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Jun 30, 2010 04:09 PM

Cute Ice Cream Shop or Parlor in the DC/MD/VA area?

My fiance and I are huge ice cream fans and would love to hold our pre wedding photoshoot in a shop. Can anyone recommend a cute ice cream shop or parlor?


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  1. I don't think there really is one any more other than maybe Dairy Godmother in Alexandria (Del Ray area). Is the ice cream parlor exhibit still up at the Smithsonian?

    1. There are a couple down by the waterfront end of Old Town Alexandria. Their name escapes me, but they're right on King Street so you can't miss them.

      King Street Cafe
      1018 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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      1. re: yfunk3

        The shops are Pop's and The Creamery. Pop's has a old fashioned ice cream counter with stools. Very cute.

        In town, there is Max's Best in Glover Park or Something Sweet near the National Cathedral.

        1. re: DCDeb

          Purely for picture-taking purposes, Pop's is probably the closest to what you're looking for in NoVA.

          1. re: sweth

            I just looked up Pop's and it's definitely the look I'm going for. Thanks!

      2. The lobby counter at Ted's Bulletin reminds me of an old timey ice cream parlor, and they do serve some awesome shakes.

        Ted's Bulletin
        505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

        1. Maybe ACKC on 14th St.? They sell ice cream (among other confections) and I think the place is pretty cute!

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          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            Earls Beauty Inn 635 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230-4722(410) 752-3680‎. It is a beauty shop and ice cream parlor in Federal Hill. It is near where Jenna Bush lives. This is the place. I don't know their hours, but it is perfect.

            1. re: 2000man

              I was going to recommend the old fashioned ice cream parlor on the first floor of the Smithsonian American History museum, but I couldn't locate it on the interwebs. Is my memory failing me, was I hallucinating, or did there used to be one there?

              1. re: crackers

                There was one in the museum, but I think the recent remodel took it out.

                1. re: 2000man

                  Unfortunately they closed over a year ago.

            2. Depending where you live, Nutter's in Sharpsburg has a certain Dundalkian cuteness, and very good ice cream that is a real bargain.

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              1. re: justicat

                Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! I'll definitely check them all out.