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26 Jul 2021
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Stay cool in the summer heat with the sweetest frozen treats at North Lake Tahoe! Overflow your cup with delicious froyo smothered in toppings, crunch into freshly made waffle cones dripping with creamy ice cream or cool off with locally made gelato and fruit sorbet. After a day of riding bikes or kayaking on the water, your summer brain freeze is waiting for you at the tastiest dessert shops at North Lake Tahoe!  

Little Truckee Ice Creamery – Truckee & Tahoe City 

Voted “Best Ice Cream” at North Lake Tahoe, Little Truckee Ice Creamery is THE place to indulge in premium, all natural ice cream. EVERYTHING is made from scratch including the brownies, caramel, cookies, and more! Try the popular Truckee Trails flavor made with pine nut brittle and brown chunks in a sweet cream ice cream. Scoop non-dairy options like Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet or Chocolate Coconut Cluster into a sugar or waffle cone to go! With three locations - the brick and mortar shop at Donner Lake, the ice cream truck at Tahoe Dave’s in downtown Truckee or the Tahoe City ice cream truck at Tahoe Tap Haus – you’ll find the perfect spot to satisfy your sweet tooth.  

Austin's Ice Cream and Coffee – Incline Village 

The milkshake creations and ice cream flavors at Austin’s Ice Cream and Coffee are incredible! Kids drool over the S’mores milkshake made with chocolate brownie ice cream and toasted marshmallow or the Unicorn milkshake made with strawberry ice cream, rainbow sour stripes, whipped cream and sprinkles! Fill a waffle cone with Black Cherry or Toffee ice cream and smother it in Ghirardelli chocolate sauce or Cotton Candy Crunch topping. Order an affogato, an iced latte or an iced peach tea to stay cool in the heat!

Where We Met – Tahoma 

The locally made gelato at Where We Met is the perfect takeaway treat! Fruity flavors like watermelon and pink grapefruit are made with organic cane milk, sugar and local fruit, and the vegan strawberries and cream is a local favorite! Where We Met has no indoor seating making it a COVID friendly spot to grab gelato and a freshly brewed coffee before walking back to the Lake. 

Sweet Tahoe Time – Kings Beach 

After a day of kayaking on the water, dip your spoon into an overflowing cup of cookie dough or birthday cake ice cream at Sweet Tahoe Time! This rustic takeaway shop serves delicious ice cream, swirling froyo and plenty of toppings to pile onto your frozen treats! This shop is easy to spot with its red exterior, garden gnomes and wooden bears making it the perfect Instagram pic for your summer vacation.