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Sweet Escapes At Seattle Ice Cream Shops

Nothing makes you feel more like a kid than digging into a heaping scoop of ice cream. Molly Moon’s, one of the best Seattle ice cream shops, has been making people feel like kids since 2008, and shows no sign of stopping. With stores in six locations throughout Seattle, an ice cream truck, and partnerships with local businesses, Molly Moon’s has established itself as a Seattle institution.

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Molly Moon’s Ice Cream Shop in the University Village

A walk through Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, the site of Molly Moon’s first store, provides you with a glimpse of Seattle’s diverse character. Gasworks Park, a former gasification plant that has since become a city park, is a popular spot for spending a sunny Seattle afternoon. Beautiful views of Lake Union hint at Seattle’s nautical past. While the selection of restaurants, from American style diners, to Southern barbecue, to Japanese sushi, represent the various cultures that have made its home in Seattle.

Within this neighborhood is Molly Moon’s, whose mission is to bring joy to the people of Seattle through ice cream. With milk sourced from local dairy farms, and 90% of its other ingredients locally sourced as well, Molly Moon’s brings a touch of sustainability to its sweet treats.

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A selection of specialty toppings on display at Molly Moon’s

A visit to Molly Moon’s starts with selecting the right flavor of ice cream. Besides classics like Vanilla Bean and Melted Chocolate, Molly Moon’s also offers up unique flavors like Honey Lavender, Balsamic Strawberry, and Earl Grey. If you’re interested in taking some ice cream home with you, many of the flavors are available in pint-sized containers. Molly Moon’s also sells a selection of non-ice cream items such as specialty ice cream toppings, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a cookbook with all their popular flavors.

Despite the ice cream trend being on the wane, Molly Moon’s is still going strong, with long lines going around the block on any given day. It’s not hard to see what the appeal is to Molly Moon’s. Their ice cream is tasty, and their flavors are unique and whimsical.

But there’s more to Molly Moon’s than just good ice cream. They partner with other business, like Hello Robin Cookies and Trophy Cupcakes, to expand their customer base and complement their ice cream with other sweet treats. They donate to local non-profit organizations who work towards ending hunger. They also treat their staff right, providing benefits and supporting staff in their creative endeavors. However you look at it, Molly Moon’s does a great job of making you feel good.

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Molly Moon’s famous logo

Molly Moon’s is not the only place to get ice cream in Seattle, even though it’s certainly one of the best. Here are three more Seattle ice cream shops worth visiting.

Bluebird Ice Cream
Bluebird Ice Cream has at least three locations in Seattle: Fremont, Phinney Ridge, and Capitol Hill. In addition to being an ice cream parlor, Bluebird Ice Cream also functions as a brewery, serving local beers along with their ice cream.  Bluebird Ice Cream partners with pie shops like Pie in Fremont and A La Mode in Phinney Ridge to serve up the perfect pie a la mode.

Cupcake Royale
Originally just a cupcake shop, Cupcake Royale has now started offering ice cream to go with their delectable selection of cupcakes. Cupcake Royale has locations throughout Seattle, including West Seattle, Ballard, Queen Anne, and Capitol Hill.

Full Tilt
Branded as an ice cream parlor and pinball arcade, Full Tilt serves up some unique flavors of their own, such as Thai Iced Tea and Ube.  Full tilt has new and vintage arcade games in their four locations throughout Seattle.  Offering beer in addition to ice cream and pinball, Full Tilt is a great meeting spot for gamers.

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The perfect scoop of Salted Caramel ice cream at Molly Moon’s

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