When traveling in the Pittsburgh area, one of the best things you can do after a great afternoon with Snapology is to enjoy one of the best ice cream cones you’ll have in your life. Getting ice cream with your kids may be a hassle, but they’ll have a blast. All of these places are kid friendly and are something they’ll definitely remember. Even the parents get their ice cream fix, and we all know it can be necessary sometimes.
This Pittsburgh based ice cream shop was founded in 2014 with the sole purpose of blessing Yinzers with their love of ice cream. They get most of their ingredients from local businesses, hoping to help prosper that market. Even though they get their milk locally sourced, there are options for the dairy free folks. This particular spot is in Downtown and guaranteed to make your trip extra special.
Recommended Flavor: Salty Goat Caramel
This is a local Pittsburgh chain that is known for their awesome flavors. They have locations two locations in Pittsburgh and every store has something a little extra special to offer you. For example, the Shadyside store has a waffle cone with a marshmallow at the bottom. Pro tip: if you go to that location, let them know if you want that amazing addition or not. Also, they also sell their flavors by the pint, so don’t be afraid to take some to go!
Recommended Flavor: Vietnamese Coffee
Now if you’re not in the mood for a waffle cone (which they do have by the way), the Milkshake Factory might be for you! This is the ultimate place for build-your-own milkshakes with gluten and dairy free options. They also have some amazing hot chocolate! The place is super clean and the staff always greets you with a smile. There are two locations in the Pittsburgh area. Don’t be afraid to try something a little creative!
Recommended Flavor: Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Shake
This is the ultimate throwback ice cream parlor. It has a very homey vibe and it’s very inviting. Yelpers are raving about the environment. They have an old-school ice cream maker, a penny candy display and old telephone booths. Klavon’s has everything from cones, sundaes and frozen yogurt at a reasonable price. Be sure to look for it in the Strip District!
Recommended Flavor: The Cookie Monster
This Pittsburgh gem is only open during the summer months. If you’re visiting during that time, this is a must-stop for tourists. They have some of the best soft serve in the area and have even been selected as the Pennsylvania state winner for ice cream shops. That guarantees you’ll have serious top-notch ice cream. Also, don’t be afraid to check out some of the tasty food options!
Recommended Flavor: Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae
Don’t judge a book by its cover! This ice cream shop in Oakland is a huge hit for the college students in the area. Everything is homemade, even their waffle cones. Sometimes you can smell it from blocks away! Not to mention their portions are very generous. You can sample up to three flavors. This place is cash only, but there is an ATM right outside the store.
Recommended Flavor: Birthday Cake
Scoops is a local chain with locations in Mt. Lebanon, Bloomfield and Brookline. This is a place to go if you don’t want to get super “exotic” in your flavor options. They have very affordable to-go pints and an awesome variety of flavors. They also have ice cream cakes, cake pops and other delicious treats to go with your ice cream. If you happen to drive by, stop in and enjoy the spacious seating!
Recommended Flavor: Banana Cream Pie
Brusters is a chain scattered all around Pittsburgh. They have very tasty homemade ice cream with different types of cones and sundaes. Their portions are quite large...which isn’t always a bad thing! It will definitely fulfill the craving to get that frozen treat!
Recommended Flavor: Banana Split
Waffleonia is the place to go for a twist on dessert! They have amazing combinations of ice creams and flavors...all over a warm, homemade belgian waffle! The founders believe that waffles shouldn’t just be for breakfast, hence why this shop is such a success. Feeling adventurous yet?
Recommended Flavor: Speculoos Ice Cream Waffle
Does your mouth water when you look at these shakes, too? Fudge Farm is known for its incredible homemade fudge and ice cream. There are so many flavors to pick from at amazing prices. Milkshakes are only two dollars on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. The inside of the shop is very aesthetically pleasing. They even have swings!
Recommended Flavor: The Local
Pittsburgh has an incredible ice cream scene for you and your family to enjoy. There are places for every budget and taste, and I hope you get the chill you’re looking for!