Spartanburg’s Summer Sweet Treat Bucket List

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Wondering where to find the best ice cream in Spartanburg? Local mom Juliet shares the best spots for a cold treat on a hot summer day. Trust us, you will want to eat your way through this entire list!

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Ice Cream and Cold Treats in Spartanburg

With its long days and lazy afternoons, summer is the perfect time for the family to cool off with a special frozen treat. Spartanburg has many tasty options when it comes to satisfying your kid’s sweet tooth. Here’s a tasty bucket list of spots to check out this summer.

Downtown Spartanburg

Hub City Scoops, located at 158 East Main Street, is styled like an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with all the familiar favorites, but it also incorporates fanciful must-try frozen innovations like ‘ice cream flights’ and ‘loaded nachos’ of ice cream. This is a favorite gathering spot for families with small children and teens alike.

The Exhausted Parent flavor speaks to my soul!

Brandi H

Bonus: The myriad of downtown restaurants makes it convenient to grab a family-friendly supper before sampling the sweet options.

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Spill the Beans, located at 174 E. Main Street, serves coffee and ice cream.

Rocky Moo serves hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches. It has relocated to downtown Spartanburg at 1200 E. Main Street, Unit 19.

Hub City Farmacy has ice cream made from grass fed milk in addition to organic meals and grab and go specials.

Hub City Farmacy has all artificial free, color free, and uses 100% local grass fed dairy for ice cream and milk. The signature shakes are big enough to share!!!! There is even a dairy free/gluten free signature shake with a Twinkie on top


You’ll find Hub City Farmacy at 3087 East Main St Ext. Spartanburg.

Outside of Downtown

Both the east and west sides of Spartanburg provide ice cream and loaded frozen yogurt options that are sure to satisfy your family’s sweet tooth.

Brusters Real Ice Cream, is a Spartanburg ice cream staple. An ice cream chain that makes customer service a priority, Brusters has a rotating list of flavors, and they will text you when they’ve just churned out one of your favorites! Other fun promotions like Banana Thursdays (bring your own banana and receive ½ off a banana split) and free kids cones for little ones under 40 inches, makes for family fun that is also easy on the family budget. Stop by for a scoop when it’s raining and ask for an extra scoop for free!
They are located at 1644 John B. White Boulevard, 100 Peachshed Road, and 2099 Boiling Springs Road.

Need a frozen yogurt fix?  Check out Twisty’s Yogurt and Smoothies in the Hillcrest Shopping Center (1855 E Main Street). Kids love choosing from a variety of toppings to personalize their desserts to their heart’s content. What’s more of a treat than candy AND frozen yogurt? Both stores have spacious indoor/outdoor seating options. So depending on the weather, you can either beat the heat or enjoy a balmy evening.

Big Ben’s Desserts serves delicious ice cream in addition to a plethora of sweet treat dessert options.

Great ice cream and it smells sooooo good just walking in the door!

Kelly W

See what Melanie and her family thought about Big Ben’s Desserts. You can find Big Ben’s at 297 Spartanburg Hwy, Lyman.

Shops offering something other than ice cream

Tired of ice cream? It’s hard to imagine, but it happens. Or maybe you have family members with food allergies? Pelicans Snoballs serves up a killer frozen treat combining the goodness of a traditional snoball with the fluffiness of shaved ice. 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, so make sure to check the weather before you head out and be aware it is located on a busy section of the street. You might want to bring along an extra adult if you are corralling multiple small children. Otherwise, the biggest dilemma is which of their tasty 100 flavors to try!

630 W. Main Street, Spartanburg
2640 Stone Station Road, Roebuck
2121 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs
7327 Reidville Road, Woodruff
2601 E. Main Street, Suite 22, Spartanburg

Plus, Kidding Around Contributor, Melanie, raves about Penguinos Hermanos Shaved Ice. Read all about this summer treat in her review, The Shaved Ice That Will Ruin You for the Rest.

Is your favorite spot for a frozen treat on our list? If not, share it in the comments! 

About the Author
Juliet Autenzio Wright has lived in the Upstate for over 20 years. She is a proud alumna of Converse College and a former high school teacher. Now a stay-at-home mom to three little girls, ages five, two, and six months, Juliet loves exploring Spartanburg through the eyes of her children. Her favorite family-friendly activities include local parks and nature walks, library story times, and the many local festivals Spartanburg has to offer. In her spare time, she privately tutors, ghost writes, and reads as many books as possible. Juliet’s family and friends make her world go round!

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