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Where to Find Supremely Tasty Ice Cream in Portland

The top spots for cones, sundaes, fro-yo, and more

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With its national acclaim that rakes in tourists and its eyebrow-raising flavors that irk purists and entice the adventurous, Portland’s ice cream culture is worth the hype year-round. Still, when the sun finally emerges from its months of clouds, Portland‘s scoop wielders laugh in the face of Oregon’s very brief smoldering season, carrying everything from chilly Thai rice ice cream to cool vegan vanilla.

As many ice cream connoisseurs know, great ice cream can be found in the most unexpected places: A grocery store, a pizzeria, a nondescript office building. The ice cream hotspots on this list have one thing in common, however: They all make their own, be it a scoop of pistachio gelato or a swirl of New Zealand soft-serve. Portlanders can find more icy options via the Eater Portland dairy-free frozen treat map, which includes coconut-based ice creams, kulfi, shave ice, and more. Per usual, this map is not ranked; rather, it’s organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gracie’s Apizza

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8737 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(971) 512-0007
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Owner Craig Melillo’s passion for ice cream rivals his skills as a pizzaiolo. Like his pizzas, his ice cream flavors change often based on what’s available from Oregon and Washington farms, as well as his own creative whims: One week you might find a lightly savory bay leaf, the next a mellow tropical sorbet, the next a warmly spiced cinnamon cereal. Regardless of the flavor, Gracie’s ice creams are consistently luscious — not sticky or tacky, not too firm, just satin smooth.

2. Beaux Berry

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7316 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 901-0077
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Although this St. Johns scoop cart offers a variety of flavors, the real standout is the real fruit ice cream. An imported ice cream machine blends Tillamook vanilla ice cream with fresh local berries, creating colorful swirls on the spot. The result is an ice cream with the texture of silky-yet-firm soft-serve and the natural flavor and sweetness of Oregon berries. For those seeking cart-made ice cream, however, Beaux Berry has a range of rotating flavors, from raw honey lavender to maple hazelnut. Beaux Berry can be found in St. Johns and on Fremont.

3. Ripe Cooperative

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5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 841-6968
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Chef Naomi Pomeroy’s tiny market is also home to an even tinier frozen custard stand, with scoops of dense, rich chocolate hazelnut or malted sweet cream custard swirled with in-season strawberry jam. Customers can pop in for a scoop or bring home pints, with flavors ranging from passionfruit to cafe au lait.

4. Salt and Straw

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2035 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 208-3867
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Needing no introduction, Salt & Straw made its name on eccentric flavors like baked bean and salted caramel turkey. Although the parlor features a rotating selection of themed flavors, classics like sea salt with caramel ribbons and freckled Woodblock Chocolate will please even the tamest eater. Although Salt & Straws can be found across the city, any visitor should be prepared to stand in line.

5. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

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4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 281-4060
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Known primarily for its pizzas, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty slings scoops from its nondescript ice cream counter at the front of its cozy Mississippi neighborhood locale. Still, these ice creams are no joke: Flavors like salted caramel and strawberry buttermilk come in handmade waffle cones, often made with produce from local farmers. For instance, the peach leaf uses Groundworks Organics leaves steeped in cream; the result is a supremely luxurious almond-flavored dessert. After 15 months of only selling pre-ordered pints, owner Sarah Minnick just recently tested out opening for scoops once again; check her Instagram before walking over for a cone.

6. What's The Scoop?

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3540 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 266-1787
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What’s The Scoop never appears to have to any crowds or much of a line, which is good news: The ice cream, although limited in flavors, features creative combinations like cereal and milk, made with soaked Cap’n Crunch. Any cone can come with creative extras like fortune cookie cones and magic dust.

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7. Eb and Bean

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1425 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 281-6081
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Portland’s rising ice cream star, Eb & Bean always serves froyo in vanilla, chocolate, and tart along with a handful of seasonal specials, including a couple non-dairy options. The magic here is in the creative, artisanal toppings, like Pinkleton’s salted vanilla caramel corn, organic strawberries, and cold brew bourbon sauce. Eb & Bean locations offer plenty of seating with colorful cartoon murals that kids will love.

