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Local Love: Best Ice Cream Shops in RVA

Labor Day has come and gone, but warm weather will still be around for a few weeks! There’s still plenty of time to hit up all the amazing ice cream shops in RVA. Whether you’re into upscale flavors, vegan options, fro-yo, classic treats, or a little bit of each, we’ve got you covered.

Scoop: Small-batch ice cream in the heart of the Fan, on Strawberry Street. All the baked goods in their ice cream are made by their sister bakery, Whisk. Vegan and gluten free options are always available, as well as a monthly pint club for true ice cream lovers. Scoop offers year-round flavors, like confetti and brown sugar cookie dough, in addition to rotating seasonal varieties – head there soon so you don’t miss the peach crisp!

Boyer’s: We have to show some love for our Grove Avenue neighbor! Boyer’s is a one stop shop for all kinds of RVA-made favorites, including Blanchard’s coffee and cakes from Shyndigz. Treat yourself to one of their cookie sandwiches, or pick up a homemade ice cream pie for a party.

Bev’s: The place for ice cream in Carytown. Bev’s carries a good mix of traditional favorites and unique flavors, all of it homemade. There is at least one vegan option each day, and many of the flavors are gluten free. If you visit on a day that they’re scooping up their basil ice cream, it’s a must. Just trust us on this one. 🙂

Sweet Frog: If you’re already a fan of this self-serve frozen yogurt spot, you have Richmond to thank for it! Sweet Frog was born here, and there are nine locations within the city limits. Non-dairy and no sugar added flavors are available. Fun fact: It’s also the one of the only places outside of Disneyland or Walt Disney World that sells Dole Whip.

Gelati Celesti: Do you love the ice cream at Boyer’s? Then you love Gelati Celesti. Their rich, handmade ice cream is perfect for cakes and pies, but to die for on its own. They’ve got a long list of regular flavors – including cake batter, strawberry, and their magnificent house recipe, Just Ask – as well as sorbettos and Italian ices for dairy-free folks.

Charm School: The new kid on the block. Charm School’s pop-ups were so popular that they recently opened up a brick-and-mortar shop on Broad Street. If you’re plant-based and looking for killer vegan treats, look no further: their cones are vegan and homemade, and their vegan ice cream base is made in-house as well. 

Stoplight Gelato: Top quality gelato for the good people of Jackson Ward. Creamy homemade gelato in both classic and quirky flavors – the blackberry sage was a recent favorite. Stoplight regularly asks their customers for flavor suggestions, so if you think you’ve got the next great gelato favorite cooking up in that head of yours, let them know!


The Dairy Bar: This Richmond favorite goes all the way back to 1946! Stop in for a comfort food lunch, then cap it off with one of the Dairy Bar’s famous milkshakes. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, they’ve also got old-school goodies like floats, banana splits, and sundaes. 

Sweet 95: This cute pickup window is only open during the spring and summer, so if you want to give them a try, time is of the essence! Those with a serious sweet tooth should try one of their Traffic Jams, which include big chunks of tasty desserts like apple pie and baklava.


Did we miss something? Be sure to share your favorites with us!

September 4, 2018 BY omon_admin // 0 COMMENT

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