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…
Kate’s Ice Cream
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.
Small outdoor setting
Salt & Straw
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
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
Hurry Back Ice Cream
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.
Only two branches
Food trucks only not a shop
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
Eb & Bean
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.
Cloud City Ice Cream
Unique handcrafted ice cream
Locally sourced ingredients
Wide variety of quirky flavors
Gluten-free options available
Only one branch
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.
Not for dairy lovers
Cool Moon Ice Cream
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
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. Small space Noises from outside
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.
Noises from outside
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.
Small shop area
Closes early from Sunday to Thursday
Ben & Jerry’s
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
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
Prices were increased recently
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
Local Portland favorite
Specializes in Icecream sandwiches
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Not for vegans
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Gaby Maia – writer and photographer
Born and raised in Brazil, Gaby has always had a taste for the intriguing, the off-beat and the far flung. After traveling around most of South America, living in Spain and Italy and then moving to England, her feet have stayed continually twitchy. Studying for a degree in Spanish translation and then learning five more languages only poured more fuel onto her traveling ardor. Gaby likes nothing better than discovering new destinations in her spare time and meeting the locals, tasting the cuisine and then writing about her favourite places. Her other indulgences include French cinema, boxing, photography, colourful manicures and soaking up the rays on a sun-infused beach. The places she loves the most include Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Turkey, Barcelona, Lisbon and Cornwall. Find Gaby on Linkedin or Twitter.
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