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Local Ice Cream Shops Perfect for the Dog Days of Summer

Nothing screams summer quite like a scoop of your favorite flavor. It's refreshing, it's nostalgic, and it's most definitely delicious. Now that we're in the dog days of summer, we wanted to share our four favorite local ice cream shops perfect for getting through long summer days. 


Sweet Spot Ice Cream Cafe opened this past winter in Shockoe Bottom and is the perfect stop after hitting the Canal Walk or the Capital Trail. Featuring more than 48 different flavors of ice cream (plus gourmet flavored waffle cones!), as well as non-dairy options, coffee, as well as smoothies and other treats.

Image via Sweet Spot Ice Cream Cafe


Created by a VCU alum, Ruby Scoops’ new shop on Brookland Park Boulevard in Northside is the first brick and mortar location for the small batch brand that got its start on the DC Farmer’s Market circuit. The premium ice creams and vegan-friendly sorbets come in a variety of rotating unique flavors including Cookie Butter, Black Sesame, Blueberry Basil Lemonade Sorbet, Red Berry Champagne, and Grasshopper Pie.

 Image via Ruby Scoops


Gelati Celesti, perhaps the OG of the Richmond ice cream scene, isn’t slowing down in 2021! This local favorite is now scooping all over the Greater Richmond area, as well as Virginia Beach. Most recently, their Mechanicsville pop-up, which was offering pints and quarts only, went so well that as of this week guests will be able to purchase individual scoops.

Image via Gelati Celesti


For ice cream with a twist, NarWhals has you covered. Located in Carytown, NarWhals is Richmond’s first rolled ice cream shop. Forget ice cream toppings as you knew them, at NarWhals you can mix-in nostalgic tasty bites of Oatmeal Cream Pie, Honey Buns, Nutty Buddy, as well as traditional candy and fruit flavors.

Image via NarWhals

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