The 5 Best Places to Get a Milkshake in Boston

There’s nothing better than a cold, creamy milkshake to cool you off after a day of exploring around the city. Whether you’re spending the afternoon in Boston or Cambridge, there are plenty of places to grab a sweet and refreshing treat.


Known for their outrageous burgers like the 420 Burger–topped with mozzarella sticks, mac n cheese, onions rings and more–Boston Burger Company delivers no less of an experience with their milkshakes, or Freak Frappes, as they call them. They’re practically a meal in and of themselves–check out the S’more Than You Can Handle shake. See locations and hours here

Boston Burger Company. 1100 Boylston St.  (857) 233-4560

MAX BRENNER (Permanently closed)

Known for decadent chocolate, Max Brenner is located on Boylston Street and runs parallel to Newbury Street. Along with the shop-and-restaurant’s quirky dinner menu, don’t miss its milkshake experience—choose from the chocolate hazelnut milkshake, the peanut butter turtle choctail and more.

Max Brenner. 745 Boylston St. (617) 274-1741


A vegan’s organic paradise, Life Alive is nestled on the corner of Mass Ave and Inman Street in Central Square, about a ten-minute walk from Harvard Square. The shop has got all kinds of decadent, dairy-free smoothies made with coconut ice cream, almond milk, fresh fruit and other healthy ingredients. Grab one for your stroll around Cambridge.

Life Alive. 765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. (617) 354-5433


If you’re looking for a cheap sugar fix to cool you down, this food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar offers milkshakes for under $5. And from 3-5 pm Monday through Friday, you can get them for just $3. Choose from chocolate, coffee, strawberry and other flavors. Make sure to treat yourself to an order of their popular truffle fries, too.

Roxy’s. 485 Cambridge St, Allston, MA. (617) 202-5864


Known as the best ice cream in Boston, Toscanini’s has been featured in outlets such as the New York TimesFood and Wine and bon appetit. There’s often a line at this cult favorite, but it moves quickly. The milkshakes are thick and creamy, and if you’re feeling adventurous you can try flavors such as grape nut, B3 (brown sugar, brown butter and brownies), khulfee and other unusual offerings.

Toscanini’s. 899 Main St, Cambridge, MA. (617) 491-5877