25+ Delicious Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt + Custard Shops in Kalamazoo

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Where to Find Ice Cream in SW Michigan

While especially popular in the summer, ice cream is an all-year treat in our house and Kalamazoo offers many options for finding it all year long.

Whether you’re searching for a traditional scoop of vanilla or other treats like sorbet, Italian ice or froyo, Southwest Michigan covers all of the frozen bases with 25+ local shops full of frozen deliciousness.

We asked our readers for their favorites, and over 10,600 voted on the best restaurants in Kalamazoo. Read on for the best frozen treats in SWMI plus a map to explore!

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Who Has the Best Ice Cream in Kalamazoo?

We’ve asked our readers for their favorite places to go for frozen yogurt, frozen custard and ice cream and they responded with gusto.

Here are the top 5 favorite shops in Kalamazoo:
1 – Plainwell Ice Cream
2 – Schultz’s Treat Street
3 – San Francisco Neveria & Paleteria
4 – Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor
5 – Bella Creamery
5 – D’Nicio’s Parlour
5 – Ritter’s Frozen Custard

Directory: SWMI Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Shops

🍦 Voted # 1 Best Ice Cream Shop

621 E Bridge St Plainwell, MI 49080

Plainwell Ice Cream Co.

Open since 1978 by Art and Judy Gaylord, this now third-generation family-owned shop makes their own ice cream in house and offers over 60 varieties of dairy deliciousness.

Can't make it to Plainwell? Their ice cream is also sold in retailers and served in local restaurants, including Bilbo's, Erbelli's and Lake Burger.

Plainwell Ice Cream Co. is open seasonally, from March through October and closed on Mondays.

Where to Find Plainwell Ice Cream Co.
Plainwell Ice Cream is located at the corner of Broad Street and Bridge Street in Plainwell, across the street from Old Mill Brewpub.

🍦 Voted # 2 Best Ice Cream Shop

3023 Oakland Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Schultz's Treat Street

Under new ownership since 2020, Schultz's Treat Street serves up Mooville ice cream in addition to their extensive desserts and meal options.

Stop here for gourmet hot dogs, sandwiches, caramels, fudge and ice cream flights. They are also the only shop in town with a soda bar, providing infinite float possibilities.

Where to Find Schultz's Treat Street
Schultz's Treat Street is located in Oakwood Plaza on Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo, with many other locally owned shops including Bookbug, Little Chick and Sawall's.

🍦 Voted # 3 Best Ice Cream Shop

2838 Portage St Kalamazoo, MI 49001

San Francisco Neveria & Paleteria

Newcomer San Francisco Neveria & Paleteria serves up 24 ice cream flavors and 8 water-based sorbets, all made in-house.

The restaurant also offers tasty snacks including tacos, tostadas and nachos.

Where to Find San Francisco Neveria & Paleteria
San Francisco Neveria & Paleteria is located at 3838 Portage Street, just north of Cork Street.

🍦 Voted # 4 Best Ice Cream Shop

220 W Prairie St Vicksburg, MI 49097

Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor

Find shakes, malts, smoothies, sundaes and traditional, scooped cones at Apple Knockers in Vicksburg.

Be sure to sit outside near the boat on Sunset Lake!

Where to Find Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor
Apple Knockers is in Vicksburg at 220 West Prairie Street, just west of Vickers Lakeside Tavern.

🍦 Voted # 5 Best Ice Cream Shop

10098 Shaver Rd Portage, MI 49024

Bella Creamery

Bella Creamery makes all of its ice cream, offering over a dozen options including seasonal favorites Firecracker and Blue Moon.

This shop also makes ice cream pies and cakes; grab one from their freezer or order ahead for a custom creation.

After you've had your frozen treat, stop by next door at Mancino's (same owners) for a grinder or pizza.

Where to Find Bella Creamery
Bella Creamery is on Shaver, just south of Beethoven Avenue in Portage. Find them next door to their sister shop, Mancino's.

🍦 Voted # 5 Best Ice Cream Shop

6880 W Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49009

D’Nicio’s Parlour

This 50's-style diner in Kalamazoo serves up Greek favorites like gyros in addition to their massive ice cream sundaes.

For those brave enough to try it, they also have an ice cream food challenge.

Where to Find D’Nicio’s Parlour
D'Nicio's is located on West Main in Oshtemo between 8th and 9th street, in front of Menard's.

🍦 Voted # 5 Best Ice Cream Shop

217 Romence Rd Portage, MI 49024

Ritter's Frozen Custard

This frozen custard shop serves rotating custard flavors and Italian ice treats. Try a glacier- proudly made so thick that they are served upside down. Ritter's waffle cones and bowls are made fresh in the shop.

