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Best Ice Cream in Roanoke Va [2024 Update]

Written by Brian Bailey

May 25, 2021

Another Roanoke summertime is just around the corner and that can mean different things to different people. This area is known for it's concerts, hiking & outdoor activities but when the summer comes around nothing adds to those events like a cool treat.

Below is a list of the best cold treats in the Roanoke and Salem area that are sure to satisfy any craving.

Editor's Note: This list is in alphabetical order and is not a ranking. We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always call the establishment beforehand as offerings can change without notice.

1. Bayou Snowballs

 Home-made Syrup       Sugar-Free Options      

Bayou Snowballs - Yoanoke Best Icecream

Bayou Snowballs has been a Roanoke Downtown staple for 10 years. Serving Ice Cream, Milkshakes & of course Snowballs, you'll be sure to find a cool treat you're looking for. 

2. Blue Cow Ice Cream Co.

 Artisan       Vegan Options       Small Batch      

Blue Cow

Blue Cow is located on Piedmont Street, directly off the Roanoke Greenway and always worth a stop. With a unique selection of flavors all made locally, you can enjoy a freshly made waffle cone, a shake, or even an ice cream flight.

3. Bratcher's Ice Cream Parlor

 Old Fashioned       Key Lime Flavor          

Bratchers 1

Located on Orange Ave in the Bonsack area, Bratcher's is an old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. They're centrally located to many summertime activities on the east side of Roanoke like a Read Mountain Hike or a trip out to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

4. Champloo Desserts

 Ice Cream       Boba Tea       Shakes        Smoothies 

Champloo - Best Ice Cream Yoanoke

With a location in Salem and a location in Tanglewood Mall, Champloo Desserts serves hand crafted ice cream, boba tea, shakes, smoothies and more.

5. The Dilly Dally

 Sundaes       Milkshakes       Espresso        Gift Shop 

The Dilly Dally - Best Ice Cream in Roanoke - Yoanoke

The Dilly Dally is perfect for shopping, eating & gathering. Located on Eddy Street in Salem, The Dilly Dally is a fun place for ice cream, cupcakes, comfort foods & gifts.

6. Kippy's Kustard

 Custard       Cones       Shakes 


Located on Electric Road, Kippy's Kustard is serving Roanoke shakes, cones, floats and sundaes this Summer. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay updated on their toppings and specials.

7. Rookie's Downtown Roanoke

 Handcrafted       Ice Cream Sandwiches       From Scratch      

Rookies - Roanoke Best Ice Cream Shops - Yoanoke

Originally from Lynchburg, Rookie's is Downtown Roanoke's latest addition on South Jefferson Street. Offering handcrafted Ice Cream Sandwiches, Cookies and Milk with flavors rotating monthly and for the seasons.

Map to all 7 Ice Cream Shops in Roanoke, Va

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