School is out, and it’s officially the season of popsicles and ice cream. But before you order the same old cone, why not kick it up a notch with a fantastic float or scrumptious sundae? Read on for 11 spots where you can stay cool with some of Portland’s tastiest frozen treats.

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Cloud City
This cute ice cream spot on Woodstock has a little bit of magic going on with fresh waffle cones, unicorn pictures for coloring, fun flavors and friendly service. Keep it simple with a scoop of any of their fantastic flavors in a sprinkle-decorated unicone, or step it up and grab a banana split with homemade whipped cream, three scoops of ice cream, banana, two topping sauces and a cherry. If it’s frosty drinks that satisfy your sweet tooth, try the root beer float or a classic milkshake and experience the magic for yourself.

4525 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Daily, Noon-10 p.m.

Cool Moon Ice Cream
The next time you’re cooling off at Jamison Square Fountain, skip on over to the oasis that is Cool Moon Ice Cream when the kids have finished splashing. In this sweet downtown spot with a classic ice cream parlor feel, you can always find plenty of phenomenal flavors with all-natural ingredients, hand-made in the store’s kitchen. While it’s easy to be tempted by some of the all-star scoop favorites like Salty Caramel or Kulfi (pistachio, cardamom & rosewater), you’ll find a handful of other amazing concoctions to tempt your tastebuds. Sip on a root beer float, indulge in a hot fudge sundae or try any one of their other signature frozen novelties.

1105 NW Johnson St.
Sun.–Thurs., Noon- 10 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., Noon- 11 p.m.

Wiz Bang Bar @ Pine Street Market
Frozen concretes served extra thick with handmade candies, frosty floats or a Strawberry Shortcake Sundae with vanilla custard? They’re just a few of the things you might find at Wiz Bang Bar. Although you can’t go wrong with a soft-serve or dipped cone, the original sundaes combine house-made pastries, toppings and mix-ins for unique, creamy treat combinations and flavors that you won’t find elsewhere. Located inside the busy Pine Street Market, Salt & Straw’s soft serve bar does dessert a little bit differently, and it works. Check out our insider’s guide to Wiz Bang Bar right here.

126 SW 2nd Ave.
Daily, Noon- 11p.m.

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Rimsky-Korsakoffee House
There’s something to see around every corner at this quirky and eclectic Portland staple. Now celebrating its 36th year, the Rimsky-Korsakoffee House is still charming patrons with homemade desserts, live piano music on weekends and a few tables that are either haunted or enchanted, depending on who you ask! Kids will love the Ship Goes to Pieces Against a Rock sundae (mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream), while parents might want to try the Triple Cafe (espresso ice cream, coffee syrup, and whipped cream.)

Insider tips: Rimsky’s gets crowded very quickly, so come early if you want to snag a table. (To make the experience even more fun, ask to be pointed to one of the “magical” tables if one is available!) Rimsky’s is cash only, although the convenience store next door has an ATM. Although the underwater-themed bathroom is a must-see, some children may find it a bit frightening, so know your child’s temperament and take a peek first.

707 SE 12th Ave.
Sun. – Thurs., 7 p.m. – midnight
Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.


Ruby Jewel
Ruby Jewel’s ice cream sandwiches are well known around Portland by now, and for good reason. (Honey-lavender ice cream with lemon cookies, anyone?) You can even pop into one of their locations, choose your cookies and ice cream, and customize your own ice cream sandwich! But if you’re craving something different, you’ve now got three locations to order one of the most crave-worthy desserts around. With an assortment of sauces and toppings from salted caramel and chocolate ganache to sprinkles and fluff, transform any of Ruby Jewel’s handmade ice cream flavors into a sundae that will become your new summer favorite. Still can’t decide? The ice cream flight is the perfect sweet sampling when you can’t choose just one flavor.

West: 428 SW 12th Ave.
Mississippi: 3713 N. Mississippi Ave.
Hawthorne: 4703 SE Hawthorne Ave.
Daily, Noon-11p.m.

