Discover the 26 Best Ice Cream Spots in NoVA

Discover the 26 Best Ice Cream Spots in NoVA

Our food critics embarked on a sweet mission to discover the best ice cream spots in Northern Virginia. From classic cones to unique creations like the “donutwich,” these recommendations won't disappoint.

Amoo’s Restaurant, McLean

While their ice cream company is now in LA, Amoo’s still offers its signature saffron ice cream and bastani sonati sandwich at the restaurant.

  • Flavors to try: Saffron ice cream, bastani sonati sandwich

  • Address: 6271 Old Dominion Dr., McLean

Blue Cow Ice Cream Co., Fredericksburg

Created by a husband-and-wife team in Roanoke, Blue Cow boasts 32 unique flavors, including banana pudding and sea salt brickle with caramel swirl.

  • Flavor to try: Triple berry crisp

  • Address: 607 William St., Fredericksburg

Bôn Tea House, Centreville

This spot offers two soft serve flavors at a time—matcha and a monthly surprise. Enjoy them in a cone, cup, or as part of an affogato.

  • Flavors to try: Matcha, lychee

  • Address: 5718 Pickwick Rd., Centreville

Campbells Frozen Custard, Woodbridge

A family-owned favorite, Campbells serves vanilla and chocolate frozen custard daily, plus two rotating flavors. Don’t miss the Turtle Supreme sundae.

  • Flavors to try: Banana, Nutella, birthday cake

  • Address: 4125 Merchant Plz., Woodbridge

Carl’s Frozen Custard, Fredericksburg

Established in 1947, Carl’s is a neon-lit landmark serving cones, malts, and shakes. Be sure to bring cash!

  • Flavors to try: Classic vanilla, chocolate, strawberry

  • Address: 2200 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg

Effee’s Frozen Favorites, Warrenton

Known for its flavorful sundaes and milkshakes, Effee’s roadside stand offers a flavor of the week that keeps dessert seekers coming back.

  • Flavor to try: Chocolate

  • Address: 5051 Lee Hwy., Warrenton

Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, Alexandria

This vintage-inspired shop is famous for its Wisconsin-style custard and baked goods. Try the Big Apple Donutwich for a unique treat.

  • Flavors to try: The Big Apple Donutwich, The Boogie Woogie, cinnamon roll “cinnawich”

  • Address: 200 Commerce St., Alexandria

Great Falls Creamery, Great Falls

With tree-shaded seating, this cottage-based creamery serves up perennial favorites like cookie dough and seasonal treats like black raspberry.

  • Flavors to try: Oreo, lavender

  • Address: 766-C Walker Rd., Great Falls

Gruto’s Soft Serve, Purcellville

Gruto’s offers soft, creamy delights with flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and seasonal specials. Customize your treat with various toppings.

  • Flavors to try: Peach, banana

  • Addresses: 141 W. Main St., Purcellville; 107 S. King St., Leesburg

Jake’s Ice Cream, Falls Church

This shop employs adults with disabilities who create and serve high-quality, small-batch ice cream with care.

  • Flavors to try: Mike’s Minty Surprise, lucuma

  • Address: 6353 Columbia Pk., Falls Church

JB’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Stephens City

This stand offers soft serve ice cream in various flavors, including a rotating flavor of the day. Generous portions for satisfied locals.

  • Flavors to try: Banana, raspberry

  • Address: 380 Fairfax Pk., Stephens City

Jimmy T’s Soft Serve, Dumfries & Fredericksburg

Jimmy T’s boasts an incredible 26 flavors, perfect for cones, sundaes, and shakes. Explore unique options like apricot and espresso roast.

  • Flavors to try: Crème de menthe, piña colada, tutti frutti

  • Addresses: 17986 Main St., Dumfries; 10631 Courthouse Rd., Fredericksburg

Lil City Creamery, Falls Church

Close to a park, this creamery offers 18 flavors sourced from Woodside Farm Creamery. Try the Steam Oil for a coffee, chocolate, and caramel delight.

  • Flavors to try: Coconut, butter pecan

  • Address: 114 W. Broad St., Falls Church

Matcha Café Maiko, Centreville & McLean

This Hawaiian chain is dedicated to matcha, offering it in soft serve, shaved ice, or a combination of the two.

  • Flavor to try: Matcha

  • Addresses: 5947 Centreville Crest Ln., Centreville; 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean

Milwaukee Frozen Custard, Chantilly

Enjoy extra creamy cones, shakes, and sundaes at this Wisconsin-style frozen custard shop. Check out the seasonal Strawberry Daiquiri Italian ice.

  • Flavors to try: Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry daiquiri

  • Address: 13934 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly

Mimi’s Handmade Ice Cream, Arlington

Inspired by global flavors, Mimi’s offers intensely flavored scoops like Szechuan Spicy Girl and cucumber sorbet.

  • Flavors to try: Szechuan Spicy Girl, cucumber sorbet, mint

  • Address: 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington

Nathan’s Dairy Bar, Manassas

Known for its mile-high soft serve, Nathan’s offers fun flavors like green apple and hand-scooped options like Almond Joy.

  • Flavors to try: Black cherry, tropical orange

  • Address: 8948 Mathis Ave., Manassas

Nicecream, Arlington

This hipster spot uses liquid nitrogen to freeze its ice cream, resulting in unique flavors like lemon lavender and coconut ash.

  • Flavors to try: Lemon lavender, coconut ash

  • Address: 2831 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington

Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot, Clifton

Offering both hard and soft serve, Peterson’s has a variety of sundaes and a sizable patio area to enjoy your treat outdoors.

  • Flavors to try: Soft serve with candy toppings and syrup, Chocolate Drama, Café Marcus

  • Address: 7150 Main St., Clifton

Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Alexandria

Located in Old Town Alexandria, Pop’s offers extensive housemade flavors, perfect after dinner.

  • Flavors to try: Black raspberry, pistachio, peanut butter chocolate pretzel

  • Address: 109 King St., Alexandria

The Creamery, Alexandria

Steps from the waterfront, this shop offers ultra-creamy ice cream and frozen custard with Southern regional flavors.

  • Flavors to try: Orange chocolate chip, black raspberry cheesecake

  • Address: 110 King St., Alexandria

The Dairy Godmother, Alexandria

This popular Del Ray spot offers frozen custard and nostalgic treats worth the wait in line.

  • Flavor to try: Lime cherry

  • Address: 2310 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard, Ashburn

A monthly calendar informs guests of the daily flavors. Try combining frozen custard with Italian ice for a delightful treat.

  • Flavors to try: Mint chocolate chip, apple cinnamon

  • Address: 20548 Easthampton Plz., Ashburn

Tipped Cow Creamery, Purcellville

This rustic shack offers house-crafted ice cream flavors with various toppings. Enjoy your treat indoors or outdoors.

  • Flavors to try: Butter brickle, vegan oatmeal chocolate chip

  • Address: 251 N. 21st St., Purcellville

Toby’s Handmade Ice Cream, Arlington & Vienna

Toby’s offers ultra-rich ice cream with 16 percent butterfat. Try unique flavors like ube and coconut chocolate crunch.

  • Flavors to try: Ube, coconut chocolate crunch

  • Addresses: 5849 A Washington Blvd., Arlington; 280 Cedar Ln. SE, Vienna

Woody’s Ice Cream, Fairfax

From milkshakes to soft serve, Woody’s offers something for everyone with 23 different flavors of hard ice cream and sorbet.

  • Flavors to try: Soft serve twist, cherry blossom sorbet, peanut butter lover milkshake

  • Address: 10435 North St., Fairfax

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