We’ve chilled out at . We’ve indulged in . And if you keep on bee-lining to those sweet spots this summer, we won’t judge (in fact, we’ll likely be right behind you!). But with summer comes a whole new crop of ice cream shops to explore, like these five spots across the DMV.
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Dolcezza Gelato Dupont
Go for: The local ingredients.
Gelato crafted fresh every morning using locally sourced ingredients. Need we say more? How about a variety of locations serving not only gelato but coffee and snacks too? You can find one of the family owned business’ shops in Bethesda, City Center, and the Mosaic District, but we recommend the Dupont Circle location for its exposed brick and seating area.
1704 Connecticut Ave., NW (Dupont Circle)
Les Glaces de Diplomate
Go for: That vintage French feeling.
The popular French restaurant, Le Diplomate, sends its pedal-powered cart full of ice cream and sorbet to the corner of 14th and Q St. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. Equal parts charming and vintage, kids will love checking out the bike while they wait for their cones. The menu changes weekly but with previous options like pistachio and banana fruit-passion, we’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong.
14th and Q Sts., NW (Logan Circle)
Lil City Creamery
Go for: Simple decision making.
If you’ve ever held up the line in the ice cream shop while your kids (or you) struggle to decide which of a couple dozen flavors you’re in the mood for, Lil City Creamery is the answer. There are only 8 flavors to choose from. But don’t for a minute think that means you’re stuck with the vanilla-vs-chocolate conundrum. Think blueberry cotton candy for the kids and salted caramel for the grown-ups. That way you can spend the bulk of your time there gazing at their wall of toys.
114 W. Broad St. (Falls Church, Va)
Henry’s Sweet Retreat
Go for: A sweet-filled experience.
More of a candy shop that serves ice cream than a pure ice cream shop, we can’t help but send you to Henry’s Sweet Retreat anyway. Not only is walking into the place an experience all its own, but the ice cream is shipped in from Graeter’s, Cincinnati-based producer of the French pot ice cream that Oprah called the “best ice cream I’ve ever tasted.”
4823 St. Elmo St. (Bethesda, Md)
Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Go for: All of the choices.
Soft serve (including a few lactose-free flavors), ice cream, and a bevy of toppings will keep you busy for a while at this old-fashioned diner-esque spot. There’s plenty of space to sit and Pop’s also hosts private parties.
109 King St. (Alexandria, Va.)
Where do you go for your favorite scoop of ice cream? Dish in the comments below.