It’s more than an infatuation; it’s an obsession in the East Valley. Our love affair with soda and sugar cookies is almost comical, but we embrace our addiction and feed it (and ourselves) regularly. For the novice soda shop sipper, here’s the insider’s guide to the best soda shops in Gilbert and Mesa!
- Fiiz in Mesa has one of the largest selections of specialty drinks, treats and Italian sodas in the East Valley and a “secret” menu you can log onto inside the shop. Their sugar cookies, chocolate ganache cookies and red velvet cookies (seasonal) from Melody and Geoff Larsen at Sassy’s Café & Bakery, plus a creative kids drink menu keep customers coming back for more.
- Sodalicious, with locations in Gilbert and Mesa, earns a top spot due to their variety of drinks and 11 different cookies and treats (from scotcharoos to snicker doodles). Their most popular drink is the AK special (Dr. Pepper, Coconut and Vanilla) and they’re known for having a lot of carbonation in their funny, slightly inappropriately named drinks.
- The Soda Shop on Baseline Road in Gilbert is another favorite. Known for the Big Daddy (Dr. Pepper, Raspberry, Coconut Cream) the Happy Camper (Root beer, Toasted Marshmallow, Half & Half) and a great kids drink, the Fruit Ninja (Sprite, Strawberry, Peach and Watermelon), they have something for everyone. The Soda Shop uses Coconut Cream, which enhances the specialty drinks they serve, and several customers voted their shop as having the best “hipster vibe.” @EmilyEvansDavis loves their “480” drink (but switches it to Coke Zero) and their black and white cookies.
- Soda Rush in Mesa features blended sodas, freshly squeezed lemonade, coconut limeade, and many sugar free drink options. Several East Valley moms commented on their Dole Whip & Dole Whip Floats, which they occasionally offer (check their social media channels to know when). Known for affordable and gluten-friendly treat options, a fast drive through and the earliest opening time, Soda Rush also offers cotton candy, dairy-free soft serve ice cream and cookies made from scratch in house daily.
- Swig out of Utah, just opened a Gilbert location at 2919 S. Market, Suite 101, Gilbert.