Eat and Drink

Ice Cream Shops in the Neighborhood!

Warmer temps and longer days, call for a trip to your local neighborhood ice cream shop!

Chill on Park

Founded in May 2015, the Zagat-rated Chill On Park has become a stalwart gathering place in the Fields Corner neighborhood, providing not only ice cream but internships, children’s story hours, birthday parties, and valuable employment opportunities and skills for Dorchester’s youth community. Chill On Park strives to ensure that all of the product sold in the shop is locally sourced. All 32 flavors of ice cream are made by Puritan Ice Cream in Roslindale, the coffee is roasted by Karma in Sudbury, and baked goods are provided by Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury. Waffle cones are made in house at Chill On Park, and on Tuesday enjoy an ice cream taco made from these cones!   Chill on Park is open Mon – Thurs: 12pm-8pm  and Fri-Sun: 12pm-9pm

Ice Creamsmith

For over 40 years, The Ice Creamsmith in Lower Mills has been churning out delicious made from scratch ice cream!  Making their ice cream in small batches on-site – (it goes from production to scoop in as little as 24 hours), the Ice Creamsmith has been delighting generations with their sweet treats! Order up a scoop with candy, cookies, and other treats hand-mixed in!  We recommend the sweet cream with Oreos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! The Ice Creamsmith also makes ice cream cakes, ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches and even ice cream pizzas! They are open Tuesday – Sunday 3pm-8pm.

Sugar Bowl

Brigham’s is known as Boston’s favorite ice cream for over 90 years, this Dorchester ice cream parlor serves it just the way you like it!  Whether it’s in a cup or a cone, any one of the Sugar Bowl’s multiple flavors of ice cream and smoothies to boot will surely brighten your summer day, or night.  If you’re looking for something with an extra kick, try one of the Sugar Bowl’s famous sundaes, banana splits, chocolate chip brownie sundaes, or an original frappe (extra thick please!)  This eclectic, homey and cozy parlor, with a very friendly staff, has comfy vintage chairs for you to enjoy your ice cream treats in and has been a neighborhood favorite for the past few years.  The smorgasbord of customers creates a strong sense of community and the Brigham’s old fashioned hot butterscotch topping will keep you coming back for more. Open Wednesday – Sunday 9am-1pm.

J.P. Licks

J.P. Licks at South Bay Mall is the 14th location for the local ice cream chain. Featuring homemade ice cream in flavors like Salted Caramel, Mocha Chip, and Vanilla, you can get it in a cone, cup, served up in a sundae, split or sandwich style. J.P. Licks also serves frozen yogurt, sorbet, frappes, smoothies and more! They also do hand-packed cakes and pies. J.P. Licks is open 10am-9pm 7 Days a week.

Sweet Sip

Sweet Sip is locate at 285 Adams St., near the Fields Corner MBTA stop, and it serves up ice cream, bubble tea, and more. Thai ice cream rolls are also a wildly popular treat from Sweet Sips and can be served in many flavors with many toppings. Fruit tea, milk tea, and smoothies are also on the menu. Sweet Sip makes its own ice cream!  Hours: Monday – Friday 12pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am-9pm.

Sullivan’s Castle Island

It’s known for its hot dogs and clam strips, but Sully’s has a vast selection of ice cream and dessert treats! Serving up Hood Ice Cream in flavors like vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Maple Walnut, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Orange Sherbert, you can order it in a sugar or wafer cone or cup! Sully’s also offers low fat soft serve in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or our favorite a twist! You can also get your ice cream in a hot fudge sundae!

Landmark Public House Pop Up Ice Cream

Landmark Public House in Adams Village featured an ice cream bar in the summer of 2020 complete with scoops of your favorite flavor, sundaes, frappes, and Richie’s Italian slush.  Currently closed but hoping it will reopen soon!

Top Shelf Cookies

Coming soon to Adams Village! In addition to a dozen flavors of cookies, Top Shelf Cookies will feature a flavored milk bar, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and cookie frappes!

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below!


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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.