Sometimes, regular ice cream just won’t do. There comes a time where the only way to satisfy your craving is with ice cream’s slow-churned, denser, Italian relative: gelato! This flavorful and smooth sweet treat really hits the spot after a meal, and in South Dakota you’ll find some unique, authentic and delicious spots serving it up. Here are the best gelato places in the state.
Boki Gelato is the only authentic gelato shop in the state. Using only the finest, natural, and wholesome ingredients, they serve up delicious Italian gelato. Other than a variety of gelato flavors, they also serve shaved ice and gourmet waffles. You will savor every mouthwatering bite!
This multifaceted shop serves gelato, coffee, fudge, wine, and more! The outdoor patio with a fire pit offers a great spot to eat gelato and unwind after a long day of hiking at nearby Mount Rushmore or the surrounding Black Hills forest. The homemade gelato is smooth, creamy, and available in a wide variety of flavors. There is a playground outside and games set up, so children will love this perfect little shop.
Located in the heart of Rapid City, Mostly Chocolates serves up mostly chocolate but also some delicious gelato! There is a large variety of flavors, and every week there are new flavors. You can blend your favorite toppings and flavors for only 49 cents an ounce. Toppings include caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, graham crackers, chocolate cookies, lemon cookies, toffee pieces, peanut butter cups, cookie dough, Oreo cookies, gummy bears, M&M’s, peanuts, cherries, strawberries, and more. This gelato is authentic, reasonably priced, and has a flavor for everyone.
The All Day Cafe serves up brunch in a sunny, relaxed environment. Try their variation of gelato—gelato smoothies! The most popular is the Caribbean Hammer, a smoothie with orange and pineapple juice, strawberries, and blood orange gelato. Pair your gelato smoothies with some of their all-day breakfast specialties, like the breakfast burrito, fried egg sandwich, chicken fried steak & eggs, or cheddar omelet.
Sliders bar is located inside WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, and it even has a waterslide running right through it. They offer a variety of flavors, but mango is a favorite. The food is American cuisine, and there is a large selection of alcoholic drink options. Slide into this Rapid City restaurant for gourmet gelato!