Posted on May 20, 2015 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.
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
City Market: 318 W. St. Julian St., (912) 201-9501
River Street: 225 E. River St., (912) 233-8411
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.
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.
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.
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!