The Parlour is located at 117 Market St. in Durham, NC. Photo by Megan Mendenhall.

The Parlour is a popular ice cream shop in downtown Durham, N.C., known for its unique handcrafted ice cream featuring local ingredients. Notable ice cream flavors include salted butter caramel and Vietnamese coffee. The shop is also known for its selection vegan options, including ice cream made from coconut milk and sorbets. 

The Parlour was listed on onlyinyourstate.com’s list of 17 best ice cream shops in North Carolina and included in thrillest.com’s list of the Best 33 ice cream shops in America in 2015. The shop was also included in a CNN.com Eatocracy blog listing of the "Tthe country's coolest new ice cream shops.

The shop owners', Yoni and Vanessa Mazuz, have received media coverage for being founding members of the Durham Living Wage Project, which  pledges to pay employees a living wage. 

Left to right, The Parlour's interior, a double scoop cone of salted butter caramel and Vietnamese coffee ice cream and a vegan s'more bar. Photos by Megan Mendenhall.


Yoni and Vanessa Mazuz, co-owners of The Parlour, began selling handmade ice cream from a converted school bus in 2011.  After two successful years as an ice cream truck and a successful Kickstarter campaign, they opened The Parlour in 2013 as a permanent storefront at 117 Market St. in downtown Durham.

 In 2015, The Parlour expanded into the neighboring storefront, the former Playworks space in the 117 Market Street building. The expansion doubled the seating area of the original store, added more production space and added a bookable private party room.

The Parlour's owners haven't forgotten their wheeled beginnings. They still operate the original ice cream bus as a part of the business, taking the bus to public events and accepting catering jobs for private gatherings. 

The Parlour's menu. Photo by Megan Mendenhall.The Parlour's newly completed expansion. Photo by Megan Mendenhall.



The Parlour serves a variety of permanent and rotating flavors. The shop also offer floats, milkshakes, sundaes, housemade pastries, and specialty coffee and tea drinks. The eatery also has vegan options, including fruit sorbets and vegan baked treats.

Store Details

Store Hours:

Sunday-Thursday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday-Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm


117 Market Street

Durham, NC 27701


On-street parking is available. There are also several parking decks within walking distance.


Sources used in this article: "Durham’s Parlour ice cream shop expanding into downtown" from Triangle Business Journal: "Best ice cream in the Triangle" from WRAL: "The Parlour in downtown Durham expanding" from The INDY Week: "Get Frosted and Enjoy an Ice Cream Cone at The Parlour" from www.get-offline.com: "The 33 Best Ice Cream Shops in America 2105" from thrillist.com: "These 17 Ice Cream Shops and Creameries In North Carolina Are A Must-Try" fromhttp://www.onlyinyourstate.com/: The About section from www.theparlour.co and email interview with co-owner Vanessa Mazuz. "Food Service Shift" from the News & Observer; "Durham Living Wage; "The country's coolest new ice cream shops" from CNN.com; the Parties section from www.theparlour.co.