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Big Dipper Ice Cream

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631 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT
+1 406-543-5722
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12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ok - is there really bad ice cream? This is a great little place right on Higgins. It's a quick walk from downtown or campus. Kind of a must go if you are doing the campus tour. good selection, nice service, great place on a hot day to sit and enjoy a cone.

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Thank Alaskanabroad
Jenks, Oklahoma
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131 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great ice cream, great location. Go get a homemade waffle cone and walk the river. Good end to a long day.

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Thank Jay E
Missoula
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Missoula has a superb, local ice cream shop, Big Dipper. Unusual choices, like Cardamon or Green Tea. My personal favorite is one of the different sorbets offered: Tangerine. It is on the corner of 5th St. South and south Higgins, and you can visit with neighbors or locals as you wait in line for the chance to order. The Huckleberry... More 

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Thank Ken T
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The wait can be brutal, but it makes the ice cream taste even better. Relax, enjoy the Missoula atmosphere and friendly locals while you wait. Get the beta on that problem you've been struggling with, get blatantly false directions to good huckleberry patches (your fault for asking), pet one of the 100's of dogs while comparing chacos and your old... More 

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Thank Tor A
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love ice cream! I have tried "the best" everywhere I've traveled. Nothing beats the Big Dipper. The only drawback is the wait, but it's worth the wait.

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Thank Beth I
Missoula, Montana
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best ice cream in town. Usually a line so be prepared to wait, but the wait is worth it. Friendly employees and great customer service.

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Thank Rae S
Missoula, Montana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

One day in February they were predicting a blizzard. Everyone was rushing to get home safely as the snow started to fall. I had a craving for ice cream but expected Big Dipper to be closed. But, no. They were open. Even more surprising, I wasn't the only one. There is something very special about eating ice cream when it's... More 

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Thank carolebelli
Missoula, Montana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big Dipper is a can't miss stop when visiting Missoula. Summer lines can be long but is worth the wait.

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Thank marcos p
Great Falls, Montana
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82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They had a truck set up at the Down the Hatch festival. I had white mint Oreo and my daughter had yellow cake. So good! They were so nice too!

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Thank RachelSpahr
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is good ice cream but it's just that lol, ICE CREAM! It is WAY better than DQ and less expensive than cold stone! I really just don't see why there is a huge line a lot of times. Doesn't seem very great to wait that long lol

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
  • Phone Number: +1 406-543-5722

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