The Best Ice Cream in Seattle

In a city with so much great food, we wanted to know: What really takes the prize? Our critics tasted dozens of the very best ice creams to find out
Matt Bumpas ready to serve scoops at Sweet Bumpas

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Best of the Best: Sweet Bumpas

The ice cream that Matt Bumpas (a former psychologist, law student and one-time pastry chef at Poppy) serves from his farmers’ market cart and seasonal Georgetown kitchen ($4.50 for a single scoop) brings together his canny creativity and chef training in fantastical flavors like garden mint with cocoa cookie, cinnamon caramel and hokeypokey—made with sweet cream and his own honeycomb toffee.

Fresh, often local ingredients (such as dairy products from Smith Brothers) bolster the flavors, as does making the ice cream base from scratch, rather than the easier, far more common method of using a premade pasteurized base. The result is smoother texture and cleaner taste, making it the best in a city that’s deep into a serious love affair with ice cream, and made all the more endearing by Bumpas’ childlike enthusiasm behind the scoop station.

Sweet Bumpas ice cream. Photo by Alex Crook

Georgetown, 6564 Fifth Ave. S; 206.719.0625; and mobile cart;


Sweet Lo’s
Wholesale only;
TIP: True ice cream addicts in Seattle should sign up for Sweet Lo’s subscription ice cream club and get three pints each month, in flavors exclusive to the club, such as Maple ’n’ French Toast, Grasshopper Fluff and roasted apricot honey.

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