Best Ice Cream In The DC Area

May 8, 2011 11:52 AM

Ice Cream in DC

Stefan Zaklin, Getty Images

Ice Cream in DC

Stefan Zaklin, Getty Images

Whether you’re trying to beat the heat or fine tune your inner ice-cream connoisseur, the DC metro region has many options! From down home ice-cream stylings, to gourmet dips, these places will satisfy any taste buds!

Max’s Best

2416 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

Located in Glover Park just north of Georgetown, this mom and pop operation offers a range of treats from Mexican Chocolate (it’s a little spicy!) to Rosewater Lemon (for the refined palate) to the standard Vanilla for the less adventurous. Max will most likely be scooping the ice cream and don’t forget they are a cash-only establishment.

The Dairy Godmother

2310 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

You won’t necessarily find Cinderella here, but you sure will find decadence in this frozen custard heaven. Although the line can be intimidating, it moves quickly and often has a happy-go-lucky vibe from neighborhood patrons. Who doesn’t get excited on the way to tasting flavors like Pumpkin, Sopapilla and Tollhouse Cookie?

Simple Pleasures Ice Café

13015 Ninth Street
Bowie, MD 20720
Simple Pleasures will take you back in time. With perfect scoops and a cute front porch, you’ll want to stick around for a bit! This is certainly a place to linger as they offer far more than just their lovely ice cream.


1560 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC 20007

7111 Bethesda Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Dupont Circle:
1704 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20011
With three locations, you never have to go far for a taste of the good stuff! The good stuff would be their artisanal gelato made from local ingredients every morning. Local ingredients mean their flavors follow the seasons, and after your first taste, you’ll be sure to follow your feet back to their shops.

Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy Company

Five locations around the Washington Metro Region and Baltimore

With almost 70 years of dishing up delights to the DC area, Gifford’s is obviously doing something right! Staple flavors like peppermint and Swiss chocolate are not to be missed and their ice-cream cakes are perfect for any occasion.

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