When temperatures rise and the Portland summer gets going, there’s no better way to cool off than a lick of ice cream! These nine shops serve up some of the best ice cream, gelato, froyo, and sorbet in the city, and they’re all open and ready to treat you this summer! If you try them all, you get a badge– or at least you should. Read on for more!
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Since the splash pad isn’t running in NW Portland’s Jamison Square this summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to cool off across the street at Cool Moon. Choose from stand-bys like Vanilla and Hazelnut, plus exciting combinations like Horchata or Kulfi (pistachio, cardamom, and rose water), all based on a hand-made recipe prepared with fresh eggs. You can also find sorbet, floats, sundaes, and milkshakes! Changes this summer include no sampling, bowls instead of cones, and card only.
1105 NW Johnson St.
Has your ice cream ever come in a roll? This wacky take on a regular dessert comes from Thailand, and is made by pouring the cream onto a freezing pan (set at -22 degrees), which creates a thin sheet of ice cream right that’s rolled up right before your eyes! The end result is elegant cylinders of ice cream, a far cry from a messy scoop. This Oregon original opened its first shop in Eugene in 2017, and has since expanded to three locations, including Salem and Portland. Vegan, lactose-free, and dairy options are all available, with an impressive list of flavors ranging from Lavender and Rose to Fruity Pebbles and S’mores. They are currently open for takeout and delivery.
1728 SW Jefferson St
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This gem in the Woodstock neighborhood of Southeast Portland has been impressing kids of all ages since 2011, using natural and local ingredients to serve up a prolific menu of dairy and non-dairy scoops, sundaes, and shakes. They’ve simplified their menu to the classics ( like Golddigger with chocolate ice cream and peanut butter ripple, or the honey lavender), and are offering scoops and pints to go. As it days on their door, everything is made with equal parts love and magic.
4525 SE Woodstock Blvd.
The froyo from Eb and Bean has taken the city by storm the last few years. The swirling cones of goodness come in fantastic flavors (dairy or non-dairy, without artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, or corn syrup). It’s then topped with seasonal, all-natural goodies, many from local Oregon companies. They have three locations around town, but currently only the Broadway and Division ones are open, for contactless walk-up window service.
645 NW 21st Ave
1425 NE Broadway St.
3040 SE Division St.
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Founded by a native Italian, Pinolo Gelato lets ice cream’s European cousin shine. Gelato is mostly made without eggs–because it has less fat and is also served slightly warmer than ice cream, it’s argued to be more flavorful. Take a Roman holiday with classic flavors like chocolate, stracciatella or pistachio, or enjoy the seasonal rotation like almond fig. They also serve Cafe Umbria espresso. Open everyday for takeout, or you can even order ahead for next day pickup!
3707 SE Division
Delicious ice cream, sandwiched between two thick cookies. It’s the dessert for when you can’t decide if you want ice cream or baked goods, and nobody in Portland does it like Ruby Jewel. Try the Double Chocolate and Peanut Butter, or the Lemon and Honey Lavender, or test out a new flavor! The four store locations are town are open for business this summer, with slightly reduced hours. If you can’t make it in–ship it! They offer nationwide shipping for free–send out some matching pints for the kids and far away family members to eat together on a virtual date.
4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd
3713 N Mississippi Ave.
428 SW 12th Ave.
1650 NW 23rd Ave.
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There’s nothing sweeter than getting your soft serve cone from a retro drive-through after a day on the Sandy River. Located in Troutdale, Sugarpine serves up great lunches, but it’s the cones that’ll make you beg for more. Go for the Larch Mountain, a chocolate and vanilla swirl topped with crumbled brown butter blondies, blueberry lavender sauce, and homemade pine nut honeycomb crunch. Also, they serve froze (frozen rose) popsicles. If you’re aiming to eat a meal be prepared to order through their online portal–ice cream and beverages can still be ordered via the drive-through window (cars or bikes only).
1208 East Historical Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR
Fifty Licks started as a food cart then swiftly moved into the spotlight at their two locations (both currently open for takeout). Quality ingredients mixed into a custard base means flavors like Hood Strawberry or Toasted Milk shine through. The vegan options are coconut-based and will not disappoint anyone, like the turmeric-yellow Golden Milk or the Mango Sticky Rice.
2742 E Burnside St
2021 SE Clinton St
Portland’s ice cream craze basically kicked off with this shop and their curious flavors–you can find their shops flung far in LA, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, and even Disneyland (yep). Closer to home, it’s still massively popular. The one good thing about 2020 is that you can now skip those heinous lines by ordering online ahead of time for pickup (or delivery!). They keep a list of favorites like strawberry and balsamic, olive oil, and sea salt and caramel, but their monthly rotating flavors are surprisingly unique, but crazy good– like goat cheese marionberry habanero. Their four scoop shops around town are open for takeout–wear a mask, please!
838 NW 23rd Ave.
3345 SE Division St.
2035 NE Alberta St.
100 A Ave., Lake Oswego, OR