Top 7 Ice Cream Shops in Rochester

Pitsford Farms Dairy building with ice cream cones

Whether it’s during the hot and humid summers or the cold and snowy winters, the Rochester community loves its ice cream. Ice cream shops in and around the city are constantly releasing inventive flavors, giving you something new to try anytime that craving comes. BTB decided to take a look at some of the popular spots and create a list of the top ice cream shops to visit - and by ‘ice cream’, we mean ice cream, custard, and frozen yogurt.

7. Ben and Jerry's at RIT

Despite being located on a college campus, Ben and Jerry’s serves some of the tastiest and creative mashup flavors of ice cream throughout the entire city. It might not be the easiest to get to if you’re not on campus, but it is definitely worth the stop - especially for those chocolate-dipped waffle cones. If you’re struggling with picking a flavor from the massive list, all the employees will gladly give you some recommendations.

someone holding up and B&J's ice cream waffle cone with sprinkles and a bunch of cones behind it
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►Location: RIT, in the SAU 

►A Flavor to Try: Cinndoughrella (it tastes just like a Cinnabon...besides, you can’t eat Half Baked every time)

►Bonus Points: All ice cream is 50% off on Fridays during the summer and during the cold winter months, you get different discounts based on how cold it is

6. Yolickity Frozen Yogurt Bar

Yolickity may not serve any ice cream, but the frozen yogurt is some of the best in the city. There are a bunch of different flavors and the majority of them are gluten-free! For the non-ice cream folks – which are none of you, considering you’re reading a blog about the top places to get ice cream...but maybe you have some friends who aren’t fans – there’s a variety of sorbets as well. With loads of toppings to add, you can really turn your frozen dessert into an extravagant treat. But be careful to not get too excited, too many toppings may take away from the true flavors.

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►Location: 1000 Hylan Drive (there are locations in Webster and Greece as well) 

►A Flavor to Try: Tiger’s Blood Sorbet (the perfect mix of strawberry, watermelon, and, you’ll really be showing your Tiger pride) 

►Bonus Points: There’s an awesome rewards program, where you get a free 6 oz. yogurt for every 30 points (and you get 15 points for just signing up)

5. Eat Me Ice Cream

You may not have been to its store location, but many of you may have tasted this tremendous ice cream in the public market, at a handful of restaurants throughout Rochester, or even picked some up at a local grocery store. Eat Me Ice Cream is not afraid to experiment with some off the wall flavors, but the results often do not disappoint.  The whole brand is a modern, artistic take on a classic, old school treat. Plus, the store really prides itself on being vegan-friendly. Two batches are made each week - one with cow’s milk and one with coconut milk. We wish they were open more than one day a week! With such a limited window to visit the shop and the prices a little more on the expensive side, we pushed it higher up on the list.

three scoops of chocolate ice cream in a bowl, covered in chocolate syrup
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►Location: 1115 East Main Street

►A Flavor to Try: New Neapolitan (a trendy twist on a classic flavor...who would have thought coffee, banana, and cherry could taste so good together?)

►Bonus Points: Their website beautiful photos and creative captions for all of the flavors; we highly encourage you to check them out

4. Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster’s may not be a Rochester original, but that doesn’t stop it from making the list. The ice cream is made each morning at the individual stores, giving each spot a local flare. You can usually check what flavors will be served on the website and social media. It’s so fresh and creamy, it’s sometimes easy to forget it’s a franchised business. The flavors are out of this world, and there are so many to choose from. Picnic tables surround the shop, letting you enjoy your cones, sundaes, milkshakes, etc. outside in the fresh air. If you are on the go, there’s a drive-thru!

someone holding an ice cream cone outside of bruster's, with three scoops of different flavors
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►Location: 2755 East Henrietta Road

►A Flavor to Try: Cotton Candy Explosion (there’s popping candy whipped in, making the name ring true) 

►Bonus Points: You can get a free “doggie sundae” for your furry friend

3. Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream

Unique, inventive, ingenious...all of these words can be used to describe Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream. Putting Artisan in the name wasn’t just coincidence, the employees here are true craftsmen, creating pieces of art with every batch. For the quality of ice cream you’re getting, the prices are pretty moderate and worth it. The choices of flavors are limited and constantly changing, so sometimes it can be a little sad when you’re looking forward to something you’ve had before and it’s not there. However, it’s always good to try something new and there’s always a new, mouthwatering treat waiting for you!

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►Location: 672 South Avenue 

►A Flavor to Try: Salted Carmel Truffle (with a place that changes out their flavors daily, it’s hard to give a recommendation, but this one is offered constantly and can always be delivered to you)

►Bonus Points: There’s a chocolate shop right next door...chocolate AND ice cream, how could it get any better?

2. Read's Homemade Ice Cream

We might be a little biased here since we go here a lot..but we wouldn’t keep going back if it wasn’t worth it right? The inside is too cute and the gazebo outside is even cuter. All the treats are all very inexpensive and the homemade waffle cones are unbeatable. With hard-serve, soft-serve, ice, custard, milkshakes, swirls, and even more homemade desserts, Read’s really brings it all to the table. No matter which flavor you try, you’ll going to love each and every bite. Locally owned, the customer service is truly what brings it into such a high spot. The owner is extremely friendly and very supportive of the local community.

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►Location: 3130 East Henrietta Road 

►A Flavor to Try: Chocolate Almond (a small twist on a classic flavor, and it does not disappoint)

►Bonus Points: If you’re really looking for a way to treat yourself, try out the artic swirls (think McFlurry’s...except the ice cream machine isn’t going to be broken)

1. Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery

Pittsford Farms comes in at the top spot due to its perfect combination of tasty ice cream, an astronomical amount of flavors, and location. The ice cream has a milky, rich taste, making it hard to limit yourself to only one scoop – you can order up to three different flavors at once! And wow, are there so many flavors to choose from. If you’re finding it hard to choose, don’t feel afraid to ask for some samples...and then some more samples.

Besides the delicious ice cream, the location really puts it over the top. There’s a bunch of outside seating, where you and your friends can kick back and relax beneath some trees and admire the scenery. If you want to take a little stroll, the canal is right around the corner.

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►Location: 44 North Main Street 

►A Flavor to Try: Bloo Moo (a birthday cake taste, filled with sprinkles, and truly heaven in a cup/cone)

►Bonus Points: Besides ice cream, there’s a whole shop of goodies, including freshly made bakery items, chocolate, and of course, the milk!

Make sure to let us know which places you've visited, which ones are your favorite, and which ones you can't wait to try out! Go treat yourself!

And remember: this is an opinion piece by the BTB team. Please feel free to recommend some others in the comments for others to see and try out!

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