Le Diplomat’s ice cream cart is always an excellent choice (on Bastille Day or any other). Photo courtesy of Le Diplomate

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The Resy Guide to D.C.’s Must-Try Ice Creams


It’s no wonder our Commander-in-Chief also happens to be an ice cream connoisseur, because the simple fact is: The nation’s capital is a hot spot for frozen treats. D.C.’s restaurants in particular are masterful at keeping us cool and delighted amid the swampy summer heat: You can sample everything from gelato scoops (Reveler’s Hour) to ube soft serve (Purple Patch) — and yes, there’s even the opportunity for a classic hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. (The Eleanor knows us too well.)

These are the District restaurants where it’s absolutely essential to save some room for dessert.