Must-Try Ice Cream Shops on Martha's Vineyard

Jen Hawkins O'Hanlon, REALTOR®


Welcome to a sweet journey across Martha's Vineyard, where every scoop of ice cream tells a story of local tradition, inventive flavors, and pure delight. From the homemade classics at Mad Martha's to the rich, gourmet treats at Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium, this blog will guide you through the island's most beloved ice cream shops. Each parlor, with its unique charm and delectable offerings, promises to enhance your experience of Martha's Vineyard. Whether you're a visitor looking to indulge in local flavors or a resident craving a familiar taste, our guide is your passport to the best ice cream delights the island has to offer. Get ready to discover your new favorite spots for a perfect scoop!

1. Mad Martha's Homemade Ice Cream 

Experience the vibrant flavors of Mad Martha's Homemade Ice Cream, where locally sourced ingredients create delightful treats like Apple Fritter, Chilmark Coffee, and Vineyard Vanilla. This Island institution was started in 1971 and has expanded over the years from its shop in Edgartown. Now, with locations in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven, it's a sweet taste of island tradition for all to enjoy.

2. Bernie's Home Made Ice Cream 

At Bernie's Home Made Ice Cream in Vineyard Haven, every scoop is crafted with the finest, freshest ingredients, ensuring a taste that's truly exceptional. Their commitment to quality shines through in both their ice cream and fudge, creating flavors that stand out with every bite. Experience the difference that homemade makes at Bernie's, where deliciousness is guaranteed.

3. Ice Cream and Candy Bazaar 

Proudly serving Edgartown and its beloved guests for 49 years, Ice Cream & Candy Bazaar at Waterfront, 11 Dock St, is a must-visit destination. With a delightful selection of ice cream and candies, there's something for everyone, no matter your age. Stop by and enjoy a sweet treat by the water, making your visit to Edgartown even more memorable.

4. Vineyard's Best Ice Cream and Coffee 

Vineyard's Best Ice Cream and Coffee in Oak Bluffs, MA, offers a perfect blend of creamy, homemade ice cream and rich, aromatic coffee. Whether you're in the mood for a refreshing scoop or a warm, invigorating cup of coffee, this charming spot caters to all your cravings. Enjoy a delicious treat in a welcoming atmosphere, making it an ideal stop for locals and visitors alike.

5. Big Dipper Ice Cream & Cafe 

Big Dipper Ice Cream & Cafe on Martha's Vineyard is a delightful haven for both food and ice cream enthusiasts. Offering a wide array of treats, this charming spot serves up fresh coffee, delicious donuts, savory paninis, and perfectly toasted bagels alongside classic hotdogs. The highlight, of course, is their homemade ice cream, crafted with care and bursting with flavor. Whether you're in the mood for a hearty snack or a sweet dessert, Big Dipper Ice Cream & Cafe has something to satisfy every craving, making it a must-visit destination on the island.

6. Carousel Ice Cream Factory 

Located in the picturesque town of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Carousel Ice Cream Factory is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. This charming ice cream shop offers a whimsical experience reminiscent of childhood, complete with a vibrant array of ice cream flavors to delight every palate. Whether you're craving a classic cone, a sundae, or something more adventurous, Carousel Ice Cream Factory promises a deliciously memorable treat. It's the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a scoop (or two) while soaking in the lively atmosphere of Oak Bluffs. 🍦✨

7. The Ice Box 

Situated in the bustling Tisbury Market Place on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, The Ice Box Ice Cream Parlor is a delightful gem nestled between the Net Result and the Tisbury Toy Box. This beloved spot offers an array of delicious treats, including ice cream in cones, cups, frappes, sundaes, and cookie sandwiches. Indulge in their homemade cookies and brownies, perfect for creating mouth-watering sundaes and ice cream sandwiches, or savor their scratch-made waffle cones. Don't miss out on their daily-made hot fudge and whipped cream, adding the perfect finishing touch to your sweet treat.

8. Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium of Martha's Vineyard

Located in the lively heart of Oak Bluffs, Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium has been proudly voted the best ice cream shop by Best of the Vineyard 2023 Martha's Vineyard Magazine. This beloved shop offers a tantalizing selection of ice cream cakes, candies, chocolates, gummies, and more, ensuring a sweet treat for every palate. Whether you're craving a rich dessert, a delightful snack, or a perfect gift, Ben and Bill's provides an unforgettable experience in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. 

9. Edgartown Dairy Queen

Making a triumphant return, Edgartown Dairy Queen has reopened its doors on June 3rd at 242 Main St in Edgartown, MA. It's quickly becoming the town's favorite spot once again, offering not just their famous ice cream but also burgers and other fast food treats. Perfect for both locals and visitors, the Dairy Queen provides a charming and friendly setting to enjoy a variety of DQ favorites.

As your island adventure winds down, remember that each scoop from these splendid ice cream shops is not just a treat but a part of Martha's Vineyard's charm. Whether it's the fruity freshness of Mad Martha's or the decadent delights at Ben & Bill's, these parlors add a sweet note to your maritime memories. So, embrace your inner ice cream aficionado and let these flavors lead your island exploration!


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