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Beat The Heat: Frozen Treats Edition

Summer is here and so are the rising ATL temps. Cool off in Decatur with an icy delight. We’ve got the scoop on where to go for frosty goodness whether you are on the Square or exploring another corner of the city! 

On the Square

Nothing screams summer quite like ice cream. Atlanta’s hometown Butter and Cream makes its own small-batch ice cream, and it’s all delicious. Summer Strawberry is our classic pick. Kiddos especially enjoy the blue Cookie Monster (colored with butterfly pea flower).  Enjoy your cone or cup on their iconic red bench or walk around the corner to the top of the plaza.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is easy to spot on the Decatur Square; the line is worth the wait! And new flavors drop June 6. Classic summer desserts with plot twists: Burnt Orange Dreamsicle, Double Dough, Snow Cone Sorbet, Sparkling Cherry Pie, and Tahini Oat Chocolate Cookies.

West Ponce

Drop into Cereal Lab for a sugar-fueled trip down memory lane. Pick from signature ice cream bowls including Captain Pebbles (Captain Crunch Berries & Fruity Pebbles cereal), Craving Cookies (Oreo O’s & Chips Ahoy cereal), and Banging Banana (Honey Os & Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal), or make your own match! With 30 different cereals on the menu, you’ve got options!  They have 30 different cereals plus all the toppings.

Local Tip: On Tuesdays, they have dessert tacos! Freshly baked waffle cones folded into tacos, filled with ice cream, and topped with your choice of cereal, fresh fruit, or classic toppings.

East Decatur

Get authentic gelato at Cremalosa! Pick from a dozen flavors at any given time — traditional Italian options including stracciatella and pistachio to American flavors inspired by Southern desserts and candy bars. Food & Wine Magazine included Cremalosa as Georgia’s representative on its 2021 “The Best Ice Cream in Every State” list.

New to town, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice offers its namesake Italian ice as well as creamy soft ice cream. Try the irresistible Gelati, perfectly layered, vibrant swirls of both Italian ice and ice cream! Get extra decadent with tempting layer-ins.


Paolino’s Italian restaurant has a gelato shop inside! Look for it tucked away on the left side of the restaurant with its own entrance.

Old Depot District

Decatur’s DQ, a long-time, beloved favorite, keeps the blizzards coming no matter how scorching the weather is outside! Also in the Old Old Depot District, Kelly’s Market stocks a variety of single-serve frozen treats perfect for on-the-go adventures

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