Try These Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Upstate, SC

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Are you looking for the best Greenville, SC ice cream? Local mom Kristina Hernandez has you covered with this list of recommended ice cream shops in Greenville County and Spartanburg County. Her list includes an ice cream shop connected to a peach stand, an old-fashioned soda counter at a local pharmacy, and a downtown ice cream parlor that sells rolled ice cream.

Greenville has lots of great ice cream places and now that it’s super hot every day, there is nothing better than a cold cone full of creamy goodness in your favorite flavors, layered with toppings and fudge, if that’s how you roll.

Best ice cream shops in Greenville and Spartanburg, SC.

This article includes:
Greenville’s Best Ice Cream
Vegan Ice Cream
Spartanburg’s Best Ice Cream

Best Ice Cream Near Me: Greenville, SC

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

12 East Broad Street, #6B, Greenville, SC | 864.565.9595
Located in Camperdown Plaza, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams serves up creative ice cream flavors, some made with local ingredients.

Dillard’s Ice Cream Parlor

1009 Mauldin Road, Greenville | 864.603.1919
500 S. Buncombe Road, Greer | 864.877.6001

Dillard’s Ice Cream Parlor is hands down my favorite place for ice cream in the Greenville area, and it’s a Kidding Around Greenville reader favorite, too.  Their Chocolate Rocker is outstanding. Charleston Sea Salt will leave you wanting more. Even Superman is good.

It’s my summer goal to try every flavor and since I make it a habit of frequenting Dillard’s all too often, I should accomplish at least this one thing over these hot months. Bonus points because Dillard’s is adjacent to Fisher’s Peach farm stand so you can get ice cream AND healthy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dillards is our family’s favorite!

Kimberly T.A.
Ice cream from Pink Mama in Travelers Rest, SC.

Pink Mama’s Ice Cream

11 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest | 864.584.3414
122 Folger Avenue, Unit H, Easley | 864.533.6830
3223 August Street, Greenville | 864.277.4180

We asked for your favorite ice cream spots, and you answered. Pink Mama’s Ice Cream in Traveler’s Rest was a very popular pick. Between pink mama’s custom flavors, fresh waffle cones, coffee drinks, and unique sundaes, we can see why. The Swamp Rabbit Trail location is certainly an added bonus.

It’s really good!

Genesis P.

Clare’s Creamery

1635 E. North Street, Greenville 
Clare’s Creamery is highly recommended by dozens of KAG readers! With delicious classic flavors along with seasonal favorite flavors such as Peppermint Crunch and Honey Lavender with Lemon, what more could a dessert lover ask for? They even offer dipped ice cream cones to give your waffle cone that Instagram-worthy look.

Doesn’t get any better!

Jenny W.

Spill the Beans

531 S. Main Street, Greenville | 864.242.6355
174 East Main Street, Spartanburg | 864.310.4895
This was the first ice cream parlor I went to when I moved here, and I was not disappointed. Only steps from the Liberty Bridge and Falls Park, Spill the Beans makes its own waffle cones and has outstanding ice cream. You can personally enhance by adding any number of ingredients like cherries, almonds, cheesecake, or peanut butter, to name a few.

Great Ice cream and coffee, with a a fabulous location next to falls park!

Christie V.

Pickwick Pharmacy

3219 Augusta Street, Greenville | 864.277.4180
A pharmacy as an ice cream shop? Yup. That’s how they did it in the 1950s and this place has restored the ice cream parlor and soda fountain back to their former glory. Not only is the décor a good reason to check out Pickwick Pharmacy but the ice cream is top-notch too.

I was not happy when my daughter wanted to trade her rainbow ice cream out for my chocolate peanut butter cup! Rainbow was still pretty good but I have a weak spot for chocolate and peanut butter.

