Where to find the best ice cream in Savannah

Posted on May 20, 2015 by

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip is just one of the many flavors you’ll find in Savannah. Photo by Andrea Six.

After exploring River Street and City Market and discovering the shopping scene on Broughton Street, it’s likely you’ll be looking for a break, especially if you’ve visiting Savannah during the spring or summer. What better way to cool off than stopping by an ice cream parlor and enjoying a scoop or two in one of the shaded city squares?

There are several great ice cream, gelato, custard, yogurt and sorbet shops all around the Historic District where anyone can go to get a frozen treat. Be sure to check out these great shops for the best frozen desserts around town:

Leopold’s Ice Cream

212 E. Broughton St.
(912) 234-4442

Leopold's

Inside Leopold’s, you’ll find all kinds of posters and props from Stratton Leopold’s film career in addition to photos of famous actors and actresses that have visited the shop. Photo by Taylor Kigar.

Leopold's Ice Cream Sundae. Photo provided by Leopold's.

Leopold’s Ice Cream Sundae. Photo provided by Leopold’s.

Leopold’s Ice Cream is by far the most popular ice cream parlor in Savannah. With more than 20 flavors and a history dating back to 1919, Leopold’s will often have a line running outside their doors and down the street. But their staff is courteous and will pass out waters and menus to anyone waiting to get their dessert. It’s one of the only shops that makes their ice cream from scratch.

Flavors: Butter Pecan, Caramel Swirl, Chocolate, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Raspberry Swirl, Coconut, Coffee, Coffee Chocolate Chip, Lemon Custard, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chippy, Peppermint, Pistachio, Red Raspberry Sorbet, Rum Bisque, Rum Raisin, Honey Almond & Cream, Strawberry, Tutti Frutti and Vanilla.

They also have an assortment of seasonal flavors, including Banana, Cinnamon, Frozen Hot Cocoa, Guinness, Lavender, Leopold’s Birthday Cake, Rose Petal, Savannah Smiles, Strawberry Shortcake, among others.

Child’s Scoop: $2.95
Single Scoop: $4
Double Scoop: $5.50
Hand-Packed Pints: $8.75

Candy Kitchen

City Market: 318 W. St. Julian St., (912) 201-9501

River Street: 225 E. River St., (912) 233-8411

The Candy Kitchen in Savannah's City Market

Savannah’s Candy Kitchens can be found in City Market and on River Street. Photo by Andrea Six.

The Candy Kitchen in City Market

The Candy Kitchen in City Market has one of the most colorful arrays of ice cream in downtown Savannah. Photo by Andrea Six.

If it’s gelato or sorbet you’re after, then make your way to a Candy Kitchen. It’s there you’ll find a variety of ice cream, along with sorbets in the City Market location and gelato at the River Street location. It’s a must stop shop, especially if Birthday Cake, Blue Moon or Praline flavored ice cream are among your favorites. Just be careful, because you might end up leaving with a bag full of chocolates and a box of freshly made taffy and pralines to go with your ice cream.

Flavors: Birthday Cake, Butter Pecan, Blue Moon, Cheesecake, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cookies ‘N’ Cream, Coconut, Cotton Candy, Mint Chocolate Chip, Orange Sherbert, Peach, Praline, Peanut Butter, Raspberry, Strawberry and Superman.

Single Scoop: $4.01
Double Scoop: $5.15

Cinnamon Bear Country Store

309 W. Saint Julian St.
(912) 232-2888

The Cinnamon Bear in City Market

Co-owner Lynn Snaid opens the ice cream freezer and scoops a cup of their Heath Bar Crunch, which is the only yogurt the Cinnamon Bear Country Store currently sells. Photo by Andrea Six.

White Butter Pecan Ice Cream

White Butter Pecan is one of the most popular flavors at the Cinnamon Bear store. Photo by Andrea Six.

If you don’t want to be tempted by all of the sweets in the Candy Kitchen at City Market, then head across the street to the souvenir saturated Cinnamon Bear Country Store. Specials like Cinnamon Churro, Heath Bar Yogurt Crunch, Java Chunk and White Butter Pecan are just a few of the favorites found at the ice cream shop inside their store.

Flavors: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Raspberry Sorbet, Cinnamon Churro, Cookies ‘N’ Cream, Dark Chocolate, Heath Bar Yogurt Crunch, Java Chunk, Mint Chocolate Chip, Nutty Coconut, Praline Pecan, Vanilla Bean Super Supreme, Superman, Strawberry and White Butter Pecan.

Single Scoop: $3.50
Double Scoop: $4.50

La Berry Frozen Yogurt Café

225 W. Broughton St.
(912) 233-1900

La Berry in Savannah

Kids, student, adults all enjoy the variety of flavors that change at La Berry Yogurt Cafe. Photo by Andrea Six.

La Berry's Lavender Sea Salt Caramel yogurt, topped with coconut, almonds and caramel drizzle. Photo provided by La Berry.

La Berry’s Lavender Sea Salt Caramel yogurt, topped with coconut, almonds and caramel drizzle. Photo provided by La Berry.

If you’re looking for a little lighter treat, then head over to Broughton and Jefferson streets, fill up a cup with yogurt and dump some goodies on top. La Berry has everything from fresh fruit to candy and cookie crumbs to make your yogurt treat even better. Their flavors of yogurt vary from week to week, but they always have mango, vanilla, original, taro and pineapple, as well as some kind of chocolate flavor. You can view all of their flavors at laberryfrozenyogurt.com/menu/flavors.

Cups of yogurt are priced by their weight: 59¢ per ounce. Below is an estimate of prices.

Small Cup: About $3
Average Cup: About $3-$5
Large Cup: About $7-$9

Soda Pop Shoppe

114 Bull St.
(912) 236-5860

The Soda Pop Shoppe

In addition to scoops of ice cream, the Soda Pop Shoppe also has some special ice cream snacks and an assortment of candies. Photo by Andrea Six.

Soda Pop Shop Ice Cream

Owner Steve Lewellyn serves ice cream and all kinds of other treats at the small Soda Pop Shoppe that’s known for its Coca-Cola decor. Photo by Andrea Six.

If you’re looking for a small shop that locals love, then head into the Soda Pop Shoppe, right next to the barbershop by Starbucks on Bull Street. It’s there you’ll find all of your basic ice cream flavors, as well as 13 different kinds of slushies. The shop has been around since 1989 and owners Willie Chavez and Steve Lewellyn still work at the shop and greet new customers like locals. Just remember that they are CASH ONLY, so you might need to stop by at the CVS next door to grab a few dollars if you want a sweet treat here.

Flavors: Almond Fudge, Maple Walnut, Praline and Cream, Sherbert, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla.

Single Scoop:  $2.79
Double Scoop: $2.99
Slush Puppies: $1.99

You can also get frappuccinos right next to the Soda Pop Shoppe at Starbucks or walk a block and get a smoothie from Smoothie King.

Don’t forget to check the dessert menus at some of the restaurants in Savannah, because they’ve got their own delicious desserts. Have fun snacking on your sweet treats while you’re in town!