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So you’re in Downtown Denver and you’re hankering for something sweet.

Little Man’s Ice Cream Shop just HAS to be on your mind, right?

Right off of 16th and Central in Highlands, is the iconic ice cream shop serving up uniquely flavored scoops. Bright pops from orange umbrellas surround a silver meta ice cream can building. Fairy lights dot the seating area underneath the equally iconic Olinger Mortuaries sign.

The shop is named after the founder’s father, Peter Tamburello (nicknamed Little Man). He was small in stature, but big in heart and passionate about paying it forward and making a mark not just in the local community, but in the world.

A little piece of trivia to bring up next time you’re at a party - the iconic ice cream can that Little Man’s is known for stands at 28 feet tall and weighs 14,000 lbs!


Their flavors vary in availability and include options ranging from the decadent 16th St Chocolate to the subtler Oatmeal Cookie or French Toast. And of course they carry the classics like Vanilla Bean and Cookie Dough. Check in seasonally for flavors like Pecan Pie and Gingersnap!

But Little Man’s offers far more than just ice cream. Sorbet, ice cream sammies, malts, and banana splits are among their other menu items.

The only downfalls: their lack of sugar free flavors and their (sometimes) long line!

To add on to their already impressive business, Little Man’s created the ‘Scoop for Scoop’ program, which provides food to communities in need around the world, for every single scoop purchased. The owner even received the Georgia R. Imhoff Philanthropist Award for his humanitarian work.

You have plenty of options for grabbing a sweet treat in the area, but few have such a strong history or care as much about Denver as Little Man’s clearly does.