Portland’s vegan food scene has exploded with decadent and creamy plant-based ice creams packed with nut-based milk, seasonal fruits, and gluten-free goodness. Whether you’re on the hunt for vegan popsicles or a flavorful scoop of dairy-free chocolate fudge ice cream, you will find your perfect match on the streets of Portland. Here’s a roundup of the top 15 spots to enjoy the best vegan ice cream in Portland, including food trucks, ice cream parlors, street eats, and much more (in no particular order, they’re all awesome)...
1. Kate’s Ice cream – a popular spot serving 100% plant-based and gluten-free ice cream
Kate’s Ice cream is one of the most popular plant-based ice cream parlors in Portland, famous for its adorable outdoor setting and decadent triple chocolate brownie scoops. The recipes are 100% gluten-free, handcrafted entirely from plant-based ingredients, mainly cashew and coconut milk.
This sustainable vegan brand sources ingredients and seasonal fruits from local farmers across the Pacific Northwest. Each flavor is developed artisanally, using fresh seasonal fruits, plant-based extracts, and nuts. Some of their most delectable flavors include Cookies and Cream, Marionberry Cobbler, and Mint Chocolate Fudge.
Address: 3713 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, United States
2. Little Chickpea – a dessert stand for faux ice cream made with chickpeas and gluten-free waffle cones
Have you ever sampled ice cream prepared from chickpeas? If not, head over to Little Chickpea to take your tastebuds for a creamy, velvety, and nutty ride.
One of the best ice cream stands in Northwest Portland, Little Chickpea specializes in rich and flavorful plant-based desserts. Their recipes are gluten and dairy-free, made from chickpeas, aromatic herbs, seasonal fruits, and crunchy nuts. They also specialize in gluten-free waffle cones and vegan cookies prepared with plant-based flour.
Little Chickpea has a delightful selection of unique flavors, like Blackberry Basil, Caramel Orange, Cherry Chai, Lavender Peach, and Mint Macha.
Address: 1241 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209, United States
3. Ice Queen – offers awesome plant based paletas and popsicles
Ice Queen is a must-have experience for all vegan and non-vegan gelato lovers, for it’s the first 100% plant-based popsicle joint in the world. This ice cream parlor curates artisanal popsicles made with seasonal fruits. You can try popsicles made with a single ingredient and sample flavors that combine multiple ingredients.
The popsicles have a creamy consistency and a sorbet-like texture, packing the flavorful goodness of fresh, seasonal fruits. The menu is pretty extensive, and their best-selling popsicles include Cranberry Lemonade, Kiwi Watermelon, Mangonada, Pina Colada, and Marbled Pudding.
Address: SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, United States.
Petunia’s Pies & Pastries – a cute, hip cafe serving creative vegan ice cream and other vegan food
As the name implies, entering this lovely little café is like being transported to an idyllic garden covered with pastel hues and whimsical charm. We strongly recommend dining in to enjoy the full experience of their decadent vegan baked treats and fanciful ambiance.
Famous for its gluten-free and plant-based baked goods, Petunia’s also makes some of Portland’s best handmade classic ice cream flavors. Their house-made artisan ice cream is prepared with coconut milk and seasonal produce. We strongly recommend their cookie dough scoops and ice cream sandwiches. You can get their sundae kits to enjoy a generous serving of your favorite ice cream at home.
Address: 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream – uses the science of cryogenics to freeze your ice cream instantly
Some call it magic, while others call it science; either way, Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream isn’t your average frozen dessert parlor. This Portland ice cream place offers an amazingly cool experience, where a tiny mound of frozen cream is transformed into liquid nitrogen in front of your eyes.
They have an extensive line-up of decadent plant-based flavors, and the servers are happy to slather your order with extra dollops of chocolate sauce and toppings. The ice cream melts at the speed of lightning, so be sure to start slurping immediately.
Address: 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97086, United States.
Ramblin’ Rose Vegan Soft Serve – a gourmet, dairy free, mobile ice cream truck
Ramblin’ Rose has won over Portlanders with its dedication to serving 100% plant-based scoops to dairy-intolerant and vegan gelato lovers. The brand’s vegan soft serve experience is intensely gratifying. The menu is so extensive you won’t be able to taste all the options and combinations even if you visited this food truck every day for an entire year.
The creamy consistency of the ice cream mimics the way the term “soft serve” rolls off the tongue. It’s a labor of love, and you can feel the handmade devotion with every lick and slurp. Some of their best-selling flavors include Goddess Mousse, Hibisbloom Float, Jerry Berry swirl, and Marionberry.
Address: 1401 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, United States.
Doe Donuts – one of the best places for vegan ice cream in Portland
Home to the most creative and delectable artisanal desserts in Portland, Doe Donuts is famous for being the city’s first vegan donut and dessert parlor. The brand’s vegan ice creams are indeed a well-kept secret, known to regular customers who visit their adorable new location at the Sandy Boulevard.
Much like everything prepared by Doe Donuts, their ice creams are exquisitely decorated with their signature artisanal flair. The flavors are divine, and we love their toasted banana decorated with chocolate hazelnut swirls. The flavors are rotational, for the brand likes to offer its customers the best of seasonal produce and plant-based goodness.
Address: 4110 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212, United States.
