?: brendan sullivan / omaha world-herald

It’s hot. Like, really, really hot. And as the summer temps rise, so do the cravings for a delicious cold treat. Beat the heat and cool down at one of our local ice cream joints. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream – and these favorites are sure to make you want to go for the double (maybe even triple – we’re not judging) scoop.

?: matt miller / omaha world-herald

Coneflower Creamery

An artisan ice cream shop in the Blackstone District with a farm to cone concept. Made with pure and farm-fresh ingredients, their mission is simple: make really good ice cream using really good ingredients – with the bonus of supporting local farmers.

Dairy Chef

Opened since 1969, this sweet spot with a nostalgic flair is a hometown favorite. Day or night, lines out the door are an everyday occurrence during the summer months. Pro tip: get yourself one of their storms – delicious!

Dolci Ice Cream & Desserts

An Old Market fave, Dolci specializes in authentic Italian desserts and premium soft serve ice cream. Enhance your creamy confection with swirls of flavor or candy mix-ins, served in a dish, cone or shake. Whatever the combo, you really can’t go wrong.

eCreamery Ice Cream and Gelato

This “Shark Tank” participant offers flavor combinations that range from exotic (avocado habanero ice cream with cheddar cheese and bacon bits) to tame by comparison (maple blonde brownie ice cream). Visit their brick and mortar location to check out their 16 flavors that rotate daily or visit online to customize your own flavors and have it shipped to your door.

Freezing Thai Rolled Ice Cream

New to the Omaha ice cream scene, this east Asian method is an experience you can’t miss. Ice cream rolls are handmade with milk and poured over an iced grill. Add in your favorite toppings for an extra sweet treat.

?: chris machian / omaha world-herald

Ted & Wally’s

A longtime staple in the Old Market, this creamery has executed over 2000 different flavors from traditional like Dutch Chocolate and Vanilla Bean to out of the ordinary Panna Cotta Popcorn and Peach Beet Basil. A second location is in Benson.


An Omaha landmark for more than 60 years, Zesto’s was recently named Omaha’s best ice cream. With College World Series just around the corner, you know you’ll be making a pit stop here.

Dairy Queen

This spot may be a chain, but it still ranks high with the locals. You just might even run into a local billionaire, Warren Buffett. Try a seasonal blizzard or go for the classic dilly bar.

Warren Buffet, Mark Cuban and Clark Ruby at Dairy Queen on June 11, 2018.

Courtesy of Clark Ruby.