3 Places in Columbus to Eat a Paleta (aka Mexican Popsicle)


I’m a huge fan of Mexican Ice Cream – specifically paletas! What is a paleta? It’s a Mexican popsicle: frozen treats that can be made with milk or dairy free! Paletas made with milk are paletas de leche and paletas made with water are paletas de agua.

Columbus is home to several Mexican ice cream shops and these are three of my family’s favorites!

1. Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory

  • 4201 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43228

This shop on the west side of Columbus is an ice cream factory! All the ice cream and paletas are handmade in the store! Not in the mood for ice cream? Pick from some of their other treats like walking tacos, fresh fruit or an aqua fresca (freshly made, ice-cold drink that is available in many flavors.)

The paletas come in TONS of flavors ranging from Mango con Chile to Aroz con Leche to Frape to Bubble Gum! My personal favorite: Oreo.

(Visit their the Dulce Vida North location, too!)

2. Diamonds Ice Cream

  • 5461 Bethel Sawmill Ctr., Columbus, Ohio 43235

Diamonds Ice Cream is located on the northwest side of town and features a wide menu of ice cream and frozen treats! Banana splits, hand-dipped ice cream, candy and other treats are available here, besides paletas! Looking to round out your experience? Have dinner next door at Taco Loco!

3. La Plaza Tapatia

  • 4233 Shoppers Ln., Columbus, OH 43228

La Plaza Tapatia is one of my favorite hidden gems on the west side of Columbus, hidden in a shopping plaza off Georgesville Rd.! Under one roof you will find a Mexican grocery store, restaurant and ice cream shop. It’s an all in one stop! I’m a big fan of the chips and salsa at the restaurant, but let’s talk about paletas! You can get the paletas in the ice cream shop or in the attached grocery store. They also serve several flavors of ice cream and an amazing sundae called Tres Marias!

Make sure to put these on your ice cream bucket list this summer!

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Julie Miller
Julie is a Wooster, Ohio native whose past jobs include GED teacher, mosaic artist, ACT tutor, group facilitator for homeless children, and picture framer, to name a few! After getting married and moving to Columbus with her husband Eric in 2008, they helped start Capital City Grace Church. Julie got her Masters of Social Work at OSU and worked for a homelessness prevention program for 5 years before the opportunity presented itself to stay at home with her then 2 year old. Currently, Julie is the Children’s Ministry Director at her church and blogs about her experiences exploring the city she loves to call home with her sons, who are now 4 and 20 months. Julie loves trying new recipes and doing creative projects but her most common achievements these days are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and building Lego police stations. Her favorite things include big cities, coffee (and lots of it!), spending time with friends, traveling and ice cream (lots and lots of it!). You can follow her family's adventures around Columbus on her blog, What Should We Do Today Columbus?