7 Sweet Ice Cream Shops To Try In DC

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7 Sweet Ice Cream Shops To Try In DC

Ice cream season is here!

With this hot and humid weather, it can be difficult to enjoy the summer. Luckily, with summer comes ice cream season! A great way to stay cool and refreshed is to keep an ice cream cone in your hands at all times. Also, keep in mind that it is more environmentally friendly to order ice cream in a cone than in a cup. Now without further ado, here are some local ice cream shops serving up delightful ice cream!

1. Ice Cream Jubilee

For many of us, ice cream is associated with happy times and good memories. At Ice Cream Jubilee, founder Victoria strives to keep that legacy going. She wishes to “share [her] passion with others and encourage people to explore the pursuits that make them as happy as ice cream makes [her].” With 24 creative summer flavors on displays including Caramel Popcorn, Whiskey Toasted Marshmallow, Gin & Tonic Sorbet, and Peanut Butter Chocolate, there is a flavor for everyone’s taste!

Where: 301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003; 1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

2. Jeni’s Ice Cream

With the goal to create community through ice cream, Jeni’s has 6 locations in the DMV area. The highest quality ingredients are used to make their smooth and rich flavors that melt perfectly in your mouth or on another dessert. A variety of flavors are available to choose from in the shop, and you can even get exclusive flavor pints delivered to your door. Now that’s pretty sweet!

Where: 1925 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009; 1300 4th St SE Suite 120, Washington, DC 20003; 526 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003; 4918 Elm St. Bethesda, MD 20814; 1669C Silver Hill Dr. McLean, VA 22102; 102 S Patrick St, Alexandria, VA 22314

3. Thomas Sweets

Established in 1979, this ice cream shop has been a staple place for Washingtonians. Selling rich gourmet chocolates, flavorful coffee, and delicious ice cream, this is the one-stop shop for all sweet treats. Their signature ice cream is the “blend-ins” where you choose toppings and an ice cream flavor that they rapidly mix together to create a smooth, soft-serve ice cream that’s creamy, cool, and sweet.

Where: 3214 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

4. Lulabelle’s

From cheeses, pasta, meats, bagels, donuts, and of course ice cream, Lulabelle’s can do it all! Indeed, at their DC location, walking into their Sweet Shop is like walking into a farmers market. Do your groceries with an ice cream in hand and find everything you need to make healthy, exquisite meals.

Where: 847 Upshur Street NW Washington DC 20011


5. Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream

Located in Bethesda Maryland, their ice cream is made with locally sourced, all-natural ingredients. Founded by a Bethesda mother and daughter duo, this local ice cream shop has been all the rage! With 42 ice creams in-store, they update their Instagram with fun flavors to match holidays, so follow them to stay up to date! If you can’t decide what flavor to order, get their “ice cream flight” where you are served 6 small scoops to taste the flavors you can’t decide on.

Where: 5241 River Road Bethesda, MD 20816; 10219 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD 20814

6. Dolcezza

If you are in the mood for richer ice cream, try Dolcezza’s gelatos. Indeed, gelato has a density that ice cream doesn’t, giving it a stronger flavor. Dolcezza won Best Gelato in DC for four years straight in the Washington City Paper, they won Best Coffee and Croissants in the Area according to Trip Advisor, and won Best Icecream for the Washingtonian. They serve all the classic flavors and a few original ones that are perfect to refresh yourself on a hot summer evening; like blueberry lavender, avocado honey orange, champagne mango, strawberry tarragon and so many more!

Where: 904 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001; 1704 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20009; 7111 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

7. Dairy Godmother

To keep things interesting, this ice cream shop has a “Flavor Forecast” where every other day, they release a special flavor only available for those two days. Additionally, they make Puppy pops, a sweet treat for your doggo to let them how much of a good pupper they are. Located in Alexandria, enjoy their creamy ice creams on a hot summer day!

Where: 2310 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301


[Featured image: @icecreamjubilee / Instagram]

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