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21 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201-4813
(573) 443-7400
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Columbia, Missouri
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

THE best ice cream in town, hands down. They are always coming up with new combinations, lots of flavors to try. They also have pup cups for your dog!

Thank ANB629
Columbia, Missouri
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Head into Sparkey's and try a few of their own special flavors. My favorite is the vanilla with chocholate chunks and a hint of red wine--and I have a milk allergy!! They are always super accomodating, have outside seating that is dog friendly, and feel free to ask about a flavor you would like to see on the menu. This... More 

Thank SusanBauer
Overland Park, KS
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215 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for some frozen goodness, but plan on waiting in line. And keep the door closed while waiting!!!! Will be back.

Thank weathermankc
Kansas City, Missouri
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would consider myself something of an ice cream junkie. You just can't beat homemade. It doesn't get any better. My son and I each got mint chocolate chip. It was great!

Thank Eric W
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

The flavors offered are a bit off the beaten path and change regularly. I'd recommend the Les Bourgeois and Ghirardelli. We had our large dog with us on this visit and the even gave him a free scoop :-)

Thank Gina G
Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

After overeating at Shotgun Pete's Barbecue right up the street, we waddled down to Sparky's to fill what my stepdaughter refers to as her "dessert pocket." No matter how full she is, she says, there's always room for dessert--especially ice cream. The proprietor of Shotgun Pete's suggested Sparky's, and we took his advice. Sparky's is a quirky shop, with lots... More 

Thank Katie H
Mc Calla, Alabama
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199 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

My husband and I recently visited on an overnight stay. When we arrived, there was a long line of customers. However, the line went quickly. It gave us time to decide what flavor of ice cream we wanted since this was our first visit. Something was wrong with their freezers and the ice cream was beginning to melt. However, it... More 

Thank Fiery2015
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

This was the first time I had been here and the ice cream was amazing and the service was great. I'll definitely be back again for more!

Thank krickette13
Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

Stopped in by a recommendation of a local at dinner. We were in town for a teaching conference and not familiar with downtown Columbia. My eyes immediately went to the White Russian ice cream. It was amazing! Unfortunately the girl behind the counter couldn't serve it because she wasn't 21 so I had to opt for a different flavor. I... More 

Thank Dawn G
Mead, Colorado
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Our tour guide at Stephens College recommended Sparky's to us for ice cream. We went in after dinner on a Monday night. We had to wait for a few other customers, but the line moved pretty quickly. There was a big rush after us, suggesting, at times you could have to wait awhile. The ice cream was really good and... More 

Thank Denise B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201-4813
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: (573) 443-7400

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