What’s the Scoop?
Tell the kids they can top their ice cream with something called Magic Dust, and watch their faces light up. You’ll find amazing toppings at What’s the Scoop?, along with fortune cookie waffle cones, a rotation of ice creams and vegan sorbets, milkshakes, sundaes and more. If you’re in the sharing mood, try The Hosack, an enormous four scoops of ice cream topped with Magic Dust, Hot Fudge, Honey Caramel, Toasted Marshmallow and whipped cream ($12). Or, delight the kids by letting them make their own ice cream sandwiches with The Ice Cream Sandwich Experience. $8.50 gets you a tray with cookies sliced into wedges, a scoop of ice cream with toasted marshmallow, and an assortment of toppings so you can be the mastermind of the perfect ingredients.

What’s the Scoop?
3540 N. Williams Ave.
Sun.- Thurs., Noon- 10 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., Noon-11 p.m.

0664 SW Gaines St.
Mon. – Thurs., 3p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri., 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat., Noon- 11 p.m.
Sun., Noon- 10 p.m.

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Fifty Licks
A float is one of summertime’s classic treats, and Fifty Licks has got it mastered. Try one of their Root Beer Floats, made with Mt. Angel’s Brewing Root Beer and your choice of ice cream. Parents can even try a Beer Float, made with ice cream and Boulder Brewing Flipside Chocolate Porter. If you want even more ice cream, slurp down any of the creamy milkshakes, made with three generous scoops of the flavor of your choice.

2021 SE Clinton St.
2742 E. Burnside St.
Sun. – Thurs., Noon- 11p.m.
Fri. & Sat., Noon- midnight

Back to Eden
Back to Eden is dedicated to being a bakery for everyone, showcased by their commitment to serving gluten-free, animal-free products that can accommodate a range of dietary needs and sensitivities. They offer dairy- and gluten-free soft serve, as well as four different flavors of Coconut Bliss. Once you’ve decided on your ice cream, add toppings and sauces to turn it into a sensational sundae, blend it into a shake or try a float. The Orange Cream float has vanilla soft serve, orange juice and orange extract. Or, try the Vernon Sundae, with soft serve ice cream, maraschino cherries, coconut flakes and Holy Kakow chocolate sauce. With so many combinations and varieties, the hardest part will be deciding what to try next!

Back to Eden
2217 NE Alberta St.
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

2880 SE Division St.
Daily, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.


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Churros Locos
It’s hard to think of anything better than an ice cream sundae…until you have a Churro Sundae from Churros Locos. With sweet ice cream, a crispy cinnamon and sugar churro, sprinkles, whipped cream and a choice of sauce, it’s a delicious combination that you’ll definitely want to try again and again. The Churros Locos truck is open during Portland Timbers home games, as well as some pop-up events, street fairs and private events. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook to see where to catch them next.


Ice Mama
When the temps start rising, head to Ice Mama to cool off with a sweet treat! Located in the Piedmont Station Food Carts, Ice Mama’s refreshing and creative combinations of shave ice hit the spot every time. Make it a creamy ice by adding ice cream, and you’ve got an unbeatable shave ice sundae that you’ll want to try in every flavor. Sample the Carmel Sense (pineapple and salted caramel), Queen Lime Tifah (key lime pie) or add some ice cream to Mama’s Medley (marionberry, raspberry and blackberry surprise.) Ice Mama aims to celebrate and recognize African American accomplishment by acknowledging local and international heroes and legends, both in flavor names and with biographies on display. Stop by for a delicious way to beat the heat.

624 NE Killingsworth St.
Wed.- Sun., 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Eb & Bean
At Eb & Bean, you’ll find creamy, priobiotic-rich frozen yogurt with a huge assortment of toppings. While you can always find a few standard favorites on the menu, such as Madagascar vanilla, Valhrona chocolate and Tart, the other flavors rotate every two or four weeks, giving you lots of options to sample new and unique tastes. Toppings are natural and mostly organic and house made, so you can feel good about devouring that sundae. Choose from items like dye-free sprinkles, roasted hazelnuts, marionberry compote, or Bakeshop oat streusel, and make the sundae of your dream. Now, with the addition of a new second location on SE Division, you’ve got two spots to get your Eb & Bean cravings satisfied.

1425 NE Broadway St.

3040 SE Division St.
Daily, Noon- 10 p.m.

Have you tried all of our picks? Where’s your favorite spot to grab a sundae or float in Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan