It’s almost Labor Day weekend, and if there’s one thing to do, it’s grab some friends and grab some ice cream! While the warm weather will likely last for much of September, depending on where you live, the official end of the season arrives with this three-day weekend. If you feel that your options are limited to solely the ice cream truck that circles your block twenty times a day, think again: if you live in these 5 cities, you are around some of the best and most inventive ice cream flavors around!
1. Savannah, Georgia
For most of the year, it’s hot in Georgia — so it should come as no surprise that one of its most visited and most beautiful cities has some of the best ice cream in the country. You may be tempted by its old-school parlors like Leopold’s Ice Cream, which is by far the most popular ice cream parlor in Savannah. Open since 1919, it has more than 20 flavors and often carries seasonal flavors like Guinness, Lavender, and Rose Petal. Other places like Candy Kitchen and Sugar Shack come in as close seconds with lines that extend far beyond the parlors’ front doors.
2. Providence, Rhode Island
To the surprise of many, Providence is one of the best places for tasty street food, and ice cream is no exception. The students living in this college town are quite lucky that they can take advantage of some of the best ice cream in America year-round. Flavors like pumpkin chocolate chip and pineapple basil and ice cream inventions like macaron ice cream sandwiches sure tickle their taste buds! If you find yourself in the area, check out Ellie’s Bakery, Three Sisters, and pushcart PVD Pops.
3. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is always a good time: with a great music scene, delicious food, and friendly natives, having great ice cream is really the cherry on top of the, well, ice cream sundae. Like the city itself, there are tons of fun flavors to try like whiskey pecan or a pear sorbet with a Cabernet reduction. Check out Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams among other great parlors in the city.
4. San Francisco, California
The Bay area may be expensive, but it may be worth living there just for the ice cream! Many of the flavors are twists of the classics, like sticky chewy chocolate, Turkish coffee, and root beer swirl. But you still have your fair share of unique and wacky flavors: dare to try the green apple mayo sherbet, peach vinegar cobbler, and wasabi. Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop in the Mission District is a must-visit if you’re in town, as are Humphry Slocombe and Salt & Straw.
5. New York, New York
New Yorkers can be proud: not only does the city have some of the best dining in the world, but they can top off their meals with what is quickly becoming some of the best ice cream in the country. Not only are the flavors mind-blowing and the quality top-notch, but you now can find versions of the dessert from all over the world. Hit up newly-opened Republic of Booza in Williamsburg for extra-stretchy ice cream, Il Laboratorio del Gelato for a taste of Italy, Tipsy Scoop for a boozy frozen treat, and 22 Below for some of that Thai rolled ice cream you’ve been seeing all over Instagram.
Regardless of the flavors you choose or the parlor you end up at, make sure you make the most out of the last days of summer!
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