Best Ice Cream in Boston

2015 Best Ice Cream

J. P. Lick’s

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2014 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

We can confidently say that we’ve sampled just about every cone in Greater Boston—and scoop by scoop, Gus Rancatore’s Central Square ice cream shop remains unchallenged. The endless array of…Read More

2013 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

Owner Gus Rancatore is a bona fide gourmet, a guy with a penchant for combining unusual flavors and unique textures. As a result, his inventive ice creams—in flavors like goat…Read More

2012 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

The one downside to ordering at Toscanini’s is trying to choose from flavors like the obscenely rich B3 (brown butter, brownie, and brown sugar); tangy, creamy goat cheese-brownie; and exotic…Read More

2012 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

The one downside to ordering at Toscanini’s is trying to choose from flavors like the obscenely rich B3 (brown butter, brownie, and brown sugar); tangy, creamy goat cheese-brownie; and exotic…Read More

2011 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

The rest of the country can have their thin (ice cream-free) milkshake; we Yankees will happily take the frapp—preferably from Toscanini’s, where the ice cream is supernatural and the milk…Read More

2010 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

There’s no tastier version of the New England staple than Toscanini’s traditional vanilla malted frappe—not just in the Hub, but anywhere under the sun. Oh, and when it is under…Read More

2010 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

It’s insanely rich, full of intense flavor, and made right on-site. Quite simply: This is a place that all ice cream aficionados must go before they die. Our all-time favorite…Read More

2009 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

This sweet spot’s rotating cast of ultracreamy flavors ranges from worldly (burnt caramel, bananas foster) to otherworldly (mango chili, sage) and everything in between, providing thrills for ice cream traditionalists…Read More

2008 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Partisans know Christina’s does weird very, very well. Honey-lavender? Refreshing. Kaffir lime? Luscious. What truly sets it apart, however, is its finesse with more-familiar flavors, like coffee, pistachio, even vanilla—not…Read More

2008 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Partisans know Christina’s does weird very, very well. Honey-lavender? Refreshing. Kaffir lime? Luscious. What truly sets it apart, however, is its finesse with more-familiar flavors, like coffee, pistachio, even vanilla—not…Read More

2007 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Bostonians, you may have heard, eat more ice cream per capita than anyone else in America. That makes us a tough bunch to wow—which is exactly what Christina’s does with…Read More

2005 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Yeah, yeah, we all scream for ice cream, but we go nuts over the creativity and whimsy of Christina’s. Owner Ray Ford draws inspiration from exotic spices, fruits, even vegetables,…Read More

2004 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini

Cambridge

There are plenty of Boston ice cream shops worthy of caloric indulgence, but none as enticing as this one. The selection may not be the biggest in town, but it’s…Read More

2003 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

Cambridge

With all due respect to the old-fashioned flavors at Brigham’s and the rich, smooth scoops at Toscanini’s, we keep coming back to Christina’s. This Inman Square institution continues to distinguish…Read More

2002 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

Cambridge

You know the contenders as well as we do, and the good-natured competition they generate is making area ice cream better by the minute. Case in point: Christina’s, which is…Read More

2001 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

Toscanini’s understands that life can be as simple as vanilla and chocolate or as complicated as burnt caramel or gingersnap molasses. Whatever your philosophical fancy, this heavenly ice cream parlor…Read More

1999 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

You need not travel to Italy to taste the best. Each bite of Toscanini’s divine ice cream conjures memories of Italian piazzas, gelato peddlers, and starry summer nights. Simple is…Read More

1998 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Icecream

Cambridge

Cones from this cute Inman Square shop lick sweeter, silkier, and stronger than the rest, and for less moolah. Ice cream here has it all: mastery of the oft-muddled sugar/…Read More

1997 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

This stuff is outrageously creamy. The consistency is mousse-like without being airy, rich without being heavy. Toscanini’s selection of original flavors seems to change hourly (depending on how busy they…Read More

1993 Best Ice Cream

Herrell’s

The great ice cream war still rages. We come down on the side of good flavors (chocolate pudding, pumpkin, black raspberry) and incredibly dense texture…Read More

1991 Best Ice Cream

Herrell’s

This is what ice cream is all about—dense, rich, and packed with flavor…Read More

1983 Best Ice Cream

Herrell’s

Cambridge

The original Steve is back, and he’s better than ever. Best bets: chocolate pudding and banana…Read More

1979 Best Ice Cream

Joey’s

Somerville

Herren of Steve’s Ice Cream has won this award. But Steve has sold Steve’s to Joey Crugnale, who owns Joey’s. And Joey is putting a bit more effort into Joey’s…Read More

1978 Best Ice Cream

Caffee Pompei

North End

Real gelati, soft, dense, and opalescent, in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and banana. The pistachio is magnificent…Read More

1977 Best Ice Cream

Pinecroft Dairy

Straight from the cow to you. The only way you can get ice cream any fresher is to leave a Guernsey out in a snowstorm. We recommend peppermint patty and…Read More

1974 Best Ice Cream

Steve’s Ice Cream

Somerville

Steve’s Ice Cream in Somerville is deliciously homemade and makes HoJo’s 28 varieties sound skimpy. Here you can get an infinite number of creative custom blends…Read More

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