20 of Europe’s finest ice-cream parlours: readers’ travel suggestions | Travel

Winning tip: La Martinière, Île de Ré, France

Legendary ice-cream store La Martinière is on the quayside in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, and likewise has a quieter outpost on the far finish of the island by the Baleines lighthouse. There are too many flavours to rely: my three-year-old was stunned by the straightforward vanilla, my husband by the native caramel fleur-de-sel (sea salt, for which the island is known) and I couldn’t get sufficient of the Ferrero Rocher and the peppered raspberry. Eat in La Martinière’s backyard reclining on the deckchairs, or stroll right down to the lighthouse gardens and benefit from the view over the Atlantic because the waves crash onto the seashore beneath.
• 17 quai de La Poithevinière/9 Allee du Phare,
Jo Devine

Martine Lambert, Paris

The finest ice-cream parlour in Paris is Martine Lambert, a couple of minutes away from the Eiffel tower. In a pleasant untouristy pedestrian road, it provides extremely tasty artisan and pure ice-creams and sorbets, competing on flavour and value with the extra well-known Bertillon. You immediately really feel like you might be consuming a fruit (the seasonal fruit varieties are unbelievable, reminiscent of vine peach). The chocolate sorbet is the very best I have tasted in Europe; you’ll not need to eat some other chocolate ice-cream any extra. For the beachside model, head to Deauville, the stylish Normandy city.
• 39 Rue Cler, Paris/76B rue Eugene Colas, Deauville,

Amorino, Nîmes, France

Ice-cream cone with ice-cream served in a petal design, from Amorino, Nimes, France.

Tongue-tingling gelato, constructed from pure components – milk, eggs and soy – with names reminiscent of Caffe Altura, Luz Supremo, Lime Basil and Organic Late Harvest Mandarin. The vary of cups and cones features a extensive alternative of toppings and even macaroons. But the deal with and shock is that they use a flat paddle-like spoon slicing a slice of no matter flavour mixture you select to create excellent petals of gelato sculpted to kind a fragile rose in your cone. Almost too good to eat! Prices begin at round €three.
• 15 Place du Marché,

Gelateria Duse da Giovanni, Rome

Italy is the undisputed capital of ice-cream however I’d argue its twin cradles are removed from the capital: in Bologna, the place the gelato is eggy and wealthy, and in Sicily, the place flavours are usually lighter and sweeter. That stated, my favorite tackle will at all times be Gelateria Duse in Parioli, a chic residential district of Rome. When your Roman good friend or colleague claims by no means to have heard of it, it’s as a result of she or he has most likely solely ever recognized it as Giovanni’s. Well into his 80s, Giovanni stays a pillar of the neighborhood, and people he offered cones to as youngsters now come to see him with their very own. Giovanni makes use of fruits contemporary from the market and his scoops are massive, whereas his costs are small (€2 for a single cone). Nowhere will you discover as pure an expression of what ice-cream means to the Italians: primary ceremony, actual pleasure and the significance of a shared custom.
• 1B Via Eleonora Duse, no web site

Gelateria Il Doge, Venice

Gelateria Il Doge, Venice, Italy.

The finest artisanal ice-cream in Venice: the fig and mascarpone is wonderful. Cheap costs (scoops from €1.50) maybe as a result of it’s near the college (a 20-minute stroll from Rialto Bridge), and normally has a queue due to this. Has a mixture of conventional and weird fascinating flavours – cream of the doge (candied orange and chocolate) and all of the Italian classics, stracciatella, amarena and so forth – buonissimo!
• 3058 Dorsoduro, a campo S Margherita,
Alexis Easton

Chalet Ciro, Naples

Chalet Ciro, Naples, Italy.

Even Neapolitans travel for miles in pilgrimage to family-run Chalet Ciro within the stunning little port of Mergellina in Naples. The ice-cream will damage all future ice-creams; wealthy, dense and contemporary. Try the fior di latte – probably the most pure of gelato flavours – for a classy model of that old-school childhood style for milk and cream. Also an excellent place for espresso and truffles.
• Via Caracciolo, Mergellina, Naples,
Russell Simpson

Bella Blu Gelateria, Puglia

A pitstop at Bella Blu Gelateria is the proper strategy to settle down from a day on the seashore in Polignano a Mare in Puglia. The dreamy pastel decor of the parlour mirrors the colorful choice of gelato flavours on supply. After a lot deliberation, I opted for a “cono” with a scoop of pistachio. It was scrumptious. So a lot so, that I returned the following day for an equally delicious scoop of hazelnut.
• Via Martiri Di Dogali, on Facebook

Süßfein, Berlin

Süßfein, Berlin

A brief stroll from the Berlin Wall Memorial park, Süßfein makes ice-cream and sorbet in fresh-tasting flavours reminiscent of apricot and goat’s cheese, pistachio with nougat and marzipan, Indian mango, raspberry, and Moscow mule. At €1.40 for one scoop it’s barely greater than the typical in Germany however the flavours are vibrant and true. The menu modifications commonly – and the scrumptious truffles are to not be ignored, both. Tables are few however there are parks close by the place you may take pleasure in your treats.
• Brunnenstraße 156,

Ballabeni, Munich

The flavours are really a show of craft and inventiveness; rose and hibiscus, chocolate and ginger, olive and lemon are all a creamy revelation. The location is gorgeous; it’s proper by a number of museums – Museum Brandhorst, for artwork, and the fantastic Reich der Kristalle for crystal shows – and you may nearly stroll to the Englischer Garten earlier than your ice-cream begins to soften. Excellent worth at €1.60 for a scoop, and also you get a spoonful of one other flavour to attempt.
• 46 Theresienstraße,

Brymor, North Yorkshire

Brymor Ice Cream, Yorkshire.

