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Kilwin's Ice Cream & Candy

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16 Market Street, between Front and 2nd, Wilmington, NC 28401
910 772 1298
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 246
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  • 13
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  • 6
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best ice cream in Wilmington

A trip to downtown Wilmington on a beautiful day is always a good bet, even when it's just for Kilwin's ice cream, fudge or caramels. The riverwalk is just a few steps from the shop. A perfect combination! The shop is now expanded for quicker service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Phyllis G
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

A trip to downtown Wilmington on a beautiful day is always a good bet, even when it's just for Kilwin's ice cream, fudge or caramels. The riverwalk is just a few steps from the shop. A perfect combination! The shop is now expanded for quicker service.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Don't be intimidated by the line, every single delicious item they have is worth it! Grab a scoop (or 2 or 3!) or some yummy fudge and enjoy a stroll down the Riverwalk. You won't regret it!

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Florence, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The ice-cream, waffle cones, and candies are all amazing!! A little pricey but well worth the money because it is soooo good!! A must stop when downtown.

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Gaston, South Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The place is small but really cool. The staff gave us some ghost stories and the food was really good.

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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

As an out of towner I was curious where everyone was coming from with massive waffle cones full of ice cream! I inquired and was glad I did. The ice cream was absolutely delicious!!! Huge portions too!! I recommend finding your way here if you go to Wilmington!

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Keene, New Hampshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Kilwin's entices you into their store with the delicious aroma of fresh chocolate. They have freshly made fudge, delicious chocolates in a wide variety of styles, and their ice cream is absolutely heavenly. For those with sophisticated palates, they even have "sourced" chocolate, like Peruvian. Well worth the trip and the caolries!

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I love ice cream...not any old ice cream but good, old fashioned creamy kind chock full of flavor. Kilwins is the best of the best. Walking into the store you inhale freshly baked waffle cones. It is wonderful. If you get ice cream, get it in a waffle cone. Your only regret will be the fact that you ate the... More 

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Rolesville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My family can't walk by a Kilwin's without making it an event. Ice cream or Chocolate fudge?? Hmmm oh wait the wife is buying fudge I'm trying to decide on mint chocolate chip or some sort of turtle caramel swirl in a Waffle cone. Yes two scoops please. Wonder what goodies the daughters are ordering up. It's all real good.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is the kind of place where you stand outside in line and the sugar smell wafting out of the door only makes you become more steadfast in your resolve to know what all the fuss is about. We had cookies and cream, banana fudge ripple and cinnamon crumb cake flavors in waffle bowls. The scoops are generous and delicious!!

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Berlin, Maryland
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25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I have never waited in line for ice cream. But it was a nice day and my family was waiting with me. As you wait, you can try free fudge samples inside(delish). Once at counter, all employees were great. Tried a few flavors. Honestly all were good--decadent for sure. And hand made waffle cone is a must if you are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16 Market Street, between Front and 2nd, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 910 772 1298

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?