Ice Cream Station

125 S. Main Street, Simpsonville | 864.962.9200
I missed this place the first time I tried to find it but I was happy once I found it – located in a small building right next to the train tracks that run through downtown Simpsonville. One of the most reasonable ice cream places I have ever been to, the Ice Cream Station has soft-serve ice cream where customers can choose a number of tasty ingredients to mix into their summer treat. Ice Cream Station is another KAG reader recommendation.

YES. Ice Cream Station in Simpsonville! They have allergy safe options for my daughter which makes this momma’s heart smile! Also the employees are SUPER FRIENDLY & personable! Oh & the swings & if you are lucky you’ll see the train

Jessica S.
Getting ice cream at Ice Cream Station in Simpsonville, SC.

Sidewall Pizza

35 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest | 864.610.0527
99 Cleveland Street, Greenville | 864.558.0235
3598 Pelham Road, Greenville
| 864.991.8748
2615 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville | 864.263.3195
117 SE Main Street, Simpsonville | 864.757.9191

See the website for hours.
Found in Travelers Rest, downtown Greenville, and Pelham Road, Sidewall Pizza makes its own ice cream and changes the menu almost daily. Follow them on Instagram, and you’ll soon be dreaming about their delicious combinations (like fruity pebbles, homemade apple pie, peach pie, and Rice Krispies). Yum.

Sidewall Pizza has the best ice cream and they are selling it by the pint right now!


Stanley’s Ice Cream

3601 E North St, Greenville | 864.292.6611
Stanley’s Ice Cream really brings the flavor, over 48 flavors that is! Along with their ice cream, Stanleys has customized ice cream cakes, yummy milkshakes, crapes, and more. Even their waffle cones are freshly made daily. KAG readers adore this mom-and-pop shop and highly recommend it.

Stanley’s ice cream off east north street. Mom and pop owned been there for years. Always great service and wonderful ice cream flavors!

Leah T.

Creme Shack

120 N. Main Street, Greenville | 864.558.0585
One of Greenville’s newer ice cream spots, Creme Shack is serving up fresh ice cream, rolled! While this is a little more expensive than others on our list, lots of yummy toppings await this unique ice cream treat.

Ice cream from Creme Shack in Greenville,SC

Abbott’s Frozen Custard

119 E. Poinsett Street, Greer | 864.655.4422
Another KAG reader pick is located in downtown Greer. Abbott’s has fresh, smooth frozen custard for cones, sundaes, floats, and other tasty treats. Abbott’s is just a short walk from Greer City Park, so you can enjoy the fountains and playground after your treats!

Famoda Farm

7410 Mountain View Road, Taylors
Famoda Farm Amazing Grazin’ Ice Cream offers delicious ice cream on an adorable farm with cows, goats, donkeys, sheep, and bunnies. Visit the animals after you enjoy some ice cream or visit the farm store. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Amazing Grazin' Ice cream at Famoda Farm.

Vegan & Dairy-Free Ice Cream Options in Greenville, SC

A number of the places listed also sell ice cream made with almond milk or coconut milk for their dairy-free and vegan customers!

The Ice Cream Station in Simpsonville offers a dairy-free Dole Whip with different fruity flavors. Try mixing it up with Sprite for a refreshing Dole Fizz! They also serve fruit smoothies as another vegan option.

Sidewall Pizza serves vegan coconut milk ice cream in multiple flavors.

Clare’s Creamery offers a dairy-free coconut ice cream flavor that can be customized with a number of toppings.

Dillard’s Ice Cream Parlor often has dairy-free sorbet options.

Prefer a milkshake treat? Here’s where you can find the best milkshakes in Greenville, SC.

Where to Grab A Scoop Of Ice Cream In Spartanburg, SC

Ice Cream and summer go hand in hand. Other frozen treats will come along, but this will always be the most popular with kids of all ages. A traditional scoop in a cone or a monster-size milkshake topped with other sweet treats – they can all be found in Spartanburg.

