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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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  • 46
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best ice cream in CoMo

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
EmilyC_4985
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Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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221 reviews 221 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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 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 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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?