Leopold’s VeriBest™ ice cream is absolutely
one-of-a-kind. All flavors are made on the premises, one batch at a
time, using top-secret family recipes handed down from the original
Leopold brothers. Try some of our more historic flavors – like Johnny
Mercer’s favorite, Tutti Frutti – made exactly as they were in 1919.
Wondering why our Pistachio isn’t green? No artificial
dyes, of course! We use only the best all-natural ingredients,
hand-picked for quality.
Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in 1919 by three immigrant
brothers from Greece: George, Peter, and Basil Leopold. They learned the
art of candy and dessert from an uncle who had already settled in
America. The brothers perfected the secret formulas and created the
world famous Leopold’s VeriBest™ ice cream. They opened their own ice
cream parlor on the corner of Gwinnett and Habersham streets in
Savannah, where two streetcar lines intersected. Many a rider would jump
off the streetcar and entreat the motorman to wait as they got a frozen
Generations of Savannahians have loved Leopold’s ice cream. During the
early years, food service was added and Savannah began enjoying tasty
treats such as hamburgers, baby clubs, and pimento cheese sandwiches.
The soda fountain business was legendary. Everyone remembers the
fabulous malts, milk shakes, black and white sodas, banana splits and
many more. Famed lyricist Johnny Mercer grew up a block away from
Leopold’s and was a faithful customer when he was home from Hollywood.
He even told Peter he would write a song about Leopold’s famous
“Tutti-Frutti” ice cream, which had become a Leopold’s hallmark and
Savannah’s favorite. Leopold’s ice cream and sherbet molds were a
holiday highlight in Savannah’s finest clubs. Leopold’s Ice Cream
Parlor was always a popular destination after concerts, dances, and
The original Leopold’s Ice Cream shop closed in 1969. Stratton Leopold,
the youngest child of Peter Leopold, kept many of the original fixtures
in storage while he pursued his dreams of working in Hollywood.
On August 18 of 2004, Stratton and his wife Mary officially reopened the
legendary family business. The new location on downtown Savannah’s
bustling Broughton Street was designed by Academy Award nominated set
designer Dan Lomino. The original fixtures Stratton had kept were used,
including the black marble soda fountain and wooden interior phone
booth. The shop has a beautiful old-fashioned flair with some modern
decorative additions – posters and props from Stratton Leopold’s film
We hope that Leopold’s will continue to work its way into the hearts of
further generations, in Savannah and beyond as a place to find “Good
Things to Eat. Good Things to Drink.™”