Top 50 Dairy Allergy-Friendly Ice Cream Shops


Get the scoop on the 50 highest-rated ice cream shops for milk and dairy allergies! See reviews for dedicated dairy-free shops, shops with dairy–free options, and shops with excellent allergy awareness.

Editorial Note: See our 50 Allergy-Friendly Soft Serve Ice Cream Shops 2021 for more ice cream shops!


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1. a la mode shoppe

Location: New York, New York

Dedicated Free Of: Peanut, Tree Nuts, Egg, Fish, Shellfish, Mustard, Sesame, Legumes, and Peas

Other Allergens They Can Accommodate: Milk, Dairy, Wheat, and Gluten

“We were so lucky to try many of the dairy-free options that they ship out! They were SO good! I highly recommend having these shipped to wherever you live! This is totally worth having sent to you. They package it on dry ice and can ship to hot climates like AZ. The dairy-free flavors are also awesome! Highly recommend!”

@foodallergydiva, who manages milk and mustard allergies

2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“Love that the allergy-friendly flavors are clearly labeled! So happy that there are gluten free and vegan options as well.”

@lesswithlaur, who manages celiac and milk, egg, wheat, sesame, buckwheat, and maple allergies

3. Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.

Location: New York, New York

“This was the first “ice cream” shop I ever ate at and am so appreciative of Chloe’s! Their soft serve flavors are dairy-free and many toppings are also free of the top 8 allergens. They have nuts in the shop but are very careful about cross contamination.”

@tracy416, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, sesame, seed, and legume allergies

4. Frankie and Jo’s

Location: Seattle, Washington

“This entire ice cream shop is dairy-free, gluten-free, and NO peanuts! Many of their ice creams are also made with dates instead of sugar. Not to mention, their ice cream is incredible! It’s so good that my picky, non-allergic friend HAS to go there when she visits me in Seattle.”

@sonya, who manages celiac and tree nut, milk, wheat, sesame, tomato, banana, grain, meat, and cane sugar allergies

5. Tipping Cow Ice Cream

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

“This is the only place I can take my 2 kids for ice cream. Not only do they have many varieties of safe ice cream for them to chose from, it is the best tasting ice cream you’ll have! The owners and staff are the nicest people, friendly and helpful. It’s our favorite place!”

@staceyg48, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, soy, wheat, grain, and legume allergies

6. Sweet Action Ice Cream

Location: Denver, Colorado

“They always have a couple of vegan options on the menu and all of their flavors are made there in the shop. The staff are very accommodating to allergies and careful to use clean scoops.”

@srauen81, who manages peanut, milk, and fish allergies

7. Artisen Gelato

Location: Matthews, North Carolina

“So happy to find this lovely vegan, nut-free, and allergy-friendly ice cream shop. It’s the only ice cream shop that I can feel safe and my kids can have everything on their menu.”

@happy, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies

8. Dear Bella Creamery

Location: Los Angeles, California

“I believe the entire ice cream shop is free of milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts (not including coconut). Kind of a strange/isolated location, but such a treat to have so many options. It was so hard to decide what to order! They pride themselves on handling food allergies.”

@missmeliss1895, who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, and shellfish allergies

9. Dairy Twist Cafe

Location: Walled Lake, Michigan

“The dairy twist not only has dairy-free ice cream, but there is another hidden gem: a small area where they make the most amazing, safe sea salt French fries and serve up dairy-free footlong hot dogs! My son has been eating these both at least once a week for a fun treat the last 8 years! The staff knows me personally and always takes extra care with his order! The amount of dairy-free ice cream there is insane. They have an entire cooler of hard ice cream by itself, as well as soft serve and novelties! Don’t forget the amazing slushies! People come from all over!”

@jacksmama8, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, sesame, and legume allergies

10. The Milk Shake Factory

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Manager was super helpful by making my daughter’s dairy-free shake in the back on clean equipment. Amazingly delicious.”

@meiguizi, who manages cashew and milk allergies

11. Sara’s Artisan Gelato

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

“Each different flavor had its own scoop and the staff was nice and educated. The sorbet was clearly labeled dairy-free on the front labels that told the flavors.”

