Despite a reputation for rain, Portland’s devotion to ice cream has produced some of the nation’s top scoop shops. Stumptown even has its own soft-serve subculture, featuring both dairy and non-dairy options.
Soft Service Ice Cream Spots in Portland
Cheese & Crack Snack Shop
A mouthwatering cheese selection gets tough competition from a velvety sweet cream soft-serve cone at Cheese & Crack Snack Shop. Filled with chocolate ganache, dusted with espresso powder and topped with a flawless curlicue, this treat is as photogenic as it is delicious. Another adorable option is the sundae with cinnamon butter cracker crumble and torched, house-made marshmallow.
Piping hot slices of East Coast-style pizza are served on red-checkered tablecloths at Pizza Jerk in Northeast Portland. We’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: this pizzeria also doles out some of the city’s best soft serve. They swirl a vanilla ice cream base with mouthwatering flavors like tropical orange, butter pecan and blue goo (cotton candy). More traditional varieties like strawberry and chocolate are available as well. The most delicious secret of all? If you swing by on a Tuesday, all cones come free with a purchase.
If no-frills soft serve is your jam, head to the fried chicken experts at Basilisk, in hip food hall the Zipper. Kool-Aid flavors this swirled treat, so expect a rotation of sweet, fruity offerings like black cherry, grape, orange and watermelon. Couple your cup or cone with The Zipper’s excellent outdoor patio for a win-win.
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