Written by Abstract Samm
Welcome to The Savannah Insider, presented by Savannah Sip N’ Cycle! We are so glad that you have made your way to the blog today. There’s so much to talk about here at cyclesavannah.com, including how to beat the heat during these intense summers. Sometimes the humidity can be a bit much and the only way to keep your temperature from rising is to find a little something cold to scoop, sip and lick throughout the day. Continue reading for a list of cool treats available throughout Savannah. From southside to the Historic District, we’ve got something for all visitors to our favorite city!
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First of all, we had no idea that Italian ice could feature so many flavors. Outside of the normal strawberry, lemon, etc, Jeramiah’s Italian Ice on Abercorn (Southside) has something sweet, sour or both for you to beat the heat in Savannah. Open every day of the week from 12 pm – 10 pm (11 pm on the weekends) stop by Jeramiah’s sometime, even ask about an application if you want to join their awesome team! What better summer job could you ask for? So hurry up and “Find your sweet spot” at Jeramiah’s Italian Ice.
Not to be confused with Savannah Candy Kitchen, but still sporting a big red awning, you will find flavors that while simple, are packed with taste. Whether you hit up the River Street or Habersham location, the ice cream from River Street Sweets tastes exactly like the flavor name. Mango, peach, strawberry, all taste like you’re biting into a frozen version of the fruit itself. Not to mention how every bite of rocky road has chocolate chips in it. If you haven’t figured out yet, our humble writer Abstract Samm has a soft spot in her heart for the ice cream from this particular shop. Among the house made candy, pralines and many options, you can head to the back of River Street Sweets for the sweetest ice cream from 9 am to 11 pm each day. Since 1973, River Street Sweets has been serving locals and visitors alike.
When you find yourself walking around downtown, taking in all of the beautiful, historic architecture, you might notice folks wandering about with square popsicles. Located on MLK Blvd, these hand crafted pops come in flavors like salted caramel and orange cream. There’s even a whole slice of kiwi in the strawberry kiwi bar! You are even able to purchase these sweet, super tasty treats from the Collins Quarter restaurant right in the middle of Forsyth Park or at Sly Slider’s and Fries on Abercorn St. Ask about their nationwide shipping should you end up in the MLK Blvd location every day (except Monday) from 12 – 5 pm.
Every day is a good day for Italian Ice and frozen custard, that’s why Rita’s on Highway 80 in Savannah is open seven days a week. Each location makes their famous Italian Ice fresh every day and is served with a side of happiness. Come in from 12 pm – 10 pm any day or night, you’re bound to want to be a regular to this one of over 90 locations throughout the country. Check their website for catering options, you might end up wanting to invite Rita’s to your next big event.
Whether you’re near the Olde Pink House or strutting around City Market, Cinnamon Bear Country Store is known for their waffle cones and the ice cream spilling over them. Floats, milkshakes, and slushies can be made to fit any dietary restrictions, without sacrificing flavor. Classic selections like Rocky Road and Mint Chocolate Chip will have you hooked in no time. Come out sometime and enjoy some frozen treats while wandering around the Country Store to find a ton of Savannah themed shirts and gifts to take home. Extra cool points if you can take on a triple scoop, you won’t want to share.
One part of Savannah that never gets old, has to be the oldschool vibes that we can’t stop taking pictures of. Picker Joe’s adds to the classic aesthetic of Historic Downtown Savannah. Classic Coffee & Soda Shop, Picker Joe’s is where you can find Leopold’s Ice Cream without waiting in the line that consistently fills up with the Broughton St locations. Head over to what has been consistently voted the “Best” antique store in Savannah, Picker Joe’s on east 41st street and take a break at their Classic Coffee & Soda Shop. Don’t be surprised if the nostalgic vibes make you never want to leave. People travel from all over to pick through what Picker Joe’s has to offer, they keep coming back because the ice cream is amazing. Well, we don’t know that for sure but we do know they have some great options and the friendliest staff around.
Along with bubble tea and crepes, Below Zero on Mall Blvd is the place to find rolled ice cream near the mall. Come up with the creation straight out of your best ice cream day dreams and let the folks at Below Zero hook you up. From 12 pm – 8 pm (9 pm Saturday and Sunday) you can try ice cream in a brand new way, if you’re not too distracted by the prospect of “bubble” waffles or craving some of their epic bubble tea. When you need to take a break from the constant motion of downtown, head towards the southside area of Savannah chow down on some Thai inspired treats. TikTok lovers might want to visit just for an opportunity to watch the ice cream being rolled, the process is a trip to experience.
Located right in our practically brand new Plant Riverside District, District Gelato is twice the sugar and twice the flavor of regular old ice cream. Find this spot inside of the Three Muses building at Plant Riverside and take a second to find out what their hours are as they change from each day. Adding to the ambiance that is our newly restored riverside district, this authentic Italian style menu has plenty to offer, including full seating indoors. Ask about their Bubble Waffle Cone for a real treat. Now, we aren’t biased but Almond Biscotti flavor just might be the greatest gelato flavor ever invented.
Featuring varying flavors all from Hawaii, Hokulia shaved ice has a gran selection of shaved ice, ice cream, smoothies and gourmet popcorn. Snow ice, meaning the shavings are like ribbons and not chunky at all, is what Hokulia offers you. For a fun surprise, ask about adding a scoop of ice cream to the middle. Located on Broughton st, this shop is a wonderful way to take a break from shopping without having to brave the Leopold’s line. Root Beer, Cotton Candy and Cream soda are amongst the many Hawaiian exported flavors, add ons and ice cream. From 11:30 am – 9:30 pm (10:30 pm on the weekends) come in and get away with Hokulia Shaved Ice.
On any normal day, Savannah has been compared to New Orleans due to the historic aesthetic and love for history. Adding to the New Orleans style vibe that the city presents is Pelican’s Snoballs, serving up 100 flavors in the Orleans style. You might want to check out their menu before heading over to Montgomery st from 12 pm – 9 pm (opening at 2pm on Sundays) so you don’t end up overwhelmed with the amount of flavors to select from. Honeydew, Iced Tea and even Toothpaste flavors are only 3 of a massive variety. Classic flavors that you know and love are also ready for the more picky ones in your group. Stop by the little blue building and say hi sometime, you will want to come back again and again.
While this particular ice cream shop is entirely legendary and has been mentioned on multiple lists of ours, we gave Leopold’s on Broughton honorable mention for today. If you search for ice cream in the city, this is what you’ll find. We can’t deny, this is some of the best ice cream you’ll find in Savannah, maybe all of Georgia. Just prepare to wait in line unless you arrive right when they open at 11 am every day. Pro Tip: Leopold’s ice cream is also sold at tons of different shops and stations throughout all of Savannah, not just the Historic District.
So there you have it! Plenty of spots to find a bit of relief from the insane summer heat that comes to Georgia every year. There’s nothing better than a half melting ice cream cone or some smoothies made from fresh ingredients while you’re wandering around, exploring Savannah’s Historic District. Heck, you might be able to find some more ice cream shops if you ask your Savannah Sip N’ Cycle tour guide where their favorite spot is. Did we mention the Sip N’ Cycle?
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