Guide to Ice Cream and Frozen Treats in the Albuquerque Area


Whether it’s scooped, blended, frozen, or rolled, there is a size, shape, and flavor of ice cream perfect for everyone. Cool off and check out our complete list of all Albuquerque has to offer in the way of frozen treats.

Thank you to Manzano Day School for sponsoring the Guide to Ice Cream & Frozen Treats.

Manzano Day School is an independent non-profit elementary school serving pre-k through fifth grade in Albuquerque. Manzano Day School plants the seeds of curiosity, creativity, and collaboration to help children develop a love of learning and essential skills that prepare them for life beyond elementary school. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the Admission Office at 505-243-6659 or email [email protected]. Manzano Day School offers financial aid based on demonstrated need and available funds, with the maximum award covering 50% of the total tuition.

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Bahama Bucks

Escape the desert…even if only for a moment…and enter the Caribbean at Bahama Buck’s. The tropical vibe, umbrellas in your drink, delicious Sno creations (flavored shaved ice), and island smoothies all make for a fantastic summer indulgence.

3 locations in ABQ! Find a shop near you.

Baskin Robbins

With 15 locations in the ABQ area, you can find the classic 31 flavors at a store near you. From Rocky Road to Cherries Jubilee, ice cream cakes to smoothies, Baskin Robbins is an ice cream staple.

15 Locations in ABQ. Find a shop near you!

ChocoGlitz & Cream

Located on Albuquerque’s westside, ChocoGlitz & Cream not only has 12 rotating flavors of ice cream, but they also specialize in other sweet treats like caramel apples, dipped strawberries, fudge and more!

10660 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Coldstone Creamery

Coldstone allows you to make your own creation, complete with ice cream and add-ins of your choice. You may also choose from one of their signature creations. They have so many combinations, you’re bound to find something for everyone.

4 locations in ABQ! Find a shop near you.

Crazy Bomb Cups

This one-of-a-kind dessert shop lets you choose from dozens of flavors in order to create a custom cup complete with ice cream, fruit, and toppings. They also offer milkshakes, agua fresca, elote, pancakes, and crepes that are equally as tasty. This is a summer must-do!

2130 San Mateo Blvd NE Ste G, Albuquerque, NM 87110

El Cotorro

Fresh, handmade ice cream, using all locally sourced ingredients and made on site, is what makes this Nob Hill dessert shop special. They always feature five signature flavors and a handful of rotating flavors.


111 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Dairy Queen

Home of the famous Blizzard, you have your choice of 9 different blended treats. Their dessert menu also includes cones, malts, shakes, sundaes, and banana splits. This crowd favorite is sure to cool you off in no time!

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8 locations in ABQ! Find a shop near you!

Dippin' Dots

Created by flash freezing an ice cream mix in liquid nitrogen, here they offer a unique way to enjoy your favorite frozen treat.

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6600 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Frost Gelato

Frost offers authentic Italian gelato in a myriad of flavors! Each month they feature a new flavor such as Mango Green Chile or Margarita. To top it all off, each gelato is served with a delicious cookie straw. They even sell buckets of your favorite flavors, just call ahead.

2201 Q St NE Suite 9A, Albuquerque, NM 87110

I Scream Ice Cream

The ice cream is the least interesting aspect of this local ice cream shop family-owned since 2005. The shop itself is filled wall-to-wall with knick knacks, toys, games, and unique finds that make this location a must-see. They offer kids cones, coffee with ice cream, and even frozen bananas.


2000 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110


Icicles celebrates the newest craze in frozen treats. All the freshest ingredients, including liquid cream, is mixed together in front of you on a cold surface then separated into “rolls” of ice cream that is further topped with even more delicious goodness. Not only does this treat taste good, but it is also definitely Instagram worthy.

3 locations in ABQ! Find a shop near you.

Insomnia Cookies

This franchise offers regular and deluxe cookies the size of a small plate that are delectable all on their own. Then they offer “wiches” with a choice of ice cream or icing sandwiched between your two favorite cookies. They can even be different flavors. If that’s not enough, try one of their cookie cakes or yummy ice cream. This shop will be sure to have the sugar rush you’re seeking.


2132 Central Ave SE A-2, Albuquerque, NM 87106

The Paleta Bar

Authentic, gourmet paletas made fresh daily from the finest ingredients. Along with premium dippings and toppings, this treat offers endless combinations of flavors. Explore your own creation soon.

9 locations in the ABQ area! Find a shop near you.

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

Menchie’s has your froyo fix covered with countless flavors and mix-ins alike. They even offer cakes to order.

6 locations in the ABQ area! Find a shop near you.

Nitro Fog Creamery

This special shop offers all organic, locally sourced ice cream and sorbet selections. They have perfected the process of using liquid nitrogen to freeze and combine all the ingredients together in a show-worthy display of dessert preparation. The creamery also offers cold-pressed juice, smoothies, and acai bowls.

3600 Cutler Ave NE Unit 6, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Olo Dessert Studio

Olo Yogurt offers a rotating bar of flavors, some even named after favorite places in New Mexico. Combine your choice of yogurt, toppings, and sauce to make a local escape of your own.

3339 Central Ave NE Ste C, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Pop Pop's Italian Ice

Once a NE Heights locale, Pop Pop’s has taken to the road as a food truck serving up Italian ice at different locations everyday. Follow their FB page to see if they’re at a park near you!


6300 San Mateo Blvd, Suite I-1, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Food truck locations posted daily. Find a truck near you!

Rude Boy Cookies

Don’t let the word cookies in the name fool you, Rude Boys has equally tasty ice cream. Here you can create your own ice cream sandwich, try a different cookie for top and bottom. Located in the heart of the University area, take these with you on your way to a fun trip to feed the ducks at the UNM duck pond.

1916 Central Avenue SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

Sawmill Market

Sawmill Market represents some of the modern artisan food halls that have become popular of late. With 27 diverse merchants, the market is where you can sample something new every time you go and still have more to experience.

1909 Bellamah Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Check out Neko Neko, Paleta Project, and XO Waffle at the market!

Steve's Ice Cream & Java

Enjoy a scoop in picturesque Old Town.


323 Romero St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Sonic Drive-In

Sonic is your one-stop fast food shop when it comes to ice cream. With countless flavors to choose from, it’s almost impossible not to find something to satisfy your summer craving. Another mom bonus, service is either drive-in or drive-thru, no one has to leave their car seat!

18 locations in the ABQ area! Find a restaurant near you.

Do you know of an Albuquerque area dessert shop that we didn’t list? Email us at [email protected] so we can add it to the list.

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  1. My kids and I love to go on quests in the summer, “best sushi” or best waffle, or of course, best ice cream. Being new-ish to ABQ and doin’ the single mom working summer…you just saved me a ton of time and gave me a huge dose of enthusiasm for “yes we can have fun and enjoy a local treat” Thanks! (And every review I write this summer will mention this article. you are doing great for local businesses.)

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