Beat the Heat With Icy Treats

Check out these ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato shops to cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth.


Dying for some sorbet or an adult milkshake? Here are my favorite spots for frozen treats in the DC area:

In the 'Burbs 

Even President Obama knows that , located in Del Ray is worth a visit! The Dairy Godmother, a Mt. Vernon Avenue fixture since 2001, is the brain child of former pastry chef and Del Ray resident Liz Davis. They offer traditional chocolate and vanilla ice cream, but also a new flavor creation each day like Cinnamon Toast or Orange Chocolate Shortbread, to excite and comfort your taste buds. Or go for a simple vanilla custard with hot fudge and toasted almonds like the Commander-in-Chief.

Side note: Speaking of the Obamas, the First Lady may enjoy her sweets, but as evidenced by her multiple efforts to prevent and cure child obesity, Michelle prefers indulging in bites that are a bit more figure-friendly. Earlier this month, she treated her daughter, Sasha, to Pinkberry (1213 Connecticut Ave. NW) in DuPont circle to celebrate her 11th birthday. Joined by her sister, Malia, and the Secret Service, the gang took a welcomed reprieve from the heat. If you’re not wanting to venture into the city, you can visit Pinkberry at Tysons Corner (7889 Tysons Corner Center), the Village at Leesburg (1606 Village Market Blvd 100), or Fairfax Corner (11942 Grand Commons Ave). If you’re in the District, check out their Georgetown location (3288 M St., NW).

Also enjoy Pitango Gelato  (11942 Democracy Dr.) in Reston. Where the friendly staff scoop some of the creamiest gelato and smoothest sorbet made with locally-sourced milk and eggs, it’s a win-win for everyone. For summertime, owner Noah Dan is sourcing seasonal rhubarb, apricots, Bosc pears, quince, raspberries and strawberries from independent farms in Pennsylvania to create his fresh fruit sorbets. Made only with fresh fruit, raw organic cane sugar and mineral water, Pitango’s sorbets contain no processed ingredients, mixes, syrups or artificial colorings or flavorings.

In the District

Sure, while most think of gelato as Italian, Dolcezza (1560 Wisconsin Ave., NW and 1704 Connecticut Ave., NW) will redirect your appreciation with its artisan Argentine gelato. You’ll love their innovative flavor combinations, using only the best seasonal locally-sourced products, with half the fat and calories of traditional ice cream. Perhaps the most indulgent treat of all is frozen custard, which has a higher milk fat and egg yolk content than typical ice cream. This equation creates an incredibly dense and smooth texture that not only tastes, but also feels incredible in your mouth. The Lemon Opal Basil is to die for! Destination location: Georgetown and DuPont metro stop. 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for U-Scream Ice Scream and Treatery (1301 U St., NW). Here you’ll find both traditional and unique ice cream flavors with an unbeatable creamy texture at a reasonable price, served to you with a smile. Must try: Carrot Cake, Ginger or Red Velvet on a homemade waffle cone. Destination location: U Street metro stop.

Tipsy Treats

“Libation-tastic snow cones.” That’s how Ritz-Carlton (1150 22nd St., NW) describes these new alcohol-infused ice treats. Offering refreshing adult flavors such as Lemonade Thyme, Strawberry Basil and Blueberry Mojito and non-alcoholic flavors like Cotton Candy, it’s a place the entire family can enjoy. We really can’t think of a better spot to bring out-of-town guests on a scorching Saturday afternoon. Destination location: Foggy Bottom metro stop. 

Ted’s Bulletin (505 8th St., SE) serves up fun for the whole family with their incredible milkshakes. Mixed with the perfect proportion of ice cream, cream and mix-ins, these sips of happiness are more fun than running through the sprinklers. And their adult-friendly milkshakes will get parents as giddy as the kids. Must try: Nutty Professor with hazelnut liqueur. Destination Location: Eastern Market metro stop. 

Againn (1099 New York Ave., NW) takes the “root” out of root beer with its creative beer float creations including a Guinness Beer Float with Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Vanilla Cream Soda with Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream. Now that’s my kind of happy hour! Destination location: Metro Center metro stop. 


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