4 of the Cleveland Area’s Best Ice Cream Spots – Vegan, Too!

CLEVELAND, OH – We’ve been looking everywhere for the best ice cream Cleveland (and surrounding areas) has to offer. Now we can all scream for ice cream at these fantastic places that offer more than the basic vanilla and chocolate. Unique flavor combinations, non-dairy desserts included for the vegans among us, and a variety of ways to consume ice cream all top our recommendations for the best ice cream parlors.

Although it does not have a downtown Cleveland location, honey hut is too popular to let that slow it down compared to other stores. According to the website, “Started in Cleveland in 1974, Honey Hut has remained family-owned and operated for over 40 years.” That kind of longevity, combined with their popularity, deservedly earns them a place among Cleveland’s top ice cream parlors.

The honey-sweetened ice cream (which explains the name!) is a suburban favorite with five locations spread across the Brecksville, Brunswick, Old Brooklyn, Parma and Solon area. Find their everyday flavors here — including cult-favorite orange blossom — and seasonal flavors here.

Ice cream + cookies = Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches. When they say gourmet, they mean it. These ice cream sandwiches are certainly nothing like the ones you keep in the freezer, unwrapping their soggy paper before eating them. First, they are huge – like the size of a regular sandwich, practically. Second, you can design the whole thing, starting with choosing a cookie flavor, then ice cream and toppings.

If ice cream sandwiches aren’t your favorite, don’t worry. This place also offers single and double scoops, solo cookies, pints of cookie dough and ice cream, and milkshakes. The menu says vegan ice cream sandwiches vary by location. Cleveland’s only location – the original – is in the Cleveland Arcade. The company has expanded to Atlanta and also ships cookie dough nationwide, which isn’t an ice cream fact, but it’s important to know.

Honorable Mention: Born in Youngstown Handel’s homemade ice creamwhich now has locations in nearly a dozen states, including Broadview Heights, Northfield and Twinsburg.


Now that we’ve shared our picks, please support local ice cream parlors in Cleveland. Many favorites – Tremont Scoops, Sweet Moses, Ice Cream Joy and more – have closed recently.

Have you tried all of our favorite places? If we missed it, what’s your favorite ice cream shop in the area? Let us and the community know in the comments below!


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