Eb & Bean SE – organic dairy and plant-based frozen yogurt
Are you on the hunt for organic plant-based frozen desserts devoid of artificial flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners? Head over to Eb & Bean, one of the most popular ice cream parlors in Portland. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that Eb & Bean is a celebrated frozen yogurt cult because few dessert connoisseurs can rival their taste and quality.
This minimalist ice cream joint offers an extensive variety of organic dairy and dairy-free frozen desserts. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with their eclectic plant-based frozen yogurts or sample their seasonal ice creams, topped with a gazillion crunchy toppings.
Address: 3040 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, United States.
Wailua Shave Ice – Hawaiian-style shave ice with creative flavors and fruit toppings
If you love shaved ice cream, the Wailua Shave Ice parlor will quickly become your go-to spot to gratify your sweet tooth with a guilt-free treat. Wailua Shave Ice allows Portlanders to experience a traditional ice cream-making method that the Japanese brought to Hawaii.
The experience is perfect for summer because there’s nothing more refreshing than enjoying a cup of flavored shaved ice. They have an extensive selection of flavors, and we adore Almond Joy, Lava Flow, and Ube.
Address: 1022 W Burnside St unit o, Portland, OR 97209, United States.
Virtuous Pie – 100% vegan spot offering plant based pizzas and ice cream
Famous for its rich and cheesy vegan pizzas, the Virtuous Pie is also home to some of the best plant-based ice cream flavors to enjoy in Portland. The brand is dedicated to cooking up creative and inventive gastronomic experiences for people committed to a plant-based diet. And their desserts are prepared with dairy and gluten-free ingredients, using locally sourced seasonal produce.
We love how rich and affordable their scoops are, and we love the Black Forest, Butter Popcorn, Jammie Hendrix, and Vietnamese Coffee. If we had to pick one, we’d recommend having their Black Forest scoop in their house-made gluten-free waffle cone.
Address: 1126 SE Division St #200, Portland, OR 97202, United States.
Salt & Straw – has a large cult type following!
Salt & Straw is one of the most iconic organic ice cream parlors in the city, and their vegan options are mouth-wateringly good. The brand operates three ice cream shops across the city in Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast Portland. Each of the parlors has a familiar old-world charm and high-spirited energy.
Salt & Straw has upheld its promise to provide its vegan customers with an inclusive menu, with 20% of the ice creams made with 100% plant-based flavors. The handcrafted and organic ice creams have a rich and creamy consistency, packed with the flavors of seasonal fruits. You must try their Blue Cheese, Lemon Curd, and Chocolate Caramel.
Address: 838 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, United States.
2035 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, United States.
3345 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, United States.
22 Below – creative flavors of handcrafted, rolled ice cream
22 Below offers an unconventional twist to frozen desserts, specializing in Thai ice cream-making traditions. The ice parlor offers creamy and decadent seasonal flavors, rolled into artsy little swirls, and topped with your favorite toppings.
This brand offers a wide variety of options designed for vegans and people with dairy intolerance and gluten-related complications. Many of their choices are cholesterol, dairy, and fat-free, perfect for gelato lovers who need to control their sugar intake or mind their dietary limitations.
Their Rocky Road is a raging crowd-pleaser, but the Flaming Hot Cheetos steals the show with its inventiveness and unusual addition to a frozen dessert menu. Their boba smoothies and sodas are also worth trying when the heat starts to pour.
Address: 615 SW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States.
Fifty Licks Ice Cream – serves both dairy and legend-non-dairy ice cream
Are you craving a non-traditional ice cream experience with over-the-top perfection and inventive creativity? Head over to Fifty Licks to sample the best handmade ice cream in Portland. This adorable little ice cream parlor specializes in both dairy and dairy-free ice creams, with an unconventional twist on frozen treats.
Fifty Licks serves exquisite handmade ice creams with unique flavors, and its sorbet cocktails steal the show with their refreshing taste and zesty pick-me-up energy. The non-dairy ice creams are prepared with plant-based ingredients, served in cups, and artisanal, gluten-free waffle cones. Fifty Licks also serves the best Cuban coffee affogatos in the city!
Address: SE Clinton St #101, Portland, OR 97202, United States.
What’s the Scoop? – an award winning dessert parlour
A quaint and ambient ice cream parlor specializing in plant-based frozen desserts prepared with locally sourced produce, What’s the Scoop is the perfect place to share a creamy scoop with a friend. The parlor has a tranquil atmosphere with its rustic wooden décor and the scent of vanilla refreshing the senses.
Their artisanal handmade ice creams and sundaes are best devoured with their decadent fudge brownies and cookies.
Address: 3540 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227, United States
Hurry Back Ice Cream – for handmade, fresh ice cream including vegan options
Hurry Back Ice Cream is one of the most popular ice cream carts across Portland’s vibrant street food scene, famous for its rotating menu that surprises customers with flavorful seasonal treats. Their ice creams are prepared with nut-based milk varieties, creamy flavors, and fresh seasonal produce.
Hurry Back operates two branches, one on 13th Avenue and one on Lexington Street. They specialize in creamy, non-dairy Philadelphia-style frozen treats, freshly made in front of you. The selection of flavors is impressive, and we strongly recommend their Cane Sugar and Honey Vanilla.
The real fun unfolds while watching the handmade, artisanal flavors combined to create rich, creamy scoops.
Address: 7875 Southeast 13th Avenue, Portland, OR, United States.
SE Lexington St, Portland, OR 97202, United States.
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