By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College
Even though its fall, it’s always warm enough outside to justify getting ice cream with your friends. Phoenix is full of awesome ice cream shops all over the Valley, especially near Grand Canyon University. So if you and your GCU friends are looking for something to do this weekend, think about heading out to try one of these awesome places!
If you are looking for a blast from the past, head to Churn. This place has an adorable retro vibe and lots of patio seating. Their menu features milkshakes, floats and sundaes like the “Fat Elvis” and the “Kitchen Sink”. Their flavors rotate daily, so there are new things to try every time you go! This place also sells nostalgic candy, baked goods and coffee.
Address: 5223 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012
Recommendation: Oh My! Affogato Float (coffee and vanilla ice cream, double shot espresso, Mexican coke)
Melt is a funky ice cream joint where they serve all their ice cream up in Chinese takeout boxes with a fortune cookie on top! They are known for their unique flavors such as fruity pebbles, horchata and honey lavender. Come to Melt to check it all out for yourself!
Address: 333 E. Roosevelt Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85044
Recommendation: Horchata ice cream
This unique ice cream shop uses liquid nitrogen to create your order right in front of you! This means that all their ice cream is made to order with whatever flavors and toppings you want. They also offer Nitroshakes and ice cream sandwiches. If you are vegan or allergic to dairy, they also provide sorbet, coconut and cashew ice cream bases.
Address: 100 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85012
Recommendation: Elemint™ (mint ice cream, Oreo cookies, chocolate chips and fudge)
4. Milk Run
Milk Run is the coolest place in Phoenix to get milk tea, Boba and ice cream. Some of their most popular drinks are their milk tea floats, which are milk teas topped with ice cream. They always provide non-dairy options as well!
Address: 1702 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85015
Recommendation: Nutella Milk Tea Float with Honey Vanilla ice cream
Zoyo has some of the best frozen yogurt. While there are many locations, one is located right in the middle of GCU’s campus! With a rotating menu, there are always new flavors and toppings to try. Choose what flavor you like, or mix them together and add however many toppings you want! If you are a GCU student, you can use your dining dollars at our campus location.
Address: 3300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85017
Recommendation: Cake Batter with sprinkles and brownies
Don’t take our word for it, grab some friends and go out and check these places out yourself!
Located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University has a unique campus community and would love to host visiting prospective students. To learn more visit our website or click on the Request More Button at the top of this page.
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