Best Local Spots for Sweet, Icy Treats

Let’s face it: Summer is hot in our area. Both the temperatures and humidity are high, but, there is one tried and true method of beating the heat—spoon deep in a frozen treat.

Whether it is with an ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, an ice pop, slushie or a smoothie, frozen beverages and desserts are an easy and tasty way to keep cool throughout the hot summer months. They’re the perfect goody for those of all ages.

If you’re looking to cool down, head into one of these local establishments for a tasty treat (hold the brain freeze).

Washington, D.C.

Thomas Sweet

3214 P St., NW

Washington, D.C.

Since 1979, Thomas Sweet has been scooping out smiles and house-made ice creams. The DC-favorite carries classic flavors like coconut or chocolate, and also whips up ice cream treats like banana splits.

Captain Cookie and the Milkman

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, D.C.

Freshly baked cookies surround locally made ice creams, but feel free to go crazy and change up the flavors of your cookies for the ultimate flavor explosion.

Dolci Gelati Café

1420 8th St., NW

Washington, D.C.

The ever-changing menu of gelatos and sorbets has inspired flavors made with local ingredients, but stay true to Old Italian recipes.


4732 Cherry Hill Rd.

College Park, MD

This frozen yogurt shop goes beyond typical FroYo flavors and offers tropical selections like taro and guava. Bonus, they have several varieties of bubble tea on the menu!

Hershey’s Ice Cream

8865 Greenbelt Rd.

Greenbelt, MD

Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla…oh my! Hershey’s has been making ice cream for over 100 years, and their secret is using a bit less air, which creates a richer texture.

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