Whether scratch-made, vegan gelato sounds like your idea of a summery treat or frozen yogurt piled high with heaps of toppings is more your style, there are plenty of inviting parlors and cozy shops to chill at while you enjoy a cool treat in Grand Rapids!
Keep this list at-the-ready; you’ll want to stop by each of our favorite local spots for frozen yogurt and ice cream in Grand Rapids while you’re out enjoying the perfect Pure Michigan summer!
Love’s Ice Cream — Organic, grass-fed dairy ice cream, vegan gelato, and artisan confections from bon bons to small-batch caramels? They’re all house-made from scratch using ingredients from small Michigan farms, and they’re all here — served up from the counter of an open confectionery kitchen inside Downtown Market GR! Fresh, ingredient-centric and minimally processed, try inventive flavors like Lavender Blueberry or Cardamom Orange Blossom while you roam the market for a sweet summer cool-off.
Furniture City Creamery — Microcreamery housed in a cozy, under-500-square-foot shop, where over 100 small-batch dairy and vegan flavors are highlighted on rotation. Each batch starts on the in-house stove — handcrafted with natural, locally sourced ingredients. Watch for their “starting flavors” each day on Instagram and Facebook, and get ready to enjoy uncommon ones like Samoa Cookie or Banana Bread, Vegan Cake Batter or Orangesicle!
Jersey Junction — Old-timey parlor at the heart of East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village, with an ambiance of pure nostalgia so sweet, it rivals the creamy Hudsonville Ice Cream flavors scooped up inside! Wait patiently in line — one that often wraps around onto the charming front porch — knowing the treats and old-fashioned feels offered up here are well worth it! Sleeping Bear Dunes Bear Hug to Seaside Caramel, Toasted Coconut to Triple Peanut Butter Cup — make multiple return visits this summer to try them all!
Frosty Boy — Local shop with two locations — Grand Rapids and Rockford — twisting and scooping Michigan-made ice cream from Country Fresh, Country Dairy, Hudsonville, and Ashby’s. Try their signature Lemon Soft Serve or a gluten-free and vegan flurry!
Pinkie’s Ice Cream & Desserts — Old-fashioned parlor serving up premium ice creams from Sherman’s of South Haven! Snag a scoop or two of your favorite here, with options that range from Birthday Cake to Black Raspberry Supreme.
The Pump House — A modern-day soda shop with artisanal yogurt, gelato, sorbet, custard, and “happiness, delivered one cup at a time.” Enjoy any of three West Michigan locations — Grand Rapids, Rockford, or Grand Haven — and experiment at the massive toppings bar before enjoying your treat on an old-fashioned porch swing or a bench crafted from 100-year-old barnwood!
Spoonlickers — Fun and fresh fro-yo spot with locations in Downtown, Eastown, and Knapp’s Corner. Here, the frozen yogurt’s made with real milk from local dairies, and most of the treats you’ll top it with are handcrafted in the on-site kitchen. Custard or sorbetto, gelato or yogurt — try flavors from Butter Cookie to Birthday Cake, Sangria to Pineapple Mango, then top as you please!
Sweet Yo’s — Premium frozen yogurt, served up at shops in Downtown Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, and Bucktown Grandville. Fill your cup with flavors from Vanilla to Vegan Chocolate, Cheesecake to Cake Batter, then load up with fresh fruits and toppings like Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Cheesecake Bites!