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A Brief and Incomplete List of the Best Ice Cream in Birmingham

Birmingham has a great selection of food and deserts, which includes a wide variety of ice cream! In honor of the weather warming up, here is a partial list of the ice cream places in Birmingham and what I think about them.

Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe – 9.5/10

Whimsical. Inspired. In a word: delightful. They have a ton of flavors that are not super rich, but are still bold and creamy. The inside of the store is super cute, and they have color changing spoons. They also make a killer milkshake.

Big Spoon Creamery – 9/10 (Homewood)

Big Spoon serves more “grown-up” flavors of ice cream and their menu changes constantly. They have more complex and delicate flavors than most places. My personal favorite of their flavors is the tiramisu, which is easily the best ice cream I’ve ever had. 

Mountain Brook & Edgewood Creamery –  8/10 (Homewood)

Located just across the street from the Big Spoon in Homewood, this is an iconic mom and pop shop that everyone has come to know and love. Just like Mountain Brook Creamery, they sell all of our traditional childhood flavors, and they also offer snowcones and freshly made waffle cones! Peppermint flash is a must here. Here, they have all of the iconic traditional flavors, and they taste pretty good too. Can’t complain about this one.

Bendy’s – 8/10

This one is on par with Big Spoon. Their ice cream is very rich and sweet, and they give you a good amount of ice cream for your money. They have a constantly changing menu, but a few classics always stay in season. They also make amazing cookies.

Doodle’s – 7/10

Doodle’s isn’t exactly ice cream, they serve sorbets and ice! Everything they have is kind of like a creamy snow cone. It’s pretty good, but it’s not my favorite. It’s a great place to go if you like something lighter, because they have a great selection of sherbet.

The Marble Slab Creamery – 6/10

This store is unique amongst the others in this list because you  get to choose a base and add whatever toppings you would like. They mix it on a cold stone (which is why it’s called the marble slab). The flavors are super interesting! 

Bruster’s – 6/10 (Caldwell Mill) 

A classic. Easy to get on the go with a decent selection of flavors and a drive-thru if you are in a particularly in a hurry to go somewhere.


Check out more summer dessert recommendations here from our GirlSpring contributors!

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