Pittsburgh might not be in a summer heat wave *just* yet, but it’s coming. And we all know the best way to survive any weather situation is to be prepared. Which is why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ice cream shops all around the city so you can beat the heat…no matter where you are.

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Mercurio’s is top of our list because we were just talking about it. Technically, yes, they make gelato – but we don’t mind pretending we’re in Italy if you don’t. And, bonus, you can get dinner while you’re there and avoid turning on your oven. Win win!

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Dave and Andy’s

Anyone who went to Pitt knows Dave and Andy’s ice cream, and they likely know it very well. Not that we’re speaking from experience, of course. We also definitely don’t know about the surprise at the bottom of their waffle cones to prevent leaking.

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Ask anyone in Pittsburgh where to get ice cream, and they’re probably going to point you towards Millie’s. And for good reason – they have some bomb ice cream. Even better, they always have dairy-free options, too.

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Summer of Soft Serve

Yes, okay, Summer of Soft Serve is technically still Millie’s, but it’s also totally different. It’s a pop-up shop in Bakery Square serving, you guessed it, soft serve. So now you can get your fix from the Millie’s folks no matter which type of ice cream you’re craving.

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Sugar Spell Scoops

Back to the dairy-free options for a second. If you haven’t been to Sugar Spell Scoops yet, you’re missing out. We love all kinds of ice cream (dairy included), and we couldn’t get enough of their peanut butter brownie flavor. They’re only open on the weekends and rotate four flavors, so check their Instagram to plan accordingly.

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Frio Creamery

If you’ve ever dreamt of eating Penn State Creamery ice cream without driving the whole way to State College, Frio is where you want to be. Seriously. Is there anything else to say?

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Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Speaking of Penn State Creamery ice cream, Klavon’s is serving up ice cream made in the same style. Walking into the shop is like walking into a time capsule of the original pharmacy and ice cream shop from 1923. Not only do they have amazing ice cream, they have a pretty cool history as a Pittsburgh tradition.

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Did you know Leona’s ice cream is lactose-free? You can find pints and their famous ice cream sandwiches approximately one million places in and around the city. So there’s really no excuse to not have one, like, at least once a week…right?

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Lauren Roberts

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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