If you’re like us, chances are you’ve been searching high and low for the best vegan ice cream in Washington D.C. Vegan ice cream is the new It food in D.C.— and it’s no surprise, given all the vegan-friendly options out there.
Ice cream is America’s favorite treat. And there is no shortage of vegan options when it comes to picking a scoop: from classics like vanilla and chocolate to more exotic flavors like lavender and matcha.
There’s a vegan ice cream for every budget and taste preference. And not to mention that many of these places are also gluten-free, so you can indulge in your favorite dessert without compromising your diet. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and taste test!
Here are 7 of our favorite spots to get vegan ice cream in D.C.:
1. Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream & Treats
Sarah’s offers small batch ice cream at their two Bethesda locations. The mother-daughter duo created Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream & Treats after Sarah retired in 2018. They offer delicious small batch, dairy and vegan, ice creams and sorbets in summer-perfect flavors.
Try these yummy vegan ice cream and sorbet options at Sarah’s:
- Vegan Mint Oreo
- Vegan Toasted Coconut
- Mango Sorbet
- Pink Lemonade Sorbet
- Rainbow Sorbet
Visit Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream & Treats at one of their two locations:
Wildwood Shop: 10219 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD 20814 or
River Road Shop: 5241 River Road Bethesda, MD 20816
2. Little Sesame
If you’re in either the Golden Triangle or Chinatown neighborhoods and are looking for a cool vegan treat, Little Sesame is the perfect spot to grab an oat milk soft serve. If you’re gluten free, their soft serve is both vegan and gluten free so no need to worry about messing up your dietary needs.
Little Sesame is serving up their light and cool treats in these flavors:
- Vanilla Tahini
- Chocolate Turkish Coffee
- Twist (both flavors together)
They also offer toppings of cocoa nibs, halva, or soomsoom crumble.
Check out Little Sesame at:
Golden Triangle: 1828 L ST NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 or
Chinatown: 736 6TH ST NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
3. Cajou Creamery
If you want to skip the cone and go for the pint, Cajou Creamery is D.C.’s favorite go-to plant-based ice cream made locally. The creamery is the DMV’s first plant -based creamery and you can find their ice cream being scooped in local ice cream shops or by the pint at local markets.
Use Cajou Creamery’s pint finder to find a pint near you.
Jeni’s Ice Creams is all about making quality artisan ice cream without the junk. You won’t find any stabilizers, coloring, or emulsifiers in their ingredients list—because they don’t use them. They have plenty of delicious dairy-free and sorbet options that are vegan friendly.
We’re loving these crazy-good dairy-free flavors at Jeni’s:
- Lemon Bar
- Banana Cream Pudding
- Cold Brew with Coconut Cream
The heart of Jeni’s is at gathering people together over delicious ice cream in any one of their many ice cream scoop shops around the country. You can also find Jeni’s in select grocers.
Stop in for a scoop of Jeni’s here in Washington D.C, at one of these locations:
- Jeni’s 14th Street
- Jeni’s Bethesda Row
- Jeni’s Old Town Alexandria
- Jeni’s Barracks Row
- Jeni’s At The Yards Park
- Jeni’s At The Boro
HipCityVeg may not be an ice cream shop, but if you’re looking for a frozen treat that is vegan, creamy, sweet, and delicious to cool you off, HipCityVeg has perfected the banana whip! Made with just bananas, it’s hard to differentiate it from banana soft serve ice cream. You can add various toppings or try one of their seasonal vegan milkshakes made with organic soy ice cream.
Grab your banana whip at one of these D.C. HipCityVeg locations:
712 7TH ST NW, Washington, D,C. 20001 or
1300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
6. Here’s The Scoop
Here’s The Scoop is a community-minded small business started by owner, Karin Sellers in 2019. They offer dairy, dairy-free, and vegan ice cream options in Washington D.C.
Located near Howard University on Georgia Ave NW, Here’s The Scoop has delicious vegan flavors like:
- Baklava—coconut ice cream with pistachios
- Blueberry Cheesecake—creamy vanilla with blueberry currant
- Vanilla Cinnamon (Horchata)
- Guava & Cheese—thick & creamy cheesecake ice cream with a guava swirl
Here’s The Scoop also caters for weddings, parties, community events, fundraisers, and corporate events, so you can book them for your next affair! They even have super cute ice cream carts which make for the perfect Instagram photos!
7. Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream
Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream creates small batch ice cream with real ingredients. They offer dairy, dairy-free, and vegan ice cream options.
Try these great vegan choices at Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream in D.C.:
- Vegan Cereal Milk
- Vegan Grasshopper Pie
- Orange Tarragon Sorbet
Visit Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream at it’s Washington D.C. location:
3110 Mount Pleasant Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
You can find vegan ice cream in D.C. if you’re craving it. Some of the selections we shared today are perfect for those trying to eat healthier, as a lot of them are free of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. There are a number of vegan ice cream shops that serve decadent options that are still healthy.
Whether you prefer coconut-based vegan ice cream, plant-based ice cream, almond-milk ice cream, or sorbets, be sure to visit one of these places whenever you want to enjoy a special treat in Washington D.C.
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