I scream, you scream! There’s nothing like satisfying your sweet tooth and treating yourself to some delicious ice cream! Plus, a few gelato spots, just for good measure.
1. ‘55 Exchange, Clemson
A tradition since the 1920’s, this student run ice cream enterprise in Clemson University serves ice cream, coffee chillers, fruit and yogurt smoothies, shakes and sundaes and even Clemson blue cheese. They’ve got nine classic flavors always on hand plus fun rotating flavors like tiger boulevard, caramel cookie dough and black cherry!
2. Baker and Farmer, Johns Island
It’s farm to scoop at this ice cream shop. Using local and mainly organic ingredients, their made from scratch ice cream prioritizes quality. The quaint spot on Johns Island has a rotating menu of six flavors. You can still get creative and build your own ice cream sandwiches and brownie sundaes.
3. Belgian Gelato, Charleston
Daily, fresh, handcrafted, homemade gelato made in small batches as its ordered to ensure quality. Does it get any better than that? It’s made just like authentic Italian gelato, but with a Belgian chocolate twist. Get a cup of coffee on the side!
4. Flanigan’s Ice Cream Parlour, Aiken
Recently relocated and upgraded, this downtown Aiken shop is best known for hand-dipped ice cream and waffle cones. The new location is taking their classic offerings to the next level with more sundae flavors and topping choices.
5. The Frozen Moo, Hilton Head
Take a bite into the good ol’ days at this family-owned dessert parlor. With 90+ flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet, the only problem you’ll have is deciding what to choose.
6. Kirk’s: 1980 Ice Cream Parlor, Myrtle Beach
The local mom-and-pop shop now has two locations, both a couple blocks from the beach. Their display case is sprawling with up to 40 different flavors of creamy goodness. Check out one of their unique concoctions like blackberry cheesecake or pineapple and strawberry swirl while you hang out on soda fountain chairs or play some of their retro games.
7. Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe, Greenville
Although they are currently moving locations to 123 Main St., stay tuned because soon enough you’ll be able to dive back into their authentic artisan gelato. You can enjoy their 20 daily flavors outside or inside, either way warm and inviting atmosphere.
8. Park Circle Creamery, North Charleston
An “ice cream-ologist” comes to the store every morning to concoct fresh flavors at this neighborhood favorite. The flavors change daily, but there is always something special. Get your scoop (or three) in a cup or a cone. If it’s around, be sure to sample the lemon crunch!
9. Spill the Beans, Greenville
Winner of Best of the Upstate Frozen Treats, this unique and innovative coffeehouse and creamery will have you coming back again and again. Their downtown location is a sweet spot right on the river. Try the espresso milkshake for the best of both worlds.