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Where to Bite Into an Epic Ice Cream Sandwich Around D.C.

14 takes on the iconic summertime treat that rise above the rest

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Few desserts are as convenient, yet satisfying, as the ice cream sandwich. On-the-go eaters can appreciate its compactness and wrapping, making the cool treat easy to hold and far less messy than a dripping cone.

D.C. bakeries, scoop shops, and even bars are all about the sugary sandwich this summer, housing ice cream between everything from classic chocolate chip cookies to creative building blocks like doughnuts, tacos, and brownies.

Here are 14 picks for a superior ice cream sandwich around D.C.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lulabelle's Sweet Shop

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847 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 804-5800
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In addition to baked goods and candy, this charming Petworth sweets shop serves up lots of great ice cream, including this popular ice cream sandwich made from two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and rainbow sprinkles for $5.25.

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2. Insomnia Cookies (Multiple Locations)

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2318 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 873-8429
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Insomnia Cookies’s ice cream sandwich game is strong, with scoops of creamy ice cream between two warm cookies for an indulgent hot-and-cold combo. Around 17 cookie choices can be paired with ice cream and optional toppings. Insomnia also offers open-faced ice cream sandwiches, plus vegan and gluten-free options.

3. Roy Boys

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2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 558-9382
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Listed on the menu only as a cryptic line saying, “Ask about our ice cream tacos,” this casual, creative fried chicken and oyster restaurant in Le Droit Park currently serves a stoner-worthy ice cream taco. It’s a multicolored extravaganza loaded with custard, whipped cream, sprinkles, and churros.

4. Bub and Pop's

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1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 457-1111
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While popular for its Philly-style hoagies, this beloved DuPont sandwich shop also offers sammies of the sweet variety. For $5, eaters can order an oatmeal, walnut, or chocolate chip cookie sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream.

5. Nightingale Ice Cream (Multiple locations)

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51 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 898-1314
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The growing Richmond-based brand from culinary couple Hannah Pollack and Xavier Meers builds its thick sandwiches with 14-percent butterfat ice cream and cookies made and mixed by hand. Choose from classic flavors like strawberry shortcake and raspberry white chocolate or desserts-inspired varieties like pecan or key lime pie. Spot the sammies in the frozen aisle at Streets and Yes Organic markets around the DMV. — T.P.

6. Ladurée

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3060 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 948-6350
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For those who like their ice cream sandwiches with a heavy helping of Parisian charm, the Georgetown outpost of this jewel box macaron boutique serves macaron glacé: large raspberry, vanilla chocolate, or pistachio raspberry ice cream-filled macarons.

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7. Nicecream (Multiple Locations)

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2831 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 908-0225
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For $6.50, fans of this Arlington sweet spot can choose from whimsical ice cream flavors like piña colada, wild blueberry, and “love and sprinkles,” in addition to the classic chocolate and vanilla. Nicecream also serves up an impressive cookie sundae. The shop also has outposts in Shaw, Old Town, and Adams Morgan.

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8. Bakeshop (Multiple Locations)

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1025 N Fillmore St Apt G
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 970-6460
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With locations in Clarendon and Falls Church, Bakeshop offers NoVa customers a rotating ice cream sandwich menu that also includes a vegan option. The current lineup features classic chocolate chip with vanilla, as well as more unique options like a popular cookies-and-cream “brookie” sandwich.

9. Captain Cookie and the Milk Man (Multiple Locations)

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2000 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.
(202) 556-3396
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Often one of the first spots eaters associate with ice cream sandwiches, Captain Cookie offers ice cream sandwiches at both brick-and-mortar and food truck locations. Customers can mix and match their own custom sandwich creations by choosing from eight cookie and three ice cream options.

10. Southwest Soda Pop Shop

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1142 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 981-6999
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This nostalgic family-owned ice cream parlor and restaurant at the Wharf serves a $5 chipwich with your choice of ice cream, including vanilla, chocolate, birthday cake, mint chocolate chip, and butter pecan flavors.

11. Ice Cream Jubilee (Multiple Locations)

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301 Water Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 863-0727
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Ice cream sandwiches aren’t technically on menu this popular shop. However, go the DIY route by ordering one scoop of any ice cream flavor sandwiched between two cakey chocolate chip walnut cookies. Current flavors include the very-D.C. “MarionBerry” with graham crackers as well as Snickers snickerdoodle, white chocolate strawberry, and several vegan options.

12. The Dairy Godmother

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2310 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-7767
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This beloved Alexandria ice cream shop serves four to six rotating frozen custard sandwiches, built from whatever is on hand that day. A recent, seasonal variety included “Cicada Crunch,” a faux cicada sandwich made from chocolate custard with Rice Krispies and Nestle Crunch.

13. Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats

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200 Commerce St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(202) 630-6455
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Brandon Byrd, the owner of Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, is an innovator when it comes to ice cream sandwiches. His custard serves as the filling between donuts (a donutwich) and brownies (a browniewich). After starting as a food truck, he just opened a Goodies frozen custard stand in Old Town Alexandria in a renovated historic ice house.

