If the warm weather has left you hankering for something cold and creamy, treat yourself and your kid crew to a scoop (or two!) at one of our favorite ice cream, custard, gelato or froyo shops around the Emerald City. It’s the perfect excuse to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Scroll down for the deets on where to get your brain freeze on.

photo: Kristina Moy

Vivo 53

It should come as no surprise that nearly every table at this modern Bellevue eatery is adorned with one of their signature (and appropriately named) Insane Sundaes. Some folks come for dinner first and enjoy expertly woodfired pizzas and simple pastas. Others come just for dessert. Regardless, you’ll want to allow about 15 minutes for the masterful sundae chef to create—and architect—your sundae: nearly a foot of ice cream, candies, baked goods and more sugar than you’d ever condone on a regular basis. You’ll never see your kids’ eyes wider than when the server brings this beauty to your table.

Sundaes we highly recommend: the Holy Spumoni filled with macaroons, Spumoni ice cream, crushed pistachios, maraschino cherries, a swirl lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and sprinkles; the Neapolitan filled with chocolate shavings, a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich, maraschino cherries, Neapolitan ice cream, sprinkles, a swirl lollipop and chocolate drizzle; and the Nutella Seduzione filled with chopped hazelnuts, Italian cheesecake ice cream, Nutella cheesecake, chocolate drizzle, dark chocolate shavings, a swirl lollipop and whipped cream.

504 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Online: vivo53.com

photo: Top It Yogurt Shoppe

Top It Yogurt Shoppe

Located in historic Snohomish, Top It Yogurt Shoppe gives the old school ice shop a modern twist with a dozen different flavors offered each day. Flavors change weekly, but you’ll usually find the old standbys of Cake Batter, County Vanilla and Pomegranate Raspberry on the daily menu. You’ll also find a huge selection of toppings to pile on as well, including fresh fruit, nuts, syrups and candy pieces. The prices here are pretty sweet as well.

801 1st St., Ste. 203
Snohomish WA 98290
Online: topityogurtshoppe.com

Rachel's Ginger Beer

So while this may not be your first place in mind for ice cream, think again. Rachel’s offers a mean ginger beer float. Ginger beer has a more aggressive flavor than root beer, but ice cream is the perfect way to temper it for a more kid-friendly palate. Choose your ginger beer flavor—original is awesome, but the seasonal varieties like blueberry, white peach and blood orange are both gorgeously colored and extremely flavorful—and add ice cream in vanilla, strawberry or vegan coconut flavors.

1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

1610 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours: Daily, noon-12 a.m.

Online: rachelsgingerbeer.com 

photo: Salt & Straw Ice Cream

Salt & Straw

This family owned business, which has gained a cult-like following since its first opening in 2011, is known for conjuring up wildly imaginative, city-specific flavors made with in-season organic and sustainable ingredients sourced from local businesses. Produced in small batches, Salt & Straw’s ice creams combine unique flavors you can’t (and won't!) find anywhere else.

Their menu has two parts: “classics” which are permanent menu fixtures that are so beloved they remain year-round and “limited edition” flavors that rotate each month. Both locations (Ballard and Capitol Hill) feature 11 classics including Honey Lavender (a delightfully light purple-hued treat), Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons (featuring hand-burned caramel with a deep, rich flavor you won’t find in your grocery aisle), Chocolate Gooey Brownie (hot chocolate ice cream with hearty chunks of chewy brownie bits made with homemade marshmallow fluff), Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper (Pacific NW strawberries with a shmidge of homey balsamic vinegar and a little black pepper to bring the berries into their happy place) and Beecher’s Cheese with Peppercorn Toffee (aged peppercorn Marco Polo cheese drizzled into salted ice cream with a hint of homemade green and black peppercorn butter brittle for a fruity, salty, savory trifecta of flavor only Salt & Straw could conjure up). Other classics include Double Fold Vanilla, Elm Coffee & Westland Whiskey, Ellenos Yogurt & Matcha, Rachel’s Raspberry Ginger Beer and Coconut Mint Chip Cupcake.

Good to Know: If you don’t want to make the trek to Ballard or Capitol Hill, Salt & Straw’s ice cream is available for delivery through Postmates. Simply place your order online or through the app and you can have pints of Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons or Chocolate Gooey Brownie delivered to your doorstep in minutes.

