Summer in the South is a beautiful thing, but sometimes you need a relief from the heat. In addition to all the places you can take a dip into some cool water, the South's Tastiest Town offers a variety of acclaimed and beloved cold treats. Now's the perfect time to get a taste.
A Duke student favorite, Francesca's is a popular café on 9th St. that serves coffee, pastries, and a variety of gelato and sorbetto. You can grab the gelato and sorbetto in a cone, cup, or milkshake to enjoy as you explore the Ninth Street District, or you can relax in Francesca's cozy space with a sundae.
There's nothing crazy about snagging a colorful popsicle from Locopops. This local favorite crafts unique flavors into frozen treats. You can indulge in Mexican chocolate, lime lemongrass, fluffernutter, cardamom latte, and more. Flavors rotate monthly, so there's always something new to try. Don't forget to bring your four-legged friend, either: Locopops also offers treats for dogs!
Homemade small-batch ice cream from The Parlour features locally sourced ingredients and unique flavors. There are delicate options like salted butter caramel, fanciful options like coconut curry stracciatella, and many seasonal options like blueberry buttermilk. Flavors rotate often, and you can also find baked goods, coffee, fixings for sundaes, and other treats.
Because it's known mostly for the delectable baked goods, rare cuts of meat, and lunch specials that led to it being named as a nominee for one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country, Rose's may seem an odd choice for a list of frozen treats. But locals know that Rose's sells homemade ice cream and ice creams sandwiches that hit the spot on a hot day.
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