Summers in Baltimore get pretty steamy, and the best way to cool off is with a scoop of ice cream. These gelato and ice cream shops serve up homespun twists on creamy classics that will make you want more. So, check out our picks for the best ice cream shops in Charm City.
Founded by Noah Dan, who grew up on Italian gelato and decided to recreate it stateside, Pitango Gelato first opened in Fells Point in 2007. Though it has since expanded throughout Maryland and Virginia, the flagship store is still a special experience. Their rich gelato and sorbet flavors are made on premises with simple ingredients, often sourced from Italy or organic farms and growers. And with a location by the water, who could ask for anything more?
The family-owned BMORE LICKS lies right on the edge of the picturesque Patterson Park, with a variety of fun, homemade hard ice cream, soft serve, specialty flavor cones, cookiewiches, milkshakes, ice cream tacos, and more. They even make Snowballs, a local summer treat made with shaved ice, flavored syrup, and marshmallow fluff. You may find a line when you get there, but don’t let that or the number of choices discourage you because whatever you get will be worth it. Also, it’s vegan-friendly.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream is a Philadelphia company at Remington’s popular R. House food hall and specializes in locally sourced Philadelphia-style and non-dairy ice creams. But it’s not for the unadventurous. Though they have some simpler flavors like Vanilla Cardamom Cream and Chocolate Salt Malt, they’re known for their more unique creations like Smoked Cinnamon, Earl Grey Sriracha, Buttered Popcorn, and Maryland Bar-B-Cue. It’s a little on the pricier side, but if you’re up for the challenge, give Little Baby’s a whirl—you may find you can’t get enough!