Summer is around the corner…whether Mother Nature agrees with the calendar or not! That means plenty of frozen sweet treats are just waiting to tempt our taste buds, and why not try them all? Check out our delicious recommendations for ice cream and frozen custard shops in the Milwaukee area. This is by no means an all-inclusive list, so if you have a favorite locally-owned spot that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments section!
Local Ice Cream and Custard Shops
Big Deal Burgers & Custard
1440 S 84th St, West Allis / 414-774-4000
They have a sundae called “The Big Deal Sundae” that is made with SEVEN scoops of frozen custard. A local favorite flavor of the day? Honey Jack Daniels.
Bubba’s Frozen Custard
1276 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee / (262) 695 – 8189
Fresh frozen custard and other eats…Bubba’s brings the best of Wisconsin under one roof!
Ferch’s Malt Shoppe
5636 Broad St, Greendale / (414) 423-1414
This 1950’s style malt shop includes an old fashioned soda fountain as well as a marble top creamery. Their Beachside Grille at Grant Park serves up frosty treats as well, daily after Memorial Day.
Fred’s Frozen Custard & Grill
4726 W Vliet St, Milwaukee / (414) 771-6270
For over 40 years, Fred’s has been serving fresh frozen custard, banana splits, sundaes, and old-fashioned root beer floats, as well as a full menu of food.
1320 E Brady St, Milwaukee / (414) 881-5895
Made fresh right in front of your eye, rolled ice cream is a unique dessert experience that is unlike any other sweet treat you’ll find in MKE! Choose your flavor and then add in unlimited toppings and watch your rolled ice cream artist create a very Instagram-worthy concoction in front of your eyes.
9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek / (414) 571-9889
5502 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant / (262) 635-5030
Stop in at Georgie Porgie’s for frozen custard or the sundae of the month!
Gilles Frozen Custard
7515 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee / (414) 453-4875
Grab a frozen treat at Milwaukee’s oldest custard stand, operating since 1938. In addition to custard and ice cream, they serve sodas/floats and a full menu.
Indulgence Chocolatiers (East Tosa Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop)
6538 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa / (414) 323-4200
Handcrafted chocolate confections pair deliciously with Purple Door ice cream at this shop’s Wauwatosa location.
John’s Drive In
1317 Arcadian Ave., Waukesha / (262) 542-2842
Also known as John’s Rootbeer, this establishment has been around since 1937, and is well known for their floats, as well as having a variety of ice cream to tempt your sweet tooth.
Kopp’s Frozen Custard
With three locations in Brookfield, Glendale and Greenfield, Kopp’s is a reliable local source for delicious custard. At Kopp’s, you’ll find chocolate and vanilla custard daily, along with a special flavor of the day and special sundae.
Kelley Country Creamery
W5215 County Road B, Fond du Lac / (920) 923-1715
It’s worth the drive out to the Fond du Lac area to enjoy the freshly-made ice cream made daily on this family-owned dairy farm.
N48 W36154 E. Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc / (262) 567-2648
Enjoy some delicious frozen custard served by carhops at this retro drive-in.
Kitt’s Frozen Custard Drive-In
7000 W Capitol Dr, Milwaukee / (414) 461-1400
Another retro diner, Kitt’s is well known around the area for its Georgia Peach custard.
Lee’s Dairy Treat
14040 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield / (262) 782-6680
At Lee’s, you’ll find its popular soft serve ice cream, along with shakes, malts, sundaes, and a variety of food.
LeDuc’s Frozen Custard
240 W. Summit Ave., Wales / (262) 968-2894
Choose from three fresh custard flavors daily: vanilla, chocolate, and a flavor-of-the-day.
Leon’s Frozen Custard
3131 S 27th St, Milwaukee / (414) 383-1784
The iconic custard stand visited by celebrities and Milwaukeeans for decades, this one is a can’t miss! Family owned and operated since 1942.
Murf’s Frozen Custard
12505 W Burleigh Rd, Brookfield / (262) 814-6873
1345 S West Ave, Waukesha / (262) 574-7944
At both locations, you can grab a burger and enjoy a delicious custard of the day.
Niemann’s Candies & Ice Cream
7475 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa / (414) 774-4940
Niemann’s has created homemade candy and ice cream since 1919. Try the chocolate marshmallow ice cream, which features homemade marshmallow creme!
2272 N Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee / (414) 727-4886
Northpoint serves old-fashioned custard as well as other summer treats on Milwaukee’s lakefront at Bradford Beach.
Oscar’s Frozen Custard
Now with three locations — Waukesha, Franklin and Milwaukee — fans of Oscar’s come back again and again not only for the fun flavor of the day but for the food, shakes, and sundae of the month!
11530 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa / (414) 988-6044
A fresh take on the classic hot dog stand, this joint in the Mayfair Collection features not just decadent frozen custard, but also burgers, specialty sundaes and more.
Purple Door Ice Cream (Retail Scoop Shop in Walker’s Point)
205 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee / (414) 988-2521
The scoop shop offers 20 different flavors of premium artisan ice cream. Enjoy as a scoop, shake, or sundae, or grab an ice cream sandwich, pop or cake to take home and savor later.
Pop’s Custard Stand
N87w16459 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls / (262)251-3320
Pop’s is an old-fashioned counter serve burger joint with ice cream, sundaes, malts & a homespun vibe
RJ Ice Cream
13475 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove / (262) 641-7490
Located in a quaint little bank of shops, RJ Ice Cream is Elm Grove’s hidden little treasure.
Ted’s Ice Cream & Restaurant
6204 W North Ave, Wauwatosa (414) 258-5610
The best place in Wauwatosa to grab a handspun shake or malt!
The Chocolate Factory
With seven locations in Wisconsin, the Chocolate Factory offers sub sandwiches, salads and sundaes with all the fixings.
4144 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood / (414) 210-3408
A fun twist on the classic ice cream and burger joint
600 N Main St, West Bend / (262) 338-3444
Drive out to West Bend and enjoy this 50’s themed restaurant.
637 Main St, Delafield / (262) 646-2555
An authentic Wisconsin-family owned custard shop, serving fresh ice cream and frozen custard.
While not ice cream or frozen custard, gelato definitely makes a strong showing in the Milwaukee area and has tons of devoted fans! This traditional Italian treat is lower in fat than most ice creams, but the smooth texture and decadent flavor is amazing!
Cold Spoons Gelato
5924 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee / (414) 727-9457
Cold Spoons makes its own gelato on site, with 24 rotating flavors to choose from.
227 West Main St., Waukesha / (262) 446-9490
245 Main St., Racine / (262) 672-4755
In addition to the above cafe locations, you can find this authentic artisan gelato at the Brookfield Square Food Court and on the 2nd floor of Mayfair Mall.
Fazio’s Chocolate Shop
13425 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove (262) 923-7166
This Elm Grove chocolatier offers an ever-changing menu of flavors.
Gloriso’s Italian Market
1011 E Brady St, Milwaukee (414) 272-0540
An East Side staple for more than 70 years, Gloriso’s is not just a market, but also a deli, bakery and cafe and happens to serve up some of the best gelato.
La Coppa Gelato
Bayshore Town Center, 5675 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale / 414-763-8582
Take a break from shopping to enjoy a special gelato creation at this cafe, which offers unique items such as “Spaghetti Gelato” (pressed vanilla gelato topped with homemade strawberry sauce).