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8. Cool Moon Ice Cream

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1105 NW Johnson St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-2021
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Cool Moon Ice Cream is an underrated and almost forgotten spot, offering flavors that range from classic caramel and mint chip to elegant summer rose or earl grey. But beyond the kid-friendly options like peanut butter and marionberry jam, Cool Moon may be one of the best spots for sorbet in town, velvety with not an ice crystal in sight: the lime-coconut is not too sweet, paired beautifully with a scoop of the Oregon strawberry sorbet. This shop seldom has a long line, with large windows that look out onto Jamison Square‘s fountain — the ideal spot to sit with a cone.

9. Kate's Ice Cream

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2636 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(213) 545-1730
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In a courtyard-side commissary down a tight alleyway off NE Sandy, Katelyn Williams makes some of the city’s finest vegan ice creams, in flavors like Marionberry cobbler and salted peanut butter brittle. On the weekends, Portlanders can order scoops of rosewater cardamom almond and mint chocolate fudge out of Williams’ pop-up ice cream parlor, before she opens her permanent scoop shop on North Mississippi in the fall; it’s the best spot to find stellar one-offs, like roasted pineapple hyssop or hibiscus lemon balm.

10. Staccato Gelato

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232 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 231-7100
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Staccato’s whopping 120 rotating ice cream and sorbet flavors have made it a favorite for families — especially those with particular tastes (read: picky eaters). To go even more decadent, Staccato also serves doughnuts alongside its impressive slate of gelatos and sorbettos, ranging from Lucky Charms to prickly pear.

11. Ruby Jewel Ice Cream

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428 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 271-8895
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With two permanent locations on Portland’s west side, Ruby Jewel smooshes scoops of house-made ice cream between thick cookie slabs, occasionally dunking them in chocolate or rolling them in crumbled Oreos. Ruby Jewel sandwiches can be found in markets across Portland, but at the local ice cream shops, people can find seasonal flavors like the bourbon pecan jewel, two soft brown sugar pecan cookies hugging a thick layer of brown butter bourbon ice cream.

12. Pinolo Gelato

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3707 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

Owner Sandro Paolini hails from Pisa and frequently imports hard-to-find ingredients from Italy to make the creamy, unforgettable gelatos at Pinolo Gelato. Although flavors are limited and portions are smaller most ice cream shops, each scoop packs an incredily flavorful punch; knockout nut flavors like hazelnut and pistachio particularly shine. It‘s best to take advantage of the shop‘s outdoor tables to people watch the crowds on SE Division.

13. Fifty Licks

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2021 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(954) 294-8868
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Compared to other ice cream shops, the artsy, minimalist Fifty Licks stands out with thoughtful details, from a small dollop of jam at the bottom of freshly made waffle cones to inventive cocktails made with house sorbet. Even with these extras, Fifty Licks always serves consistently smooth ice cream with artful flavors like Thai rice and Hood strawberry, made with berries from Canby’s South Barlow Farms. Don‘t miss the creamy vegan coconut lemon saffron and the oh-so-rich Chocolate AF.

14. Premium Matcha Cafe Maiko

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3416 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 279-4637
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Maiko doesn’t offer a wide selection of ice creams, but what it does offer — earthy, borderline savory matcha soft serve — is worth an order. Offered straight or swirled with vanilla, the soft-serve also appears in parfaits, topped with shiratama mochi and layered with matcha chiffon, or as a float on top of a bed of iced matcha. Normies can stick to plain vanilla, but why would you?

15. Ome Calli Frozen Treats

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12795 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(971) 246-0278
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Ome Calli, which means “two house” in the indigenous Mexican language Nahuatl, is a nod to the owners’ two homes: Oregon and Mexico. The Beaverton shop’s frozen desserts, then, blend the best of both, using Oregon fruit to recreate flavors sold at the founder’s Mexico City heladería. The shop’s mildly sweet corn ice cream, salty-creamy cotija, and delicate mamey are all standouts, but Ome Calli’s sherbets — velvety scoops of guava, chamoy, soursop, and tamarind-chile — are an absolute must-order.

