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Where to Order Ice Cream Delivery and Takeout in Boston Right Now

From pints and cones, to at-home sundae kits—these scoop shops have you covered from the comfort of your couch.


Photo courtesy of the Ice Creamsmith sundae

If anything were to test New Englanders’ resolve to eat ice cream every day, a pandemic might be it. But local ice cream makers are keeping cool and adapting to the new springtime economy: Dairy-farm favorites like Crescent Ridge and Richardson’s, for example, are offering groceries along with preordered packaged ice cream. Here in the city, there are cones to go, at-home sundae kits, ice-packed delivery—basically, a way to satisfy your ice cream cravings whenever you want. Here are the top options in Boston for ice cream to go.

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Chill on Park

The full menu is available for takeout, seven days a week, from this Fields Corner shop. Scoops, frappes, sundae kits, ice cream rolls, coffee and tea, pints, and more is also deliverable via Grubhub, UBEReats, and Postmates. Order online or call ahead to pick up in-store. Chill on Park is open daily from 2-8 p.m. (9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).

142 Park St., Dorchester, 617-297-5401, chillonpark.com.

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

You can swing by this Inman Square confectionary if you’re out for provisions from the spice shop and grocery next door: The sister businesses are both open daily, and walk-ins are welcome if wearing masks and following the social distance guidance posted in-store. Stay tuned for Christina’s Ice Cream to be listed on UberEats, as well.

1255 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-492-7021, christinasicecream.com.

Commonwealth Cambridge

The takeout menu that this Kendall Square market-restaurant debuted on May 6 features a freezer full of house-made ice cream. Packing pints was a no-brainer for the reopening, says chef-owner Steve “Nookie” Postal. “We like to have fun with ice cream at Commonwealth,” he says, adding that his  office wall bears a cease-and-desist letter the Girl Scouts once sent him after a batch used their cookies (and trademarks). A broad selection of flavors like coffee cookies and cream, and pineapple rum sorbet are now available to go, alongside Commonwealth’s regular-menu favorites like pulled pork sandwiches, Thai peanut salad, and Ducky’s fried chicken. Order online or by the phone to schedule a pickup time, or find Commonwealth on Caviar or Doordash for delivery.

11 Broad Canal Way, Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7030, commonwealthcambridge.com.

FoMu Alternative Ice Cream

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FoMu

Thanks to this local maker’s vegan-friendly menu, Boston can claim to be an ice cream town even for folks who don’t do dairy. FoMu’s scoop shops in Allston, Jamaica Plain, and the South End are open for takeout and delivery, though hours may vary, so call ahead to confirm. And if you’re really craving coconut ice cream? Add FoMu founder Deena Jalal’s cookbookIncredible Vegan Ice Cream, to your collection and get churning at home.

481 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-903-3276; 655 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-982-7955; 617 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-553-2299; 140 Brookline Ave., Fenway, Boston, 857- 284-7229; fomuicecream.com.

Forge Ice Cream Bar

Consider this Somerville bakery, whether you want a scoop to pair with an afternoon coffee, or stock your home freezer with pints of malted vanilla, toasted coconut-chocolate-almond, and lemon ice cream. Forge is open daily for takeout and delivery, and is also offering a selection of groceries—from produce and dairy to cases of seltzer. Order online to schedule curbside pickup or delivery.

626 Somerville Ave, Somerville, forgebakingco.com.

Gracie’s Ice Cream

Make sure you’re on the email list to get a reminder about weekly pint preorders from Gracie’s. On Tuesdays, the small, Union Square creamery offers the chance to stock up for the weekend on pints of black raspberry chip, “Poptart Pourri,” salty whiskey, and other creative flavors. Step one: Schedule a time to pick up your order on Thursday or Friday. Step two: Let happiness ensue.

22 Union Square, Somerville, 617-764-5294, icecreamgracies.com.

Honeycomb Creamery

Along with hand-packed pints of Best of Boston-worthy ice cream flavors, this Cambridge ice cream shop offers waffle cone-tacos, “cakewiches,” sundae kits, and other fun treats available for online preorder, curbside pickup, and limited local delivery on Thursdays and Fridays. Fans will have to wait a bit longer to check out the renovations to the shop, which owner Kristen Rummel unveiled just before the pandemic.

1702 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-714-3983, honeycombcreamery.com.

Mix-ins are on the takeout menu from the Ice Creamsmith. / Photo courtesy of the Ice Creamsmith

The Ice Creamsmith

Pick up a whole package from this Dot favorite and make a sundae spread at home. House-made ice creams and sorbets are available by the quart, and ready for pairing with half-pints of caramel and hot fudge sauces, colorful toppings and mix-ins. Feel like brightening someone’s day? The online ordering system also makes it easy to buy a treat for an essential worker at nearby Carney Hospital—the nation’s first dedicated care center for COVID patients. Order online or by phone to schedule a pickup time Wednesday-Sunday from 4-7 p.m.

2295 Dorchester Ave., Lower Mills, Dorchester, 617-296-8567, theicecreamsmith.com.

J.P. Licks

Most locations of this local chain are open as usual—just double-check the closing hour if you’re venturing out at night. Besides coffee drinks and treats like cones and frappes, the stores are also still stocking cakes, baked goods, pounds of coffee, pints, quarts, and “Lixwiches,” too. Call or stop by to order, or find your local scoop shop on third-party delivery apps.

Multiple locations, jplicks.com.

Lizzy’s

Already a popular choice for its traveling sundae parties, Lizzy’s continues to bring all the fixings right to you with ramped-up delivery options. With locations in both Waltham and Harvard Square, it’s also open daily for curbside pickup. Call ahead to order.

29 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-354-2911; 367 Moody St., Waltham, 781-893-6677; lizzysicecream.com.

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New City Microcreamery

No matter your quarantine persona, there’s an ice cream flavor for you from this cool creamery. There are also milkshakes and gallons of cold brew to go—as well as create-your-own sundae kits, which come with a choice of two quarts, a pint of hot fudge, sprinkles, and cherries. Order online for pickup, or delivery via UberEats and Doordash.

28 Main St., Hudson, 978-333-7144; 403 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 978-333-7144, newcitymicrocreamery.com.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Pull up at The Street in Chestnut Hill for curbside pickup of pints from Brooklyn-based OddFellows: think coffee crunch, sweet cream & sprinkles, and vegan oatmeal cookie. Or, opt for Grubhub delivery to access the special DIY sundae kit: That’s four hand-packed pints, four crunchy toppings, four gooey toppings, and reusable spoons and cups—all packed into an OddFellows insulated carrier. Order any time to schedule pickup between 3-6 p.m. on Thursday-Sunday.

55 Boylston St., 617-505-6446, oddfellowsnyc.com.

Picco

This South End mainstay—whose name stands for “Pizza and Ice Cream Company”—continues to serve the community every day with takeout lunch and dinner, wine and beer, and desserts. Blood orange chip ice cream, dark chocolate sorbet, and other delights are hand-packed in pints, and there are also cones, hot fudge, and cookies to go. Order online for in-store pickup or opt for delivery via Caviar.

513 Tremont St., Boston, 617-927-0066, piccorestaurant.com.

The Scoop N Scootery

As the name implies, this ice cream shop actually got its start as a delivery-based operation. So while its newer Allston and Arlington storefronts are currently closed for dining in, the Scootery remains dedicated to getting cups of Phantomberry and Totally Turtle to your door as fast as possible. You can also stop by the shops to pick up a pre-order.

112 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-777-2830; 75 Linden St., Allston, 617-208-8016, thescoopnscootery.com.

Toscanini’s

This Cambridge mainstay reopens Friday, May 15, for a weekend-long test run of online preordering and pickup. Go decadent, or go home—may we suggest an order of the best-selling B3 (brown sugar, brown butter, and brownies)? It’s one of the many reasons this multi-year Best of Boston winner has received so much national attention.

159 First St., Cambridge, 617-491-5877, tosci.com.