Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream Unique flavors like adzuki bean, Mexican chocolate, and carrot cake draw lines in Inman Square. 1255 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-492-7021
FoMu Lactose intolerant? Vegan? Just want to try something new? FoMu serves plant-based ice cream, and everything — from toppings to syrups, right down to the ice cream base — is made from scratch. 481 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-903-3276; 617 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-553-2299; 655 Tremont St., South End, 617-982-7955; www.fomuicecream.com
Forge Ice Cream Bar A nostalgic soda fountain attached to Forge Baking Company. Go for sundaes with housemade toppings or sip a cold-brew coffee milkshake at the counter. 626B Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-764-5365, www.forgebakingco.com
Gracie’s Ice Cream A place to indulge in all the treats your parents wouldn’t let you load up on as a kid: Swiss Rolls, Pop-Tarts, and Fluff all make their way into the ice cream. There are also more grown-up flavors like salty whiskey. Whatever your pick, get it on a torched Fluff cone. 22 Union Square, Somerville, 617-764-5294,
Toscanini’s In business since the ’80s, it offers flavors like burnt caramel and kulfi that have gained it national attention. Stop into the Central Square cafe for cones and coffee.
899 Main St., Cambridge, 617-491-5877,
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