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7 Quintessential Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Charleston

The classics and the new innovators

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For a hot and humid town, Charleston doesn't have a long history of ice cream shops. Most frozen desserts are imported — whether that be from Ohio or recipes by way of Italy. These are the few ice cream and gelato shops worth a visit in the Lowcountry.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Park Circle Creamery

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1069 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 718-3226
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Park Circle Creamery is Park Circle neighborhood favorite. The shop offers 16 handcrafted flavors, including blueberry cheesecake and the fan-favorite butter pecan. The sweet stop hopes to serve “a spoonful of smile” with each scoop.

2. Izzy's Scoops & Sweets

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1960 Riviera Dr Suite E
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 981-9177
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Mount Pleasant shop Izzy’s Scoops & Sweets serves banana splits, sundaes with cherries on top, and baklava ice cream. There’s always plenty of sprinkles and whip cream on hand for customer’s creations.

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3. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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501 King St Ste A
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 212-5113
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For those not familiar with the Ohio-based chain, know that owner Jeni Britton Bauer and her employees wake up with one thought, "How can we make a better ice cream today?" One taste of the locally-sourced ingredients can confirm their handiwork. Food & Wine once stated, "No one makes ice cream like Jeni Britton Bauer."

4. Off Track Ice Cream

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6 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 203-6997
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Hip dessert spot Off Track serves traditional ice cream, as well as vegan and gluten-free versions. The shop has creative options for milkshakes, sundaes, and cookie sandwiches. For example, the Salty Beach sundae is one scoop of vegan sea salt caramel ice cream, vegan hot caramel, vegan whipped cream and toasted coconut chips,

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5. Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and Sandwich Cafe

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474 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 766-4854
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Since 1972 Ye Ole Fashioned has added six locations to the Lowcountry. The restaurants are famous for BLTs and banana splits — what's not to love? Go for a scoop of the 36 flavors or a shake.

6. Belgian Gelato

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4 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 743-5043
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After learning the art of gelato, father and daughter Hugo Heule and Joany Heule-Missotten moved from Belgium to Charleston to open a shop. They have a store off of East Bay St. and on on Lower King. Flavors range from pistachio to apple pie.

7. Beardcat's

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2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

Sunny shop Beardcat's is a sweet stop after the beach or dinner on Sullivans Island. The establishment below The Obstinate Daughter serves gelato reflecting seasonal flavors and espresso drinks.

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1. Park Circle Creamery

1069 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Park Circle Creamery is Park Circle neighborhood favorite. The shop offers 16 handcrafted flavors, including blueberry cheesecake and the fan-favorite butter pecan. The sweet stop hopes to serve “a spoonful of smile” with each scoop.

1069 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. Izzy's Scoops & Sweets

1960 Riviera Dr Suite E, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Ice cream at Izzy’s
Izzy’s Scoops & Sweets/Facebook

Mount Pleasant shop Izzy’s Scoops & Sweets serves banana splits, sundaes with cherries on top, and baklava ice cream. There’s always plenty of sprinkles and whip cream on hand for customer’s creations.

1960 Riviera Dr Suite E
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

3. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

501 King St Ste A, Charleston, SC 29403

For those not familiar with the Ohio-based chain, know that owner Jeni Britton Bauer and her employees wake up with one thought, "How can we make a better ice cream today?" One taste of the locally-sourced ingredients can confirm their handiwork. Food & Wine once stated, "No one makes ice cream like Jeni Britton Bauer."

501 King St Ste A
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Off Track Ice Cream

6 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401
Off Track
Leslie Ryann McKellar

Hip dessert spot Off Track serves traditional ice cream, as well as vegan and gluten-free versions. The shop has creative options for milkshakes, sundaes, and cookie sandwiches. For example, the Salty Beach sundae is one scoop of vegan sea salt caramel ice cream, vegan hot caramel, vegan whipped cream and toasted coconut chips,

6 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401

5. Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and Sandwich Cafe

474 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

Since 1972 Ye Ole Fashioned has added six locations to the Lowcountry. The restaurants are famous for BLTs and banana splits — what's not to love? Go for a scoop of the 36 flavors or a shake.

474 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

6. Belgian Gelato

4 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401

After learning the art of gelato, father and daughter Hugo Heule and Joany Heule-Missotten moved from Belgium to Charleston to open a shop. They have a store off of East Bay St. and on on Lower King. Flavors range from pistachio to apple pie.

4 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Beardcat's

2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482

Sunny shop Beardcat's is a sweet stop after the beach or dinner on Sullivans Island. The establishment below The Obstinate Daughter serves gelato reflecting seasonal flavors and espresso drinks.

2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

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