Updated: July 2022
In these fleeting warm, sunny months in the Northwest, kids go bananas for a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. Here are five local ice cream shops in Seattle to help you savor summer.
Bluebird soda fountain
Photo: Joshua Huston
Fremont’s Bluebird soda fountain serves homemade ice cream scoops and sundaes, plus floats made with soda brewed fresh in kid-approved flavors like snickerdoodle. Grab a stool at an authentic, 80-year-old gooseneck soda fountain from a pharmacy on Second and Yesler that owner Josh Reynolds had painstakingly sourced and restored to its original glory. 3515 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle. bluebirdseattle.com
Start with a fudge brownie swirl sundae and end with a game of pinball during a dessert run to Full Tilt’s White Center flagship. The ice cream chainlet’s U-District, Ballard and Columbia City outposts also buzz with kids licking big, fun flavors like peanut butter and jelly and horchata. Plus vegan picks — and plenty of old-school video games. fulltilticecream.com
A cookbook and five locations later, Molly Moon Neitzel is credited with kicking off the specialty ice cream craze that’s swept Seattle in recent years. Some flavors, like balsamic strawberry and salted caramel, haven’t changed since day one. Others rotate seasonally, like blueberry lemon custard, orchard blondie, blackberry sorbet and vegan coconut raspberry. mollymoonicecream.com
Salt & Straw
Kim Malek started the company with community in mind, so she teamed up with her cousin to create a space for a sweet treat and a gathering place for friends. At locations in Ballard, Capitol Hill and Totem Lake, you’ll find plenty to drool over with seasonal flavors and out-of-this-world combinations. Try the strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper or birthday cakes with blackberries flavors. The easiest choice you’ll have is if you want to eat it in a cup or a cone. Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Totem Lake. saltandstraw.com/pages/locations
Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery
On a mission of sustainability, this small-batch ice cream shop in Seattle uses local ingredients sourced within 100 miles of their location. Stop in for a pint of ice cream or order a custom ice cream cake for a special occasion. sweetalchemyicecreamery.com
For more cold treats on hot summer day, check out these gelato, fro-yo, and other ice cream shops.
Originally published in 2015; updated for 2022