As summer heats up, we’re searching for ways to cool down. Thankfully, some of the best creameries, yogurt shops, and Italian ice makers in the country call Chapel Hill home. Here are five Chapel Hill ice cream shops that every resident should try at least once!

Text by Annika Bastian

Vanilla softserve yogurt cone.

Yogurt Pump

Yogurt Pump calls itself “the place to Chill on the Hill.” And it’s most definitely one of the hottest spots for a cool treat. They offer all kinds of signature-swirled frozen yogurt, with their flavors updated daily. Visitors can enjoy award-winning flavors like Cake Batter or Cookie Dough. Got a taste for something tart? Yogurt Pump, or YoPo, offers many fresh fruit flavors.

Farm visitor holding chocolate ice cream cone.

Maple View Farm

Maple View Farm is truly a locally owned and operated business. They offer all kinds of tasty antibiotic-free and hormone-free dairy products. The farm has weekly specials, flavors of the month, and even sorbet and dipped yogurt.

Ice cream scoops melting in coffee.

Market Street Coffee and Ice Cream

Coffee and ice cream come together in a truly beautiful union at Market Street Coffee and Ice Cream. Enjoy espresso poured over ice cream or a coffee float. Patrons can pick their flavors from locally sourced dairies and enjoy them with unlimited toppings or pretzel cones.

Food truck vendor gives boy ice cream.

Sweetwater New York Ice

Perhaps the most unique ice cream experience on this list, Sweetwater New York Ice does authentic New York Italian ice on delivery. Mix and match pints and half pints of delicious flavors like lemon, mango, watermelon and pineapple. You can even hire their charming hand-cart or vintage van to cater events like birthday parties or weddings. Party planners can use Sweetwater New York Ice to give their party a flair guests of all ages will love.

Double scoop ice cream cone.

La Vita Dolce

La Vita Dolce provides Chapel Hill residents with fresh and delicious gelato. They use imported ingredients from Italy, fine chocolate, and fresh fruits and spices. While their gelato comes in many classic flavors, they also feature more exotic ones. These flavors include Wildberry Lavender, Sweet Corn, Lemon Ginger, Lime and Basil, and Spicy Mango.