5 local ice cream shops to beat the heat in Richmond, VA

An employee at Scoop showcases a towering vanilla sundae topped with hot fudge and a pink macaroon.
Scoop serves creative flavor combinations out of their Strawberry St. location | Photo provided

As National Ice Cream Month draws to a close, why not try out a sweet treat from one of Richmond’s many enticing ice cream shops? Whether you’re a gelato aficionado or looking for a dairy-free fix, there’s plenty to discover on the Richmond ice cream scene + we’ve rounded up 5 places to try below.  

🍦Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets, 120 W. Brookland Park Blvd. 

Owner Rabia Kamara opened her standalone store in Northside in 2020, 6 years after starting her small-batch ice cream company. It’s the place for creative seasonal flavors like blueberry basil lemonade + vegan treats for all your dairy-free desires. Pop over to the storefront or catch their mobile setup at events around the city. 

🍦Charm School, 311 W Broad St. and 4930 Forest Hill Ave Suite D.

Whether you’re in the mood for ice cream (head to Broad) or soft serve (check out Southside), Charm School has you covered with dairy and vegan options. Plus, don’t miss out on the delectable — and very instagrammable — toasted fluff topping.  

🍦Scoop, 403 Strawberry St.  

Lavender honeycomb, sweet corn + blackberry, brown sugar cookie doughstop us if you’ve heard enough. Scoop is slinging all these flavors + more, as well as pints and specialty ice cream cakes, every day at their Strawberry St. location.  

🍦DeLuca Gelato, 1362 Gaskins Rd. 

You may have to drive to the West End, but trust us, it’s worth it. Deluca Gelato serves up authentic, Italian-style gelato and sorbetto in over 36 flavors daily. Must-trys include frutti di bosco sorbetto (wild berry sorbet), ciocco-arancia gelato (chocolate orange gelato) + specialty flavor zucca gelato (pumpkin pie gelato). 

🍦Gelati Celesti, multiple locations

You can find Gelati Celesti’s artisanal ice cream at 7 different locations in the greater Richmond area, including shops in Scott’s Addition and at The Shops at Libbie and Grove. Staple flavor favorites include chocolate decadence + Rainbow Cookie.

With options like these, we feel like Richmond won the gelato-ry.