Leopold's Ice Cream

Leopold's Ice Cream in Savannah

Georgia’s Best Ice Cream Parlors

Can we still scream for ice cream in the fall? If you live in Georgia, absolutely! It won’t start cooling off here until Halloween, so there is still plenty of time for a scoop or two of ice cream from these local ice cream shops.

Atlanta Metro 

You can spot the rainbow-striped umbrella of a King of Pops cart from a mile away. Located around Atlanta and at many outdoor events, a homemade King of Pops popsicle is sure to hit the spot on a warm day.

Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream was voted Creative Loafing’s “Pick for Best Ice Cream.” With the goal to create the most unique and exotic flavors, Morelli’s offers ice cream cakes and ice cream flavors such as Mexican chocolate, banana chip and cinnamon caramel almond.

For 10 years, Jake’s Ice Cream has been selling ice cream in Old Forth Ward that is as delicious as its flavor names are unique.  Flavors include Yo Daddy’s Vanilla, Chocolate Slap Yo Mama, and Kiss O’ the Leprechaun.

Georgia Coast

Bill and Gayle Pollard’s search for a traditional after-dinner ice cream cone led them to open The Ice Cream Stop in Richmond Hill. Drop by for a scoop and to see the beloved “ad train,” a three-track train that chugs along the top of the store and features advertisements for local businesses.

If you are looking for an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, look no further than Leopold’s in Savannah. The parlor has been scooping out ice cream since 1919. The new store in downtown Savannah houses the black marble soda fountain and wooden phone booth from the original store.

Classic South

The Dairy Lane has been locally owned and operated in Sandersville since 1953. This self-proclaimed “must-stop for locals and tourists” serves three meals a day with menu items such as BBQ sandwiches, onion rings, Brunswick stew, potato salad, and of course, its namesake dairy treats. Stop in any time of day for a chocolate milk shake or Butterfinger blast.

Oconee Sweet Sensations in Greensboro has something for everyone’s sweet tooth, including hand-dipped ice cream cones, soft serve, milkshakes, banana splits, malts, floats, fudge, custom cakes and more. If you need to counteract the sugar, Oconee Sweet Sensations also offers salads, wraps and sandwiches.

Historic Heartland 

Do you want to be the hippest kid in Athens? A popsicle from Hip Pops will put you on the right track. Hip Pops makes handmade popsicles with fresh ingredients and sells them out of its trademark cooler carts or out of its store in the Chase Street Warehouse. Enter through the door marked “Mercury.”

If you are looking for homemade ice cream and fudge, look no further than Scoops. Scoops offers a rotation of favorites as well as holiday flavors, yogurts and sorbets in its Madison and Covington locations.

Creamberrys’s Ice Cream sits in the heart of the Olde Town Historic district in Conyers. The ice cream shop offers visitors 24 flavors of ice cream, sorbet and sherbet along with soft pretzels, milkshakes, popcorn and cookies.

Are you feeling peachy keen, jelly bean? Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley makes peach ice cream from its homegrown Georgia peaches.

Magnolia Midlands

Brian’s Oak Tree Express scoops out homemade ice cream right off of I-16 in Metter.

Science meets ice cream at Frozen N2 Time in Dublin. The shop specializes in nitrogen-infused, made-to-order ice cream and frozen yogurt.

Historic High Country

The Sweet Spot in Dalton and Cartersville offers a twist on traditional ice cream. If frozen yogurt is your favorite frozen dessert, The Sweet Shop offers more than 35 flavors and toppings.

Are you having an ice cream craving? Crave! Homemade Ice Cream in Ellijay is the place for you. Crave! serves premium ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet, as well as New Orleans-style shaved ice sno-balls.

Northeast Georgia Mountains 

Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont sells ice cream treats straight from the cow. Stop by the silo for the freshest ice cream, shakes, butter, chocolate milk and buttermilk around.

If you are looking for a unique combination of ice cream and food, visit La Mejor De Michoacan in Gainesville for ice cream, popsicles, hot dogs and nachos.

Plantation Trace

In Valdosta, drop by The Scoop for a dish of delicious ice cream before you cross the Georgia-Florida line.

Ice & Creamy in Thomasville serves ice cream delights such as cones, banana splits, ice cream cookie sandwiches and milkshakes. The shop also serves healthy smoothies and coffee.

Presidential Pathways

With 16 flavors and more than 50 toppings, Freeze Frame Yogurt in Columbus is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Richelle’s Cakes, Confections and Ice Cream is located in the historic Windsor Hotel in Americus. It is the go-to place for its famous ice cream pie as well as custom cakes and hand-dipped ice cream.

With warm days still ahead in Georgia, there is no need to scream for ice cream. Stop by a local ice cream parlor for a scoop or two of your favorite flavor.

Published: October 2013