Imagine blueberry ice cream made with berries picked that day, hundreds of creative flavors crafted in small batches, and even dairy free options (because everyone should be able to enjoy ice cream!). These Northern Michigan ice cream shops from Ludington to Traverse City are committed to making the creamiest, freshest frozen treats.

Buchan’s Blueberry Hill

1472 Nelson Rd. | Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City

The 100-year-old family run fruit farm has U-pick blueberries, apples and peaches. During the summers months, stop by for a homemade batch of ice cream made with their fruit. Scoop it onto their fresh baked pies for an extra special treat.

Hill Top Soda Shoppe

7117 South St. | Benzonia

Over 300 flavors of ice cream, seasonal sorbets, ice cream cakes and more are made right in the store. Hill Top sources their rBST-free dairy from a small family farm in New Era that grows its own feed and milks its own cows. Most of their flavors are gluten-free. Enjoy your cone on the deck while watching the sunset!

House of Flavors

402 W. Ludington Ave. | Ludington
284 River St. | Manistee

The ’50s-style diner is full of history and retro decor including a vintage jukebox. Try the apple crisp with dried cherries, walnuts and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich sundae (imagine two giant homemade cookies stuffed with your choice of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry!).

Little Bee’s Italian Ice

309 N Saint Joseph St. | Suttons Bay

Little Bee’s is known for their gelato, sorbet and Italian ice made with local fruit whenever possible (dairy free options available!). Follow the string of lights to the pink door tucked beneath hanging vines to sample delectable flavors like sea salt caramel, double chocolate, strawberry and creamy vanilla.

Milk & Honey

240 E. Front St. | Traverse City

Featuring local, natural, organic and GMO-free ingredients, these frozen desserts offer options for everyone. Famous for their ice cream, as well as their organic crystal homemade fudge and caramel, Milk & Honey also offers vegan ice creams for the lactose intolerant and ice cream cakes. With flavors like cinnamon roll, cheesecake nut job and birthday cake re-master, you’ll want a second scoop.


7263 N. Long Lake Rd. | Traverse City

Moomers started out as a small ice cream shop next to a cow farm. Today, Moomers has over 90 wholesale outlets and was voted No. 1 Best Ice Cream Parlor in a USAToday 10 Best Contest. You can still visit the cows, though! Stop in for a cone and say hi to Bessie out back.

That French Place

212 Bridge St. | Charlevoix

The ice cream flavors at That French Place change based on what’s available at the farmers market. Strawberry basil, key lime pie, chocolate habanero and even morel mushroom ice cream have been on the menu along with classics like peanut butter, chocolate and vanilla.

Find more tasty Northern Michigan ice cream shops for you to visit in MyNorth’s restaurant directory!

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski