10625 North Tatum Blvd, #136 and 140 North Arizona Avenue, Suite 106, Chandler
602-368-1362 and 480-597-3322
Featured with a fun name and cow motif inside and out, The Screamery has been a go-to spot for ice cream since 2014. This mom-and-pop shop’s offerings are “free of chemicals, stabilizers, colorants, and fillers.” according to manager Raina Alzerete. The two vegan options are the Stranana Sorbet, a fruit-based flavor of strawberry and banana, and the Fudgsicle, which is made with oat milk. There are three locations in Tuscon, one in Phoenix and one in Chandler. kid-friendly and reasonably priced for a single $4 scoop.
scoop and joy
10135 East Via Linda C112, Scottsdale
A trendy ice cream parlor with plenty of vegan options, Scoop & Joy moved in six months ago and is better than ever. Scoop & Joy has all the flavors of Dole Whip, without the Disneyland lines, including new pomegranate and watermelon options. Dole Whip is vegan and gluten free.
Plus, vegan options include a whopping 14 sherbet flavors. Scoop & Joy is a great place to bring friends or family, as the menu is extremely diverse and has something for everyone, including pets. Relax on the dog-friendly patio and ask Fido for a ‘puppy cup’ to cool off.
3301 East India School Road
Featuring a pineapple logo inside an ice cream cone, Bristlecone has a lovely, earthy twist. The all-plant-based soft-serve lounge is attached to Beaut Burger, a vegan burger spot founded in Tuscon five years ago. Last February, the owners expanded to Phoenix.
“You can get some soft serve items in Tuscon, but on a nice hot day when you want ice cream and don’t know where to go, you can come and order all of our options in Phoenix,” says the front of house supervisor. Isabel Novotny.
The store has a minimalist design, with plants scattered throughout, spaced out seating, plenty of parking, and bike racks out front. Tasting similar to a graham cracker crust, the waffle cones are thin but don’t fall apart with soft serve melting.
Flavors include vanilla, chocolate and twist, all made with oat milk bases. The “trick” is to order an ice cream cone, advises Novotny.
A unique revolving menu item is their astrology-based treats. Currently, the ‘Astral Week Gemini’ menu item is a spiral soft-serve Moonstone Sundae, fudge sauce and white chocolate dipped brownies.
Despite not having many base flavors, the extensive plugin menu offers plenty of customization. Waffle cone treats start at $7.
The Yard Smoothie Bar
West 50 Jefferson Street
Right next to the comedy destination Stand Up Live in downtown Phoenix is the cute smoothie bar, The Yard. Stop by to try one of our vividly colorful, Instagram-worthy smoothies.
Looking at the menu is almost like looking at a line of floats. The Yard offers vegan Chocolate Chunk and Classic Cookie flavors, both made with oat milk. The classic cookie is more popular, according to the staff. It’s super smooth, chocolaty and sweet. This non-dairy treat does a great job of hiding its plant-based beginnings. A tablespoon costs $4.
For $18, vegans can get a pint in a souvenir glass called ‘no milk’ which is chocolate chunk base with a cloud of vegan whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and a large vegan chocolate chip cookie on top.
2014 North Seventh Street
Known for their ‘tSoynami’ soy ice cream that started the whole concept, Nami is one of the few completely vegan ice cream parlors in the Valley.
Just a short drive from the heart of downtown Phoenix, this colorful shop offers an extensive list of fruity soy, nut, chocolate and espresso treats. There’s even a root beer float on the menu to beat the heat.
Chocolate Monsoon’s special flavor features chocolate chips, vegan chocolate cake and mixed chocolate sauce for true chocoholics. tSoynamis start at $6.