Where To Eat Ice Cream & Gelato in DC

Summer is in full swing, and we all need some tasty and cool treats to help beat the heat. With options around the corner from the St. Gregory Hotel, and throughout the city beyond, these are the best spots to eat ice cream and gelato in Washington, DC.

Tredici Enoteca

Here at the St. Gregory Hotel, guests can enjoy ice cream simply by heading downstairs to our Mediterranean-style brasserie, Tredici Enoteca. Our seasonal menus always feature something refreshing—perfect to cure any sweet tooth before venturing to explore the city.

Dolcezza Gelato Dupont

This intimate and comfortable cafe is one of the best spots to grab a frozen treat near the St. Gregory Hotel. The special gelato flavors are handcrafted using local ingredients, providing a truly artisanal experience. Pair with an iced latte or espresso, and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer afternoon treat.

Dolcezza Gelato Dupont. 1704 Connecticut Ave NW

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

An Ohio-based ice cream chain that DC just needed a taste of, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams offers popping in flavors in a bold and colorful storefront. Located in the hip 14th Street neighborhood, this shop goes artisanal and delicious with flavors like ricotta toast with red berry geranium jam, and brambleberry crisp.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. 1925 14th St. NW

Ice Cream Jubilee

A beloved local ice cream shop, Jubilee was founded in its owner’s kitchen in 2009. A home-grown shop, it’s earned accolades over the years, including People’s Choice for Best Ice Cream at the 2013 DC Scoop Competition. Stop by for delicious flavors like blueberry pie and espresso colada.

Ice Cream Jubilee. 1407 T St. NW

Captain Cookie & The Milk Man

This local DC brand got its name as a mobile bakery doling out its own brand of cookies, local milk, and knock-out ice cream flavors. Go check out its flagship dairy bar shop during your next DC visit and enjoy a simple, divine local ice cream—you can even sandwich it between a pair of your favorite cookies.

Captain Cookie & The Milk Man. 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream

Voted one of America’s Top 25 Ice Cream Parlors by Food and Wine, it’s safe to say that Mount Desert Island Ice Cream is one of the most acclaimed shops in DC. The shop is actually a staple of Bar Harbor, Maine with three locations there, and only one outside, which is right here in DC.

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream. 3110 Mt. Pleasant St. NW