Brymor’s ice-cream is made utilizing the milk from Guernsey cows grazed on the luxurious grass across the farm near the ruins of Jervaux Abbey between Middleham and the brewery city of Masham within the Yorkshire dales. Rich, creamy concoctions reminiscent of liquorice and blackcurrant, banana and mango or the well-known thunder and lightning, or all three, might be loved on website after watching the cows being milked, taking a stroll to benefit from the magnificent Wensleydale surroundings, shopping the farm store and letting the youngsters run free in one of many play areas.
• High Jervaulx Farm, Masham,

Craig’s Farm Dairy, Weymouth, Dorset

Craig’s makes its personal ice-cream, from milk produced by cows on its farm. You can watch them grazing within the fields as you sit on a picket bench outdoors the little farm store. All the common flavours can be found, reminiscent of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and rum and raisin. Things are stored conventional with apple crumble flavour ice-cream however it additionally has one thing a bit extra adventurous in Turkish delight,melon and ginger, and lemon cheesecake flavours.Cones from £2.25; portion sizes are beneficiant, so you’ll not be upset.
• Craiglea House, Weymouth,

Green & Jenks, Monmouth

Green & Jenks, Monmouth

The freshest, healthiest gelato … and a pleasant assault on the senses, in addition to cheap and served by pleasant workers. Green & Jenks is in a historic, Georgian constructing on Monnow Street, within the city centre. A spot of sweetness and laughter that my youngsters’s reminiscences will hopefully at all times return to.
• Gelato from £2.20, 11 Agincourt Square, Monnow Street,
Sarah Woodall

Nicholls of Parkgate, Cheshire

Facade of Nicholls Ice Cream Parlour Parkgate Wirral Cheshire UK.

Photograph: Alamy

For me, the one place to purchase ice-cream is Nicholls of Parkgate. The Nicholls household have been making scrumptious home made ice-cream for 75 years. You should purchase a cornet at £1.60, or fancy cones and tubs – and even purchase a 1 litre field of your favourites to take home. There are greater than 10 common flavours, together with banana choc chip, cinder toffee and lemon and line.
• The Parade, Parkgate, Neston,
Catherine Renfrey

SottoZero, Malta

SottoZero, Malta.

There are incredible common flavours right here however new ones are at all times being experimented with. It additionally does an excellent vary of sugar-free ones and ices to go well with most dietary wants. You can take out or eat in, although it’s at all times busy. It is our “go to place” after we arrive in Malta.
• 44 Spring Street, Bugibba, St. Paul’s Bay,

Roberto Gelato, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Roberto Gelato in Utrecht from

This place serves award-winning gelato. Creamy, luscious and with distinctive flavours I’ve by no means seen anyplace else. Try the Frollini, an Italian chocolate with hazelnut cookies. The ice-cream is made contemporary day by day utilizing natural milk and consists of the Capriccio, which is a panna cotta with home made caramel sauce and caramelised peanuts. Don’t let the queue deter you. It strikes quick.
• Poortstraat 93,

Casa Mira, Malaga

Family-owned, this typical Spanish ice-cream parlour and turron boutique has an excellent old-school inside. I believed it was amazingly low cost contemplating the standard and flavour (round €1.50 a scoop) on supply – and the servings are beneficiant, too. Try orange with chocolate chips or leche merengada (a Spanish traditional based mostly on a relaxing “whipped milk” and cinnamon drink). Enjoy your ice-cream whereas strolling across the cathedral space and/or the Paseo del Parque boulevard.
• Calle Marqués de Larios 5, no web site

Isoteket, Copenhagen

Isoteket, Copenhagen, Denmark.

This parlour is tucked away in Østerbro however nonetheless has queues out of the door. The choice of natural gelato modifications day by day however extraordinary regulars embody hazelnut and bergamot, espresso and lemongrass, lemon and poppy seed and coconut with hibiscus. Would advocate getting not less than two scoops of the cinnamon with caramel (about £four) and snapping a photograph of the fashionable little store – even the tactic of displaying the flavours on supply is a sometimes cool Danish design.
• Isoteket, 43 Randersgade, on Facebook

Lody Roma, Wrocław, Poland

On a quiet alley on the less-touristy facet of the River Oder, Lody Roma was opened in 1946 by two troopers: an Italian and a Pole. It’s nonetheless going sturdy and serving up creamy, characterful flavours. Black sesame (czarny sezam) is a should and look out for seasonal specials reminiscent of pumpkin (dynia). It’s a stone’s throw from the river, so you may stroll the waterfront as you eat.
• From 84p a scoop, Ludwika Rydygiera 5, 50-248,
Richard Greenhill

Gelarto Rosa, Budapest

Gelarto Rosa, Budapest, Hungary.

In a nook of St Stephen’s Basilica sq., this parlour, based by head chef Niki Szökrön, a former vogue mannequin who skilled in ice-cream making in Bologna, serves ice-cream fantastically scooped out into petals to kind a flower within the colors (or reasonably tastes) of your alternative. Delicious and ingenious flavours (strawberry and elderflower, pear and chocolate, sorrel) and it’s actually low cost, too: £1.40 for 2 flavours; £1.90 for 4. It even had a rainbow-coloured particular for Pride lately – high marks!
• Szent István tér three, St Istvan Basilica,

Emanha, Figuera da Foz, Portugal

Emanha, Figuera da Foz, Portugal.

There was a community of garages underneath this store, which the proprietor transformed into an ice-cream manufacturing unit within the 1970s after arriving from Angola. Artisanal, nice components and a household business. Try the seaweed flavour. It’s magnificent. Just behind the broad Claridade seashore.
• 62 Avenue 25 de Abril,

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