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The 7 Best Ice Cream Shops Near Ballard, Seattle

Updated: October 6, 2021

Wishing you for the summer holidays and sundaes? These Ballard ice cream spots will make you feel like you're on vacation! We analyzed all the top review sites and user and expert opinions to compile this ultimate list of ice cream places! Head to these Ballard destinations for tasty tubs to go or delicious sugar cones and toppings to eat immediately!

Find the perfect Ice cream spot

Salt & Straw

Desserts, $$, BallardDesserts, $$Seattle, Ballard
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • The Stranger, 2017

    Where to Go for National Ice Cream Day: The 25 Best Places in Seattle

    The Stranger, 2017
  • Infatuation, 2018

    The Seattle Ice Cream Power Rankings

    Infatuation, 2018

D'Ambrosio Gelato

Desserts, $$, BallardDesserts, $$Seattle, Ballard
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    16 Great Places to Get Ice Cream In Seattle

    Eater, 2019
  • The Stranger, 2017

    Where to Go for National Ice Cream Day: The 25 Best Places in Seattle

    The Stranger, 2017

Cupcake Royale and Verite Coffee

Desserts, $$, BallardDesserts, $$Seattle, Ballard
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
  • The Stranger, 2017

    Where to Go for National Ice Cream Day: The 25 Best Places in Seattle

    The Stranger, 2017
  • Seattle Magazine, 2014

    The Best Ice Cream Places in Seattle

    Seattle Magazine, 2014

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

Desserts, $$, BallardDesserts, $$Seattle, Ballard
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • The Stranger, 2017

    Where to Go for National Ice Cream Day: The 25 Best Places in Seattle

    The Stranger, 2017
  • Eater, 2019

    16 Great Places to Get Ice Cream In Seattle

    Eater, 2019

If you travel further

Nutty Squirrel Gelato - Phinney Ridge

Desserts, $$, Phinney RidgeDesserts, $$Seattle, Phinney Ridge
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    16 Great Places to Get Ice Cream In Seattle

    Eater, 2019
  • The Stranger, 2017

    Where to Go for National Ice Cream Day: The 25 Best Places in Seattle

    The Stranger, 2017

Nutty Squirrel Gelato - Magnolia

Desserts, $$, MagnoliaDesserts, $$Seattle, Magnolia
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Fainting Goat Gelato

Desserts, $, FremontDesserts, $Seattle, Fremont
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Finding the best spot to satisfy your Ice cream craving shouldn't be so tough. We pored over ratings for 10951 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 1095134 restaurant reviews in Seattle and 1286 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what The Stranger, Eater and Seattle Magazine had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. These top contenders have appeared in The Stranger - Where to Go for National Ice Cream Day: The 25 Best Places in Seattle, Eater - 16 Great Places to Get Ice Cream In Seattle and Seattle Magazine - The Best Ice Cream Places in Seattle. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips for Ice cream

  • The ideal drink pairing for strawberry ice cream

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for strawberry ice cream can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some pink wine, particularly a glass of Rosé. This, off-dry, pink wine balances the fruit strawberry ice cream.

  • The perfect match for your cookie dough ice cream

    When having cookie dough ice cream, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts about Ice cream

  • United States's National Ice Cream Day

    The love for ice cream is unlimited in United States - that’s why they celebrate National Ice Cream Day every year.

  • A 3,010 pounds feast

    On June 28, 2014, United States’s Ice cream fans celebrated a new world record by the strawberry ice-cream, weighing 3,010 pounds.

  • October = Ice cream festival

    Did you know that every year in October foodies in Utica, United States celebrate their passion for Ice cream? The Utica Ice Cream Festivalis held annually.


Parking info

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