@tealdelly, who manages a milk allergy

12. Sweet Izzy

Location: Harwich, Massachusetts

“This completely dairy-free ice cream shop is a DREAM! My daughter could not believe that she could order anything she wanted off the menu. They have soft serve and hard ice cream and will make milkshakes and “blizzard” type creations. We also ordered an ice cream cake from them and it was insanely good! We were able to customize both layers. They did tell us that the “M&M” type toppings are made by Unreal and have a cross contamination warning on them so we opted to avoid those. They had a ton of topping options including Sunbutter cups, Oreos, fudge, “crunch” style bars and sprinkles. So great!”

@amgaetano, who manages a milk allergy

13. Graeter’s Ice Cream

Location: Northbrook, Illinois

“They are amazing for food allergy folks. Their policy is to open a brand new carton of ice cream for any customer with allergies. And they have milk-free sorbets!”

@3withallergies, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, soy, fish, sesame, beef, and sodium benzoate allergies

14. The Franklin Fountain

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Yummy, homemade dairy-free ice cream. They have at least 2 flavors to choose from. My son chose vanilla and blueberry and coconut whipped cream as well! So nice to have place that will get clean scoops and get from a closed container in the back. It takes a little longer but is worth the wait. It is a very popular place and can get extremely busy with lines down the block. I’d go early just so they have their attention on my dairy-free order.”

@alohabailey, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, and sesame allergies

15. FoMu

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

“Explained my gluten allergy and asked for a clean scoop and fresh tub, which they accommodated. Flavors are clearly labeled with various allergens. Delicious flavors. My favorite ice cream flavors so far are the chocolate pudding, lavender, peach cobbler, and lemon meringue pie. Can’t wait to try more!”

@kaylee, who manages celiac and milk, wheat, grain, and legume allergies

16. Curly’s Boonton

Location: Boonton, New Jersey

“Love their Italian ices and the coconut almond milk raspberry ice cream. It’s my favorite!”

@smufson, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, soy, shellfish, sesame, seed, garlic, legume, and lupine allergies

17. The Local Scoop

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

“They offer 8 different favors of vegan ice cream. They use coconut or oat milk. It was so nice to see that they have a dedicated vegan section. The staff was super nice on the phone and in person. They told me they take food allergies seriously!”

@happy, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies

18. Like No Udder

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

“Everything is vegan here—but you can’t even tell! The menu lists all of the allergens (if any) included in each item and the staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. They always ask if a person in your party has any allergies and they are aware of any allergens in their products. My dairy-eating friends love this place, too! Highly recommend!”

@lm14, who manages celiac and milk and wheat allergies

19. Page Dairy Mart

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“We went for the first time today because they recently started having a top 8 free vanilla oat milk soft serve. All of their ice cream is soft serve. We asked if they could make a swirl for our punkin but the girl answered that all the swirl machines are used for everything. We asked if she could have some thin mints in hers and the girl replied that she would go and grab some out of the back for us. We didn’t even have to ask! She then put 7 thin mints in our daughter’s ice cream! Wonderful experience and we will definitely be going back!”

@punkinmama, who manages a milk allergy

20. Pressed Juicery

Location: Walnut Creek, California

“Pressed Juicery now has dairy-free, nut-free freezes! They used to make all of their soft serves with almond milk, so I’m happy to have an option that I can eat there now.”

@amandayoung03, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, and shellfish allergies

21. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Location: Brooklyn, New York

“Tons of dairy-free options including dairy-free whipped cream! The peanut butter vegan is a favorite.”

@paigeflory, who manages celiac and milk and wheat allergies

22. Betsy’s Ice Cream

Location: Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania

“They always have a few flavors of dairy-free ice cream available. Always helpful and always delicious!”

@meiguizi, who manages cashew and milk allergies

23. Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery

Location: Clayton, Missouri

“The waffle cones are vegan, even labeled as such at checkout, and they have multiple vegan ice cream options made with coconut milk! Every ice cream flavor lists its allergens and the staff was very knowledgeable and willing to help. The ice cream and cone also were the best I’ve ever tasted!”

@morganromo, who manages tree nut, milk, mustard, and sunflower allergies

24. Scoops on Beverly

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Scoops on Beverly was always a favorite for our family. Once we discovered our daughter couldn’t have dairy, we stopped going for a while. However, they have Italian Ice, sorbet, and one flavor of dairy-free ice cream. The dairy-free ice cream is almond milk based; they told me when I called. They keep it in the case with the sorbet.”

@punkinmama, who manages a milk allergy

25. The Plush Horse

Location: Palos Park, Illinois

“The Plush Horse has a dedicated, separate cooler for its dairy-free options. They have sorbets and almond/coconut-based ice creams. There is always more than one option to choose from.”

