or golden mango sorbet push pops, toasted coconut ice cream sandwiches, caramelized fruit pebble ice cream tacos, Oreo cookies and ice cream with sweet cream + cocoa cookies drizzled with caramel, black forest cake sandwiches (tart cherry ice cream with ribbons of kirsch cherry compote on brownies studded with white chocolate), crunchy blueberry sandwiches ( chunks of blueberry crunch marbled in Madagascar vanilla) and – oh, yes – chocolate Guinness stout ice cream sandwiched between golden butter blondies sprinkled with salty potato chips and pretzels. Open Thursdays (3-8 p.m.), Fridays (3-9 p.m.), Saturdays (11 a.m.-9 p.m.), and Sundays (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) at 70 Battey St. in Providence. 401-741-3549.


The longtime kingpin of historic Tiverton Four Corners is a Rhody staple for a reason. For this reason: their homemade ice cream is damn good. Dating back 99 years, Gray’s has long been a quaint place to enjoy a cone or a cup outside. They also now have a Bristol location on Thames Street, if you’re looking for a seaside sundae. The original Tiverton location, right in the heart of FarmCoast Rhode Island, is a stop a must for locals and tourists. Their list of flavors is simple but long – think summer flavors of lemon blueberry and summer favorites like peanut butter, pistachio, cookie dough, rum raisin and Oreo. (Two words: coffee cabinet, aka knock.) 16 East Road in Tiverton and 259 Thames St. in Bristol. Call for current hours: 401-624-4500.


The Inside Scoop offers dozens of flavors ranging from apple pie to cherry bing, sea salt caramel and sweet cream, plus summer favorites like buttery crunch, maple nut and peppermint stick. They also offer non-dairy ice cream — chocolate coconut almonds, mint chips, black raspberries, and more — as well as soft serve, smoothies, parfaits, and homemade waffle cones, among other goodies. Open daily (noon to 9:30 p.m.) at 30 Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown. 401-294-0091.


It’s the kind of ice cream shop that can only exist in a foodie town like Providence. Their signature “bubble waffle cones” are a treat all on their own – no matter when they’re bursting with goodness. Think boutique combinations like “Graham Canyon” – graham cracker ice cream, topped with a drizzle of salted caramel, strawberries and graham cracker crumble – or “Cocoa Crazy” – chocolate death ice cream, topped with a drizzle of chocolate, Oreos and nuts. Wednesday through Sunday (1 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at 120 Ives Street in Providence. 401-273-2989.


Atomic Blonde Ice Cream – a Pawtucket-based “female, veteran, gay-owned” ice cream truck – is the ice cream truck of your childhood dreams. “Colossal Ice Cream Sandwiches” made from real chocolate chip cookies. Specialty sundaes like “Turtle” (hot fudge and caramel topping with mixed nuts over chocolate ice cream), atomic slushies (like peach puree, fresh orange, ice cream vanilla, strawberry boba, cherries) and 24-ounce shakes. The trucks (they are called Lorraine and Marsha-Mellow) are uploaded to


With over 50 flavors, Lincoln Creamery has something for every sweet tooth: Chocolate Moose Tracks Birthday Cake; Cookie Monster (bright blue vanilla ice cream with cookie pieces) to Fluff-N-Udder (marshmallow ice cream with salted peanut pound ripple). We don’t know which one looks more like Willy Wonka. Oh, and did we mention the quick shakes? Yes, made with full Eclair bars. Open daily (12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) at 276 Front St, Lincoln. 401-724-1050.


Vegans, fear not: there is ice cream for you. And it’s delicious. Made from cashew, oat and soy milks, Like-No-Udder offers vegan soft and hard ice cream. Flavors change, but think Thai Tea, Lemon & Crystallized Ginger, Cheerful Almond, Oreo Coffee, Eggnog. Or, maybe a chocolate peanut butter shake, a chocolate firecracker pie sandwich with your choice of ice cream, an affogato (ice cream topped with espresso) or – yes, these are real – unicorns . Make your own dream mug or try a “unicorn of the week”. Open Wednesday to Monday (variable hours) at 170 Ives Street in Providence. 401-228-3880.


Brickley’s has two locations where they offer great homemade ice cream – from pumpkin banana, sweet cream to malted milk scoop – in homemade waffle cones. Plus, old-school treats like banana splits, shakes, root beer floats, and ice cream sodas. All ice cream is made on-site in Narragansett, according to their website. Open Monday through Thursday (12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Friday through Sunday (12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) at 921 Boston Neck Road in Narragansett, and Tuesday through Sunday (12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at 322 Main St. in Wakefield. 401-789-1784. 322 Main Street, Wakefield. 401-782-8864.

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