What’s the quickest way to cool down as the temperatures continue to rise this holiday week? Ice cream. Good news is July is National Ice Cream Month, so now you have a reason to celebrate all month long. Luckily, Charlotte has some great options to choose from — from locally-owned establishments to national brands with cult followings. Check out these neighborhood spots over the weekend:

Two Scoops

With over 32 standard flavors, this local Plaza Midwood spot has expanded to three locations today: expansions in Mooresville and South End. The shop includes dairy-free and vegan options, as well as dog-friendly scoops to beat the summer heat. This week check out Two Scoops’ newest flavor, Slow Poke — brownies, pecans, and salted caramel. 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

When Jeni’s opened its first North Carolina location in the Design Center in South End, lines extended out the door and around the building. Jeni’s recently opened its second and third locations, one in NoDa and the other in Park Road Shopping Center. Try a single scoop, or get a trio of three half scoops to find your favorite flavor. 

Golden Cow

North Carolina natives Alex and Liz Hannah opened the first Golden Cow Creamery in South End’s Gold District and has expanded with a second location in South Park. The creamery specializes in small batch ice creams and include a rotating vegan and non-dairy option every month. Try the crowd-favorite Dunkaroos flavor, one of their classics available year-round. 


You’ve probably seen Popbar NoDa’s bright purple wall all over Instagram. The popsicle shop offers customizable gelato, sherbert, or yogurt pops with a variety of dippings and toppings. NoDa’s location of the franchise also include waffle pops and gelato shakes to switch things up.