The Parlour

the parlourI keep promising you all a post about the brick & mortar The Parlour ice cream shop in Durham and, well, even though a lot of you have probably already visited (and if you follow us on Instagram know I was there awhile ago) I am still going to share.  Because what better way to celebrate Memorial Day then remembering all who served and partaking in some of the Americana they stood up for?  Yes.  Ice Cream.

The Parlour is an old fashioned ice cream parlour.  You might have first been introduced to them via their truck (which still operates and you can find the locations on Twitter).  They took their high quality, tasty, and creative ice cream to a true shop.  It is located right off the plaza where the bull is…the anatomically correct bull that I have to find ways to explain to my son every single time we pass it.  Thanks, Durham.


the parlour2The interior of the store isn’t entirely kid-friendly in my opinion.  It echoes like crazy in there, no high chairs or changing tables, and there are folks who bring laptops to camp out so I felt like we were the bull (ha!) in the china shop.  But it is so worth it.  Because the ice cream is that delicious.  They have standard flavors (hollah! salted buttered caramel) but they also have specialty flavors that they rotate in based on the season (I tried the green tea something that was really good).  They do have vegan options.

The prices are high but this is locally crafted ice cream after all (they even use The Cookery) using as much seasonal and fresh fare as possible, so you are paying for art.  It’s $3.50 for a single scoop.the parlour3

They have smaller sizes for kids and a limited number of toppings.  They also offer delectable treats such as floats, pastries, limited espresso drinks, and more.

I am so happy The Parlour is now part of my life.  We came here after our stop to Trinity Park.  But if you can’t make it downtown, remember that Market Street Coffee & Ice Cream shops around the area sell select flavors daily.

The Parlour
117 Market St.
Durham, NC 27701

Closed on Mondays

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2 comments for “The Parlour

  1. Sarah
    May 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    We met up with friends there and to keep it real, I felt it was overpriced and uncomfortable to go with kids. What ice cream shop doesn’t have high chairs?!? I don’t think they are catering to families. Like you said, it echoes like crazy and we got states when our kids got loud (which is easy to do in there). I won’t be returning. I like their truck much better.

    • Allison
      May 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      TOTALLY get that response completely. We loved the actual product, the ice cream, but you are right: that can be had from the truck, too. Thanks so much for the comment!

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