Sunday, June 14, 2009

Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe in Old Bowie

UPDATE: Simple Pleasures is Moving the first week of July, 2010. Read the story by clicking here.

If you want ice cream in Bowie, you can always go to Cold Stone Creamery, Baskin-Robbins, Rita's or Dairy Queen. But if you want good homemade ice cream, you have to go to Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe.

Simple Pleasures is located in the back of the Bowie Antique Depot in Old Bowie's antique district - 13015 9th St (Route 564) - across from the post office and fire station. They have a small seating area. You can walk through the antique store to get to Simple Pleasures, or you can use the back entrance. The Simple Pleasures space was once occupied by the Retro Tea Room.

You can click here to learn more about Simple Pleasure's dessert offerings. They also sell soups, salads and sandwiches.

The restaurant is family owned and operated - a plus if you like to give your business to the little guys.

They also take their business on the road. In the past, they brought their ice cream cart to various events in Bowie. This summer they can be found at the Cheverly Community Market on Saturdays, and at the Greenbelt Farmers Market on Sundays.

I've made the mistake of going to Simple Pleasures on a Monday, and they were closed. The latest hours posted in the store indicate that they are only open Wednesday through Sunday - 12:30pm to 8:00, except they close at 7:00pm on Sundays. They have Winter hours from October through April, closing at 7:00pm each night that they're open.

Bowie Antique Depot storefront.

In case you forget about Simple Pleasures, they put out this giant ice cream treat to remind you.

Here's the cart that they take on the road. The back entrance can be seen on the right, and there are parking spaces out back.

The dessert menu.


  1. I don't get out to old Bowie very much these days, so I would never have found this place. I love homemade ice cream so I will have to check it out

  2. Dickster, thanks for stopping by. I think this is the third location that they've had in Bowie, and it is probably the hardest to find. They used to be over in Bowie Plaza on 197 by the Golden Pavilion. Very nice people.

  3. We had some of their ice cream at the Gblt farmer's market (that's OUR neck of the woods!). It was DELICIOUS!

  4. Morninglight Mama, they generally only take two or three flavors when they go on the road. They have more back at the restaurant. I agree. Good stuff.

  5. Hi! My name is Chrissy Farrell, and I'm 18 years old. I've had your ice cream and it was THE BEST!I was wondering, are you hiring? I would love to work there!

  6. Hi Chrissy,

    I'm not with Simple Pleasures, but I agree that they have good ice cream. You can click here to go to their Web site, and you will see a phone number and other contact information there.

  7. Found their new place! Their building is great, but they don't serve hot food or soup as they advertise. The ice cream is ok, but the staff is not very friendly.
    Now that you have found it, You should run away, far away from this place. Go over to Cold Stone and get really great icecream and much better value for your money.