Summer is synonymous with ice cream in the first place, but in July, you definitely don't need any other excuses to indulge. We've rounded up some of the most crave-worthy spots in all of Fairfax County where you can get your scoop on. And while National Ice Cream Day graces us on July 19, 2020, we say, why wait!? Try a new shop each day!
With an international flair ...
SnoCream Company, found at The Block in Annandale, offers a Taiwanese-inspired twist on traditional ice cream with soft, shaved ribbons of ice and cream in a number of unique flavors. They recently merged with fellow Block business Munch Ice Cream, so now you can head to SnoCream to get Munch's Instagram-worthy, homemade doughnut/ice cream sandwiches filled with exotic flavors like Ash Coconut, Blueberry Earl Gray, Ube and Vietnamese Coffee.
This Centreville staple serves up Asian-style street snacks and treats, including puffle sundaes, snow cream and ice swirls with rotating toppings like Matcha Pocky, Fruity Pebbles, and Lychee. This takes waffle cones to a whole.new.level.
Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee
Hit both cravings at once with a steaming cup of espresso matched with old-world gelato that is crafted with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Find fanciful flavors on the board like Lemon Ricotta Cardamom, Thai Coconut Milk, and Mascarpone & Berries. Find this Fairfax County location at the Mosaic District.
Ciao Gelato offers up authentic Italian homemade gelato from the owners of next door's award-winning ristorante Ciao Osteria. Stop by for more than two dozen flavor options including traditional stracciatella and classic salted caramel, or order an affogato to go!
520 Ice Cream & Tea and/or Monster Roll
Ever eaten hand-rolled ice cream? Peer through the glass as ice cream masters pour your handcrafted concoctions onto ice-cold plates and push the newly frozen ice cream into perfect little rolls. Add your choice of toppings and dare to dig into your beautiful new creation. Both of these Thai-inspired ice cream shops also serve a selection of flavorful teas and boba. Monster Roll can be found at Fair Oaks Mall and 520 Ice Cream & Tea has locations at Mosaic District and in Springfield. (There's also Smash'd Creamery in the City of Fairfax for rolled ice cream and some truly inspiring soft-serve flavors.)
Craving the classics ...
Great Falls Creamery
After a great summer hike at nearby Great Falls Park, head to this family-owned staple for creamy hand-scooped ice cream and soft serve served with friendly down-home service in the quaint village of Great Falls. Personal recommendation? The Cafe Au Lait Chip cannot be beat! You can even stock up on some freshly baked goods and dairy products while you're there or enjoy your sugar cone on their cozy patio.
Peterson's Ice Cream Depot
This long-time Clifton landmark is beloved by many. Customers are greeted by the kid-friendly, handmade train as they approach this window-serve spot along Main Street. Peterson's specializes in soft-serve and hand-scooped treats, plus funky Clifton Creations, but also has a full Dog Pound Deli menu that features hot dogs, fries, and other deli favorites.
Milwaukee Frozen Custard
When you're craving that real-deal custard, head to Milwaukee Frozen Custard in Chantilly. Each day they rotate out a special new flavor, from Cinnamon Swirl to Birthday Cake to Peach. Check their website to see what Flavor of the Day you'll find before your visit.
Woody's Ice Cream
Go for that summer soft-serve classic at Fairfax City mainstay Woody's, which has been serving up deliciousness for more than 20 years. If you're feeling really ambitious, go for a double-header by hitting up Sugar Mama's Ice Cream, also located in the City of Fairfax.
Kiln & Kustard
For the most decadent milkshake you may have EVER had, head to Kiln & Kustard, the ice cream offshoot nestled in a paint-your-own pottery studio at Lake Anne, Reston, on Historic Church Street in Vienna, and on Maple Ave. in Falls Church. Trust us, you have to SEE these Krazy Kustard Shakes to believe them! Kustard scoops, classic shakes, floats, and pints-to-go are also available. (Check their social feeds for latest opening hours per location.)
Beloved mainstays ...
Fairfax County is also home to a slew of the classic chain shops, including Baskin Robbins, Ben & Jerry's, Bruster's, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen, Rita's Water Ice, and Haagen-Dazs. And if you feel the urge to go a little lighter (we won't judge), there are a slew of delicious frozen yogurt and smoothie shops ready to take your order.
And if that still isn't enough, be sure to check out our full index of ice cream and smoothie spots in Fairfax County, which includes several delicious spots just outside county lines in our neighboring Fairfax and Falls Church cities.
What are your favorite ice cream shops for cooling down during the summer? Tell us in the comments below or join the conversation on social media using #FXVA or @VisitFairfax.