16. Cloud City Ice Cream

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4525 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 719-4603
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Those craving nostalgic flavors like cookies n’ cream and chocolate chip cookie dough head directly for Cloud City when the time comes. This Woodstock spot balances memorable classics with kid-friendly touches, like ice cream studded with frosted animal cracker cookies and red velvet mascarpone cake. Although Cloud City is located within a nondescript strip mall parking lot, plenty of families still take advantage of its outdoor seating, making the shop a lively neighborhood staple.

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1. Gracie’s Apizza

8737 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Owner Craig Melillo’s passion for ice cream rivals his skills as a pizzaiolo. Like his pizzas, his ice cream flavors change often based on what’s available from Oregon and Washington farms, as well as his own creative whims: One week you might find a lightly savory bay leaf, the next a mellow tropical sorbet, the next a warmly spiced cinnamon cereal. Regardless of the flavor, Gracie’s ice creams are consistently luscious — not sticky or tacky, not too firm, just satin smooth.

8737 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

2. Beaux Berry

7316 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Although this St. Johns scoop cart offers a variety of flavors, the real standout is the real fruit ice cream. An imported ice cream machine blends Tillamook vanilla ice cream with fresh local berries, creating colorful swirls on the spot. The result is an ice cream with the texture of silky-yet-firm soft-serve and the natural flavor and sweetness of Oregon berries. For those seeking cart-made ice cream, however, Beaux Berry has a range of rotating flavors, from raw honey lavender to maple hazelnut. Beaux Berry can be found in St. Johns and on Fremont.

7316 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

3. Ripe Cooperative

5425 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Chef Naomi Pomeroy’s tiny market is also home to an even tinier frozen custard stand, with scoops of dense, rich chocolate hazelnut or malted sweet cream custard swirled with in-season strawberry jam. Customers can pop in for a scoop or bring home pints, with flavors ranging from passionfruit to cafe au lait.

5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

4. Salt and Straw

2035 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Needing no introduction, Salt & Straw made its name on eccentric flavors like baked bean and salted caramel turkey. Although the parlor features a rotating selection of themed flavors, classics like sea salt with caramel ribbons and freckled Woodblock Chocolate will please even the tamest eater. Although Salt & Straws can be found across the city, any visitor should be prepared to stand in line.

2035 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

5. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Known primarily for its pizzas, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty slings scoops from its nondescript ice cream counter at the front of its cozy Mississippi neighborhood locale. Still, these ice creams are no joke: Flavors like salted caramel and strawberry buttermilk come in handmade waffle cones, often made with produce from local farmers. For instance, the peach leaf uses Groundworks Organics leaves steeped in cream; the result is a supremely luxurious almond-flavored dessert. After 15 months of only selling pre-ordered pints, owner Sarah Minnick just recently tested out opening for scoops once again; check her Instagram before walking over for a cone.

4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

6. What's The Scoop?

3540 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

What’s The Scoop never appears to have to any crowds or much of a line, which is good news: The ice cream, although limited in flavors, features creative combinations like cereal and milk, made with soaked Cap’n Crunch. Any cone can come with creative extras like fortune cookie cones and magic dust.

3540 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. Eb and Bean

1425 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

Portland’s rising ice cream star, Eb & Bean always serves froyo in vanilla, chocolate, and tart along with a handful of seasonal specials, including a couple non-dairy options. The magic here is in the creative, artisanal toppings, like Pinkleton’s salted vanilla caramel corn, organic strawberries, and cold brew bourbon sauce. Eb & Bean locations offer plenty of seating with colorful cartoon murals that kids will love.

1425 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

8. Cool Moon Ice Cream

1105 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209

Cool Moon Ice Cream is an underrated and almost forgotten spot, offering flavors that range from classic caramel and mint chip to elegant summer rose or earl grey. But beyond the kid-friendly options like peanut butter and marionberry jam, Cool Moon may be one of the best spots for sorbet in town, velvety with not an ice crystal in sight: the lime-coconut is not too sweet, paired beautifully with a scoop of the Oregon strawberry sorbet. This shop seldom has a long line, with large windows that look out onto Jamison Square‘s fountain — the ideal spot to sit with a cone.

