The 5 Best Places for Gelato in South Carolina!

South Carolina is well known for its diverse cuisine scene, and the variety of gelato bars dotting the state simply sweetens the deal. While some may claim that gelato is just an Italian version of ice cream, true gelato fans know that the treat’s taste, texture, variety, and pure wonderment is like nothing else you’ve ever tasted. Go grab some for yourself at one of these best places for gelato in South Carolina, and discover what your sweet tooth has been missing. 

1. Belgian Gelato, Charleston, SC

Making the perfect chocolate gelato means going straight to the source for the perfect chocolate, and it doesn’t get any better than Belgian chocolate. Starting with high quality chocolate, this cafe handcrafts each batch daily, paying extra attention to freshness and natural flavors. Here you can enjoy a standalone gelato treat, or order some as an afterthought to a rich meal of Belgian waffles, hot dogs, sandwiches, crepes, and other delicious eats.

2. Pino Gelato, Hilton Head Island, SC

Headquartered in Hilton Head Island, this cozy little gelato cafe is serving up its tasty treats in several locations throughout the country (though only one in South Carolina). They’ve created some extraordinary gelato and sorbetto concoctions, and you can sample any of their colorful array for free. 

3. Paolo’s Gelato Italiano, Charleston, SC

Paolo is an Italian native who traveled the world on a mission to create the best gelato humankind has ever experienced. This isn’t your ordinary gelato (if there were anything ordinary about gelato to begin with). This gelato has undergone extensive research and experimentation by Paolo himself to create nothing short of a phenomenal final product. You’ll taste the difference.

4. Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe, Greenville, SC

Whether you’re craving a good meal or just something sweet to eat, Luna Rosa Gelato cafe has you covered. This quaint downtown cafe is serving up unique flavors like black chocolate sorbetto, Jamaican lime sorbetto, Zabajone custard, Milky Way chocolate, and a variety of other options, some of which are dairy-free. You can also grab a quick bite from their food menu, filled with soups, salads, paninis, pastas, and more.

5. Freddo Helado, Charleston, SC

Freddo opened its first shop in 1969 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since then, they have expanded to 150 stores worldwide. Charleston’s Freddo is serving up premium artisanal Argentine gelato. Freddo’s website provides a graphic explaining how this Argentine gelato is made—known as “helado.” Flavors range from banana split, to mint chocolate ship, to the classic dulce de leche. 

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