5420 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Capitol Hill 
714 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Online: saltandstraw.com

photo: Cupcake Royale

Cupcake Royale

The creative geniuses behind Seattle's delicious cupcakes have brought their bakeshop favorites to ice cream, so you can have your cake and your ice cream too. Enjoy flavors like Red Velvet, Salted Caramel or Triple Vanilla, made with fresh, natural, local ingredients, or try the newest flavors in the Royale Creamery’s Elevated Soda Fountain Classic series (think: Banana Split and Salted Cookie Dough ice creams and Retro Cherry Cola sorbet). Go ahead and order a double scoop. We won't tell!

Capitol Hill
1111 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours: Mon-Thu: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

2052 N.W. Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Sun-Thu: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Downtown Seattle
106 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Sun-Thu: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

West Seattle
4556 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
Hours: Sun-Thu: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

1101 34th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours: Mon-Fri: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Online: cupcakeroyale.com

photo: Molly Moon's Handmade Ice Cream

Molly Moon’s

You used to have to drive to Wallingford to wait in an around-the-corner line for Seattle’s best ice cream. That was so 2009. Now, almost every pocket of the city can stake a claim to a Molly Moon’s, including Madrona, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, University Village, Wallingford and 19th & Mercer downtown. C’mon, Ms. Molly Moon Neitzel: here's hoping for new stores to start selling scoops of salted caramel and scout mint in Beacon Hill and West Seattle.

1/2 1622 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

Capitol Hill
917 E. Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98122

Queen Anne
321 W. Galer St.
Seattle, WA 98119

1408 34th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

2615 N.E. 46th St.
Seattle, WA 98105

Columbia City
4822 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

16272 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Bellevue - Just Opened!
10045 N.E. 1st St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

Hours: Daily: 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Online: mollymoonicecream.com

photo: Snoqualmie Ice Cream

Snoqualmie Ice Cream

This ice creamery is a bit of a drive for Seattle families, however it’s worth it! Snoqualmie churns sorbet, ice cream and frozen custard (our favorite is the Lemon Custard) with no artificial flavors or colors and is sweetened with non-GMO cane sugar. They also churn a line of Snoqualmie Organic flavors (try their salty caramel - it's to die for!) and 22 gluten-free flavors. In addition, their shop (Snoqualmie Ice Cream & Fountain) hosts parties, so you can take your next big bash there. It’s also a perfect place to end a trip to Flower World or even Woodinville. And you can also buy pints at local markets if Snohomish isn’t on your "to-do” list or find it at several restaurants around Seattle, including Ivar's on the waterfront.

Good to Know: Order pints from their website and have them delivered right to your doorstep. It doesn't get any sweeter than that!

21106 86th Ave. S.E.
Snohomish, WA 98296
Online: snoqualmieicecream.com

Hours: Daily 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

photo: Parfait Ice Cream


The city’s favorite organic, homemade ice cream truck now serves espresso, confections, ice cream cakes, push pops and scoops in its brick-and-mortar digs in Ballard. The storefront near the Ballard library also features a play area. Score!

2034 N.W. 56th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
Online: parfait.com

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

This Pike Place Market favorite is an old-school soda fountain, complete with novelty ice cream sundaes and egg creams. The interiors are preciously pastel and modern, with a row of stools to perch and enjoy your Mighty-O Donut topped with Lopez Island vanilla and a dollop of hot fudge. Make a day of it and enjoy a walk around the market or trip to the aquarium after.

Psst! Going to a Mariners game at T-Mobile Park? Look for the Shug's portable ice cream carts that serve scoops of Lopez Island Creamery's small-batch super premium ice cream. 

1525 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Online: shugsfountain.com

Hours: Daily, noon-10 p.m.

Husky Deli

This West Seattle icon is where everyone heads for cups, cones and milkshakes. The family owned shop has been making its ice cream for over 75 years! In addition to classic flavors, Husky Deli makes an array of gourmet flavors, but it's their Husky Flake, French Orange and Dollar Mint that keeps locals coming back. Pick up a few scoops, sandwiches and drinks, head to Alki and voila! A perfect day with the kids.

4721 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
Online: huskydeli.com

Hours: Mon-Sat: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

photo: Helen Green

Full Tilt

The closest ice cream will ever get to being considered punk rock, Full Tilt serves sweet treats in colorful shops featuring pinball machines that hearken back to when we were kiddos. In addition to dairy flavors like mexican chocolate and green tea chip, vegan families can bite into scoops of crusty punkin or mint chocolate.

