Summertime in Stumptown means it’s ice cream season! With a plethora of small businesses offering small batch locally made ice-cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt you can visit a new location every night of the week. This summer, beat the heat with ice cold scoops, shakes, sundaes, soft serves and ice-cream sandwiches. Read on to discover our top nine favorite spots for a cool, creamy, and tasty treat!
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Cloud City Ice Cream
Founded in 2011, Cloud City Ice Cream prides itself in bringing people together! They create delicious ice-cream using all natural and local ingredients. Cloud City was created as a tribute to the shop owner’s mom and they have attempted to recreate all of her favorite desserts! Kids may enjoy the classic Mint Chocolate or Cookies & Cream or perhaps even the exotic flavors such as Blueberry Coconut Cardamom and Orange Fennel with Ginger Caramel. Adults might want to sample the Bourbon Vanilla or Water Avenue Coffee.
4525 SE Woodstock Blvd.
At Fifty Licks you’ll be sure to find unusual flavors like Apricot Chevre, Thai Rice, and Cornbread with Honey Butter. You’ll also find clean, bright, and modern décor. The menu is seasonal and ever changing with lots of Vegan options at all times! They also have gluten free waffle cones. Go prepared and expect a short line, especially on warm sunny days!
2742 E Burnside St
2021 SE Clinton St
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Cool Moon Ice Cream
At Cool Moon Ice Cream you can find shakes, floats, sundaes, espresso drinks, scoops, and moon pops. This small shop is owned and operated by Oregon native Eva Bernhard. The ice cream flavors are inspired by her childhood memories. She has a “life list” of 200 different flavors and offers about 26 of them at a time. That means that every season you can expect to see new and delicious ice cream combinations pop up. There are ten tried and true flavors that you can expect to see at all times year round. These include the Belgian Chocolate, Coffee Crackle, Oregon Berry, and Salty Caramel… among others.
1105 NW Johnson St.
Eb and Bean
Once you try it for the first time, Eb & Bean will surely become the spot that you and the family make a special trip across town for, again and again. They have redefined frozen yogurt! They offer organic probiotic-rich dairy and non dairy flavors with high quality toppings. Their delicious yogurt options contain no artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, corn syrup, or GMOs. Waffle cones are made from scratch with both dairy and vegan options. If you are gluten free you might want to try the sugar cone instead. Toppings range from local honey, strawberry rhubarb sauce, candied ginger, to hot fudge alongside a list of Everyday and Special Flavors. Dig in!
1425 NE Broadway St.
3040 SE Division St.
Photo: Eb and Bean
If you’ve been hoping to munch down on the tastiest ice cream sandwiches in the world, then you are in luck! With 3 convenient locations you can find Ruby Jewel’s extraordinarily yummy sandwiches all over town now. You can’t go wrong with their flavor selections. Each Ruby Jewel shop offers some variety in their flavors so be sure to check online if you’re looking for something specific. All the locations have a “Now Scooping” and “Always Scooping” list!
4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd
3713 N Mississippi Ave.
428 SW 12th Ave.
Photo: Alan Weiner Photography via Ruby Jewel
Salt & Straw
For many, locals and tourists alike, Salt & Straw is the gold standard of Portland ice cream. You may have driven or walked by and noticed long lines wrapped down the street. If you’re wondering why people wait, we are here to tell you that it’s because the ice cream is DELICIOUS and creative. We can almost guarantee you that it’s worth the wait. With a long list of unique seasonal flavors to sample you won’t be disappointed. We keep coming back for the Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate.
838 NW 23rd Ave.
126 SW 2nd Ave.
3345 SE Division St.
2035 NE Alberta St.
Photo: Rick Chung via flickr
Scoop Handmade Ice Cream
Portland wouldn’t be complete without having their very own Ice Cream Food Truck! While the truck is mobile and can be found all over town catering weddings, birthday parties, holiday events, and local celebrations they can also be found stationed at PSU on Saturdays, Pioneer Square on Mondays, and OHSU on Tuesdays. Kids might enjoy trying the Local Raw Honey Lavender or Marionberry flavors while adults should opt for the Lemongrass Coconut or Saigon Cinnamon.
What’s the Scoop?
This small-batch shop makes its ice creams and sorbets using liquid nitrogen, creating a shorter freezing process that results in smaller ice crystals. That means it’s extra delicious and extra creamy! The seasonal menu rotates constantly, but you’ll always find the spectacular Thrilla in Vanilla which is there own unique mixture of four kinds of vanilla and and Mint Chunk which is packed with Andes mints and Keebler Grasshopper cookies. What will be in your scoop?
0664 SW Gaines St.
3540 N Williams Ave.
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If you too need an occasional Italian fix, wander over to Division Street for some Pinolo Gelato. You can find the classic Cioccolato, Fior de Latte, Stracciatella, and Pistachio on the menu pretty much at all times. For their dairy free Sorbettos they offer local fruit with the rotating seasonal flavors. Purists should most definitely opt for Fragola when it’s in the shop! If it’s early enough in the day, adults should 100% try the affogato, a perfect combination of gelato and espresso!
3707 SE Division
— Elissa Cirignotta