Downtown Spartanburg’s Sweet Treats

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Downtown Spartanburg’s Sweet Treats

Whether you’re looking for a sugary snack or a perfect dessert to cap off the evening, you’ll find some seriously sweet treats in Downtown Spartanburg. From a selection of ice cream flavors to doughnuts that are surprisingly good for you (yes, you read that right), we’ve got you covered.


Hub City Scoops offers a wide variety of flavors in cups, bows and cones, including chocolate-dipped cones. So, we understand if you can’t make up your mind. Luckily, they’ve prepared for that.

A brewery staple – the flight, letting customers try small samplings of multiple flavors – has gotten sweet remix of sorts with Hub City Scoops’ ice cream flights. That’s right, you can try up to four flavors at a time.

There’s the espresso Oreo, blueberry cheesecake, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang (featuring Kit-Kat candy bars), cherry chocolate bomb, Matcha green tea and many, many more.

And along with ice cream flavors, Hub City Scoops recently expanded its menu with ice cream cake and sweet drink varieties available.


If you’re for something that combines sweet flavors and a DIY spirit, Rocky Moo has got you covered.

Rocky Moo’s treats are almost entirely customizable. You can pick the top and bottom of your sandwich, and the flavor of ice cream you want in the middle. So, there’s nothing stopping you from sandwiching chocolate ice cream between a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie. (Just a thought.)

There’s even the option of a sandwich with Belgian waffles, warmed to order so you’ve got that perfect contrast of warm and cold. (A warm cookie and cold ice cream is a hard combo to beat.)

If this sounds like a lot, we understand. Luckily, Rocky Moo has their menu online so you can scout your sweets before ordering.


Smallcakes Spartanburg boasts 18 cupcake flavors, baked fresh every morning. There are classics like vanilla and chocolate, but also more adventurous options like lemon drop and wedding cake. Smallcakes goes beyond cupcakes, too, with ice cream flavors like the Blue Munster Cookie, a blue vanilla ice cream with cookie crumbles, and the 24 Karrot, a cream cheese ice cream infused with carrot cake cupcakes.

Seasonal cupcakes make appearances on Smallcakes’ menu throughout the year. There’s the maple bacon, Tiramisu, and of course, pumpkin spice.

And if you’re feeling especially adventurous, Smallcakes combines its two primary offerings to feature cupcake-infused ice cream. Known as SMASHes, these rich, sweet treats are served in a can-shaped glass.


Inside the Aug W. Smith Building, Spill the Beans offers its caffeinated twists on sweet treats. The espresso milkshake is an optimal way to get some energy from your dessert, but Spill the Beans’ menu is full of ice creams and frappes – sweet coffee drinks that are hard to beat, especially on Spartanburg’s warm summer mornings.

Get creative, and mix your ice cream, toppings and a variety of syrup flavorings to create a custom milkshake or frappe.

At Little River Coffee Bar and The Pharmacy inside the Montgomery Building, you can find locally-roasted coffee included with signature drinks like mochas, blended espresso, and much more, along with a rotating list of beverages evoking the taste of each individual season.

Little River’s fall drinks include the Everything Nice, cold brew coffee expertly mixed with brown sugar and clove syrup, and the SPSL (sweet potato spice souffle), a cozy latte with sweet potato sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, all topped with a hand-torched marshmallow.

Past seasonal drinks include the Jack & Jenny Espresso Mule, a mocktail with ginger beer and espresso, and the Summer Storm cold brew topped with Earl Gray tea cold foam.


Let’s say you want something a little closer to healthy when it comes to your sweet treat. Well, Downtown Deli & Donuts may have just what you’re looking for.

Best of all, Downtown Deli & Donuts offers donut options for everyone. Their menu includes small-batch donuts and cinnamon rolls with gluten free, vegan and keto options, making them the closest thing to a healthy donuts and cinnamon rolls that we’ve ever heard of. They’re made fresh every morning from scratch, so once they’re gone, they’re gone for the day.


Although it’s just on the edge of downtown, we’ve got to include Spartanburg favorite Dottie’s Toffee.

This homemade recipe has become a local staple over the decades, originating in Dot Smith’s kitchen back in 1976. The toffee blends decadent Belgian chocolate, sweet butter, cane sugar, whole and crushed almonds and just a pinch of sea salt to bring it all together.

Spartanburg’s sweet treats are plentiful, and most can be ordered online or ahead of pick-up and enjoyed indoors, outdoors or from the comfort of your own home.

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