Best ice cream and gelato shops in Norfolk

There is no better way to cool off in the hot summer months (or indulge yourself any time of year) than by visiting some ice cream parlors. You may already know that the original waffle cone was created here in Norfolk, but did you also know that you can enjoy outrageous milkshakes, Thai roll ice cream, and ethereal selections of gelato in our city? Here are some of the hottest places to get the coolest desserts in Norfolk.


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Every day is Ice Cream Day in Domar as they serve up creamy shakes and ice cream sundaes at their nostalgic dinners that have been in service for over a century. They’re best known for their handcrafted waffle cones, which are rolled right before your eyes on the original machine built in 1904, but you also can’t go wrong with their shortcakes, toppings, sundaes, and shakes, most of which come with a classic cherry cream and whipped topping on top.

on the ice

If you thought all ice cream was created equal, think again. At On Ice, located near Naval Station Norfolk, made-from-scratch sets are created in a unique nitrogen-based way, turning a visit to a simple ice cream shop into a fascinating show and an educational experience. Choose from sundae flavors like Chocolate Explosion or Strawberry Cream Pie, or make your own by combining ice cream flavors and fun toppings. Enjoy it traditional, or opt for the N₂.ICED version in which ingredients are whisked into a ball and frozen and flashed for an airy, crunchy texture.

shake it shake

Want to change your candy game – who wouldn’t? Shake It Up Shakes is known for its gourmet milkshakes that break all the rules and exceed all expectations of what a traditional milkshake should be. Top with ice cream sandwiches and popsicles? Not a problem. Caffeine with a cold coffee drink? definitely. Make it vegan? You got it. This lovable business started out as a regional food truck and now has a home in downtown Selden Market, so find out what’s Shakin’ as you pass by for a tasty treat.

S’Mores Amore

S’mores has been a downtown staple ever since owner Duane Dinio first invited customers to “excite” at his Selden Market store. Imagine a perfect square of graham cracker crust, topped with brownie or blondie and topped with marshmallows toasted to perfection right before your eyes. If that wasn’t sweet enough, S’mores Amore added an ice cream menu that mixes handcrafted ice cream with chunks of S’mores Amore brownie or blondie chunks for a great way to enjoy the ultimate s’mores experience.

strawberry fields

If strawberry fields are forever, that’s how long we’ll be obsessed with this gem of a gelato shop in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk. Every day, their gelato is made from scratch with new flavors that are constantly posted on their social media. From ooey gooey cake to buttered pecan brown, there’s definitely a flavor to suit your taste. Check out this City with Bite episode on Strawberry Fields to learn more.

urban ice

You’ve had ice cream in a bowl, cone, mixer, cake, and sandwich, but have you had it wrapped? Thai-style rolled ice cream is made by pouring liquid ice cream ingredients onto a surface below freezing, spreading them, cutting them into slices, rolling them up and covering them with all kinds of sweet creations. At Urban Ice, you can create your own assortment or choose a favorite mix such as Cookie Monster or Mango Tango.

Y is not Italian

This family-focused Italian restaurant is well known and loved for its pizzas, pastas, sliced ​​salads, and other Italian food. Family secret: Always save room for dessert. It’s impossible to bypass YNot’s colorful can of homemade Italian cream gelato and not leave it with a 4-ounce (or pint…or quart, gallon) container. Look for classics like vanilla wafer, chocolate, strawberry, and mint, as well as swirl flavors and even non-dairy fruit gelato options.

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