Best Ice Cream Shops in Virginia Beach

best local ice cream shops in virginia beach

Best Ice Cream In Virginia Beach

If you’re NOT looking Sweet Frog, this is your list. You can throw a dart at the Oceanfront and it’ll land on a Sweet Frog. No need for a list there!

This is article is about ice cream shops in Virginia Beach that are locally owned and operated! 

1. Lolly’s Creamery

17th street a 3 1/2  blocks from the beach in the Vibe District

Lolly’s has a limited year round menu, but has special seasonal flavors that sell out fast. 

Our first experience was less than thrilling when the online menu didn’t match up to the actual onsite offerings… we had four boys expecting fireworks ice cream and had to change their orders suddenly. 

Just don’t get excited for anything before you get there! 

Seating is all outdoor, and super limited for the numbers they serve. Prepare to sit on the ground, a curb or the tailgate if you’re not walking and eating. 

  • Expect lines
  • Limited menu
  • Seasonal flavors sell out fast
  • All outdoor seating, usually full! 
  • Flight is $9

Year Round Flavors

  • Cookie Monster
  • Strawberry
  • Three Ships Coffee
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Double Dark Chocolate
  • Real Deal Vanilla
lolly's creamery in the VIBE district of virginia beach

2. Blue Cow Creamery

On the Chesapeake Bay/North End VB at the corner of Great Neck road & Shore Drive

Blue cow’s location is a strip mall with tables/chairs. 

Like Lolly’s they have a base set of year round flavors and add in seasonal favorites. 

Flights are $9

Year Round flavors

  • Double-fold vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Red Rooster Coffee with Chocolate Chip (Roanoke)
  • Three Ships Coffee Chip (Virginia Beach)
  • Brown Butter Pecan
  • Birthday Cake
  • Oreo
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Sea Salt Brickle with Caramel Swirl
  • Goat Cheese with Blueberry Swirl
  • Blue Cow Patty
  • Vegan Chocolate
blue cow creamery ice cream in virginia beach

3. Gelati Celesti Gelato

Off Laskin Road at Hilltop Shopping Center 

I personally can’t attest, but my 11 yo went with friends and raves about it. Its on our list!

4. Gerald’s Ice Cream Bar

Laskin Road in Hilltop Shopping Center

Gerald’s has an old fashion vibe. Lots of flavors organized by type – vanillas, chocolates, nuts, fruits, etc.

  • The most flavors!
  • Lacked the beach vibe of Lolly’s
  • Most expensive we’ve been to.
  • A flight of 6 flavors as $19. (Most are 4 flavors for $9)
Gerald's ice cream bar in virginia beach

Brown Dog Ice Cream

If you feel like a drive… or its a rainy day… Drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore.

Brown dog operates like Lolly’s & Blue Cow with standard year round flavors and seasonal options.

Featured in Southern Living July 2021!

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