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Where to find ice cream this hot Mother's Day weekend

With summer temperatures arriving this weekend, we’re going to gain a new appetite for frozen treats. And they are available. Though many spots are closed because of the pandemic, there are still places around town to pick up some ice cream, sorbets and other delicious frozen things.

Check ahead on how the ordering procedure works. With some of these places you have to order online in advance and then go pick it up.

Salt & Straw

Open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily for pickup from two locations:
Capitol Hill 714 E Pike St A, (206) 258-4574
Ballard 5420 Ballard Ave NW, (206) 294-5581

Order online only. The menu includes familiar flavors and a rotating repertoire of concoctions based on seasonal local products, and there are some tasty non-dairy options.


Baskin Robbins

Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily at the downtown location
660 Elliott Ave W (206) 284-3372
Open noon to 8 p.m. daily at the Beacon Hill location
2001 Rainier Ave S, (206) 324-0031

A global chain with many flavors on offer, including frozen yogurt and sorbet.



Friday to Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
1400 Third Ave, 206-467-9563

Gelato is lower in fat than conventional ice cream – it is made with a greater proportion of milk. It also has less air pumped into it. The result is a dense, intensely flavored and often vividly colored treat. Gelatiamo makes its own gelatos and sorbets from scratch in its downtown shop.


Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

Many locations are closed, but the West Seattle one is open for pickup.
2620 California Ave SW, (206) 935-3816

Load your cup with any combination of soft-serve frozen yogurts or sorbets, say, boysenberry and dulce de leche, decorate with a whimsical array of toppings, say, raspberries and gummy worms, and pay for your cool treat by weight.


Full Tilt Ice Cream

Columbia City 5041 Rainier Ave S‎, (206) 226-2740
White Center 9629 16th Ave SW, (206) 767-4811
Ballard 5453 Leary Ave NW, (206) 297-3000
University District 4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, (206) 524-4406

House made ice cream, in a range of flavors, including some good non-dairy options.


Husky Deli

4721 California Ave SW, (206) 937-2810

This landmark family business in West Seattle (since 1932) serves up 40 or so flavors of ice cream, including its own originals.


Nutty Squirrel Gelato

Magnolia 2425 33rd Ave W Unit B, (877) 738-7696
Phinney Ridge 7212 Greenwood Ave N, (877) 738-7696

Nutty Squirrel makes ice cream the Italian way, using less air and cream and more milk. Order at their online shop for curbside pickup.


Bluebird Ice Cream

7400 Greenwood Ave N, (206) 659-8154

 This company makes ice cream from scratch and soda from scratch.  They reliably have at least two options without dairy. And even if you can eat milk products at will, you'll likely be tempted by their Horchata vegan ice cream.


D'Ambrosio Gelato

5339 Ballard Ave NW, (206) 327-9175

This Ballard store serves dense, flavorful ice cream made the Italian way, with milk rather than cream and less air. There are a selection of sorbets, made using fruit that is in season.


Fainting Goat Gelato

Wallingford 1903 N 45th St, (206) 327-9459
Fremont 3415A Fremont Ave N, (206) 257-5267

Fainting Goat serves gelato – ice cream made using Italian methods, with milk rather than cream – and sorbet, both made in its Wallingford store.  True to the name, some of the gelato is made with goat milk. 


Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery

Ballard and Capitol Hill Locations are closed, but the University District Store is open
4301 University Way NE, (206) 632-0243

This store makes its ice cream on site, aiming to use as many ingredients as possible from within 100 miles. It carries some rich non-dairy flavors, made with coconut cream.