Our Favorite Ice Cream Shops in and around Rockville and Gaithersburg

Is there anything better than an ice cream cone on a hot summer day?

By Nicole Cerquitella, Publisher July 6, 2021

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month?  

There's nothing better than treating the kids to an ice cream cone on a hot summer day in and around Rockville and Gaithersburg! 

Luckily, We have a lot of great locally-owned ice cream shops in and around Rockville and Gaithersburg  where we can indulge in yummy goodness. Here are 5 of our favorite places for ice cream:

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

18519 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879

What we love: Bruster's offers at least 24 freshly made flavors daily, along with Italian Ice, sorbets and other goodies.  There is something special for everyone!  se this spot to talk about what makes this ice cream shop a standout.  Try the special seasonal flavors when you go.  The Black Cherry Chocolate Chunk has my heart this summer!

Fantastick's Customized Gelato Bars and Pops 

RIO Washingtonian Center 

215 Boardwalk Pl,
Gaithersburg MD 20878

What we love: A relative newcomer to our local frozen treat scene, Fantastick's pops are decadent and fun.   The ability to customize them is every kids dream, and quite a treat for adults, too!  Pick a flavor of gelato pop, then, choose to coat, sprinkle toppings on it, and drizzle it with even more deliciousness, if you so desire.  These pops are so yummy, and gorgeous too!

Sarah's Handmade Ice Cream

Wildwood Shop: 

10219 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD 20814

River Road Shop: 

5241 River Road Bethesda, MD 20816

What we love: Sarah's Homemade Ice Cream elevates the art of ice cream.  With a wide variety of small batch flavors, rotating regularly, I would say Sarah's is the perfect treat - call it self-care, or a special reward for just being you!  Can't decide on a flavor? Treat yourself to the ice cream flight, with 6 kiddie scoop sized flavors so you can try them all!

Carmen's Italian Ice and Cafe

Rockville Shop:

1115 Nelson Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850

Olney Shop:

The Shoppes of Olney
3233 Spartan Rd, Olney, MD 20832

What we love: Known for its home made Italian water ice, frozen yogurt and custard, Carmen's keeps ice cream fun!  In business for over 20 years, Carmen's offers a ton of delicious flavors and combos.  My personal favorite is the classic gelati - your choice of soft custard layered in a cup with your choice of Italian ice - think orange creamsicle (vanilla custard and orange Italian ice) or root beer float (vanilla custard and root beer Italian ice) - your imagination is the only limitation to your tasty treat at Carmen's.   Definitely a favorite destination for my kids! 

Jimmie Cone

Damascus Shop:

26420 Ridge Road, Damascus  

Mt. Airy Shop:

1312 S Main Street, Mt. Airy   

What we love: Serving up soft serve and smiles since 1962, Jimmie Cone is a must try in our area.  Simple pleasures abound - both Jimmie Cone locations offer Chocolate and Vanilla and twist every day! Strawberry, Black Raspberry and Orange flavors rotate weekly, and are also available twisted with vanilla. Jimmie Cone also offers frozen yogurt—one fat free and one fat and sugar free—changing weekly (check their Facebook page for flavor availability). Water ice is also available on the menu!  Cash only, and served through a walk up counter, Jimmie Cone is classic family fun.   I love the Black Raspberry, and my whole family loves their cookie dough topping!