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Scoop, There It Is: Durham's Best Ice Cream Shops

Beat the summer heat with one of these cool and creamy treats.

When it's hot outside, the answer is always cold and creamy ice cream. With flavors like Tuscan melon white nectarine and strawberry black sesame brittle on gingersnaps, let's just say Durham's ice cream flavor game is winning.

If you're craving some ice cream on your visit, or if you're on a mission to try every unique flavor in the Bull City for bragging rights, here's the inside scoop on all our unique, destination-worthy shops where ice cream comes in an array of flavors, textures, and cones. Enjoy this sweet guide to all things creamy with a little sprinkle and crunch.

La Monarca Michoacana

Mango tango, pina colada mimada, coco bongo ... we’ve got your attention now, right? La Monarca has the flavors. Now, you get to decide whether you want to enjoy them in a cone or in a cup.

Locopops

Everyone and their dog is going loco for Locopops! To indulge in some ice cream on a stick, try the Mexican chocolate pop blended with semi-sweet chocolate, rich cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. For those looking for vegan options, there are vibrant flavors like cherry lime, pomegranate ginger, and passionfruit margarita. Don’t forget a pup pop for your four-legged friend.

The Parlour

Fans of The Parlour know their staples (cookies n’ cream, salted caramel, Vietnamese coffee, etc.) very well, but their limited and seasonal flavors are always unique and delicious. It's peach season now, so nab a creamy peach and mascarpone scoop before it’s going ... going ... gone.

Pincho Loco Ice Cream

You may love sprinkles as an ice cream topping and waffle cones as an ice cream holder, but have you ever had a homemade sprinkles waffle cone? Mind blown. Stop by Pincho Loco for a delicious rainbow-colored cone filled with all kinds of yumminess.

Rockwood Dairy Bar

Rockwood Dairy Bar’s staple flavors like caramel cookie dough and cake batter are enough to bring you in the door. The specialty flavors like Tuscan melon white nectarine will have you craving more until your next return. To show your Pride, try their new cookie sandwich with lime-zested shortbread and basil lavender ice!

Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings & Sweets

The only thing better than a scoop of ice cream is a scoop of ice cream between two cookies! Rose’s takes the ice cream sandwich to a whole new level. If your tastebuds are craving something complex, try the strawberry black sesame brittle on gingersnaps.

Simon Says Dip This

With 23 different Belgian chocolate-dipped flavors and tons of toppings including cotton candy, the flavor combination possibilities at Simon Says Dip This are endless. You can go classic cookies n' cream like below. Or for a pairing of your salty-sweet dreams, try the butterscotch dip with potato chip toppings.

Sugar Koi Ice Cream

Where can you get a scoop (or two) of ice cream in a fish-shaped waffle cone made fresh daily? With Asian-inspired flavors such as Thai tea and Southern-inspired classics like banana pudding, Sugar Koi will oh-fish-ially become your family's favorite spot.

Sweet Charlie’s

Sweet Charlie's is rolling up some sweet treats by combining the art of Thai-inspired ice cream rolls with modern American showmanship to create a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages. Choose your flavor base then opt for the patriotic smore, a made-to-order rolled ice cream garnished with Graham cracker, chocolate, and roasted marshmallow.

Two Roosters Ice Cream

If you’re looking to cool off in a wide-open space with a scoop of ice cream, head to Two Roosters at Golden Belt and check out their specialty flavors. Try the custom lemony concoction recommended by a fan of Two Roosters which includes lemon ice cream with lemon curd and yellow sprinkles.