With the heat of summer upon us, it is time we cool down with a sweet treat! You can find good ice cream just about anywhere, but we’re here to take it a step further. Sometimes we need something we can’t get in a cone – we need a great malt or shake. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite eateries that serve these sweet treats, and we want to share it with you! From classic flavors like vanilla or chocolate to far-out flavors like colada or peanut butter marshmallow, we’re sure you’ll find the cool concoction you’re looking for.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. The Bad Waitress - Minneapolis
If you’re looking for a unique experience coupled with a great dessert, The Bad Waitress is a one-stop malt shop! Try a chocolate malted milkshake for creamy goodness. Or for a more grown-up selection, try the Spyhouse Carmella Malt, made with vanilla ice cream, real caramel, and cold press iced coffee. Yum!
Address: 2 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
2. Snuffy's Malt Shop - St. Paul
No stranger to malts and shakes, Snuffy’s first opened up shop in 1983. Serving up classic diner food, you can expect classic ice cream concoctions to be on the menu, too. With more than 25 different malt and shake varieties available, there is truly something to satisfy every taste bud. Our favorite? The Snuffy Collada.
Address: 244 Cleveland Ave S, St. Paul, MN 55105.
3. The Malt Shop - Minneapolis
Who needs an excuse to delve in to a sweet treat? If you do find yourself needing a reason, how about the special offered at The Malt Shop? On weekdays from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., you can dive into a yummy burger and fries, served with a top-notch frozen treat to wash it down. This is a place that'll both fill you up and cool you down.
Address: 809 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419.
4. Annie's Parlour - Minneapolis
You may recall that Annie’s Parlour made our list of
restaurants with fries so good they should be the main course
. Well, we’re here to tell you that their malts are out-of-this-world delicious, too! If you haven’t stopped in, be sure you do. Order any malt with a side of fries. You won't regret it!
Address: 313 14th Ave SW, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
5. Hi-Lo Diner - Minneapolis
There's often a line out the door at the Hi-Lo Diner - and for good reason. The 1950s vibe makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. There isn’t a menu item that isn't mouthwatering, but if a creamy, cool concoction is what you’re looking for you’re sure to find that at Hi-Lo!
4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
6. PortLand Malt Shoppe - Duluth
We can’t think of a better way to spend a warm, sunny day in Duluth than watching the ships and sailboats on Lake Superior. Couple that with a malt from PortLand Malt Shoppe and you’ve got yourself the perfect day! This spot is beautiful, charming, and perfectly nostalgic. You're going to love it. <716 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802.
7. The King of Creams - Duluth
The King of Creams has something for everyone, from burgers to beers and everything in between. The newly renovated interior is so cozy and inviting, you’ll be counting down to a return visit before you’ve even left! The old-fashioned malts may seem plain and simple with flavor options of only chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, but you’ll be shocked to find how great they taste.
Address: 502 E 4th St, Duluth, MN 55805.
8. Val's Rapid Serv - St. Cloud
If you haven’t stopped in to Val’s, you’re certainly missing out! Their burger and fries will leave your mouth watering for more and your stomach satisfied! We recommend that you wash down their tasty fare with a creamy malt or shake. We like the cotton candy flavor!
Address: 628 E Saint Germain St, St. Cloud, MN 56304.
9. Milkjam Creamery - Minneapolis
Next time you’re stuck in a traffic jam in Minneapolis, park your car and head over to Milkjam Creamery for quite possibly the best cold treat you’ve ever had! There are plenty of flavors available for every sweet tooth in the crowd, but we love Milkjam Creamery for their adult floats! For these cool concoctions, you must be twenty-one or older to order. With champagne, raspberry lambic and seasonal beer flavors on the menu, this is sure to quickly become a favorite for all!
Address: 2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
10. Conny's Creamy Cone - St. Paul
Don’t blink or you may miss Conny’s Creamy Cone. This unassuming corner ice cream shop is worth the stop. Offering chili dogs and cheese curds, too, this spot has it all. This walk-up corner ice cream shop serves 24 different flavors of soft serve and many different malt and shake flavors, too!
Address: 1197 Dale St N, St. Paul, MN 55117.
11. Bridgeman's Restaurant - Duluth
The juicy burgers and decadent malts served here are what dreams are made of! This Duluth ice creamery should be added to your North Shore must-do list as soon as possible! With more than 25 different malt and shake varieties, we’re sure you’ll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth
Address: 2202 Mountain Shadow Dr, Duluth, MN 55811.
Have you been to any of these spots? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!