3 Essential Ice Cream Shops in South End

South End has been my home since I moved to Charlotte from Nashville two years ago. It's extremely walkable thanks to the Rail Trail that runs through the neighborhood; it's full of young professionals; and, maybe most importantly, its list of drool-worthy restaurants—and ice cream shops—grows every day. It's really my favorite spot in the Queen City. 

If you've got a sweet tooth like me and the soft serve staples just won't cut it, this list is for you. All of the creameries on this list craft their own ingenious ice cream flavors and change them seasonally. Sure, you'll find tubs of vanilla and chocolate behind their counters, but ordering them would be an injustice.

I've shared my favorite ice cream flavors from each shop below, but while they're my go-tos, I always start each visit with a taste test. Samples are the best way to try what's new before you commit, so go ahead—dig in!

 

Two Scoops Creamery

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Two Scoops is a Plaza Midwood main stay that decided to spread its wings to Mooresville and South End. At their new shop in South End, you can choose from over a dozen different flavors and decide whether it's a kid's cup, one scoop, two scoop, or even three scoop kind of day (personally, I'm a big fan of the kid's cup—it's just the right size for snacking on the way home). If it's your first time at Two Scoops, I'd suggest trying the Yabba Dabba Doo. It's pieces of Fruity Pebbles cereal submerged into deliciously milky vanilla ice cream. 

 

Two Scoops Creamery

1616 Camden Rd #100, Charlotte, NC 28203
https://www.twoscoopscreamery.com/ 
(980) 237-2149

 

Golden Cow Creamery

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Golden Cow was the first ice cream shop that I discovered in Charlotte, so it holds a special place in my heart. Just like the rocking chairs that line the street outside their door, their flavor combinations will make you slow down and enjoy the simple things in life—like pieces of Oreo cookies and flakes of sea salt churned into creamy vanilla ice cream. Seriously, Golden Cow calls it Salted Oreo and it's the stuff dreams are made of. But if you're feeling nostalgic, Dunkaroos is another popular choice. 

 

Golden Cow Creamery 

170 W Summit Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
http://www.goldencowcreamery.com/
(980) 938-0925

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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Last but certainly not least, Jeni's is the new kid on the block in South End. This ice cream parlor started in Ohio, but I found it when they expanded to Nashville several years ago. And while Jeni's may seem mainstream to some (they do have 10 cities under their belt), there's a reason they've seen so much success. Their flavors can be off the wall (think Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries), but they always deliver. My favorite? The Brown Butter Almond Brittle. You get the crunch from the brittle paired with layers of rich brown butter flavor. I could eat it by the pint! 

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

1920 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203
https://shop.jenis.com/
(980) 299-2946
 

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3 Essential Ice Cream Shops in South End

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Kelley Brackett