Top 5 ice cream shops in Charlotte

Summer and ice cream kinda go together like bread and butter. Luckily, there’s no shortage of ice cream shops where you can indulge in a tasty scoop or two in the Queen City.

Whether you’re craving a classic cone, a unique flavor that packs a punch or an over-the-top trendy treat, we’ve got you covered with our list of the top 5 shops in Charlotte.

We’ve checked to make sure that each shop is open, and included links and phone numbers so you can confirm business hours. Outdoor seating is available at some locations.

Please note the footage in the video at the top of this page was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Golden Cow Creamery

This shop is owned by North Carolina natives who focus on hand-crafted small-batch ice cream made with local ingredients whenever possible. They also partner with local breweries such as Wooden Robot and NoDa Brewing to create the perfect blend of beer and ice cream.

South End: 170 West Summit Ave., 980-938-0925

SouthPark: 720 Governor Morrison St., 980-256-2602

Two Scoops Creamery

Owned by three best friends, all of their ice creams are made from secret family recipes, which make them unique to Two Scoops. Expect the usuals such as classic vanilla, butter pecan and strawberry, as well as creative concoctions such as Dabba Dooo and Wake Up Call.

Plaza Midwood: 913 Central Ave., 704-900-5792

South End: 1616 Camden Rd., #100, 980-237-2149

Lake Norman: 119 Landings Drive, Suite 104, Mooresville, 980-444-3800

Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream

This Charlotte institution has been family owned and operated since 1967. In addition to soft serve, the menu includes burgers, sandwiches, milkshakes, sundaes, snowballs, parfaits and Italian ice.

2107 South Blvd., 704-375-4318

Ninety’s Ice Cream and Sandwiches

Nestled in the Shoppes at University Place, this shop is known for creating outrageous ice cream sandwiches including yum-ee buns – an ice cream sandwich made with doughnuts.

9009 JM Keynes Dr., 704-547-1856


We know, we know. Jeni’s isn’t locally-owned, but it did become an instant hit when it opened in Charlotte. Now, there are three locations in the QC.

South End: 1920 Camden Rd., 980-299-2946

NoDa: 416 East 36th St., #400, 980-272-6518

Park Road Shopping Center: 4203 Park Rd., 980-237-4599