Here’s when Van Leeuwen ice cream shops will open around Boston

Here’s when Van Leeuwen ice cream shops will open around Boston


The popular NYC chain will open locations in the Seaport, Harvard Square, and Chestnut Hill.

A Van Leeuwen Ice Cream storefront. Courtesy Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Looking for a new ice cream parlor? We’ve got the scoop.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream will be opening three new locations in Greater Boston, according to a press release. The new parlors will be located in Chestnut Hill, the Seaport, and Harvard Square.

According to Ben Van Leeuwen, one of the co-founders, the Chestnut Hill location (55 Boylston St., Suite 5578) is slated to open in about one month, the Seaport location (131 Seaport Blvd.) is set to open in three to four months, and the Harvard Square location (1 Brattle Square) will open in approximately nine months.

“You only have one life. So you might as well do business in places that you enjoy being in,” he told “Boston is one of those.”

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The popular ice cream chain started out of a truck in 2008 in New York City, according to the company’s website. Since then, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has opened over 50 parlors in seven states and Washington, D.C., according to the release.

Some of the chain’s best-selling flavors include the honeycomb, pistachio, chocolate fudge brownie, and Earl Grey tea. For vegan flavors, some top sellers are peanut butter brownie honeycomb, chocolate fudge brownie, and cookies and cream caramel swirl, according to Van Leeuwen.

He added some of the most unique features are the ingredients used — from Sicilian pistachios, Ecuadorian chocolate, and Tahitian vanilla beans.

“We want to make good ice cream for everybody,” Van Leeuwen said. “We work hard to make it as absolutely good as we can.”

The chain’s menu offers over 30 flavors of ice cream and also serves sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, milkshakes, and to-go pints. The company also works with “local partners,” like a bakery or pastry chef, to release a special flavor that is unique to the market being catered to. For the new Boston locations, Van Leeuwen said these flavors will be announced closer to the grand openings.

“We’re excited to get to know the Chestnut Hill, Seaport and Harvard Square communities even more, and share good ice cream that makes you feel good,” Van Leeuwen said in the release.

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