I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! D.C. is notorious for its scorching summers, and this year is no exception. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 15 local D.C. ice cream shops that are currently open during the quarantine. You can get out of the house, cool off with some sweet treats, and help support local businesses during these hard times!
- Moorenko’s Ice Cream Café (multiple locations)
Since 2002, Moorenko’s has crafted the Washington DC Metro area’s finest ultra-premium ice cream. They make ice cream daily the old-fashioned way, by hand in small batches, using only the highest quality, natural ingredients. Check them out in Silver Springs and Ellicott City to try their premium ice cream flavors.
- Mount Desert Island Ice Cream – Mount Pleasant St NW
They are committed to keeping their ingredients real. If they make a vanilla bean ice cream, they scrape the beans, if they make lemon sorbet, they squeeze the lemons, one at a time. At Mount Desert Island, they make forward-thinking ice cream flavors with respect for the classics as well.
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – 14th Street NW
Jeni’s is devoted to making better ice creams and bringing people together. Their ice cream has a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish (they don’t use synthetic flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes).
- Thomas Sweet – Georgetown
Whether you’re enjoying their homemade ice creams and blend-ins, freshly baked pastries, or handmade chocolates, you can always count on their attention to ingredients and craftsmanship. This shop is open for takeout and delivery.
- Dolci Gelati – City Market at O
Dolci Gelati offers many great varieties of gelato with ingredients delivered from local dairy farms and fine chocolate imported from a small sustainable farm in Ecuador. Follow @dgtruck on Twitter to catch their food truck in action.
- Pitango Gelato (multiple locations)
Located at Penn Quarter, Adams Morgan, and more, Pitango does the classics-done right. They create gelato and sorbet that embody the flavors of authentic, meticulously curated ingredients.
- Southwest Soda Pop Shop – Waterfront
Located next to DC’s historic Municipal Fish Market, the family-owned Southwest Soda Pop Shop serves up nostalgic sweet treats such as ice cream, root beer floats, popsicles, and more.
- Dolcezza (multiple locations)
Winner of Best Gelato in DC for four years in a row (Washington City Paper). this place doesn’t mess around. Flavors range from the traditional stracciatella to black sesame to Swiss tarragon. Located at The Wharf, City Center DC, Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, and more. Also available for delivery on Grubhub.
- Ice Cream Jubilee (multiple locations)
Located in Navy Yard, Logan Circle, and Ballston Quarter. They offer unique flavors like banana bourbon caramel, Thai iced tea, and caramel popcorn for pick-up or delivery. You can also buy their pints from select Moms Organic Markets and Whole Foods in the DC area!
- The Creamery at Union Market – Washington, D.C.
Relatively new to Union Market, this ice cream stand serves locally sourced dairy to the DMV.