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

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars

Great treat and enjoyable place. Not sure what's up with all the stuffed animals, but it was funny. So glad we went, and our girls loved it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kansas City, MO
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  • Families with children
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Kansas City, MO
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great treat and enjoyable place. Not sure what's up with all the stuffed animals, but it was funny. So glad we went, and our girls loved it.

Thank jccjrkc
Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Holy Mother of Quirky Ice Cream Joints - this one is The Ultimate. The ice cream is way good. Indeed it is - hella good. But what keeps me coming back, even if it requires a detour during a long road trip, is the sass and pizzazz of the incredible collection of truly the worst artwork of all time, anywhere,... More 

Thank nappiedee
Columbia, Missouri
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like ice cream? Fresh, wonderful ice cream? This is it and someone is very creative with the flavors beyond outstanding vanilla, chocolate (several delightful chocolate combos) and strawberry. Great place to stop buy, say hi to the bull dog statue and try something new.

Thank SpringerLady
Columbia, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love Sparky's! They are always quick to help, and all of their flavors are made that day fresh. They also really enjoy making new flavors, and keeping the clssics.

Thank Samantha J
Republic, Missouri
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Well, the ice cream was great, but truly the best part is all of the artwork on the walls. It's not for sale, but just walking in is an experience! It's very quaint space with seating outside & they offer alcoholic drinks made with ice cream.... Bonus!!!! Must stop in while touring Columbia!

Thank BBinUSA
Boca Raton, Florida
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Having recently come from being wowed by gelato fiasco in ME, this was a special surprise. Delicious ice creams. Had to choose between Spiced Pear and Caramel Lavender...what a toss up. Went with CL and it was delish. Counter help lovely!!

Thank cathi r
Chesterfield, Missouri
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239 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Unique local ice cream shop. Be sure to ask for LONDON FOG!! Always changing flavors...and they will give you a sample taste. Also, they will allow half scoops, if you want one scoop size with two flavors!!

1 Thank Ursula S
Columbia, Missouri
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The go to place for frozen happiness. The decor is simple wonderful & the ice cream is top notch! It's the perfect place to go on a stroll after a meal downtown.

Thank Samantha D
Inverness, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our ice cream sundaes were delicious. I had cookies n cream plus "oreo speedwagon", a blend of coffee and oreos, topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. Eclectic selection of art adornes the walls, but the ice cream is the star.

Thank HighlandExile47
Columbia, Missouri
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This place has the most unique, along with your traditional, homemade ice creams. The shop is fun and they are always happy to let you try something before you decide. This is definitely a Columbia must stop.

Thank Sperry_113

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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