@allisonsise, who manages milk and soy allergies

26. Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“We came because they have vegan ice cream available. When we walked in I quickly saw a sign asking us to let them know of any allergies and they would be happy to help. They quickly told us that the vegan ice cream is coconut-based. They changed gloves and went to a separate area to get her ice cream. The staff was very helpful and thoughtful. This is a great old fashioned ice cream shop so everything was spectacular and my daughter felt special. I highly recommend.”

@punkinmama, who manages a milk allergy

27. Hug Life

Location: Long Beach, California

“This is an amazing vegan ice cream shop located in Long Beach with shakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more! The ice cream is made from cashew if I’m not mistaken, but the staff is very informed and more than happy to help show you the ingredients of anything, even the toppings. Highly recommend!”

@jennatso8, who manages milk, egg, and meat allergies

28. Oink’s Dutch Treat

Location: New Buffalo, Michigan

“The staff was wonderful. They changed gloves, used a fresh scooper, and scooped from a fresh container. I called ahead and they were very kind and accommodating with several non-dairy options!”

@melissaanne105, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies

29. Melt Ice Creams

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

“Eggless base for most flavors, plus nut-free and egg-free options. Super friendly staff happy to answer questions. Will use a clean scoop and new container.”

@bigeater, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, sesame, and chickpea allergies

30. Scoops and Smiles Ice Cream

Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania

“My son safely eats the water ice. The staff uses clean gloves and scoop.”

@adielsi, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, wheat, seed, and barley allergies

31. FRÍO Gelato

Location: Evanston, Illinois

“One of the best gelato places I’ve ever been! Clearly marked dairy-free options with a very helpful staff! Plenty of gluten-free options. It’s truly authentic Argentinian ice cream!”

@messi98, who manages celiac and milk, wheat, and grain allergies

32. Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Location: Beachwood, Ohio

“I have been going to Mitchell’s for many years now and there has never been an issue with my allergies. Right when I tell them I’m allergic to dairy, they use a new tub, sprinkles and scoop. They have very good vegan options too, I always get the raspberry sorbet. Try it out!”

@allergyally, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies

33. Fifty Licks Ice Cream

Location: Portland, Oregon

“We have yet to let our allergic toddler try ice cream, but I inquired with Fifty Licks (my husband and I love them ourselves) and the owner was so kind and helpful answering my questions. Of course there are always risks, but I felt comfortable with his answers and believe the staff would take things seriously and use fresh bins/scoops if we asked. I believe the owner said his wife has allergies, so they understand and take it seriously. The vegan cho-coco-mel is SO delicious, especially in a non-dairy milkshake!”

@kthat, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies

34. South Pier Parlor

Location: Sheboygan, Wisconsin

“The ice cream parlor had dairy-free options. The staff member got a new bucket of dairy-free ice cream and scoop. They were very accommodating.”

@daisies4me, who manages celiac and milk, soy, wheat, and MSG allergies

35. Cornell Dairy Bar

Location: Ithaca, New York

“I am allergic to dairy, so I really appreciate that they make sure to use uncontaminated tools when I get sorbet here!”

@yeet, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies

36. Longford’s Own Made Ice Cream

Location: Rye, New York

“Longford’s has amazing sorbet and understand the severity of food allergies! Just make sure you ask to clean the scooper and you will have awesome sorbet.”

@blabella13, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, fish, and shellfish allergies

37. Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“Oberweis has amazing shakes! The employees have always been super attentive to any dietary needs of those with me and my own. They have a full allergen chart for their menu on their website. Oberweis is extremely dairy-heavy but they do have non-dairy options like sorbets! I love love love their chocolate milk!”

@reganh, who manages milk and egg allergies

38. Aloha Isle

Location: Orlando, Florida

“We had the classic dole whip. We spoke with a manager who allowed us to view the allergy binder to ensure it was gluten-free and dairy-free, and free of cross contamination. It’s one of our favorite treats!”

@kedbach, who manages celiac and milk, wheat, and grain allergies

39. Super Sundaes

Location: Hillsborough Township, New Jersey

“Best ice cream shop ever. They have dairy-free options including soft serve and an allergen ingredient booklet available to look at. They also sell some chocolates and candy free of the top 8 allergens. They are awesome.”