5453 Leary Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107

Columbia City
5041 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

Capitol Hill
328 15th Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98112

White Center
9629 16th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106

4759 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.‎
Seattle, WA 98105

Online: fulltilticecream.com

photo: Sweet Lo’s

Sweet Lo’s Handmade Ice Cream

Though Lauren Wilson doesn’t (yet?) have her own storefront, her made-to-order ice cream is top notch and worthy of a mention. The Sweet Lo’s website has an impressive menu—classics like cookies and cream, butter pecan or mint chip,—but Wilson will also make custom quarts and gallons and ice cream cakes, meaning you can get anything your sweet tooth desires. Delivery to your door (within Seattle) is just $5 extra.

Click here to view a list of retailers that sell Sweet Lo's Ice Cream.

Online: sweetlosicecream.com 

photo: Kristina Moy

Cloud Nine Creamery

For ice cream lovers, it doesn’t get much better than a seriously sweet scoop of handcrafted ice cream. But did you know there's a place in town where you can get an exceptionally smooth and creamy scoop made to order right in front of your eyes? Say hello to Cloud Nine Creamery, Westfield Southcenter’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop. It's a science experiment turned dessert craze that you gotta give a lick. 

How it Works: Start by selecting your base: milk, yogurt or vegan coconut and your container: waffle bowl, cone or cup. Then, choose your flavor. Cloud Nine offers 18 different flavors, including Strawberry, Raspberry, Lychee, Coconut, Mint, Cherry, Green Tea, Vanilla, Cookie ‘N Cream, Double Chocolate, Cake Batter, Nutella, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Coffee and Pistachio. Next, it’s time to add your mix-ins which range from candy and nuts to cookie crumbles and fruit. There's 27 different options to choose from, so don't be shy. Personalized concoctions are handcrafted right in front of your eyes using the magic, err science, of liquid nitrogen. And once the fog lifts, your delicious and oh-so creamy concoction is ready to eat. Want to make your ice cream even sweeter? Add on a Sauce Syringe ($1 each or four for $3) and top your Cloud Nine creation off with chocolate fudge, sweetened condensed milk, cherry, caramel or seasonal flavors.

Good to Know: Being a family owned and operated business, Cloud Nine knows the importance and value of working with local partners. That’s why the shop has partnered with several Northwest businesses to help make the magic and science of its liquid nitrogen ice cream even sweeter. Look for special ice cream concoctions made with desserts from Alki Bakery and coffee from Caffé D’arte. 

Cloud Nine Creamery (located between Sears & and Din Tai Fung)
Westfield Southcenter
191 Southcenter Mall
Tukwila, WA 98188
Online: cloudninecreamery.com 

Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

photo: Emily Williams

Mora Iced Creamery

We don’t know what the folks at Mora add to their recipe to make such indulgent, silky smooth batches of ice cream, but whatever they’re doing they’re doing it right. So right, in fact, that it’s worth the ferry ride to Bainbridge or a mini family road trip to Poulsbo or Kingston just to indulge in scoops of blackberry or coconut goodness.

Bainbridge Island
139 Madrone Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Hours: Sun-Thu: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

18801 Front St.
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Hours: Sun-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30-10 p.m.

11250 State Hwy. 104
Kingston, WA 98346
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

17327 SE 270th Pl.
Covington, WA 98042
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

11196 Pacific Crest Place E-110
Silverdale, WA 98383
(Opening soon!)

Online: moraicecream.com

Scoop Du Jour Ice Creamery

Grab some of Scoop Du Jour’s delicious ice cream in a waffle cone and walk down to the park or waterfront in Madison Park. No frills and around forever, Scoop Du Jour is an unpretentious, beloved Seattle tradition. Don’t miss out on their kid-approved burgers or grilled cheese, either.

4029 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
Online: facebook.com/pages/Scoop-Du-Jour-Ice-Creamery/111578165543941

Bluebird Ice Cream

Bluebird is as much a destination for kiddos as it is for adults: Little ones love bowls of ice cream infused with the likes of pink-iced animal crackers or floats made with Rachel’s ginger beer or small batch root beer, and grown-ups can fill take-home growlers of Chocolate Milk Stout at the Greenwood and Capitol Hill stores from Bluebird’s nanobrewery.

Capitol Hill
1205 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Online: facebook.com/BluebirdIceCreamPike

7400 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Online: facebook.com/BluebirdIceCreamGreenwood

3515 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Online: facebook.com/BluebirdIceCreamFremont

photo: Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s

This famous Vermont ice cream hits the spot if you’re looking for a sweet stop with the kids at Greenlake or while shopping at Westfield Southcenter Mall. Try Ben and Jerry’s Greek yogurt flavors for a slightly healthier option, including the blueberry vanilla graham.

