Summertime Sweets

Story by Baylee Pendleton

Steel City Pops + Quills Coffee

Photo by Brian Beyke

117 St. Matthews Ave.  |  502.473.5350  |  |

Hours: Steel City Pops is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday.; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Quills Coffee is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

A new addition to the St. Matthews community, this Steel City Pops and Quills Coffee joint cafe is the perfect family-friendly spot for summer. Kids can grab an all-natural popsicle while parents enjoy a “popfogatto” – a twist on the traditional ice cream and espresso treat. Enjoy the spacious atmosphere and indoor-outdoor seating this season. Also a great location for work sessions, Quills offers an espresso tonic to help you cool down during the business day.

Boudreaux’s Sno-Balls

Photo by Kathryn Harrington

11816 Shelbyville Road  |  502.435.5500  |

Hours: 2 to 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday (open April–September)

Grab a taste of the Big Easy at this authentic sno-ball stand in Middletown. The seasonal shaved ice stand is open April through September and features flavors like tiger’s blood, wedding cake and Georgia peach with the option to add sweetened condensed milk to any sno-ball. A New Orleans native, owner JJ Boudreaux fills the stand with fun, Mardi Gras-themed decor, making it a hit with kids of all ages.

The Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery and Bicycle Rentals

Photo by Kathryn Harrington

415 E. Riverside Dr., Clarksville  |  812.285.8850

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; closed Tuesdays (open April–October)

Stroll across the Big Four Bridge for an evening of fun at The Widow’s Walk, an ice creamery, coffee shop and bicycle rental spot on the banks of the Ohio. After a sweet treat, enjoy stunning views of the Louisville skyline or bike along the Ohio River Greenway.

Photo by Kathryn Harrington

Lula’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats

1501 Bardstown Road  |  502.458.2322

Hours: 1 to 10:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 1 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday

If you find yourself on Bardstown Road this summer, stop in at Lula’s Frozen Yogurt – a family owned establishment offering a unique array of summertime desserts. Specialties include the maple bacon nitrogen ice cream, made with 100 percent real maple syrup and applewood smoked bacon. The quaint shop also serves Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes and Red Hot Roasters coffee.

Dairy Kastle

Photo by Kathryn Harrington

575 Eastern Pkwy.  |  502.634.8990  |

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday–Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

A Louisville classic, this walk-up ice cream and food stand is nestled between the University and Schnitzelburg neighborhoods. Grab dinner for pocket change with menu items like chili dogs, BBQ pork sandwich or taco-in-a-bag for under $3 each. Dessert favorites include the Fat Elvis milkshake (chocolate, peanut butter and banana), the Brown Derby (vanilla soft serve dipped in chocolate) and the Orange Cow milkshake (sherbet and Sprite).