One Scoop or Two: Tour Minnesota's Best Ice Cream Shops!

One Scoop or Two: Tour Minnesota's Best Ice Cream Shops!

Jun 20 , 2023


Olivia Cahoon

One Scoop or Two? Always two! We are not the dairy state (although we're only a mile away!)… but we do love ice cream!
Welcome to the North & Shore ice cream road trip blog. Here's a few of our top stops for North Shore scoops:
Bridgman's-  Restaurant + Ice Cream Shop 
2022 Mountain Shadow Dr, Duluth, MN
The home of Duluth’s favorite MEGA Malts! 
Bridgman’s has been a part of Duluth’s story since 1936! 
Today their ice cream is served at many shops, cafes and grocery stores around the Midwest. But this restaurant is the one and only Bridgeman’s and is home to my all-time favorite ice cream, Black Licorice!! ( Shhh, It is delicious!)
They also serve locally sourced breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you are a fan of delicious burgers and fries, with an iconic mega malt as dessert, this is worth just a short drive up the hill. 
Summer Flavors
Happy Trails:
Chocolate Malt swirled with M&M’s, topped with whipped cream, a trail of gourmet popcorn pop, + more M&M’s! Come’s with a souvenir
Duluth Pack decal jar. 
Princess Unicorn:
“ My Horn can Pierce the sky!”
A Cotton Candy melt, topped with whipped cream, cotton candy, a plush unicorn, and rainbow candy marshmallows. 
Diggin in The Dirt:
Chocolate Oreo malt, topped with whipped cream, a chocolate wafer cookie, crushed Oreos, gummy worms, and a souvenir toy truck.
Let’s Celebrate:
Birthday Cake melt, topped with whipped cream, and an oversized lollipop and a cupcake on top.
Crank + Dasher
Location: In Fitger’s Courtyard
600 E. Superior St. Duluth, MN
A local and women owned business making small batch, handcrafted ice cream with the best quality ingredients possible. Find their little shop located in the Fitger’s courtyard in Duluth, on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. They said it, and they deliver- the best quality, dairy from Autumnwood Farm in Forest Lake, hand-picking berries at local berry farms, and making their mix-ins from scratch. Using no artificial coloring, which means one of my all-time favorite flavors, Mint Chip, is not green, and Local Summer Strawberry and other berry flavors are colored by the fruit itself!  Duluthians rave about the Salted Peanut Butter Brownie, which includes their homemade brownies.
If you are dreaming of a summer visit, here's their summer hours for you:
Sunday-Friday 12-8, and Saturday 11-8, or until the last customer comes through!
Superior Creamery 
Location: 7 Broadway Ave Grand Marais, MN
 110 Miles from Duluth.
This new little shop "by the saltless sea" as their slogan says, truly makes an ice cream stop, an experience. Their ice cream is made using the finest Minnesota dairy and premium ingredients. They also offer a food menu that is simple, delicious and homemade. Opening their doors just last year in 2022- they are anticipating the summer ahead. 
Summer Hours: 11 am - 8 pm Daily, Kitchen Closes @ 4pm


Ice Cream Flavors Superior Vanilla, Coffee Cookie Crumble, Dutch Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, , Strawberry Sorbet, Snickerdoodle, Lemon Sorbet, Praline Pecan

Pints Snickerdoodle, Dutch Chocolate, Lemon Sorbet, Praline Pecan

For even more ice cream goodness, we've got the scoop below!

Gordy’s Hi-Hat + Warming House-

Ice Cream Shop + Cafe + Restaurant 

Right next to the famous Gordy’s Hi-Hat Restaurant

 415 Sunny side Dr. Cloquet, MN  
The King of Cream  - Eateries + Food Truck 
 4140 Richard Ave Hermantown + 4th St. Duluth, MN
Camp Creemee-  Vermont Style Soft Serve Ice Cream Shop
 Inside Wild State Cider
2515 W. Superior St. Duluth, MN
Love Creamery - Ice Cream Shop 
  Lincoln Park 1908 W Superior St. +
Canal Park 366 S Lake Ave Duluth,MN
Portland Malt Shop-  Walk Up Ice Cream + Malt Shop
 716 E Superior St. Duluth MN 
Bridgman's-  Restaurant + Ice Cream Shop 
2022 Mountain Shadow Dr, Duluth, MN
Cranks + Dashers- Ice Cream Shop  In Fitger’s Courtyard
600 E. Superior St. Duluth, MN
Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop- Ice Cream Shop 
 1009 Main St, Beaver Bay, MN  
5th St. Malt Shoppe- Malt Shop 
502 7th Ave, Two Harbors, MN
Superior Creamery- Ice Cream Shop 
 7 Broadway Ave Grand Marais, MN 


 The land of 10,000 lakes is home to many favorites ice cream stops, so we can't possibly name them all. But be sure to comment and let us know your favorite shops + flavors along the way.

Happy Ice Cream Adventuring,


About Me: 
Olivia Cahoon  is North & Shore’s Social Media + Marketing Specialist. She joined our team back in June 2022. She has a huge passion for loving + serving people in everyday life.  Her main focus in life is living in gratitude. When she’s not in the shop, or working from home- you can find her probably watching The Office with her Aussie Selah, soaking up all the time with her loved ones, tending to her mini-jungle of plants +  praising Jesus for his faithfulness in her life.

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