If you’re looking for the best North Shore ice cream, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a short list of my tried and true go-tos.

I grew up on the North Shore. I’m a Greenwood guy. Greenwood is the part of Wakefield that borders Melrose. “Well, why don’t you just say you’re from Wakefield?” Because it’s more fun to say I’m from Greenwood. Neighborhood pride, baby.

“Wait, is Wakefield part of the North Shore?” It sure is. We’re a stone’s throw from Rt. 1, the true Mother Road of the North Shore. And the North Shore authority, Square One Mall Goth on Instagram, regularly makes memes poking fun at Wakefield.

Best North Shore Ice Cream: Hometown History

Wakefield is home to two of the area’s most legendary ice cream spots. Cravings at Colonial Spa traces its roots as an ice cream shop and soda fountain back to August of 1920. That’s over 100 years of ice cream history on Main St. in Wakefield

On the other side of Main St., Meletharb Home Made Ice Cream opened in spring of 1976. Five years later, the family-owned ice cream shop moved to it’s current location in Wakefield’s Four Corners. They’re closing in on the half-century mark.

Best North Shore Ice Cream: I Scream, You Scream

I took a few factors into consideration when crafting this list. The ice cream had to be great, of course. But so did the spot. You need good vibes when you’re crushing cones and cups. History is important, too.

So here’s the list. It has a few of my personal faves from growing up on the North Shore, and a few regional faves that are must-visits. And it’s subject to change (read: I’ll probably add to it). So keep it handy, share it, and check back often.

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