Averie’s Ice Cream Shoppe

9329 Asheville Highway, Inman | 864.754.4122
Averie’s serves Hershey’s brand ice cream in 30+ flavors. If you are looking for a place to grab one of those monster milkshakes that have become so popular on social media – this is the place!

Big Ben’s Desserts

297 Spartanburg Highway, Lyman | 864.485.2001
Big Ben’s Desserts is not just an awesome place to get ice cream, it’s the best place to get cake, and the only place to get cheesecake. I know you’re saying – “But there are other places to get cheesecake in Spartanburg!”
NO. This is THE PLACE. when you order a slice of cheesecake it comes with whatever toppings you want. So aside from it being incredible cheesecake – you can customize it with toppings, even ice cream. The ice cream here is delicious and when you pair it with the other amazing things at Big Ben’s Desserts, it’s no wonder why this is a favorite with locals.
Read more about Big Ben’s Desserts and why we love it

Andy’s Frozen Custard

1611 E Main Street, Spartanburg
Andy’s Frozen Custard has a little bit of everything, from frozen concretes and sundaes to root beer floats and shakes. Be sure to check out their seasonal flavors like blackberry or peach blended into a thick, creamy custard. They offer a kids-size cup or cone as well, so you minimize the little sticky finger messes of your kids while satisfying their sweet tooth.

Spill the Beans

174 E. Main Street, Spartanburg
Spill The Beans is the perfect place to go when the kids want a frozen treat and mom or dad just needs some caffeine. Ice Cream and Iced Coffee can both be obtained here and either enjoyed on the spot or you can walk across the street to Denny’s Corporate building and head to the playground.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

1644 John B. White Senior Blvd, Spartanburg
Bruster’s is absolutely adored by the Spartanburg community, so much so that it was voted Best of the Best Spartanburg 2021 for both Best Ice Cream and Best Dessert! Bruster’s has dozens of flavors to choose from, with new flavors added regularly. Their cute walk-up buildings allow your family to grab a cup or cone and have a seat to enjoy the summer sunshine.

Rossy’s Delicias

1301 New Cut Road, Spartanburg
If a place existed where I could get Tacos, elotes, shaved ice, and ice cream all at once – I would live there.
Ok. That’s a complete lie. I would DREAM about living there. It’s a lie because such a place exists. Rossy’s Delicias has killer tacos, street corn, raspados, Hershey’s Ice Cream, and more.

Hub City Scoops

158 East Main Street, Spartanburg
Hub City Scoops is a favorite with locals! They have an endless selection of flavors, plus vegan and gluten-free options!
Looking for a delicious banana split? This is where it’s waiting. Follow them on social media for fun events held at the shop.
Hub City Scoops was voted “Best of the Best Spartanburg” for its ice cream and desserts in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020!

Worker scooping ice cream at Hub City Scoops in Spartanburg, SC.
Hub City Scoops

Non-Dairy Treats In Spartanburg, SC

Pinguinos Hermanos Shaved Ice

We recently polled readers and asked them what local place had the best-shaved ice treat. Pinguinos won by a landslide, and once you try them, you’ll understand why. The shaved ice part is no different than most other places.

It’s the fresh fruit syrups and coconut cream that tops the ice that makes the difference. These Mexican treats are known as Raspados, and locals can’t seem to get enough.
Read more about The Shaved Ice That Will Ruin You for the Rest

Fresa Colada and 4 berry raspado from Pinguinos Hermanos.
Pinguinos Hermanos

Pelicans Snoballs 

Pelican Snoballs are gluten-free, dairy-free (excluding the snocream options), nut-free, and guaranteed NOT to stain kids’ clothing! Outdoor seating is the only option at any of the Pelican’s locations, so make sure to check the weather before you head out. Most of them have a play area for kids to enjoy.
PRO-TIP: Purchase a bottle of water and a cup of plain shaved ice. You will never look at plain water the same again.

