Chill Out: 8 places in Athens to enjoy ice cream, milkshakes and other treats | Eat Drink


With temperatures predicted to be over 100 degrees this week, who isn’t looking for a way to cool off? From our restaurant editors and taste testers, here’s a selection of Athens sources for cool treats.

Andy’s ice cream

This chain’s rich creamy custard is served in hearty scoops. At his Location in Athens on West Broad Streetyou can order cones, cups and sundaes, or opt for the signature “Concrete”, pastry cream mixed with toppings.

Andy’s Frozen Custard Peach Concrete consists of a vanilla base mixed with frozen peach chunks. Andy’s opened on W. Broad Street on August 16. (Photo/Olivia Wakim)

Condor Chocolates

In addition to chocolate bars and truffles, the Five Points and downtown locations from this Athens-based chocolate company serves up rich ice cream. Cover it with crumbled biscotti or cocoa nibs for a gourmet experience. Or opt for a creamy shake with whipped cream on top.

four fat cows

This Baxter Street ice cream shop has a wide menu of flavors, including the coffee and caramel brownie and the blueberry cobbler.

Hodgson’s Pharmacy

This Five Points Pharmacy, which has been serving Athens since the 1950s, operates a tiny soda fountain with drinks and treats. The menu includes fresh lemonade, malts, floats, old-fashioned sundaes, and hand-dipped ice cream.

The Michoacana Antojitos Mexicanos

This ice cream parlor on Old Jefferson Road offers a wide range of Mexican desserts, including paletas – frozen fruit or dairy bars – and picadas frutas, chilled fruit cups and toppings. You will also find sundaes, cones, frozen bananas and specialties such as fruit and cream.

The Cool World of Lil’ Ice Cream Dude

High school student Beau Shell has been selling frozen treats from carts and trucks since he was 8 years old. His vision became reality with the opening of this East side shop with shakes, sundaes and scoops. Customers also love the ice cream sandwiches and the floats.

Lil Ice Cream Dude 2021

Vickie Shell, Beau Shell and Rick Shell pose for a photo at Lil’ Ice Cream Dude’s Cool World Ice Cream store in Athens on June 24, 2021. Beau Shell, 17, is the owner of the store, which he opened in 2019 (Photo/Olyn Gee)

Pelican Snoballs

The Baxter Street location of this national chain is only open part of the year, making shaved ice cones a seasonal experience. Try a flavor like Pretty Princess (raisin and cotton candy) or mix up your own concoction.

vampire penguin

This downtown store sells shaved snow, desserts and “potions”, in other words dessert drinks. There are plenty of fun flavors like green tea or watermelon to choose from. Most flavors are dairy free.

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The Vampire Penguin cotton candy and watermelon snow in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Olivia Wakim)


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