If you’re looking for a refreshing and tasty treat to beat the heat during your visit to South Lake Tahoe, look no further than ice cream! There’s nothing quite like a scoop of your favorite flavor to cool you down on a hot day at the lake. Luckily, South Lake Tahoe has plenty of options when it comes to ice cream. From classic scoop shops to trendy artisanal parlors, there’s something for everyone.
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Aloha Ice Cream & Dessert Spa
If you’re looking for a charming little family-run cream parlor experience, Aloha Ice Cream is the place to go. They offer rolled ice cream, root beer floats, sundaes, and banana splits. Their portions are generous, and the staff is mostly friendly.
Aloha also offers ice cream cakes that can be ordered via the owner. They also offer non-dairy options!
Address: 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
The Baked Bear
The Baked Bear is a dessert shop located in Heavenly Village that is known for its customizable ice cream sandwiches made with freshly baked cookies. The shop first opened in 2013 in San Diego and has since expanded to several locations across the United States, including the South Lake Tahoe location.
At The Baked Bear, customers can choose from a variety of baked cookies, including chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and red velvet, and then select their choice of ice cream flavor to be sandwiched between two cookies.
The ice cream flavors range from classic vanilla and chocolate to more unique flavors like cotton candy and coffee. Read about our experience at The Baked Bear here!
Address: 4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd Ste 5 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Camp Richardson Resort Ice Cream
Camp Richardson Resort is a popular vacation spot located in South Lake Tahoe, California. One of the most beloved attractions at Camp Richardson Resort is their old-fashioned ice cream parlor, which has been a fixture at the resort for over 50 years.
This hidden gem is located just off the main drag in South Lake Tahoe, but it's well worth seeking out.
They offer a limited selection of classic ice cream flavors and it's important to know they are open seasonally usually May-September.
Address: 1900 Jameson Beach Rd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Art of Gelato
The Art of Gelato offers a wide variety of gelato flavors, including classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, as well as more unique flavors like chocolate chip, banana dulce de leche, and tiramisu.
What sets Art of Gelato apart from other gelato shops is their commitment to using high-quality ingredients and making their gelato from scratch.
They use fresh milk and cream, seasonal fruits, and imported Italian ingredients to create their delicious flavors.
Address: 900 Ski Run Blvd Ste 122 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Tahoe Pops is a gourmet popsicle company that is near the Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe. They offer a variety of unique and delicious popsicle flavors, such as toasted coconut, java chip, watermelon mojito, and strawberry lemonade.
Tahoe Pops also serves shave ice with a limited amount of syrup flavors!
Address: 900 Ski Run Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Cool Beans Creamery & Deli
Cool Beans has finally reopened after Covid and a kitchen fire made them close down. Serving up deli eats plus ice cream, Cool Beans is that perfect little local spot that you are going to love supporting!
Cool Beans Creamery & Deli is located directly below The Divided Sky on Highway 50 in the center of Meyers, Calif. The shop is currently open Wednesday – Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cool Beans has about 10 flavors to choose from.
Address: 3200 US-50 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery South Lake Tahoe stands out for its ultra-rich and decadent ice cream creations. Part of the fun is customizing your own ice cream masterpiece at the store. You start with a base of premium ice cream or yogurt, then mix in your choice of candies, cookies, fruits, and other tasty ingredients on a frozen granite stone.
The quick mixing and mashing action helps blend the add-ins and gives the ice cream an ultra-smooth, just-churned texture.
Because this shop is at the Heavenly Villages, the prices are higher. Try the Cheesecake Fantasy which was a mixture of strawberry blueberry graham crackers and vanilla ice cream!
Address: 1001 Heavenly Village Way Ste 24 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
There are plenty of great places to get ice cream in South Lake Tahoe, whether you're looking for classic flavors or something a little more unique. So why not treat yourself to a scoop (or two) the next time you're in town?