There may be no better pairing than a warm day and a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream. Mix that with the wide sandy beach and the ocean breeze and you have all the essential staples of a perfect vacation. From ice cream flights to creamy, custardy gelato, there is no shortage of ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are a few ice cream spots of which we can't get enough in Virginia Beach.
With the addition of Blue Cow Ice Cream Co. to the Chesapeake Bay District, we now have the perfect spot to frequent after a day at Chick's Beach. With a huge variety of creative flavor combinations, like Goat Cheese with Blueberry Swirl, Strawberry Balsamic, and Sea Salt Brickle with Caramel Swirl, it's hard to choose just one. Luckily, with their ice cream flights, featuring four flavors of your choice, you don't have to. For coffee fans, make sure you try their Three Ships Coffee with Chocolate Chip, made with Three Ships Coffee, roasted and brewed right here in Virginia Beach.
Located in the Hilltop Area in the Inland District of Virginia Beach, Richmond-founded Gelati Celesti makes their ice cream with techniques normally reserved for gelato, making for a denser ice cream with a custard-like richness. Offering rich, decadent flavors like Salted Caramel, Birthday Cake, and, our personal favorite, Chocolate Decadence, this shop will make your taste buds sing. While they have many house favorites always available, Gelati Celesti rotates through more than 85 flavors throughout the year, using fresh, seasonal ingredients whenever possible, so this place will keep you coming back for more.
With Lolly’s delicious homemade rotating flavors like Pungo Strawberry Ice Cream, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Cookie Monster it's no wonder this local shop has quickly become a Virginia Beach staple. Starting as a delivery service, Lolly's has recently opened up a brick and mortar shop right in the heart of the ViBe Creative District, near the Oceanfront, and we can't get enough. While all their flavors are worth a try, with new flavors being rotated in regularly, Lolly's has received quite a bit of attention for their vanilla flavor. Sometimes simpler is better, and Lolly's does simple to perfection. And don't forget to listen for the bells of their Joy Bike coming down the boardwalk to delivery ice cream throughout the summer season, as well!
Located within the artisan shops and handcrafted goods of the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, Gilly’s is scooping out old-fashioned ice cream done right. Made with fresh milk, this is ice cream the ice cream we’ve been enjoying for decades, and it always hits the spot. Gilly’s is a hidden gem that we keep coming back to, time and time again. With an ever-changing list of flavors like Mom’s Apple Pie, Orange Creamsicle, Moon Pie, there’s always something new at Gilly’s for every ice cream fanatic.
This house-made ice cream served out of the Pungo Agricultural District, is as fresh as produce from the surrounding farmland. They offer seasonal flavors like Blueberry Cheesecake, Coconut Chocolate Almond, and Peach, so there’s always something new worth trying here. Come for a sweet treat when you’re in the Pungo area and stay for a slice of their amazing pizza.
Treat yourself to a tasty twofer at Creamwiched, located at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Choose from a seemingly endless selection of ice cream flavors and fresh-baked cookies, brownies and more for a customizable ice cream sandwich that is worthy of any cheat day chow fest. There are two locations in the resort area at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, one at 21st Street and one between 14th and 15th Streets, so you won’t have to be away from your beach towel for long.
Located in Virginia Beach Town Center, Confetti Caffe & Gelato is serving out handcrafted, small-batch gelato that you won’t want to miss. Using all-natural ingredients like fresh fruit, Belgian chocolate, hazelnuts, wildflower honey and more, there are no fake syrups or artificial sweeteners here. The selection at Confetti is constantly changing but with a current selection that includes Amaretto Cheesecake, Mocha Java, and Thai Coconut Milk, there’s always something unique on the menu to cure that nagging summer sweet tooth.
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