Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor
At the corner of 28th Street and Liberty Avenue towards the Lawrenceville end of the Strip district you will find a 1920s-style ice cream parlor, still serving up the best floats, splits, and sundaes anywhere. Klavon’s is a family-owned shop. with its share of family stories. It attracts fans of Pittsburgh’s Reinhold’s brand ice cream and those who are intrigued by a place where the marble counters, terrazzo floor, and even the banana split dishes date to 1923. The place is full of vintage pharmacy equipment and ice cream-related bric-a-brac. If you are looking for a place to escape the heat, a place for a friendly conversation, a place where you can still buy candy cigarettes – this is it. Mmm.
At our last visit a question came up: Do people tend to eat banana splits right to left or left to right? We were speculating that the choice had to do with handedness when the twelve-year-old at the table began eating his Strip District Split from front to back. Go figure. And if you have some extra change left over when you’ve paid your check, there’s an excellent candy counter near the door.
Klavon’s is still keeping summer hours:
Monday & Tuesday 10 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday – Friday: 10 AM to 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday : Noon – 9 PM
A small parking lot is on 28th Street, and lots of buses stop at that corner.