Green Lake
7900 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Suite 104
Seattle, WA 98103

176 Lake St. S.
Kirkland, WA 98033

Westfield Southcenter
2800 Southcenter Mall
K2688 Kiosk 9250
Tukwila, WA 98188

Issaquah Highlands
1011 N.E. High St., Ste 103
Issaquah, WA 98029

Bellevue Square
166 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004

Uptown Gig Harbor
4635 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., Building 11, Ste. 400
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98101

Online: benjerry.com

photo: The Cookie Counter

The Cookie Counter

Ice cream aficionados love the vegan treats at The Cookie Counter's Greenwood shop. The Greenwood shop which started as—and still maintains—a 1974 VW bus as a mobile cart that you can find around the city. The ice cream is made with coconut milk and many of the sandwiching cookies are gluten-free; flavors change daily but it’s hard to beat the classic chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream combo.

7415 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., noon-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., noon-11 p.m. Closed Mon.

Capitol Hill
517 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Mon.

Online: seattlecookiecounter.com

Nutty Squirrel Gelato

The smell of fresh-made waffle cones hits you from a block down Greenwood from this adorable little café. Who could resist? The gelato here is rich and ultra-flavorful; even the "small" can be made with two flavors, so try multiple flavors like the sea salt caramel or nutty pistachio (or go fruity with the dairy-free sorbettos). There’s no need to rush, as there are tables and a felt play wall at the back perfect to keep littles entertained.

Phinney Ridge
7212 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Mon-Thu 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

2425 33rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98199
Hours: Mon-Thu 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Maple Valley
26636 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd. S.E., Ste. H-100
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Hours: Sun-Thu: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 12 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Online: nuttysquirrelgelato.com

photo: Bottega Italiana

Bottega Italiana

Wish you were in Italy? This is where you can get your gelato fix. Bottega Italiana’s ingredients are fresh and creative, and the menu includes vegan and non-dairy options. With 60% less fat than ice cream, you’ll be saying “grazi!” alongside the kids.

Pike Place Market
1425 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Online: bottegaitaliana.com

photo: Fainting Goat Gelato

Fainting Goat Gelato

Located in Wallingford, this small family business serves up delicious handcrafted gelato and sorbetto in a variety of flavors. In addition to local seasonal berries, Fainting Goat also uses only organic milk and sugar, making the shop a popular family destination.

Good to Know: Fainting Goat rotates their flavors daily, so expect to find a new fave (or two!) every day of the week.

1903 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Online: faintinggoatseattle.com

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., noon-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., noon-11 p.m.

Sirena Gelato

During the warm summer months, families line up outside to get a huge scoop of this delicious premium gelato, handcrafted one pan at a time from an old-fashioned Italian recipe. Indulge in one of their many flavors including amaretto, cappuccino, chocolate, strawberry, mango, lemon or coconut or go for a pan dolce gelato “popsicle” or one of the many frozen sandwiches heaped with the Italian treat.

109 Park Ln.
Kirkland, WA 98033
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

960 Harris Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Hours: Daily, noon-9:30 p.m.

Online: sirenagelato.com

photo: Kristina Moy


A San Fernando Valley, California chain with a slew of local stores, it’s hard to say no to Menchie’s self-serve froyo since it averages about 20 to 40 calories per ounce. When your kids add gummy worms, cookie dough chunks and peanut butter sauce that good-for-you dessert might cross the line into junk food territory, but you can always stick with fresh fruit toppings...and maybe a drizzle of hot chocolate.

Many area locations
Online: menchies.com

photo: Yogurtland


The other major player in the self-serve froyo scene, Yogurtland’s bright green tiled interior gives kids plenty of eye candy. But they’ll probably be too focused on those bowls of lemon cream cookie and birthday cupcake batter to notice.

233 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Online: yogurt-land.com

Hours: Sun: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri: 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sat: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

photo: Old School Frozen Custard

Old School Frozen Custard

Old School has been handing out cones of creamy soft serve custard made for more than five years. In addition to the always available chocolate and vanilla, rotating flavors like juicy lemon, banana cream pie and blueberry cheesecake can be blended with toppings into “blizzards.” Psst! View the flavor of day calendar online.

1316 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Online: facebook.com/OldSchoolFrozenCustard

—Jeffery Totey, Kristina Moy, Chelsea Lin & Sara Billups


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