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21 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 443-7400
Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 47
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  • 19
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent home made ice cream in creative flavors

Sparky's never disappoints they have flavors that are not found anywhere else and the experient with flavors like blueberry muffin or red velvet cake. They have a few flavor that are available all the time like vanilla but change a lot of them. They even have adult only flavors.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Karen S
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Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia, Missouri
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Sparky's never disappoints they have flavors that are not found anywhere else and the experient with flavors like blueberry muffin or red velvet cake. They have a few flavor that are available all the time like vanilla but change a lot of them. They even have adult only flavors.

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USA
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

So many flavors and options to choose from, how do you decide?! You definitely cannot walk away without finding something you will love here. Only drawback is you need to be patient because there is almost always quite a line. It is well worth it however. They even let you sample for free just to be sure! Mmmmm.....

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Columbia, Missouri
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

When my grown kids come to visit in summer, a nice dinner and then a stroll around downtown Columbia is always fun. Dessert after dinner? Sparky's ice cream! Store has very limited seating inside and outside, but it's the ice cream that counts!

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Columbia, Missouri
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Sparky's serves the best homemade ice cream in Columbia! Unique flavors such as Lavender Honey and my personal favorite Pineapple Upside Down Cake. If you buy a regular size cone you get a kids cone free!

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Stopped by and had a cone for our walk around downtown. Flavors seems a bit weird to me and didn't have mint choclate chip. Was priced just right and quick staff. Did take credit cards

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springfield
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258 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Probably my favorite ice cream store in the states. Very cool vibe with lots of bad/folk art. Just the atmosphere is worth the stop. But the icecream is all homemade and with fun flavors. I had lemon cookie which was truly memorable down to the last bite.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I had a few hours to kill in Columbia and wanted to walk around and see the town. I asked the concierge at my hotel what I should not miss. He indicated the standards; see the columns on campus, check out the park, etc. But he also indicated I should definitely get ice cream at Sparky's. Wandering down 9th street... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My body revolted against me sometime a few years ago and icecream is no longer in my diet. However, Sparky's always has a delicious dairy-free sorbet and if that just isn't what I'm craving I will - no joke - suffer all day just to have some lavender, carrot cake, or whichever local flavor collaboration is in the case. I've... More 

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Menu constantly changing and never know what you will find to choose from. They even put real booze in some selections. Once we had an immense historic cicada hatching and for a few hours they had cicada ice cream until the health department frowned lol. Great location downtown to sit outside and people watch. One of my favorite places to... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fun atmosphere, very friendly staff/owner, and the ice cream was delicious! Definitely worth a stop!

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Additional Information about Sparky's

Address: 21 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone Number: (573) 443-7400
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: (573) 443-7400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?