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Ice cream is everyone’s favorite summertime treat, and Asheville offers a variety of places that serve up cones, floats, sundaes and shakes. Even if you want something a little different, like dairy-free ice cream or Guinness Stout-flavored ice cream, you’ll find it here.
Downtown, check out the old fashioned soda fountain at Woolworth Walk. You can get all the soda shop classics like chocolate Cokes, root beer floats and yummy banana splits.
If you’re looking for non-dairy treats, The Hop on Merrimon Ave and Haywood Rd in West Asheville has incredible flavors like marscapone black pepper and salted caramel ice cream made with soy, rice, or almond milk in addition to their large selection of hand made regular ice creams. They offer hot fudge cakes, sundaes, shakes, cups and cones. In fact, The Hop was cited by GoVeg.com as a great place to sample non-dairy ice cream when naming Asheville the Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City.
Ultimate Ice Cream Company on Charlotte Street sells non-dairy soy cream, gelato and sugar-free varieties. In addition, the shop offers a large variety of homemade ice creams, including some unusual flavors like locals-favorite Highland Brewing Company Black Mocha Stout ice cream. It's made with the locally-brewed beer, which is simmered to a syrup and mixed into the ice cream. They also offer cones, sundaes and other frozen delights.
Of course let's not forget about Froyo! Frozen yogurt that is. You can try this ice cream alternative at places like Yolo on Merrimon Avenue or Tutti Frutti in downtown Asheville.
In nearby Weaverville, stop in at Blue Mountain Pizza has some of the best milkshakes and floats you’ll find, along with family-friendly entertainment six nights a week. And Weaverville Drug Company on Main Street will remind you of an old fashioned drug store soda fountain.
Also see our Where to Eat listings for Ice Cream, Desserts and Chocolate.