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.Read More
6 Quintessential Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Charleston
The classics and the new innovators
Park Circle Creamery
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.
Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and Sandwich Cafe
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.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
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.
Off Track Ice Cream
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 Something Nutty sundae is a scoop of vegan Fluffernutter blondie ice cream over a warm snickerdoodle cookie with peanut butter sauce and whipped cream.
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.
Izzy's Scoops & Sweets
Mount Pleasant shop Izzy’s Scoops & Sweets keeps plenty of sprinkles, whipped cream, and other toppings on hand to keep cups and cones fanciful. Try the classic banana split topped with maraschino cherries and nuts.