Food

10 Delicious Destinations for Icy Treats Around DC

Where to find refreshing shaved ice, bingsu, and popsicles.

Try Mexican popsicles made with fresh fruits from Jarabe. Photograph courtesy of Jarabe

Bear’s Shaved Ice
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg (at Rio Lakefront)
This family-owned shaved ice truck has multiple locations throughout the DC area where they offer classic flavors such as cherry, lime, and cotton candy. Look for the white truck with a polar bear on it. 

Blanca’s Snow Cones
4821 Columbia pike, Arlington; 4306 St Barnabas Rd., Temple hills
These brightly colored trucks offer a wide array of colorful snow cones. Flavors include classic cherry or grape alongside more adventurous “tiger’s blood” (which sounds scarier than the mix of  watermelon, strawberry and coconut tastes). 

Capitol Snow
6201 Franconia Rd., Alexandria
Made from scratch with real fruit, these New Orleans style snowballs come in classic flavors like cherry and orange—plus some fun inventions like “dinosaur juice” (a.k.a. lemon-lime). And added bonus: free toppings. 

IceGreen shaved ice. Photograph courtesy of IceGreen

Houey’s Shaved Ice
15193-A Marlboro Pk., Upper Marlboro
There are dozens of flavors to choose from at this Southern snowball joint, from banana and birthday cake to tropical punch and tutti frutti. You can also upgrade to a cream-based flavor if you’re feeling fancy. Sugar-free options are also available. 

IceGreen Snowballs
6800 Oxon Hill Rd., National Harbor (inside Tanger Outlets)
Creative flavors make this snowball joint stand out, including wedding cake (watermelon and vanilla), bullfrog in a blender (cherry and green apple), and island breeze (blue raspberry and lime).

Jarabe Gourmet Pops
Multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA
This pop-up popsicle stand specializes in Mexican-style paletas made with natural ingredients, fresh fruits, and herbs. Flavors run spicy to sweet, including rosemary-hibiscus, chocolate ganache, and pineapple-ginger. Find the stand at DC’s La Cosecha marketplace (Thursday through Sunday), Bethesda Central Farm Market (Sundays), and more

Siroo Juk Story and Tea Cafe
4231 Markham St., Annandale; 13830 Lee Hwy, Centreville VA; 10176 Baltimore National Pk., Ellicott City
These Korean cafes serve a variety of savory and sweet specialties, including bingsu, Korean shaved ice often topped with a variety of fresh fruits and sweet condensed milk. Fruity favorites include mango or berry, while more savory options include red bean or matcha. The final product is both delicious and Insta-worthy.

SnoCream at the Block food hall in Annandale. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Snocream Company
4221 John Marr Dr., Annandale (inside the Block)
This Taiwanese dessert stall inside the Block food hall creates fluffy, refreshing desserts that taste like a hybrid of shaved ice and ice cream. Start by picking flavors like mango, green tea, or pandan, which can be topped with a huge variety of fresh fruits, crunchy cereals, boba, jellies, condensed milk, and more. 

Snow Show
6769 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church
You’ll find this Taiwanese dessert shop tucked away inside Eden Center’s Vivi Bubble Tea. Cooling creations include milk tea bingsu or fresh strawberry snow with mochi and cheesecake.

Tiki Treats
10319 Westlake Dr, Bethesda
Nicknamed “vacation in a cup,” these icy delights channel vacation in Hawaii. Pick from several fruit flavors, or splurge on the most popular: a rainbow snowball topped with a tiny umbrella.

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Jason Fontelieu
Editorial Fellow