Top 15 Best Ice Cream Shops in Portland (tried and tested)

A perfect treat for spring and summer, these sugary frozen delights can be found all over Portland. From super cute and sprinkly to 100% plant-based and guilt-free, here are my favorite places to buy ice cream in Portland, Oregon…

Our Top 3 Best Ice Cream Shops in Portland
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Best For Vegan Ice Cream
Kate’s Ice Cream
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Best For Handmade Ice cream
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Best For Vegan Popsicles
Ice Queen
Best For Vegan Ice Cream

Kate’s Ice Cream

Kate’s Ice Cream Portland

I’m a huge fan of Kate’s Ice Cream which is a famous ice cream shop on Mississippi Avenue in North Portland. They offer a great selection of 100% plant-based and gluten-free ice cream in a small outdoor setting. The ice cream is made with cashew and coconut milk. 

Kate’s Ice Cream collaborates with local farmers and uses fresh seasonal produce from the native farms of the Pacific Northwest. At Kate’s Ice Cream, you can enjoy delectable ice cream in a variety of flavors, including Mint Chocolate Fudge, Triple Chocolate Brownie, Marionberry Cobbler, Rose Water Cardamom Almond, and I suggest you definitely try the Cookies & Cream which is my personal favorite.


Plant-based and gluten-free options

Fresh local ingredients

Unique flavor selection

Collaborates with local farmers


Small outdoor setting

Outside noise

Best For Handmade Ice cream

Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw Portland

Salt & Straw is a famous ice cream company based in Portland. Salt & Straw has three parlors in the city: one in Northwest Portland, one in Southeast Portland, and one in Northeast Portland. They also have one branch near Lake Oswego. 

Salt & Straw offers an eclectic array of artisanal frozen desserts made from organic and local ingredients. They offer a variety of unique flavors, including blue cheese, caramel cream, olive oil, lemon curd, chocolate hazelnut, and chocolate sprinkled caramel, among others.

The funky ice cream parlors feature a quaint interior with a sassy ambiance. They have also made a promise to keep around 20% of their flavors 100% vegan all year round. All three branches of Salt & Straw are open Mondays through Sundays between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. 


Organic locally-sourced ingredients

Unique artisanal flavor options

20% of flavors are vegan

Multiple convenient locations


Long queue at times

No outside space

Best For Vegan Popsicles

Ice Queen

Ice Queen Portland - best vegan icecream

Ice Queen is an ice cream shop specializing in vegan popsicles. It is the first entirely vegan popsicle shop in the world. They have a huge selection of frozen Mexican treats prepared from natural fruits. 

At Ice Queen, you can enjoy single-ingredient popsicles and multiple-ingredient popsicles in many flavors, including kiwi-watermelon, strawberry banana, marbled pudding, peaches and cream, and fruity rainbow. They have a sizable menu of fresh classic paletas, such as Mangonadas and Toasted Coconut. 

Ice Queen has over 17 branches in Portland. The parlors are open Fridays through Sundays, mostly between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. 


World's first vegan popsicle store

Diverse natural fruit-based flavours

Offers single and multi-ingredient popsicles

Fresh classic paletas available


Closes early

Small space

Best For Food Cart

Hurry Back Ice Cream

Hurry Back Ice Cream non-dairy

Hurry Back Ice Cream is an ice cream cart based in Portland. They have two branches: one on Lexington Street and one on 13th Avenue in Southeast Portland. At Hurry Back Ice Cream, they offer fresh frozen treats made in front of you in their cart. 

They offer a conglomerate of unique flavors combined artistically. They have an impressive selection of ice cream flavours from honey vanilla to coconut milk and cream. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Sundays, they close an hour early. 


Unique flavors and vegan options

Freshly made on-site

Artistic flavor combinations

Convenient two locations


Only two branches

Food trucks only not a shop


Best For Hand-Made Ice cream

Fifty Licks

Fifty Licks Portland

Fifty Licks is an ice cream parlor specializing in nontraditional frozen desserts, such as sorbet cocktails. They offer a great selection of unique ice cream flavors and toppings in cones and cups, both dairy and non-dairy.

Fifty Licks has three branches in Portland: Clinton Street in Southeast Portland, 21st Avenue in Northwest Portland, and Burnside Street in East Portland. They are open daily between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. On Sundays, they stay open till 11 p.m. 


Dairy and Non-Dairy Options

Handmade and Small-Batch

Convenient Multiple Locations

Extended Hours on Sundays


Only 3 branches in the city

Open for fewer hours on weekdays

Best For Organic Ice cream

Eb & Bean

Eb & Bean Portland

Eb & Bean is one of the most frequented dessert destinations in Portland. Eb & Bean is a minimalist food parlor offering an eclectic array of frozen desserts with both dairy and non-dairy bases. The treats offered by Eb & Bean are free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and preservatives. From plant-based frozen yogurts to dairy ice cream, Eb & Bean has everything to satisfy your sweet tooth.

