The Best Local Ice Cream Shops in Charleston

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Best Local Ice Cream Shops in Charleston

Charleston thrives with its gourmet restaurants, but they also have some of the best local ice cream shops nearby that contain delicious homemade ice cream and gelato, with a variety of unique flavors and a new take on the popular frozen dessert.  A great part of relocating and retiring to communities such as Cresswinds at The Ponds and Del Webb in Summerville is having easy access to a place like Charleston.   These local shops are worth the visit and are not too far away.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Located right downtown on King Street, Jeni’s offers refreshingly homemade ice cream with no synthetic flavors or dyes.  Some flavors include gooey butter cake, sweet potato éclair, and Riesling poached pear sorbet.  It’s not easy coming up with inventive flavors, but this is one of Charleston’s best local ice cream shops that definitely impresses with its originality and spacious atmosphere.

Belgian Gelato: Down the street from Waterfront Park, Belgian Gelato handcrafts their homemade mouthwatering desserts daily by taking Italian gelato and mixing in flavors inspired by Belgian chocolate.  They give you the choice of flavors such as salted caramel, lemon sorbet, and cappuccino.  What’s better than having a day in Charleston and grabbing a cup of locally made gelato and walking along the pier on a nice warm day?

Peace Pie: A newly opened ice cream sandwich shop that originated in New Jersey, is located right on Meeting Street near the City Market.  They serve their take on the ice cream sandwich, by not only incorporating their delectable tastes as shown by flavors such as pecan pie, coconut cream, and key lime, but they also add a layer of pie filling in the middle that is sure to make your mouth water.

Park Circle Creamery: Just a twenty minute drive from The Elms retirement community, there sits a quaint dessert spot in the heart of Park Circle in North Charleston that recently celebrated their one year anniversary and takes pride in their homemade ice cream flavors made from scratch right in house.  Some choices are toffee delight, lemon crunch, and their very own yam flavor, a popular choice among locals.

Only a short distance away from retirement communities in Summerville and North Charleston, these options for some of the best local ice cream shops in Charleston will have you coming back for seconds!

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