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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

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  • 44
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 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
Most recent review
Incredibly good

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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101 reviews 101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Columbia, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The atmosphere of this place is very fun! It is located right downtown in Columbia. They have several "normal" flavors as well as many very unique flavors! They even have an adult menu. Definitely try the chocolate cake batter!

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This was so yummy! The sorbet (Mixed Berry) is a very refreshing option. I also had cookies and cream which was aawwwmazing! I will be returning in the future to try more flavors!

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Quincy, Illinois
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85 reviews 85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

first, the interesting. it's a unique store with "works of art" on the wall is fun to look at but won't leave you thinking you should fork over a few bucks for them. second, the service. they were awesome as always. definitely uniqueness or different is part of the interview process here, but whatever it is, they should continue it.... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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237 reviews 237 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Truly a CoMo institution, Sparky's makes wonderful ice cream in an amazing variety of unusual flavors, with something for every taste. Not cheap, but extraordinarily good.

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Columbia, Missouri
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185 reviews 185 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Local ice cream that screams local. They routinely incorporate local businesses into their flavor selection. Boone Olive Oil Company across the street inspired the olive oil ice cream, Patric Chocolate inspired another, and Les Bourgeois down the road as well. Flavors are always spot on and you're invited to try samples. Alcoholic options are available as well, and other unique... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If ever in the area, it's worth a trip over to Sparky's! I love their history and originality. Ice Cream was good!

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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?