1105 NW Johnson St
Portland, OR 97209

9. Kate's Ice Cream

2636 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

In a courtyard-side commissary down a tight alleyway off NE Sandy, Katelyn Williams makes some of the city’s finest vegan ice creams, in flavors like Marionberry cobbler and salted peanut butter brittle. On the weekends, Portlanders can order scoops of rosewater cardamom almond and mint chocolate fudge out of Williams’ pop-up ice cream parlor, before she opens her permanent scoop shop on North Mississippi in the fall; it’s the best spot to find stellar one-offs, like roasted pineapple hyssop or hibiscus lemon balm.

2636 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

10. Staccato Gelato

232 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Staccato’s whopping 120 rotating ice cream and sorbet flavors have made it a favorite for families — especially those with particular tastes (read: picky eaters). To go even more decadent, Staccato also serves doughnuts alongside its impressive slate of gelatos and sorbettos, ranging from Lucky Charms to prickly pear.

232 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

11. Ruby Jewel Ice Cream

428 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

With two permanent locations on Portland’s west side, Ruby Jewel smooshes scoops of house-made ice cream between thick cookie slabs, occasionally dunking them in chocolate or rolling them in crumbled Oreos. Ruby Jewel sandwiches can be found in markets across Portland, but at the local ice cream shops, people can find seasonal flavors like the bourbon pecan jewel, two soft brown sugar pecan cookies hugging a thick layer of brown butter bourbon ice cream.

428 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

12. Pinolo Gelato

3707 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Owner Sandro Paolini hails from Pisa and frequently imports hard-to-find ingredients from Italy to make the creamy, unforgettable gelatos at Pinolo Gelato. Although flavors are limited and portions are smaller most ice cream shops, each scoop packs an incredily flavorful punch; knockout nut flavors like hazelnut and pistachio particularly shine. It‘s best to take advantage of the shop‘s outdoor tables to people watch the crowds on SE Division.

3707 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

13. Fifty Licks

2021 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Compared to other ice cream shops, the artsy, minimalist Fifty Licks stands out with thoughtful details, from a small dollop of jam at the bottom of freshly made waffle cones to inventive cocktails made with house sorbet. Even with these extras, Fifty Licks always serves consistently smooth ice cream with artful flavors like Thai rice and Hood strawberry, made with berries from Canby’s South Barlow Farms. Don‘t miss the creamy vegan coconut lemon saffron and the oh-so-rich Chocolate AF.

2021 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

14. Premium Matcha Cafe Maiko

3416 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Maiko doesn’t offer a wide selection of ice creams, but what it does offer — earthy, borderline savory matcha soft serve — is worth an order. Offered straight or swirled with vanilla, the soft-serve also appears in parfaits, topped with shiratama mochi and layered with matcha chiffon, or as a float on top of a bed of iced matcha. Normies can stick to plain vanilla, but why would you?

3416 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

15. Ome Calli Frozen Treats

12795 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005

Ome Calli, which means “two house” in the indigenous Mexican language Nahuatl, is a nod to the owners’ two homes: Oregon and Mexico. The Beaverton shop’s frozen desserts, then, blend the best of both, using Oregon fruit to recreate flavors sold at the founder’s Mexico City heladería. The shop’s mildly sweet corn ice cream, salty-creamy cotija, and delicate mamey are all standouts, but Ome Calli’s sherbets — velvety scoops of guava, chamoy, soursop, and tamarind-chile — are an absolute must-order.

12795 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005

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16. Cloud City Ice Cream

4525 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

Those craving nostalgic flavors like cookies n’ cream and chocolate chip cookie dough head directly for Cloud City when the time comes. This Woodstock spot balances memorable classics with kid-friendly touches, like ice cream studded with frosted animal cracker cookies and red velvet mascarpone cake. Although Cloud City is located within a nondescript strip mall parking lot, plenty of families still take advantage of its outdoor seating, making the shop a lively neighborhood staple.

4525 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

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