Washington DC’s Best Ice Cream Shops


D.C.’s dessert scene has been subject to the encroaching influences of alternative dessert fads, like froyo or cupcakes. Luckily, ice cream will never be dethroned as the reigning summer treat of choice and DC has no shortage of spots to grab a scoop, sandwich, or sundae. From small neighborhood shops to upscale parlors, check out 7 of our favorite places to get your ice cream fix in and around the District.

U-Scream Ice Cream & Treatery

1301 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Located in the U Street corridor, U-Scream offers a refreshingly no fuss option. You have to try the red velvet cake flavor!

Thomas Sweet

3214 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

You’ll feel like a Georgetowner at this longtime fixture at the corner of Wisconsin and P Street. It’s one of the oldest and most well regarded ice cream shops in town- they even have a few celebrity visits! There are over 40 flavors on hand on any given day, including interesting choices like “coffee heath bar” and “heavenly hash. If you still need some help achieving a diabetic coma after the ice cream, Thomas Sweet is also a fudge shop.

Larry’s Ice Cream

1633 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Located just north of Dupont Circle in a basement space, Larry’s offers a wide array of eclectic, homemade flavors.  What sets Larry’s ice cream apart from the rest ? How thick it is, almost to the point of being able to chew it.

Buzz Bakery

300 Tingey Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

This tiny coffee shop and bakery is adjacent to The Arsenal and Bluejacket, and offers eight flavors of ice cream. You can turn any flavor into an ice cream sandwich made with chocolate chip, oatmeal or snickerdoodle cookies.

Ice Cream Jubilee

301 Water Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Ice Cream Jubiliee offers more than a dozen or so inventive ice creams and sorbets, some of them boozy! Banana Bourbon Caramel looks especially enticing. Sit outside and enjoy your ice cream or take a quick stroll over down to the waterfront for a treat with a view.

The Dairy Godmother

2310 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

Alexandria isn’t a far train ride away, and The Dairy Godmother will make it worth the trip! Formerly the Del Ray Dreamery, this place offers quality custard with a neighborhood feel. Each day, they feature a unique flavor sure to induce a custard coma.


8030B Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

Based out of Silver Spring, Moorenko’s offers a huge variety of flavors made with locally sourced products. Chalk it up to Ice Cream University. That’s what got Susan Soorenko started in the business of making and serving cool, creamy delights such as megajolt and cherries with the works.

Do you have other suggestions for ice cream in DC? Be sure to share in the comments!

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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