@shawnac1, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, and shellfish allergies

40. Creamistry

Location: San Antonio, Texas

“You can get dairy and nut-free options here—more than “a few options”. Mention that you have a person with food allergies and they make sure they use all clean utensils and no cross contamination. Bonus: treats are really fresh, as every order is made on the spot with liquid nitrogen. Go to their website to see their allergen and special diet info list.”

@yamasaki28, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and shellfish allergies

41. Sweet Cow

Location: Boulder, Colorado

“Incredibly helpful staff. When informed of an allergy, they will get a clean scoop from a separate fresh bin from the back. Intensely rich and creamy ice cream that is fantastically delicious.”

@toadly, who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, milk, soy, mussel, wheat, tomato, and melon allergies

42. Atomic Creamery

Location: Newport Beach, California

“Owner is great! They have dedicated nut-free equipment and knowledgeable on allergies. Kids especially loved watching their ice cream be prepared right in front of them, which is another plus for a parent to be able to see the ingredients they put in the ice cream.”

@ypepping, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, and fish allergies

43. Ben & Jerry’s

Location: New York, New York

“Just ask for a fresh bin and a clean scooper and the staff will change gloves to get you safe ice cream!”

@morganromo, who manages tree nut, milk, and seed allergies

44. Made in Rome Organic Gelato

Location: Siesta Key, Florida

“Had a wonderful experience here with my peanut and tree nut allergic son. Owner was very kind and knowledgeable about cross contamination. He read through ingredients with me and opened a new gelato so my son could eat. He was very educated on the importance of cleaning utensils. Got a new ice cream scooper and washed it thoroughly before using. Wonderful experience and definitely the most delicious gelato!”

@katdio, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, soy, and melon allergies

45. Cookies and Creme Jax Beach

Location: Jacksonville Beach, Florida

“They have egg-free homemade ice cream and vegan cookies that are peanut-free!”

@aewarrenfeltz, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, and wheat allergies

46. Icicles

Location: Pleasanton, California

“I am so pleased with our experience here! As a mother of a toddler with multiple food allergies, I am constantly on edge about trying new restaurants and food options. We were wanting ice cream (sorbet for my son) and came across Icicles on Yelp. My husband ran in to check out the situation. I was so impressed and grateful that they have at least 3-4 signs up asking about food allergies. They have dedicated areas for dairy and/or nut-free, and told my husband before making our son’s dairy-free and nut-free concoction: “This is a dedicated dairy/nut-free tray. I’ve already changed my gloves and gotten clean utensils from the back.” And then, the employee went to the back for fresh toppings to avoid cross contamination. So wonderful to have an allergy-friendly and aware experience!”

@rockgoddess415, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and sesame allergies

47. Ivanna Cone

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

“Great for allergies like dairy! They always have a dairy-free option!”

@xxrose, who manages a milk allergy

48. The Wild Sugar

Location: Evans, Georgia

“Their coconut and sorbet machine are top 8 free (with the exception of coconut being the tree nut). They do have a gluten-free cookie however it does contain soybean if you have to avoid that. Brad, the owner, responded to my email right away sharing product ingredients and pictures. This was very helpful. They do have some top 8 free toppings, however, some of the topping bar ingredients may have cross contamination but they will provide fresh toppings from the back upon request. Their milkshakes can be made with almond milk upon request as well. This was such a great experience to have a real ice cream date with friends.”

@mama_crist, who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, milk, soy, and wheat allergies

49. Sweet Republic

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

“SIX dairy-free flavor options, all kept in a separate case from the rest of the dairy containing flavors, and with their own dedicated dairy-free scoops. Nuts are present so I usually don’t get toppings to avoid cross contamination. I love the coconut flavor, the chocolate, and the basil lime!”

@serenesafe, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and sesame allergies

50. Mr. Gene’s Beans

Location: Fairhope, Alabama

“Love this local ice cream shop for its charm but also because I have never been when they didn’t have a dairy/gluten/nut-free soft serve option (usually a sorbet). They do have many other ice cream and topping options but, from what I have been told, they always use the same machine for the non-dairy soft serve to avoid cross contamination. It’s always a good idea to ask and make sure, but that has been the case for as many years as I have been there! I usually get the rainbow sprinkles as well, as they are typically in a separate container from the other toppings and served with a clean spoon. If for whatever reason the non-dairy soft serve is down, they also have great popsicles, sodas, and novelty candies that are allergy-friendly! All around great place!”

@allergystrategy, who manages peanut, milk, egg, fish, and shellfish allergies

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