Ice Cream: Best Licks in the DMV

As summer comes to a close, and we all start to scramble to enjoy these last moments, there are a few more awesome summer-y memories to be made and there are absolutely some more ice cream places to try. So whether you are from the DMV or just visiting, you have to check out our list of the 6 best ice cream places in the area while the heat is still on. These spots will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more. From classic ice cream shops to unique flavors, we have something for everyone on this list. So what are you waiting for? Start indulging in some of the best ice cream around be fore the leaves begin to fall!


The Creamery at Union Market

The Creamery specializes in all kinds of locally-sourced dairy products, however, their ice cream is really the stand out. Opened by the longtime retail manager of Trickling Springs’ area shops, this new business is owned by him and his family.

Their summer menu includes classic favorites like cookies and cream or coffee, but if you’re looking for something a little different, go ahead and try their grapenut flavor.

1309 5th St NE

Washington, DC

Happy Ice Cream

Happy Gyro’s sister business, Happy Ice Cream will leave you star struck. This inconspicuous ice cream cart carries absolute masterpieces from chef Ben Brunner. The insane flavors include fig leaf with blackberry and streusel, olive oil gelato with cocoa crumble, and the best mint chip you will ever have in your life. The only thing that could possibly make these flavors taste any better are Brunner’s freshly-made sourdough cones.

1509 17th St NW

Dupont Circle


Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Co.

Founder Ray “Pop” Giovanni started out his ice cream and dessert career in the 1940’s. Pop’s business started out strong while catering events at the White House, leading to his creation of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s favorite ice cream. He didn’t leave the business until 1998, but when he did, he left behind the same classic flavors that made the Mrs. Roosevelt so happy.

Their menu includes tons of classic flavors that can be had in sundaes or with a slice of fresh-baked pie.

109 King St

Alexandria, VA

Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream

Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream is a real mom & pop shop. Owner, Toby, takes absolute pride in serving the best ice cream he can, which is why he uses only the best all natural ingredients and makes each of his flavors in small batches to ensure the best possible quality.

Flavors here include all of the classics, as well as many internationally-inspired choices such as their famous ube (purple sweet potato) ice cream. You can find a partial list of their flavors on their website, but for the full list (and experience), you’ve got to go.

5849 Washington Blvd.

Arlington, VA



Moorenko’s has been a major fixture of the DMV landscape since 2002. Part of their charm lies in their dedication to providing customers with access to only the best ingredients around. Their dairy products are sourced from grass-fed cows raised on family-owned farms in Pennsylvania and their other ingredients are sourced locally and seasonally as well. The other part of their charm comes from the great atmosphere within all of their locations. Filled with board games, the space invites you to sit a while and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Moorenko’s flavors include the classics we love as well as some more out-of-the-box choices such as cinnamon cappuccino, honey lavender, or grapefruit Campari.

8030-B Georgia Ave.

Silver Spring, MD

Our Family Favorite: York Castle Ice Cream

A longtime venue for homemade ice cream here in the DMV, York Castle provides flavors like no other. At this Caribbean spot, you’ll find choices to fill all of your tropical fruit desires. A few of the flavors off of their extensive menu include guava, lucuma, soursop, and for those who aren’t interested in fruit, Guinness.

Our family recommendation is to get one scoop of soursop and another tropical fruit flavored scoop.

827 Hungerford Dr

Rockville, MD

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