Summer has officially started and the temperature has been heating up here in the Washington, DC metro. I find myself constantly craving something cold and refreshing whenever I’m serving as tour guide or being a tourist in my own city. With that in mind, I want to share with locals and visitors to our nation’s capital alike the 5 best ice cream places in Washington DC so far that I’ve discovered. You’re welcome!
5 Best Ice Cream Places in Washington DC
Ice Cream Jubilee
During the dog days of summer, it’s almost impossible not to stop by Ice Cream Jubilee, especially after a ballgame at Nationals Ballpark. This relative newcomer to the District’s dessert scene is barely two years old, yet it’s already made its case as the one of the 5 best ice cream places in Washington DC. Owner Victoria Lai, a former government lawyer, likes to mix ingredients that will sometimes have surprising results, much like a story with a twist. Take mango habanero, for example, one of its seasonal summer flavors. The tropical fruit, sweet and smooth to the taste, is suddenly infused with a spicy kick you’d never expect from a cold treat. If you’re more of a traditionalist however, there’s always chocolate and bold vanilla.
Ice Cream Jubilee is located at 301 Water Street SE, Washington, D.C.
Trickling Springs Creamery
It’s not surprising to hear that Pennsylvania-based Trickling Springs Creamery is almost on every critic’s 5 best ice cream places in Washington DC list. What makes their ice cream particularly worth the calories is that they are prepared in small batches and made using milk from their own farm located in the heart of Amish country. Also, every ingredient is fresh and free of additives giving it a robust flavor that stays in your taste buds even after you’ve done damage to your ice cream cone. The location at the District’s leading food incubator, Union Market, has both scoop serving and pint-size flavors just in case you wanted to take some home.
Trickling Springs Creamery is located in Union Market at 1309 5th NE, Washington, D.C.
Arguably the District’s most famous ice cream parlor is Dolcezza, which opened over a decade ago and now has a factory location in Washington, DC, and several shops within the National Capital Region. It serves old-fashioned style gelato with a South American twist (the idea was crafted in Buenos Aires) and is made from fresh ingredients provided by local farms and suppliers. Some of the summer flavors feature a variety of seasonal fruits such as strawberries, plums, and nectarines. Try a scoop or two in a cone or if you’re looking for something easier to eat, try one of the gelato push pops. In addition to the delicious ice cream, Dolcezza also serves excellent coffee.
Dolcezza has seven locations in D.C. with the original one located at 1560 Wisconsin Ave, NW, in Georgetown.
If you happen to be in search of a refreshing, yet almost guilt free cold treat, head towards Dupont Circle and look for Mr. Yogato. This frozen yogurt spot claims to be the “funnest yogurt experience you’ll ever have” and after trying it myself, I couldn’t help but agree. There are board games available for tables to use as well as a variety of Super Nintendo games including the original Super Mario. There are also a number of challenges posted on the wall for customers to try. The reward? You’ll get discounts on your cups of yogurt or a free cup itself. Customers can choose from four different flavors including the original and tangy version, plus dozens of toppings to choose from.
Mr. Yogato is located at 1515 17th St NW, Washington, D.C.
The Dairy Godmother
The charming neighborhood of Del Rey in Alexandria has a number of locally owned shops and one of them is Washingtonians’ go to place for frozen custard. The Dairy Godmother, often voted as one of the 5 best ice cream places in Washington DC, serves the famous Wisconsin-style frozen custard, made with eggs, cream and sugar. Visitors can choose from classic vanilla and chocolate flavors or opt for the flavor of the day. It also has a handful selection of sorbets and refreshing popsicles perfect for those who prefer to have a dairy free treat.
The Dairy Godmother is located at 2310 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA.
Have you visited any of these ice cream shops during your stay in Washington, D.C.? Let us know what you think.