At Eb & Bean, you can enjoy many seasonal ice cream flavors with creative housemade toppings and sauces. Eb & Bean is available at three different locations in Portland: Division Street in Southeast Portland, Broadway in Northeast Portland, and 21st Avenue in Northwest Portland. 

All three parlors have the exact timings. They are open Wednesdays through Sundays between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays stay open between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Best For Hand-Crafted

Cloud City Ice Cream


Unique handcrafted ice cream

Locally sourced ingredients

Wide variety of quirky flavors

Gluten-free options available


Only one branch

Small batches

Cloud City Ice Cream Portland

Cloud City Ice Cream is a strip mall ice cream parlor on Woodstock Boulevard in Southeast Portland. The ice cream shop specializes in small-batch, handcrafted ice cream prepared with locally sourced natural ingredients. 

At Cloud City Ice Cream, you can enjoy various Oregonian treats served at sidewalk tables. From gluten-free ginger molasses cookies to salted caramel swirls to peanut butter cups, there is a wide range of quirky flavors. They also offer takeaway and delivery services. 


Organic dairy and plant-based options

No artificial sweeteners

Eclectic array of frozen desserts

Creative housemade toppings


Only plant-based

Not for dairy lovers

Best For Trendy Desserts

Cool Moon Ice Cream

Cool Moon Ice Cream Portland

Located on Johnson Street in Northwest Portland, Cool Moon Ice Cream is one of the finest ice cream destinations in the city. From sprinkle-delicious Birthday Cake to rosewater-infused Kulfi to coconut sorbet, they have a huge assortment of frozen desserts to please your palate. 

Cool Moon Ice Cream also features a coffee bar serving premium espresso drinks and shakes. The parlor is open every day between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. 


Diverse ice cream selection

High-quality espresso drinks

Convenient opening hours


Only one branch

Crowded some days

Best For Gluten-Free Ice cream

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is an Ohio-based ice cream chain. It has one branch in Portland, located on Cornwell Road in the northwest part of the city. 

At Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, you can savor over 100 delectable ice cream flavors with unique toppings and syrups. From pints and quarts to cones and dishes, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream offers an impressive variety of treats with fat-free options. They also serve homemade sundaes, creamy milkshakes, and ice cream sandwiches. They also offer some great vegan options.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 


Best for gluten-free options

Generous portions

Rich creamy textures

Dairy and vegan options


Small space

Noises from outside

Best For Family-Owned

Angel’s Donuts and Ice cream

Angel’s Donuts and Ice cream

Angel’s Donuts and Ice Cream is an old-school bakery specializing in artisanal treats. From handcrafted doughnuts to crispy fritters to homemade ice cream, they offer a great selection of desserts to please your sweet tooth. 

Located on Alberta Street in Northeast Portland, Angel’s Donuts and Ice Cream is a quick-serve parlor offering sweet and savory eats. They also have a sizable menu of savory brunch dishes, such as sandwiches and burgers. The place is open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. 


Rich and creative options

Unique Flavor Combinations

Multiple Portland Locations

Evening Operating Hours


Small shop area

Closes early from Sunday to Thursday

Best For Famous Brand

Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry's Vegan Ice cream

Ben & Jerry’s is a Vermont-based ice cream parlor chain offering a variety of frozen treats, including ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt, including plenty of great vegan plant-based options. 

Ben & Jerry’s is available at three locations in Portland, including Yamhill Street in Southwest Portland and 10th Avenue and Uptown Shopping Center in Northwest Portland. The parlors are open Sundays through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


Some expensive items

Compact space

Best For Hawaiian-Style Ice cream

Ohana Dessert & Shave Ice

Ohana Dessert & Shave Ice

Ohana Dessert & Shave Ice is an ice cream shop adjoining the Ohana cafe on Sandy Boulevard in Northeast Portland. At Ohana Dessert & Shave Ice, you can enjoy a massive array of desserts in a homey setting. 

From classic cakes to American pies to Hawaiian shave ice, you can indulge in various sweet eats at Ohana Dessert & Shave Ice. It is open every day between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. 


Diverse dessert selection

Convenient location near cafe

Extended operating hours

Unique Hawaiian shave ice


Small space

Prices were increased recently

Best For Icecream Sandwiches

Ruby Jewel

Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Sandwhich

Ruby Jewel is a Portland-based company selling super flavorsome ice cream sandwiches. You can get Ruby Jewel’s products from various locations, such as Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Sizzle Pie, Pizzicato, Laughing Planet Cafe, Yoke’s Fresh Market, Bread & Roses Market, 7-Eleven, Fred Meyer, Bristol Farms, and Sprouts Farmers Market.

Their ice cream sandwiches come in a wide range of flavors, including Salted Caramel, Oatmeal Butterscotch, Lemon Lavender, and Chocolate Mint.


Wide flavor variety

Sold at multiple locations

High-quality ingredients

Local Portland favorite

Specializes in Icecream sandwiches


Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Not for vegans

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