Enjoy your treat at their tables outside, or head behind the shop to visit their playground.

Where to Find Ritter's Frozen Custard
Ritter's is located on Romence, just west of Westnedge in Portage. Find them in between PEDAL and Hiemstra Optical.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Kalamazoo

101 S Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Cherri's Chocol'art

Located on the Kalamazoo Mall, Cherri's Chocol'art is known for their decadent chocolates, scratch-made marshmallows and Monster Shakes.

Made with Lafayette Creamery's ice cream, look for different seasonal offerings of these mega shakes that live up to their monster names.

Vegan ice cream is also available.

Where to Find Cherri's Chocol'art
Cherri's Chocol'art is downtown on the Kalamazoo Mall, near South Street (next door to Terrapin).

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Otsego

1443 M-89 Otsego, MI 49078

Dairy Freeze

This local favorite serves up both soft serve and hard serve ice cream in Otsego. They also offer entrees including hot dogs, burgers and patty melts.

Where to Find Dairy Freeze
Dairy Freeze is on M-89 in Otsego, just west of Ric and Stan's Carwash.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Plainwell

307 N Sherwood Ave Plainwell, MI 49080

Dean’s Ice Cream

Open seasonally, Dean's makes their own ice cream and offers over 25 flavors to try. If you're looking for more than ice cream, they also serve food including burgers, grilled cheese, tater tots and fries.

Where to Find Dean’s Ice Cream
Find Dean's on North Sherwood Avenue in Plainwell, between Sterling and Oak Streets.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Kalamazoo

5030 Gull Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Frosty Boy

Find lots of frozen treats at Frosty Boy on Gull Road, including over 30 flavors of hand dipped shakes.

Upgrade your meal with pizza and grinders next door from #1-voted pizza restaurant, Kazoopy's (same owners). Kazoopy's took over ownership of Frosty Boy in the summer of 2022.

Where to Find Frosty Boy
Frosty Boy is located at 5030 Gull Rd, near Rockingham. Find them next door to their sister shop, Kazoopy's, and just east of Roxie's Breakfast and Lunch.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Schoolcraft

321 N Grand St Schoolcraft, MI 49087

Monarca's Ice Cream

Known for their food truck, Monarca's opened their shop in 2022, serving up home made ice cream and popsicles, in addition to Mexican food.

While they have traditional flavors like chocolate and strawberry, we recommend trying some of the more unique varieties like guava and lime.

Where to Find Monarca's Ice Cream
Monarca's is next door to Marjo's Diner in Schoolcraft on North Grand Street.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Mattawan

57810 Murray St Mattawan, MI 49071

Moo Moo’s Ice Cream Joint

Moo Moo's serves up over 32 flavors of Hershey's ice cream in Lawton.

Where to Find Moo Moo’s Ice Cream Joint
Find Moo Moo's in Mattawan on Murray Street near Front Street, just west of Bird Dog.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Kalamazoo

5907 Gull Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Rollup Ice Cream & Tea

Find unique rolled ice cream at this shop accompanied by toppings like cookies, brownies or lemon bars. Rollup offers a number of signature ice cream dishes including monkey business, orange dreamsicle and sweet s'more.

Rollup serves up more than just ice cream: try their wraps, Boba tea and chicken sandwiches. Be sure to pair any meal with rollup sauce and scoop fries.

Where to Find Rollup Ice Cream & Tea
Rollup is in Comstock on Gull Road: 5907 Gull Road, east of Sprinkle. Find them in the same shopping center as T-Mobile and Biggby.

A second location is coming soon to the corner of Westnedge and Milham, in Portage.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Paw Paw

110 E Michigan Ave Paw Paw, MI 49079

Ruby's Sandwich & Ice Cream Shoppe

This old-fashioned deli in Paw Paw serves up sandwiches and delicious ice cream.

Where to Find Ruby's Sandwich & Ice Cream Shoppe
Find Ruby's across the street from The Strand Theater in Paw Paw.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Scotts

8399 36th St Scotts, MI 49088

Scooter’s Malt Shoppe

Step back in time with this 50s-style diner featuring malts, ice cream sundaes, hot dogs and dinner entrees.

Where to Find Scooter’s Malt Shoppe
Scooter's is next door to the post office in Scotts, at the corner of Norscott and 36th Street.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Kalamazoo

7000 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Skinny Kennys BBQ & Ice Cream

Find Ice Cream Club branded ice cream at Skinny Kenny's in cones or cups- or GO BIG with a food challenge.

If you're a *really* big ice cream aficionado, try the whole hog challenge, where diners have 15 minutes to complete an ice cream food challenge (pictured).

