With temperatures rising across the city, Pittsburghers are screaming for ice-cream. So, it’s time to hit the road and set out on the ultimate ice-cream tour or Pittsburgh.
Seek out these Pittsburgh favorite, small and local ice-cream shops. Nearly every neighborhood has a hidden gem, and many of them have a special treat and flavor that worth seeking out.
So, start your engines: here is the ultimate Pittsburgh ice-cream trail.
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Stop 1: Sarris Candies
“Best Chocolate in the World,” is a bold claim, but the legion of lifelong Sarris Candies fans are willing to back it up. Combine a trip to the Sarris ice-cream parlour with a tour of the Sarris Candy shop – their mountains of chocolate in every shape imaginable are sure to impress any chocolate fan.
The old-fashioned ice-cream parlor is known for their ice-cream sundae creations, and “hard-cap” toppings. For sundaes, Sarris serves both “Twin Specialties,” and “Triple Treats.” The “Twin Specialties” have two scoops of ice cream in interesting combinations like the “Odd Couple,” pairing one scoop of chocolate with marshmallow sauce with a scoop of vanilla with hot fudge, or the “Strawberry Fields,” with one scoop of strawberry and one scoop of vanilla covered in a strawberry sauce.
For the “hard caps,” imagine one of Sarris famous chocolate bars melted over your ice cream. Milk, dark, and peanut butter options are available.
Sarris Candies (511 Adams Avenue, Canonsburg)
Stop 2: Sugar & Spice Ice Cream
Even if you haven’t made the trip to this retro ice-cream parlor, located 20 minutes south of the city, there is chance you’ve gotten to taste their delicious ice-cream from their award-winning ice-cream truck which travels all over the city.
It is easy to pretend you are in the 1940’s and 50’s when stopping through Sugar and Spice, as the shop is decked out with nostalgic memorabilia, barstool seating, checkered floor, and a 1940s soda fountain.
Their homemade flavors change frequently, but customers love their fountain creations, and ice cream cupcakes. There is also a small baked good shop attached to the shop.
Sugar & Spice Ice Cream (5200 Clairton Blvd., Baldwin)
Stop 3: Betsy’s Ice Cream
Betsy’s Ice Cream keeps everything local, sourcing their milk from hormone-free and all-natural milk from the Pittsburgh area. All ice-cream, sorbets, and frozen yogurt treats are homemade and custom blended.
Betsy’s has huge variety of unique flavors, but their loyal fans love flavors like “Pittsburgh Pride” with black and gold ice-cream, mixed with chocolate chips and cookies, “Salted Caramel,” “Blueberry Cheesecake,” “Lemon Custard,” and “Red Velvet.”
For big fans of ice-cream, Betsy’s also offers an ice-cream CSA program, where they deliver four pints of seasonal ice-cream to your door for only $20 a month. This service is available throughout all of Allegheny and Washington counties.
Betsy’s Ice Cream (664 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon)
Stop 4: Antney’s Ice Cream
Many people claim that Antney’s is the best ice-cream in Pittsburgh, and after trying some of their handcrafted scoops, you may agree with them.
This spot is known for their 16 daily flavors and doggie sundaes – making them popular with pets as well. Vanilla, chocolate and strawberry are staples of the menu, with the other 13 daily options rotating from their collection of 100 flavors, including: hazelnut, tiramisu, hot chocolate, toasted coconut, ginger cookies, caramelized banana and more! Antney’s also offers soft serve, malts, floats, frozen yogurt, sorbets, ice-cream sandwiches, and non-fat/no sugar added frozen yogurts.
Antney’s loyal customers love their mint chocolate chip, carrot cake, and burnt almond torte (think Prantl’s bakery) flavors.
Antney’s Ice Cream (1316 Poplar Street, Green Tree)
Stop 5: DiFiore’s Ice Cream Delite
What is better than the view of Downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington? The view of Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington with an ice-cream cone in your hand! Located just one block from Grandview Avenue, DiFiore’s is perfectly poised to make any trip to Mt. Washington that much sweeter.
DiFiore’s has your standard menu of ice-cream treats, and is a cash only establishment.
DiFiore’s Ice Cream Delite (120 Shiloh Street, Pittsburgh)
Stop 6: Page Dairy Mart
Looking for your no frills, classic ice-cream experience? Look no further than Page Dairy Mart. In its 66 years of business, Page has received tons of national attention for its nostalgic soft serve ice-cream. Lifelong Page customers also quick to rave about their sundaes, served with warm chocolate chip cookies.
Even though Page is located down East Carson Street in an industrial setting, there is a line nearly any time of day. However, anyone will tell you – the wait is certainly worth it! Additionally, Page is located across the street from the Three River’s Heritage bike trail, so it is a great treat after an afternoon bike outing from Downtown Pittsburgh.
Page Dairy Mart (4600 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh)
Stop 7: Klavons Ice Cream Parlor
When asked about old-school ice-cream shops in Pittsburgh, the first place most people think of is Klavon’s in the Strip District. Klavons first opened in 1923 as a neighborhood apothecary and ice cream, and the retro decor has changed very little over the years. The shop is complete with glass pharmacy cases, retro candy, telephone booths, and bar seating.
While most customers came to Klavon’s for the nostalgic feel, the ice cream parlor has started producing their own, homemade ice cream in the past couple of years, and now is getting reputation for the delicious scoops, and 23 unique sundae options.
Finally, the shop is curating its first “Best Ice-Cream in America” competition this summer, and collecting ice-cream from every state in the country to find a winner. In honor of their competition, Klavon’s is hosting a block party on 28th street in the Strip on National Ice-cream Day (July 16).
Klavon’s Ice Cream (2801 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
Stop 8: Twisters Ice Cream
Blink and you might miss this tiny ice-cream and Italian ice shop, located on Main Street in Bloomfield. Like many shops in this neighborhood, Twisters is a Bloomfield institution, and have been serving frozen treats for over 17 years.
Twisters has all of the classic ice-cream shop treats – soft serve, hard ice-cream, slushies,
flurries, milkshakes, and floats – but don’t miss their rotating Italian ices.
Twisters Ice Cream (4210 Main Street, Pittsburgh)
Stop 9: Crazy Cones Millvale
Crazy Cones is Millvale’s local ice cream haunt, located about a mile north from the Allegheny River in Millvale.
Like all good local ice cream shops, Crazy Cones is closed for the winter season, and is a cash only establishment. In addition to their famous soft serve, which can be swirled with candy, nuts or sprinkles, Crazy Cones has an extensive frozen treat menu. Try their shakes, floats, cyclones, unique sundaes (S’mores or Unicorn Fairytale, anyone?), seven flavors of dipping shells, and 25 flavors of frozen ice!
For July only, keep an eye out for their “Cotton Candy Explosion Cone” – a masterpiece consisting of cotton candy ice-cream, dipped in a cotton-candy shell, and swirled with cotton candy fluff.
Crazy Cones of Millvale (624 North Avenue, Pittsburgh)
Stop 10: Glen’s Frozen Custard
Custard fans – look no further than Glen’s. This Pittsburgh tradition is sure to exceed all of your custard expectations. Sinfully smooth and creamy, Glen’s serves everything from classic vanilla and chocolate, to unusual flavors like “Maple Walnut Chunk,” and “Malt Shop Brownie.”
The original Glen’s (located in Springdale) has been serving Pittsburgh for over 60 years, and is complete with a challenging and unique mini-golf course (think 15 foot waterfall).
Glen’s Frozen Custard (400 Pittsburgh Street, Springdale)
What is your favorite local ice-cream shop in Pittsburgh? Leave it in the comments below!