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Matcha Man Ice Cream and Taiyaki serves soft-serve with Asian flavors like matcha and ube in taiyaki (fish-shaped Japanese waffle) cones.
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Great Places to Get Ice Cream and Gelato in Seattle

Small batch scoops, swirly soft serve in taiyaki cones, vegan options, and more

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Matcha Man Ice Cream and Taiyaki serves soft-serve with Asian flavors like matcha and ube in taiyaki (fish-shaped Japanese waffle) cones.
| Courtesy of Matcha Man Ice Cream and Taiyaki

Though the rain and cool weather in Seattle this year have delayed the start of ice cream season, it’s right around the corner. And the city’s ice cream shops are ready with plenty of small batch scoops, swirly soft serve in taiyaki cones, vegan options, and other frozen treats to fulfill any ice cream fanatic’s dreams. Here are some favorite shops from around the city.

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Husky Deli

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A family-owned landmark since 1932, Husky Deli serves West Seattle dozens of flavors, from the expected chocolate and vanilla to the rarer licorice or Swiss chocolate orange. This place is the best kind of throwback.

There’s currently a months-long waiting list for the highly sought-out pizza at this charming West Seattle spot. But soft serve is regularly available for walk-ins, topped with a selection of flavored syrups, like black cherry and green apple. The cones are a particular delight — they’re thick and chewy, and come with with graham cracker, Fruity Pebbles, or chocolate shell crusts.

D’Ambrosio Gelato

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Gelato is made onsite daily at this Ballard shop, featuring some classic Italian flavors, such as tiramisu, as well as some stracciatella and sorbetto options and a selection of affogato.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato

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The most charming little tricycle in town, this gelato-and-sorbetto-packed catering vehicle has done tons of time at weddings, fueling the need for expansions. Now it’s offering a selection of enticing scoops, such as Mount Rainier S’mores and Lavender Lemonade, as well as gelato sandwich kit available for online orders.

Bluebird Ice Cream

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Flavors at this popular Phinney Ridge shop often feature ingredients from neighboring businesses such as Theo Chocolate Chunk and Herkimer Coffee, and the occasional beer-flavored concoction.

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

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The popular Seattle franchise hasn’t missed much of a beat over the past year, with outposts still going strong in Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Madrona, Queen Anne, U Village, and Bellevue (with a new flagship). On offer are classic flavors such as salted caramel and scout mint, and there are also pints available at local grocers such as PCC Community Markets and Met Market.

Fainting Goat Gelato - Wallingford

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This gelato shop — with locations in Wallingford and in the Fremont Vintage Mall — serves consistently excellent gelato, made with organic milk from Washington dairies. Along with the gelatos, it offers several top-notch sorbets. The shop also serves an unusual goat milk gelato flavored with mastic.

Indigo Cow

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This soft-serve counter inside of Wallingford izakaya Yoroshiku serves super-creamy soft-serve ice cream made with milk from Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island famous for its dairy products. Flavors are often Japanese-inspired, with sweet potato, matcha, and black sesame soft-serve and toppings including shiratama dango (mochi balls) and kinako (toasted soybean powder).

Frankie and Jo's

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Co-owners Autumn Martin and Kari Brunson joined forces to bring Capitol Hill vegan ice cream (made with sprouted cashew milk and gum free coconut milk) that are satisfying and inventive. The textures are on point, and delightful flavor combinations include salty lime and watermelon and banana tahini. In addition to Capitol Hill there are locations in Ballard and U Village.

Matcha Man Ice Cream & Taiyaki

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After years operating as a pop-up, matcha green tea soft serve and taiyaki specialist Matcha Man recently set down more permanent roots with a new shop. The fish-shaped waffles filled with flavors like ube, and matcha are still on offer and as Instagrammable (and wonderful) as ever. There are also some fun t-shirts and stickers available for retail. 

Full Tilt Ice Cream

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Over the years, this funky local chain has become known for more than scoops, as it’s expanded into more of a bar and pinball arcade. During the pandemic, it has mostly stuck to the basics at locations around the city in Columbia City, Ballard, U District, and White Center, serving up stellar scoops of huckleberry chip, coffee Oreo, Thai iced tea, and more.

Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery

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This small batch ice cream shop tries to reduce food waste and pasteurizes its dairy daily from local farms. It’s also known for a wide variety of rich flavors, including banana Nutella crunch, London fog, and lemon custard. There are locations in the U District, Ballard, and Capitol Hill, as well as local delivery.

Kryse Panis Martin has quickly built buzz with her new scoops project, serving up inventive ice cream at locations such as Beacon Hill coffee shop The Station. The offerings go fast, but exciting new flavors, such as coconut ginger jasmine, are added regularly. Check Instagram for updates on where to find the treats and when to place orders.

A bowl filled with green-colored ice cream next to raw ginger and a pint of the same ice cream that says KRYSE
Coconut ginger jasmine scoops.
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Milk Drunk

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Those who’ve sampled Homer’s popular soft serve walk-up window should be familiar with the inventive flavors at the sibling Beacon Hill spot. Mango lassi ice cream and matcha ice cream are available as a swirl, along with dips and a selection of toppings (including graham cracker crumbles, M&Ms, and potato chips) for extra pop.

Laina’s Handcrafted Ice Cream

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This terrific Rainier Valley operation tucked into the Stonehouse Cafe serves up small batch ice cream with rotating seasonal flavors, such as Dole whip, the nicely tart lilikoi, and a charcoal concoction flavored with coconut and cocoa.

Husky Deli

A family-owned landmark since 1932, Husky Deli serves West Seattle dozens of flavors, from the expected chocolate and vanilla to the rarer licorice or Swiss chocolate orange. This place is the best kind of throwback.

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There’s currently a months-long waiting list for the highly sought-out pizza at this charming West Seattle spot. But soft serve is regularly available for walk-ins, topped with a selection of flavored syrups, like black cherry and green apple. The cones are a particular delight — they’re thick and chewy, and come with with graham cracker, Fruity Pebbles, or chocolate shell crusts.

D’Ambrosio Gelato

Gelato is made onsite daily at this Ballard shop, featuring some classic Italian flavors, such as tiramisu, as well as some stracciatella and sorbetto options and a selection of affogato.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato

The most charming little tricycle in town, this gelato-and-sorbetto-packed catering vehicle has done tons of time at weddings, fueling the need for expansions. Now it’s offering a selection of enticing scoops, such as Mount Rainier S’mores and Lavender Lemonade, as well as gelato sandwich kit available for online orders.

Bluebird Ice Cream

Flavors at this popular Phinney Ridge shop often feature ingredients from neighboring businesses such as Theo Chocolate Chunk and Herkimer Coffee, and the occasional beer-flavored concoction.

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

The popular Seattle franchise hasn’t missed much of a beat over the past year, with outposts still going strong in Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Madrona, Queen Anne, U Village, and Bellevue (with a new flagship). On offer are classic flavors such as salted caramel and scout mint, and there are also pints available at local grocers such as PCC Community Markets and Met Market.

Fainting Goat Gelato - Wallingford

This gelato shop — with locations in Wallingford and in the Fremont Vintage Mall — serves consistently excellent gelato, made with organic milk from Washington dairies. Along with the gelatos, it offers several top-notch sorbets. The shop also serves an unusual goat milk gelato flavored with mastic.

Indigo Cow

This soft-serve counter inside of Wallingford izakaya Yoroshiku serves super-creamy soft-serve ice cream made with milk from Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island famous for its dairy products. Flavors are often Japanese-inspired, with sweet potato, matcha, and black sesame soft-serve and toppings including shiratama dango (mochi balls) and kinako (toasted soybean powder).

Frankie and Jo's

Co-owners Autumn Martin and Kari Brunson joined forces to bring Capitol Hill vegan ice cream (made with sprouted cashew milk and gum free coconut milk) that are satisfying and inventive. The textures are on point, and delightful flavor combinations include salty lime and watermelon and banana tahini. In addition to Capitol Hill there are locations in Ballard and U Village.

Matcha Man Ice Cream & Taiyaki

After years operating as a pop-up, matcha green tea soft serve and taiyaki specialist Matcha Man recently set down more permanent roots with a new shop. The fish-shaped waffles filled with flavors like ube, and matcha are still on offer and as Instagrammable (and wonderful) as ever. There are also some fun t-shirts and stickers available for retail. 

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Over the years, this funky local chain has become known for more than scoops, as it’s expanded into more of a bar and pinball arcade. During the pandemic, it has mostly stuck to the basics at locations around the city in Columbia City, Ballard, U District, and White Center, serving up stellar scoops of huckleberry chip, coffee Oreo, Thai iced tea, and more.

Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery

This small batch ice cream shop tries to reduce food waste and pasteurizes its dairy daily from local farms. It’s also known for a wide variety of rich flavors, including banana Nutella crunch, London fog, and lemon custard. There are locations in the U District, Ballard, and Capitol Hill, as well as local delivery.

KRYSE

A bowl filled with green-colored ice cream next to raw ginger and a pint of the same ice cream that says KRYSE
Coconut ginger jasmine scoops.
KRYSE

Kryse Panis Martin has quickly built buzz with her new scoops project, serving up inventive ice cream at locations such as Beacon Hill coffee shop The Station. The offerings go fast, but exciting new flavors, such as coconut ginger jasmine, are added regularly. Check Instagram for updates on where to find the treats and when to place orders.

A bowl filled with green-colored ice cream next to raw ginger and a pint of the same ice cream that says KRYSE
Coconut ginger jasmine scoops.
KRYSE

Milk Drunk

Those who’ve sampled Homer’s popular soft serve walk-up window should be familiar with the inventive flavors at the sibling Beacon Hill spot. Mango lassi ice cream and matcha ice cream are available as a swirl, along with dips and a selection of toppings (including graham cracker crumbles, M&Ms, and potato chips) for extra pop.

Laina’s Handcrafted Ice Cream

This terrific Rainier Valley operation tucked into the Stonehouse Cafe serves up small batch ice cream with rotating seasonal flavors, such as Dole whip, the nicely tart lilikoi, and a charcoal concoction flavored with coconut and cocoa.

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