Favorite Ice Cream Shops

It’s hot out and a perfect time to treat yourself and your kids to ice cream! DCMB contributor, Kathy Fleming, reached out to local moms and asked about their favorite neighborhood ice cream shops to visit with their families. These shops have been taste-tested and kid and mom approved. Here is our guide to our favorite ice cream shops in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. Enjoy!

Washington, DC

Dolcezza (multiple locations)
Gelato shop sourcing their ingredients from local farms and handmade. They also have gourmet coffees.

Ice Cream Jubilee (Navy Yard)
Located on the waterfront between a grassy area and a splash park. This is a perfect spot to take the kids for a summer treat with outdoor seating.

Ice Cream Jubilee

Jeni’s Ice Cream (14th St./Logan)
Originally from Ohio, Jeni’s is well known for its unique flavors. Head upstairs for lots of seating, high chairs, coloring pages and stickers for the kids while they enjoy their ice cream.

Larry’s Ice Cream (Dupont Circle)
Although known for their homemade ice cream, you’ll also find homemade cupcakes. They use imported, natural and high-quality ingredients.

Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop (Petworth)
Here you’ll find unique gifts, housewares, and candy for all ages. Head to the back for Taharka Brothers ice cream by-the-scoop, espresso drinks made with locally roasted Lost Sock Coffee beans, and grab ‘n’ go sandwiches and salads.

Pitango Gelato (multiple locations)
The best of both worlds for kids and parents – coffee and ice cream (as well as vegan sorbets). They also cater (even weddings) and do birthday parties!

Thomas Sweet (Georgetown)
You’ll find locals, tourists, and sometimes former Presidents at this ice cream shop. Check out their fro-yo and their famous “blend-ins” too.

Trickling Springs (Union Market DC)
This ice cream comes from Chambersburg, PA, in the heart of Amish Country. It offers organic and all-natural products created in small batches to allow a true focus on quality and freshness in DC.


Dairy Godmother (Delray)
The Dairy Godmother specializes in Wisconsin-style frozen custard. They have a monthly “flavor forecast” calendar on their website but serve vanilla and chocolate custard daily. Also, home of the “puppy pops” for your furry friends.

La Moo Creamery (Arlington)
This ice cream is hand rolled using the Thai-roll style process. Their Ice cream is well known for its great flavors in its rawest forms – no preservatives, thickeners or stabilizers.

Nicecream (Clarendon)
Nicecream uses grass-fed cream and local ingredients from nearby farms. They then use liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream on the spot in front of guests.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Shop

Peterson’s Ice cream (Clifton)
A husband and wife owned shop serving homemade ice cream, gelato, shakes and malts, and deli sandwiches.

Sugar Mamas (Fairfax)
Sugar Mamas believes ice cream is necessary all the time, not just in warm weather, so they are open all year round (although closed on Mondays). Family owned and also have a large variety of candy.

Woody’s (Fairfax)
Serves sundaes, milkshakes, and cones in downtown Fairfax. Inside, the shop has locally inspired paintings with seating for 50 people and a spacious deck with outdoor seating.

520 Ice Cream (Mosaic District and other locations in VA and MD)
Handmade Thai-inspired rolled ice cream using natural ingredients. They have a variety of fruit and milk teas too.


Baked Bear (Bethesda)
Custom ice cream sandwiches, delicious ice cream between fresh baked cookies. Enough said.

Moorenkos (Silver Spring)
They pride themselves on hand-making ultra-premium ice creams in fun flavors like cinnamon cappuccino and honey lavender.

Rocky Point Creamery (Tuscarora)
A fun find on the country back roads of Maryland. Milking Cows and farm right on sight so you know you’re getting the freshest ice cream experience.

Tropical Ice Cream (Silver Spring)
Tropical flavors like mango and pineapple make this place unique. Caribbean flavors blended into delicious ice cream!

Yogi Castle (Bethesda)
Here you can find bubble tea, self-serve gelato, ice cream and the unique panini gelato (gelato inside a warm sweet bun).

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