14. Dolci Gelati (Multiple Locations)

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107 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 290-0684
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Expanding local gelato purveyor Dolci Gelati serves gelato sandwiches in a variety of flavors like stracciatella, salted caramel, chocolate, and vanilla bean—all wedged between two thick chocolate cookies.

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1. Lulabelle's Sweet Shop

847 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop [Official]

In addition to baked goods and candy, this charming Petworth sweets shop serves up lots of great ice cream, including this popular ice cream sandwich made from two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and rainbow sprinkles for $5.25.

847 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

2. Insomnia Cookies (Multiple Locations)

2318 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Insomnia Cookies’s ice cream sandwich game is strong, with scoops of creamy ice cream between two warm cookies for an indulgent hot-and-cold combo. Around 17 cookie choices can be paired with ice cream and optional toppings. Insomnia also offers open-faced ice cream sandwiches, plus vegan and gluten-free options.

2318 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Roy Boys

2108 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Listed on the menu only as a cryptic line saying, “Ask about our ice cream tacos,” this casual, creative fried chicken and oyster restaurant in Le Droit Park currently serves a stoner-worthy ice cream taco. It’s a multicolored extravaganza loaded with custard, whipped cream, sprinkles, and churros.

2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Bub and Pop's

1815 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

While popular for its Philly-style hoagies, this beloved DuPont sandwich shop also offers sammies of the sweet variety. For $5, eaters can order an oatmeal, walnut, or chocolate chip cookie sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream.

1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

5. Nightingale Ice Cream (Multiple locations)

51 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The growing Richmond-based brand from culinary couple Hannah Pollack and Xavier Meers builds its thick sandwiches with 14-percent butterfat ice cream and cookies made and mixed by hand. Choose from classic flavors like strawberry shortcake and raspberry white chocolate or desserts-inspired varieties like pecan or key lime pie. Spot the sammies in the frozen aisle at Streets and Yes Organic markets around the DMV. — T.P.

51 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. Ladurée

3060 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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For those who like their ice cream sandwiches with a heavy helping of Parisian charm, the Georgetown outpost of this jewel box macaron boutique serves macaron glacé: large raspberry, vanilla chocolate, or pistachio raspberry ice cream-filled macarons.

3060 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Nicecream (Multiple Locations)

2831 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Nicecream [Official]

For $6.50, fans of this Arlington sweet spot can choose from whimsical ice cream flavors like piña colada, wild blueberry, and “love and sprinkles,” in addition to the classic chocolate and vanilla. Nicecream also serves up an impressive cookie sundae. The shop also has outposts in Shaw, Old Town, and Adams Morgan.

2831 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

8. Bakeshop (Multiple Locations)

1025 N Fillmore St Apt G, Arlington, VA 22201

With locations in Clarendon and Falls Church, Bakeshop offers NoVa customers a rotating ice cream sandwich menu that also includes a vegan option. The current lineup features classic chocolate chip with vanilla, as well as more unique options like a popular cookies-and-cream “brookie” sandwich.

1025 N Fillmore St Apt G
Arlington, VA 22201

9. Captain Cookie and the Milk Man (Multiple Locations)

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Often one of the first spots eaters associate with ice cream sandwiches, Captain Cookie offers ice cream sandwiches at both brick-and-mortar and food truck locations. Customers can mix and match their own custom sandwich creations by choosing from eight cookie and three ice cream options.

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

10. Southwest Soda Pop Shop

1142 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

This nostalgic family-owned ice cream parlor and restaurant at the Wharf serves a $5 chipwich with your choice of ice cream, including vanilla, chocolate, birthday cake, mint chocolate chip, and butter pecan flavors.

1142 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

11. Ice Cream Jubilee (Multiple Locations)

301 Water Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Ice cream sandwiches aren’t technically on menu this popular shop. However, go the DIY route by ordering one scoop of any ice cream flavor sandwiched between two cakey chocolate chip walnut cookies. Current flavors include the very-D.C. “MarionBerry” with graham crackers as well as Snickers snickerdoodle, white chocolate strawberry, and several vegan options.

301 Water Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

12. The Dairy Godmother

2310 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

This beloved Alexandria ice cream shop serves four to six rotating frozen custard sandwiches, built from whatever is on hand that day. A recent, seasonal variety included “Cicada Crunch,” a faux cicada sandwich made from chocolate custard with Rice Krispies and Nestle Crunch.

2310 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

13. Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats

200 Commerce St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Brandon Byrd, the owner of Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, is an innovator when it comes to ice cream sandwiches. His custard serves as the filling between donuts (a donutwich) and brownies (a browniewich). After starting as a food truck, he just opened a Goodies frozen custard stand in Old Town Alexandria in a renovated historic ice house.

200 Commerce St
Alexandria, VA 22314

14. Dolci Gelati (Multiple Locations)

107 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Dolci Gelati [Official]

Expanding local gelato purveyor Dolci Gelati serves gelato sandwiches in a variety of flavors like stracciatella, salted caramel, chocolate, and vanilla bean—all wedged between two thick chocolate cookies.

107 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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