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Klavon's Twenty Eight Ice CRM

2801 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4780
+1 412-434-0451
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average2%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“sundae” (26 reviews)
“ice cream” (51 reviews)
“banana split” (5 reviews)
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11:00 - 23:00All hours
2801 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4780
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place had delicious ice cream. I have been going to the Strip District for decades and never knew it existed! My nephew did a walking tour of the are for a field trip. He loved it and wanted to go back. It was well...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up in the 70s and 80s, when mass-produced, low-quality ice cream was the norm at road-side custard stands and grocery store freezers. Fortunately, the lapse of time and engines of capitalism have given us better quality, more choice, and, happily, in the case...More

Thank Ben G
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Wow wow wow! Came here after dinner on a Saturday night. I had an ice cream craving so we looked up the closest place. I wasn't prepared for how adorable this place would be. This parlor looks straight out of the 20s. Yes, tons of...More

Thank caitpre
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Klavons was bought by new ownership a few years ago and has really been improving. The inside of the shop is awesome, service was fast even when it was very busy inside, and prices and ice cream was reasonable for a city.

Thank _A_Traveling_Dude_22
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Love this place! Huge menu of ice cream choices, or custom make it yourself. Also, variety of coffee and tea drinks. Nice way to end the day, definitely worth a trip if you're visiting Pittsburgh.

Thank debbtatro
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Our family is in town for a baseball game. Stopped at Klavon's for ice cream. Sooooooo glad that we did!! Hot fudge sundae and chocoholic delight were amazing. Make sure that you ask for the chocolate whipped cream!!

Thank Betzzzz
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I found this place by accident but was glad I did. It reminded me of a 50s style ice cream shop with the old green shake makers and glass bowls. The staff was nice and the made-in-the-store ice cream was on point. All for a...More

Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed 18 April 2017

What a great find! There are not many authentic old-fashioned ice cream parlors around. If you are anywhere near Pittsburgh you should make a visit to Kalvon's a must visit. You feel as if you stepped into a time warp and entered the 1940's. The...More

Thank sptravelers5
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent old-fashioned ice cream parlor. It would be a stretch to say that this place is vintage, but only because it is antique. They have chosen to forego the tacky 50's decor of many similar places and instead preserve a more classy 1930's feel with...More

Thank Jonas S
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Noticed this shop driving along Penn Ave towards the center city & pulled-over. It was after "business hours" so parking was easy. It seems like an unusual spot for this type of place as it's a mostly industrial & warehouse area, but I learned it's...More

Thank fried003
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$4 - US$20
Restaurant features
Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2801 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4780
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh
  • Phone Number: +1 412-434-0451
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Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor and Confectionery is a Pittsburgh tradition. James and Mary Klavon first opened Klavon’s in 1923 as a neighborhood apothecary and ice cream shop. After years of serving the community, the shop closed in 1979 and sat dormant for two decades. When the old drugstore soda fountain was reopened in 1999, it was like stepping into a time capsule. James and Mary’s eight grandchildren and a cousin teamed up to transform the old pharmacy into a full-service ice cream parlor, conserving the original features that made it such a colorful place to visit. With its original marble countertops, stainless steel fountain equipment, revolving stools that were originally fashioned to look like Coca-Cola bottle caps, and wooden phone booths, Klavon’s is reminiscent of the kind of place in which a young George Bailey worked in It’s a Wonderful Life. Visitors of all ages will enjoy seeing the apothecary jars displayed along the walls and shopping at the old-time candy counter still stocked with penny candy. While you're visiting, be sure to look for the mark above the phone booths that shows how high the floodwaters reached on St. Patrick's Day of 1936. As the story goes, James and Mary's son, Raymond, was in early that morning to move the basement stock and equipment to the safety of the first floor. Back then, spring thaws generally brought a foot or so of water into the basement for a few days, but that year the waters rose much higher and faster, driving Raymond and his cousins to the top floor. They were rescued the following morning by rowboat, and had to exit through the windows above the phone booths that still stand in the parlor today. Jacob and Desiree Hanchar and their children fell in love with the local ice cream parlor when they visited this popular spot during the summer of 2011. Two years later, the couple purchased Klavon’s. They continue to carry on the tradition of creating delicious treats ingredients at a reasonable price. In 2015, Jacob took the famous Penn State Ice Cream Course and now we make our own delicious ice cream straight from the Creamery tradition! SUMMER Hours (St. Patrick's Day to Halloween) M-Th 11a–9p F-Sa 11a–11p Su 12p–8p Non-Summer Hours (Halloween to St. Patrick's Day) M, Wed, Th 11a–7p F-Sa 11a–9p Su 12p–8p Closed Tuesday
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