The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for serving some of the best coffee in the country—and since Seattle’s Pike Place Market was the birthplace of Starbucks, how could it not? But beyond innovative espresso creations, Washington, specifically, boasts an impressive number of beloved ice cream parlors that are perched all throughout the state. Be sure to keep these five shops in mind on your next getaway to Washington state.
Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe
Located in: Pullman
Pullman is known as one of Washington’s buzziest college towns. And Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe is regarded as a staple of campus life for many young students, thanks to its fresh ice cream and decadent drink creations—the espresso milkshake is a must to order, according to locals and tourists alike. For more information, visit www.creamery.wsu.edu.
Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
Located in: Seattle
Molly Moon’s has a reputation for locally sourcing most of their ingredients—and word has it, you really can taste the freshness in their sweet treats. While they serve up ice cream mainstays like vanilla bean and strawberry, it’s their unique flavors—like honey lavender and earl grey—that keep people coming back again and again. For more information, visit www.mollymoon.com.
Mora Ice Cream Co.
Located in: Poulsbo
The team at Mora Ice Cream Co. has a mission to create a truly transcendent experience for their customers—one that seamlessly blends positive customer encounters with unforgettable ice cream flavors. They work to ensure their guests are satisfied, even if it means allowing them to try every flavor they offer in the process. While they boast a handful of refreshing ice creams, their most popular flavors are the coconut or brownie. For more information, visit www.moraicecream.com.
Mallard Ice Cream and Cafe
Located in: Bellingham
Mallard’s is regarded as a hometown favorite in Bellingham—where locals frequently stop by, while others make the trip up to northern Washington just to get a taste of their ice cream. And with a selection of over 600 flavors, the cafe can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with ease. For more information, visit www.mallardicecream.com.
Elevated Ice Cream Co.
Located in: Port Townsend
Elevated Ice Cream Co. has been serving the northwestern communities of Washington state since 1977. The shop makes all of its own cream, sherbert and Italian ices on the premises, so you know that you’re enjoying fresh flavors and creations. They also serve up baked desserts, espresso beverages and specialty candies. For more information, visit www.elevatedicecream.com.