Trying to decide where to stop when you’re at The Village in Gatlinburg? If you’re craving a great late, cafe au lait or a scoop of a truly remarkable homemade ice cream, The Village Cafe & Creamery has got you covered. This charming shop even looks cozy at first glance, with its steeply-pitched roof, shuttered windows, and cozy European-village feel. When you step in, you’ll be met by an ice cream cooler with a wide array of flavors ranging from the expected standards to off-the-beaten-path flavors that those with an adventurous palate will love to try.
Handcrafted soda drinks, served up beautifully with whipped cream and thoughtful garnishes, bring to mind the old-school soda shops of days past. You’ll find locally-bottled soda varieties like Cheerwine, Sarsaparilla, Ski, and Blue Frostie. And a fully-equipped coffee bar serves up a variety of espresso drinks, both hot and iced, as well as hot chocolate and chai tea lattes. Expect patient, accommodating, and friendly employees who are more than willing to chat about the different menu items up for offer–and prices lower than you might expect from some mainstream coffee chains.
Some of our favorite menu items include…
The Village Cafe & Creamery serves up top-notch lattes, hot and iced, with a truly impressive array of flavor offerings. You’ll find a huge assortment of Torani syrups available to flavor your drink. Opt for a steamer for kids–steamed milk flavored with a shot of Torani syrup, as well–and they’ll get to enjoy their own cozy, warming drink, minus the caffeine rush. Of course, the cafe offers cappuccinos, macchiatos, and other espresso drinks, as well, but their lattes are bestsellers for good reason.
The varieties of ice cream on offer vary depending on what’s freshly made when you visit, but you can be sure that each option is top-notch: rich, creamy, decadent but not too sweet. Some visitors say the Village Cafe & Creamery has the best ice cream in town–and we have to agree that it’s quite excellent.
Italian Cream Sodas
Few things are quite as refreshing as a well-made Italian cream soda. Expect fresh, fruity flavor offset by swirls of cream and topped with fresh fruit. These are a great option when you want something cool and sweet but lighter than a scoop of ice cream or a frappe. And each Italian cream soda is a veritable work of art–definitely an Instagram opportunity.
The Village Cafe and Creamery is located in The Village Downtown Gatlinburg, a shopping center with plenty of parking and easy access to the rest of central Gatlinburg.
– Like most other shops in the Village, the Village Cafe & Creamery doesn’t open their doors until 10 am, so don’t plan to grab an early morning coffee here.
– Don’t hesitate to try the affogato (a scoop of ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over the top) with any of the creamery’s ice cream offerings. You won’t be disappointed.