10 Ways to Get Your Ice Cream Fix

Grab a cone, scoop, shake or sundae at these restaurants and ice cream parlors in Northern Virginia.

Looking to celebrate summer with a frozen treat? Check out these restaurants, parlors and cafes offering the best frozen custard, gelato, shakes and ice cream in the area. 


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Nicecream Factory​
2831 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; nicecreamfactory.com

This high-tech Clarendon shop uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze made-to-order batches of ice cream. The method means extra-smooth, rich scoops made with a variety of flavors and mix-ins. Six flavors are available daily, with options like vanilla, chocolate chunk, blackberry and key lime pie. 


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Boccato Gelato & Espresso
2719 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; gelatoarlingtonva.wix.com/boccato

Pair your coffee with a scoop of fresh gelato at this cafe in Clarendon. Flavors include options like dark chocolate, salted caramel or hazelnut. Comfy seating encourages you to settle in for a long visit. Need to get some work done? Boccato is also home to the CoworkCafe, where you can work remotely with WiFi and office amenities for $20 a day.


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Shake Shack
1100 S Hayes St., Arlington; shakeshack.com
7924 Tysons Corner Center, McLean

This New York-based chain may be known for burgers slathered in "Shake Sauce," but the frozen options should not be ignored. Both the Pentagon City and Tysons Corner locations feature shakes and frozen custard "concretes" with mix-ins like chocolate-truffle cookie dough, salted caramel sauce, dark chocolate chunks or marshmallow sauce. If you're in Pentagon City, go for the Potomac PB concrete, made with vanilla custard, peanut butter sauce, chocolate chip cookie and chocolate sprinkles. 


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Toby's Homemade Ice Cream & Coffee
5849A Washington Blvd., Arlington; tobysicecream.com

Tucked into a tiny Westover storefront, Toby's serves up freshly made ice cream along with custom cakes and a full coffee bar. The ice cream here is rich, using 18 percent butterfat and plenty of mix-ins. Options change frequently, but include favorites like vanilla bean, chocolate chip cookie dough, butter pecan and mint chocolate chip.


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Ted's Bulletin
2911 District Ave., Fairfax; tedsbulletin.com

Stop by the Mosaic District location of this D.C.-area chain for a frosty, old-school milkshake. Flavors like chocolate, caramel macchiato, Oreo or strawberry-banana are served up in retro soda fountain-style glasses. Looking to kick things up a notch? Ted's also offers spiked milkshakes, like the White Russian with vodka and Kahlua, or the Key Lime Pie with coconut rum. 


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Captain Cookie & the Milkman
Location Varies; captaincookiedc.com

Keep up with this fleet of D.C.-area dessert food trucks on the website, which lists weekly stops. The trucks often swing by Arlington's Courthouse and Rosslyn neighborhoods, where diners can stop for cookies, ice cream or a build-your-own ice cream sandwich combining the best of both. 


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Dolcezza Gelato
2905 District Ave., Fairfax; dolcezzagelato.com

Take a Mosaic District shopping break for a scoop of gelato at this popular spot featuring creative flavors like Thai coconut milk, creme-fraiche citrus or marmalade. Craving some gelato when you're away from Fairfax? Grab a container to-go at the cafe, or stop by area Whole Foods for a pint.


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FDB Eatery
6641 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church; fdbeatery.com

FDB Eatery started out as Frozen Dairy Bar, and the Falls Church restaurant still honors that history. Stop in for frozen custard in a cone, cup or milkshake, or opt for one of the specialty sundaes like the chocolate-peanut-butter parfait with layered chocolate frozen custard, chocolate mousse, peanut butter, peanut brittle and chocolate shavings. 


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Lil City Creamery
114 W. Broad St., Falls Church; www.lilcitycreamery.com

​This tiny Falls Church ice cream shop serves up flavors created at Woodside Farm Creamery, which has been operating in Delaware since 1796. Visitors can go for a cone or cup, or upgrade to a filling brownie sundae, ice cream sandwich or root-beer float. The tiki-themed shop also serves coffee and smoothies. 


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The Dairy Godmother
2310 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; thedairygodmother.com

Cool off during an afternoon exploring Del Ray with a cup of The Dairy Godmother's signature Wisconsin-style frozen custard. Vanilla and chocolate custard are available daily, along with a rotating flavor of the day like Oreo cream, buttered pecan, mint chip or cinnamon oatmeal cookie. Not craving custard? The cafe also features baked goods, sorbet and ice pops. ​

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