Since opening Ice Cream Jubilee in The Yards last year, entrepreneur Victoria Lai has quickly established her scoop shop as one of DC’s best. Voted best ice cream shop by Washingtonian magazine and Washington City Paper readers, Ice Cream Jubilee offers creative flavors like Caramel Popcorn and Thai Iced Tea along side childhood classics Bold Vanilla and Chocolate Chocolate. Ice Cream Jubilee has been a well-earned success story for Victoria, who left behind a successful law career in 2013 to follow her passion for ice cream and community. Head to Ice Cream Jubilee in the Lumber Shed Building at 301 Water Street SE this summer for a refreshing scoop of delicious ice cream!
Why did you choose the Capitol Riverfront for Ice Cream Jubilee’s location?
The Capitol Riverfront feels a world away from downtown DC – like a getaway that’s right near the metro! Strolling through its open spaces by the fountains and waterfront breezes make every day feel like a weekend. The first time I visited Yards Park, I knew that this is where I wanted to spend all my days.
What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?
When I need a quick pick-me up in the summer, I walk to the reflecting pool and water features in Yards Park. The sound of laughing children playing with water melts away any stress and reminds me of how easy and simple happiness can be. It reminds me why I love my life as an ice cream maker!
In addition to DC’s favorite ice cream, what else is on the menu at Ice Cream Jubilee?
In April, driven by popular demand, we started making milkshakes! It is fun for customers to have a hand in creating unique flavor combinations. We also have locally roasted coffee for $1, cookies, ice cream cakes, and vegan sorbets.
What ice cream flavor best describes the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood?
Our Mango Habanero ice cream has a surprising spicy kick that lingers on your taste buds and balances the sweet and fruity mango flavors. With every bite, you experience an arc of flavors, from sweet to creamy to spicy, which leads you to want to take another bite. In one visit to the Capitol Riverfront, you can experience live music, great foods, and be surprised by the growing community, which will make you want to come back again!
Are there any discounts or specials you would like to tell our newsletter readers about?
Ice Cream Jubilee is celebrating National Ice Cream Day in July by giving away 30 days of free ice cream to someone on our email list! Sign up today for updates on new flavors and ice cream specials and for a chance to win!
We are excited to get to know our Department of Transportation and Navy Yard neighbors! We will have specials all through the summer: stop in to ask us about #MilitaryMonday and #DOTtuesday.
Follow us at @icecreamjubilee on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.
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