Is there anything better than a cold, refreshing sweet treat on a hot summer day? Whether you’re into ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato or prefer a cone or a thick shake or malt, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit during your stay in Bellevue.
I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM...
Ice cream is where it’s at. We can’t get enough of the cold, rich, creamy stuff. And if you’re visiting Bellevue this summer, you can rest assured your favorite treat will be on hand. Here are some of our favorite spots to drop in and indulge.
A Seattle favorite, Molly Moon’s has finally found a home on the Eastside in downtown Redmond, just a short drive east on Interstate 520. This local Seattle handmade ice cream shop has won numerous “best ice cream” awards since its inception in 2008. With locally sourced ingredients and unique flavors like Honey Lavender, local Stumptown Coffee, and Theo’s Melted Chocolate, Molly Moon’s has built quite a fan base. Check out seasonal flavors like Sweet Cream Rhubarb Crisp. Our favorite? Scout Mint in a sundae topped with homemade hot fudge, thin mint crumbles, local Chukkar cherries and whipped cream. Gluten-free and vegan flavors are always on the menu as well.
Have you ever seen those adorable ice cream cones shaped like a fish? Those are called taiyaki, and Chamai Matcha is the place where you can find them. Chamei Matcha is a beverage and dessert spot that specializes in authentic Japanese desserts made with high-quality matcha and fresh fruits. They specialize in soft serve, shave ice, fresh fruit tea,obanyaki, and taiyaki. Come check them out if you want to try something new!
Velvety and beautiful soft serve that’s equally delicious as it is gorgeous. Aqua S ice cream originated in Australia, and Bellevue is one of the privileged U.S. locations. Aqua S boasts more than 100 recipe flavors that are rotated bi-monthly and that feature bright colors like lavender, pink, blue, and yellow. The lofty cones are wrapped with colorful cotton candy and adorned with scrumptious toppings like toasted marshmallows. If you love a good dessert aesthetic, Aqua S is sure to become your new favorite place for ice cream in Bellevue.
Ben and Jerry’s
Visit Vermont’s finest, iconic ice cream shop in Bellevue Square, Kirkland or Factoria Mall locations. Pamper yourself with a classic like Milk and Cookies, Cherry Garcia, Peanut Butter Cup or one of our top picks: Chunky Monkey with bananas, fudge chunks, and walnuts. Or choose from frozen yogurt, non-dairy and gluten-free flavors just as creamy and enticing. And you can feel good about indulging. Ben and Jerry’s is made only with fair trade ingredients.
Cold Stone Creamery
Located at Bellevue Crossroads, adjacent to the International Market, Cold Stone is always a top pick on a hot day in the Pacific Northwest. Create your own flavors or try one of their signature creations like Oreo Overload, Peanut Butter Cup Perfection or the Pie Who Loved Me made with cheesecake ice cream, Oreo cookies, graham cracker pie crust and fudge. How do you spell indulgent? If you prefer sipping your cold treat, you can create your own shake or smoothie.
FROZEN YOGURT ANYONE?
Indulgence without guilt, frozen yogurt is here to stay. Here are some of the hottest shops to check out:
If variety is what you’re looking for in frozen yogurt—Menchies is the place to be. Located at Kelsey Creek on Main Street in Bellevue, choose from dozens of low-fat, non-fat, sugar-free and even low carb delicious flavors like Greek Vanilla Bean, Banana, Cookie dough, Pure Chocolate and Classic Cherry. And it’s all sold by weight so you can indulge as much or as little as you desire. Did you say toppings? How about every fresh fruit you can think of as well as your favorite candies, cookies and even mochi. If you love the “build your own” method of frozen yogurt—you may also want to visit Peaks Frozen Yogurt Bar and Yogurtland in Bellevue.
Prefer a healthier cold treat? Look no further than a delicious Freeze from Pressed Juicery, located at the Lodge in Bellevue Square. The Freeze is the latest and greatest creation from these California juice-makers. Packed with the same nutrition found in their popular juice flavors, Freeze is a soft-serve frozen treat and the first of its kind: by using only juices from fruits and vegetables, almonds and coconuts, Freeze is a vegan, gluten and dairy-free dessert. But after your first taste, you’ll never believe it.
THE EASTSIDE'S BEST GELATO
You don’t have to travel to the Italian Riviera to taste the world’s best gelato. Here are a few places to find this creamy sensation:
Sirena Gelato is an oasis for gelato lovers located in beautiful downtown Kirkland. With the help of a third generation Italian gelato maker from Venice, Brian Ugurlu and his family handcraft unique recipes utilizing both exclusive specialty imports and local Northwest ingredients. The result is a tasty and distinctive blend of old world favorites with a modern American flair. Indulge in delicious flavors like Red Velvet Cupcake and Amaretto. If you close your eyes, you can almost feel the breeze off the coast of Portofino.
Tutta Bella Pizzeria
Come for the incredible pizza but stay for the gelato. Better yet, just come for the gelato. Tutta Bella features gelato from Seattle’s own award-winning gelato