Where to Find Skinny Kennys BBQ & Ice Cream
Skinny Kenny's BBQ is in Oshtemo, at the corner of 8th Street and Stadium Drive.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Kalamazoo

154 S Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Spirit of Kalamazoo

Find cool local gear PLUS delicious Plainwell ice cream at The Spirit of Kalamazoo downtown.

Where to Find Spirit of Kalamazoo
Head downtown to the Kalamazoo Mall to find The Spirit of Kalamazoo. The shop is located in between Gazelle Sports and Climb Kalamazoo.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Battle Creek

4488 D Dr S Battle Creek, MI 49015

Station 66

Visit this refurbished 1940s gas station to find unique ice cream flavors, fresh donuts and locally sourced produce.

Photo op: be sure to snap a pic in front of the 14-foot ice cream statue!

Where to Find Station 66
Find Station 66 in Battle Creek, on D Drive South (across the street from Southside Vet).

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Schoolcraft

104 E Eliza St Schoolcraft, MI 49087

The Big Dipper

Ice cream shop in Schoolcraft with soft serve, hand dipped ice cream, shakes, malts, flurries, slushies and sundaes.

Where to Find The Big Dipper
The Big Dipper is located at the corner of East Eliza and South Grand in Schoolcraft.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Galesburg

55 E Battle Creek St Galesburg, MI 49053

The Front Porch of Galesburg

The Front Porch of Galesburg welcomes diners to an All-American traditional drive-in hot dog stand experience, complete with draft-pulled root bear and hand-dipped ice cream.

The Front Porch reopened with new owners in 2023, serving Mooville ice cream.

Where to Find The Front Porch of Galesburg
The Front Porch is located in Galesburg, off of East Battle Creek Street. Find them just east of Hardings and Galesburg Hardware.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Battle Creek

928 Columbia West Battle Creek, MI 49015

True North Ice Cream

True North makes its own ice cream and has two locations (Battle Creek and Marshall).

Where to Find True North Ice Cream
True North is located inside Continental Pastries & Delicatessen in Battle Creek on West Columbia.

If you're headed east, try their second shop in Marshall on South Kalamazoo Avenue.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Parchment

330 S Riverview Dr Parchment, MI 49004


Dole Whip fans, this is your sweet shop: Twister's rotates their Dole Whip offerings weekly, serving fun flavors like pineapple, orange, pomegranate and raspberry.

Where to Find Twister’s
Twisters is a short walk from Kindleberger Park in Parchment, off of South Riverview Drive.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Kalamazoo

527 Harrison St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Water Street Coffee- Harrison

While known for their coffee, this Water Street location downtown on Harrison makes their own ice cream and sorbet in house.

Try their scoopable ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, shakes and waffle rounds.

All Water Street favorites (both drinks and food) are also available. This location offers take-out and a drive-thru.

Where to Find Water Street Coffee- Harrison
Water Street's Harrison shop is located at the corner of Harrison and Ransom Streets in Kalamazoo, next door to PFC Grocery.

🍦 Ice Cream Shop in Portage

165 W Centre Ave Portage, MI 49024

Y’OPA Frozen Yogurt

Build your own frozen yogurt creations at Y'OPA in Portage.

Visitors will find rotating flavors in their self-serve machines, plus oodles of toppings including fruit, candy and boba.

Enjoy your treat inside or outdoors on their patio.

Where to Find Y’OPA Frozen Yogurt
Y'OPA is located on W Centre Avenue near Shaver Road in Portage, in the same shopping complex as Bab El Salam.

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Whole Hog Challenge at Skinny Kenny’s BBQ and Ice Cream

Skinny Kenny’s BBQ & Ice Cream
7000 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Are you a HUGE ice cream fan who is up for a food challenge?

Skinny Kenny’s on Stadium Drive invites you to try the whole hog. If you finish this dessert in under 15 minutes, you’ll receive a free tee shirt and your photo on the restaurant’s wall of fame.


Which Ice Cream Flavors are Unique to Michigan?

Although we love classic chocolate or cookies and cream, there are some flavors you will rarely find outside of the Mitten: Blue Moon, Superman and Mackinac Island Fudge are considered Michigan exclusives.

Do Kalamazoo Ice Cream Shops Make Their Own Ice Cream?

Our local shops are a mix of creameries and shops that serve other branded ice cream.

Plainwell Ice Cream, Dean’s Ice Cream, True North Ice Cream, Monarca’s, Water Street (Harrison), San Francisco Neveria & Paleteria and Bella Creamery all make their own in-house.

Where is your favorite local spot for ice cream?

Do you have a favorite ice cream shop or froyo place in Kalamazoo? Leave us a comment with your top frozen picks!

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