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Go bananas at Little Man.
Go bananas at Little Man.
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The Ten Best Vegan Ice Cream Options in Denver

Ice cream in summer is essential. If you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant or otherwise dairy-free, you don’t have to miss out on the cool, creamy goodness. These ten spots in Denver offer completely vegan ice cream options.

Get the scoop at Little Man.EXPAND
Get the scoop at Little Man.
Danielle Lirette

Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th Street
303-455-3811

Little Man Ice Cream is a wildly popular spot inspired by vintage Coney Island hot dog stands. For every scoop of ice cream purchased, the company matches it by donating a scoop of rice or beans or other essentials to communities in need around the world. There are both dairy and vegan options here, with the latter including chocolate salted Oreo, rocky road, horchata, piña colada and banana chip.

Sweet Action usually carries several several vegan options.EXPAND
Sweet Action usually carries several several vegan options.
Danielle Lirette

Sweet Action Ice Cream
52 Broadway
303-282-4645

All ice cream at Sweet Action is made by hand and the whole operation is entirely powered by wind. Whenever possible, the shop sources ingredients for ice cream from local farmers and bakers. A handful of vegan options are clearly marked on the menu and include flavors such as coffee and doughnuts, chai, Spitzenburg cider sorbet and ginger lime sorbet.

Snowlab uses a soymilk base.EXPAND
Snowlab uses a soymilk base.
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Snowlab
4360 East Evans Avenue
720-772-8475

For an unusual twist on ice cream, Snowlab has it covered.  The shop makes shaved snow, which originated in Taiwan. The base is soymilk, so it’s naturally vegan, and the result is a creamy, ribbon-like dessert. Snowlab makes classic flavors like Oreo, vanilla, coffee and strawberry, but also offers unique lychee, jasmine tea, taro, and black rice horchata flavors.

High Point could be the high point of your day.EXPAND
High Point could be the high point of your day.
Danielle Lirette

High Point Creamery
3977 Tennyson Street (and other locations)
720-638-8697

High Point Creamery has three bustling locations — in RiNo (inside Denver Central Market), Hilltop and Berkeley. All three offer traditional ice cream in creative flavors, but are also committed to putting as much thought into dairy-free options. The menu changes, but you can find vegan ice cream and sorbets like coconut crème brûlée, cucumber lime sorbet and mango sorbet.

Sorbet and other vegan treats are available at Sweet Cow.
Sorbet and other vegan treats are available at Sweet Cow.
Sweet Cow

Sweet Cow
3475 West 32nd Avenue (and other locations)
303-477-3269

Sweet Cow is a Colorado ice cream staple with multiple locations in Denver as well as in nearby Louisville and north and south Boulder. Menus rotate daily, so you’ll want to check out what’s available before you head in. But you can always bet that you’ll find a few vegan flavors as well as sorbet. Recent vegan treats spotted on the menu include chocolate coconut, coconut mango, Dutch chocolate, chocolate Oreo, Thai iced tea, chocolate raspberry, almond joy, Ozo coffee, and peanut butter Oreo.

Watercourse
837 East 17th Avenue
303-832-7313

Watercourse may be the go-to spot for vegan breakfasts and comfort food throughout the day, but they’re also whipping up ice cream and creamy shakes for dessert. The bananas foster dessert is vanilla ice cream, banana bread, rum caramel, and candied walnut. A classic ice cream sundae is available with vanilla ice cream topped with berries, banana, cookies, and chocolate. Orange dreamsickle, peanut butter and chocolate, and matcha shake are just a few of the shakes available.

Sweet Cooie's had vegan choices in Congress Park.
Sweet Cooie's had vegan choices in Congress Park.
Westword

Sweet Cooie’s
3506 East 12th Avenue
720-550-7140

Sweet Cooie’s offers both traditional ice cream and some dairy-free options In both cases, the frozen desserts are made by Little Man Ice Cream, although Cooie's has a few house specialties of its own. For vegan options, choose from chocolate, horchata, peanut butter Oreo, and chocolate salted Oreo. Best of all, every scoop helps give back. For each scoop of ice cream sold here, a portion of the sale goes to support women’s education locally and around the world.

Nooch Vegan Market
10 East Ellsworth Avenue
720-328-5324

Nooch, Denver’s all-vegan grocery store, of course has plenty of completely vegan ice cream options in the well-stocked freezer, including Nicecream Sammies and Best One Yet from Colorado. But you can also get cones and cups of serving up housemade soft-serve in the store, too. Pop in for an old-school vanilla or chocolate cone while the weather's still warm.

The Ten Best Vegan Ice Cream Options in Denver
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Nicecream Sammies
Various locations

Locally made Nicecream Sammies are not only vegan, they’re also organic, raw, and gluten free, with no refined sugar. Choose from tasty flavors like Peanut Butter Sammie with Chocochunk Nicecream, Fudgie Batter Sammie with Raspberry Nicecream, Cookie Dough Sammie with Salty Sweet Nicecream, Cookie Dough Sammie with Cocoa Nicecream, and Fudgie Batter Sammie with Cocoa Nicecream. You can find the frozen sandwiches in Denver at Nooch, in Boulder at Lolita’s Market and Deli, Organic Sandwich, and Blooming Beets Kitchen, in Longmont at Twisted Roots Yogurt and The Mountain Fountain, and more spots you can find on the company's website.

Follow that Vespa!
Follow that Vespa!
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Best One Yet
Retail locations and an ice cream Vespa

Instead of chasing around an ice cream truck like back in the day, Best One Yet will have you hunting down the city’s only ice cream Vespa. Both on the Vespa and in retail stores, you’ll find vegan ice cream that's gluten-free and made with organic coconut milk and organic cane sugar. Check Best One Yet's website and social media feeds for current locations, or grab some in Denver at Nooch, in Boulder at Lolita’s Market & Deli, in Longmont at Treat Snackhouse and in Niwot at Niwot Market.

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