There’s just something so retro about malts and milkshakes, so it’s only fitting that these classic treats be enjoyed in atmospheres overflowing with nostalgia. Luckily, the state is filled with these types of places, from historic soda fountains to vintage drive-ins. So, the next time you’re looking to satisfy your craving for something sweet (along with a side of nostalgia), give one of these 11 eateries a try.
1. The Malt Shop (4 Homochitto St., Natchez)
A list of classic malt shops in Mississippi just wouldn’t be complete without The Malt Shop. The Natchez gem features a menu of classics, among which, you’ll find plenty of shakes and malts that are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.
2. Pea Soup’s Lott-A-Freeze (809 Hwy 82 West, Indianola)
Opened since 1968, this "dairy bar meets Delta diner” has it all – hearty helpings of local favorites, such as fried catfish and po’ boys, along with traditional sweets, like malts, ice cream cones, and sundaes.
3. Velvet Cream (2290 Hwy 51 S., Hernando)
In business since 1947, this Hernando eatery has become famous for its soft-serve ice cream, which comes in over 100 flavors, sundaes, and milkshakes. Aside from traditional items, the menu is filled with signature creations, such as the Elvis Shake, Mexican Shake, and the Mule Slobber.
4. Walnut Square Pharmacy and Ice Cream Parlor (124 Walnut St., Hattiesburg)
Visit this old fashioned pharmacy and ice cream parlor, and you’ll find all sorts of traditional goodies, such as sundaes, shakes, floats, malts, and banana splits.
5. Brent’s Drugs and Soda Fountain (655 Duling Ave., Jackson)
This traditional drug store has been serving the Jackson area for years now, and in that time, has gained a reputation for its great hamburgers and even better milkshakes. And if a classic shake won’t cut it, no problem - the sweets menu is filled with other tasty options, including malts and ice cream sundaes.
6. Waveland Pharmacy and Old Fashion Soda Fountain (112 Auderer Blvd., Waveland)
In addition to serving as a fully-functioning pharmacy, this Waveland gem serves up some amazing sweet treats, including old fashioned malts, hand-dipped cones, sundaes, Italian gelato, scones, and muffins.
7. Turnage Drug Store (323 North Main, Water Valley)
Exactly the type of place you’d expect to find in a charming town like Water Valley, Turnage Drug Store first opened in 1905 and is still ran by the Turnage family. Visit the quaint shop today, and aside from an abundance of nostalgia, you’ll find a gift shop and old fashioned soda fountain.
8. Ye Ole Drugstore and Deli Restaurant (509 Main St., Philadelphia)
Although opened in 2002, a visit to the Ye Ole Drugstore and Deli will transport you back in time, as it is housed in a historic building and contains décor and furnishings that date back to the 1920s. There’s also a soda fountain from 1938, which still works and will undoubtedly make your visit even sweeter.
9. Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain (604 Waldron St., Corinth)
As the oldest operating drug store and soda fountain in the state, Borroum’s has had plenty of time to perfect an array of delicious treats, which, of course, includes real malted milks and ice cream sodas.
10. Lovelace Drug Store and Soda Fountain (801 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs)
Located in downtown Ocean Springs, this soda fountain was once frequented by Elvis Presley. Visit today and you’ll find nostalgic décor, which includes a ton of Elvis memorabilia, and authentic ice cream sodas, milkshakes, malts, and more.
11. Boomer’s Drive-In (1575 Nail Rd. W., Horn Lake)
It’s hard to not feel nostalgic at this Horn Lake drive-in, where you’ll find old fashioned burgers and shakes at old fashioned prices. Even better, all food is cooked to order and guaranteed to be fresh.
Have you visited any of the places listed above? Tell us about your experience in the comments section!