Milwaukee’s Best Ice Cream and Frozen Custard

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Summer is here…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. If you have a favorite spot that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments section! 

Local Ice Cream and Custard Shops

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. 

Georgie Porgie’s
9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek / (414) 571-9889
5502 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant / (262) 635-5030
Stop in at Georgie Porgie’s for burgers, frozen custard or even the sundae of the month!

The Chocolate FactoryMilwaukee ice cream
With seven locations in Wisconsin, the Chocolate Factory offers sub sandwiches, salads and sundaes with all the fixings.

Bubba’s Frozen Custard
1276 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee / (262) 695 – 8189
Fresh frozen custard, hot dogs with all the fixin’s, cheese curds, burgers…Bubba’s brings the best of Wisconsin under one roof!

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 char-broiled burgers, shakes, and 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, a full menu including sandwiches, soups and sodas/floats is available.

Babe’s Ice Cream
2264 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee / (414) 482-4000
Fabulous ice cream shop in Bay View featuring Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and even featuring Vegan options! 

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.

Another popular local stand-by, Culver’s has locations throughout Wisconsin and features fresh frozen custard along with its famous Butterburger.IceCreamCustard1

John’s Drive In
1317 Arcadian Ave., Waukesha / (262) 542-2842
Also known as John’s Rootbeer, this establishment has been around since 1937, serving up hot dogs, floats and a variety of ice cream to tempt your sweet tooth.

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! 

Wayne’s Drive-In
1331 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg / (262) 375-9999
Burgers, fries & other American favorites served in 1950s-style digs with counter & outdoor seating.

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 sandwiches and sides.

Indulgence ChocolatiersMilwaukee Frozen Custard (East Tosa Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop)
6538 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa / (414) 323-4200
Handcrafted chocolate confections pair deliciously with ice cream at this shop’s Wauwatosa location.

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.

Niemann’s Candies & Ice Cream
7475 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa / (414) 774-4940
Last but not least, Niemann’s has created homemade candy and ice cream since 1919. Try the chocolate marshmallow ice cream, which features homemade marshmallow creme!


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. 

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).

Divino Gelato
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.


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2 Responses to Milwaukee’s Best Ice Cream and Frozen Custard

  1. RT July 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    Robert’s Frozen Custard in Germantown!!


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