There’s nothing better on a warm day than enjoying a cooling scoop of ice cream or gelato. Whether you’re a cup fan or cone die-hard, a chocolate maniac or a vanilla fan, we’ve got something for you. Here are our top picks for where to find the best ice cream and gelato in DC.
With two locations in DC (one on 14th Street and one in Navy Yard), this local ice cream chain is one of the District’s best spots for a cone. Plus, all the milk used in the ice cream comes from a local creamery, so your ice cream is bound to be delicious (and basically homemade). Head down here for fun twists on familiar flavors, like Caramel Popcorn or Chocolate Chocolate.
1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
This local DC chain of Argentinean gelaterias is known for its Instagram-friendly decor (think stunningly tiled floors and wooden tables) and delicious seasonal scoops. The shop works closely with farmers and artisans to supply ingredients like fruits and maple syrup for the gelato. Our favorite flavors include the deliciously tangy clementine and rich, creamy Valrhona dark chocolate, but the constantly rotating selection means there’s always something new to try.
1418 14th St NW
Looking for something to enjoy on-the-go as you hop from Smithsonian to Smithsonian? Look no further than the Orange Cow ice cream truck, which drives around DC with delicious, hand-dipped frozen treats. Go for a classic choice like mint chocolate chip for a traditional experience.
While this fast/casual joint is best-known for its burgers, just look at the name to see what the real draw here is. Shake Shack’s “concretes” are delicious, milkshake-style frozen custard concoctions that come in a variety of fun flavors, like walnut. Pair one of these with a Shackburger and you’ve got the perfect meal.
1400 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
This local DC gelateria is all about the options. You’ll find a wide range of flavors on display, including banana, bubble gum, and tiramisu. There are also fruit-based sorbets to choose from, along with an array of toppings and sides for your ice cream. And since all the gelato is made fresh every day, everything you’re tasting is guaranteed to be fresh. This is the perfect place to bring the family, since there’s bound to be a flavor to suit anyone’s palate. Have fun trying and tasting new flavors and picking out the perfect gelato for you!
1420 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001