Looking for the best milkshakes in Spartanburg, SC? We’ve got a round-up of where to try milkshakes in Hub City.

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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Rhiannon Wells
8 years ago

I’m surprised Kilwin’s is not on here! Their ice cream is awesome!

Diane Morris
6 years ago
Reply to  Rhiannon Wells

I agree! Kilwin’s is the best with plenty of outdoor seating at NOMA plaza!

8 years ago

I absolutely love the ice cream station! I’m definitely going to have to try out your other recommendations 😉

Jenna Bielecki
8 years ago

My husband and I moved here not too long ago and while driving around one day, we came across Afternoon Delight Ice Cream and found it to be one of the most “old fashioned” type of ice cream creations around. Serving things like strawberry shortcake, actual homemade cake and ice cream, brownie sundaes with homemade brownies….etc. yum yum!!!

Jenna Bielecki
8 years ago
Reply to  Jenna Bielecki

Forgot to mention the location… it’s right downtown Reidville 🙂

8 years ago

We always like the gelato at Papi’s Tacos too! It’s under (and owned by) The Lazy Goat and right next to the splash pad.

8 years ago

Why the heck is Cool Mama’s Ice Cream in Downtown Traveler’s Rest not on this list??!! Best ice cream on the Swamp Rabbit Trail!!!

8 years ago

Great choices, but in shocked the Cool Mamas Ice Cream in Travelers Rest didn’t make this list. You won’t find a cooler ice cream shop on the swamp rabbit trail. My littles and I go weekly after our trail walks and rides. Neat place for sure!

5 years ago
Reply to  Celeste

They have changed their name to Pink Mama’s!😀👍

Melanie Blank
6 years ago

Boy this must have been a burden to research! 🙂 lol
Thanks for the list, we’ll be checking these out!

6 years ago

The new Dillard’s opened up last weekend on Mauldin Road!

6 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

Yeah, we can’t wait to check it out!

6 years ago

Try the Chillwagon, hand crafted, certified organic ice cream. Recently featured in Edible Upcountry – Summer 2017. The Chillwagon is always at the TR Farmer’s Market 8am-12pm on Saturdays.

Joyce Berzle
5 years ago

LOVED Marble Slab Creamery on Main Street. I had the Butter Pecan Port of Call – very creamy butter pecan ice cream with caramel, chocolate chip and pecans mixed in. In a waffle bowl. So good!

5 years ago

If you are in Fountain Inn, make sure you stop in and check out the Ice Cream Fountain. It is delicious and an added bonus is their homeade doughnuts. You can even have a doughnut sundae if you can’t decide between the two.

5 years ago

Thank you for this list, since moving here from NY 2yrs ago we havent been to many ice cream places, and specially ones that have soft serve! In New York its rare for a place to NOT have soft serve, so thank you for your list. 🙂

4 years ago

Andy’s is our favorite ice cream place! It is actually frozen custard. So creamy and rich. You have got to try it if you haven’t yet. 1101 W. Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer

Latoya Patterson
4 years ago

The Creme shack is absolutely amazing. Everything is made fresh right in front of you. The best ice cream we’ve ever eaten. It on Main st about three doors down from Marble slab.

Marie Gay
4 years ago

Any of these have dairy free options?

4 years ago

If you are near Easley, you will want to visit Good Karma Ice Cream. They have delicious Hershey’s Ice Cream ( 40+ flavors) and yummy homemade chocolate and vanilla waffle cones. They have a fun atmosphere to dine, inside and outside.

Michelle Gardner
3 years ago

You have to add Houni’s behind Bruster’s on Woodruff Rd. It’s addictively good!!

3 years ago

My husband and I own Steam Coffee and Cream on Main Street in Fountain Inn. We serve Hersheys Ice Cream by the scoop (with toppings), in milkshakes, sundaes, root beer floats, and even affogatos for the more sophisticated among us. (Ice Cream topped with a couple shots of espresso)