Best Ice Creams, Gelato, and Frozen Treats in Paris

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Paris being Paris, it rarely disappoints when it comes to all things foodie, even in the frozen treats department. Berthillon, that most Parisian of all ice cream makers, is consistently good (especially the caramel beurre salé flavor), but don’t stop there. Explore all these other temples of creamy frozen goodness.

berthillon

You know when that sun­dae that you ordered comes with the most per­fect and silky whipped cream? That’s what you get at Berthillon — the ele­gant, most old-mon­ey-vibe ice cream in town. With­out a doubt, it’s the O.G. Paris ice cream to try.  It’s quaint and sweet (which also extends to how the peo­ple behind the counter love to help you pick out your fla­vors if you’re feel­ing a lit­tle too over­whelmed) but also very lux­u­ri­ous. Make your way to Berthillon if you’re look­ing for  intense fla­vors. As there can some­times be a long line at the orig­i­nal shop in the sum­mer, check out the lit­tle restos behind the Notre Dame on the Île Saint-Louis — they serve Berthillon with min­i­mal lines, espe­cial­ly our friends at Pain d’Epices on Rue Jean Bellay

 

ADDRESS: 31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, in the 4th arrondissement

MÉTRO: Pont Marie (Cité des Arts) (line 7)

HOURS: Closed on Mon­day and Tues­day (but the oth­er spots are open then so don’t deprive yourself)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Île Saint-Louis

NUMBER: +33 1 43 54 31 61

INSTAGRAM: @berthillon_officiel

REŸS — glaces eternelles

Indi­an wed­ding, Bangkok walk, Dragon’s kiss, Ama­zon­ian gods. No, these aren’t songs tak­en from a knock-off Red Hot Chili Pep­pers band. These are…drum roll please…ice cream fla­vors (impos­si­ble to guess, right?) With these unusu­al fla­vor pair­ings and even more unique tex­tures, it takes a team of experts to be able to pull it off. Here’s an exam­ple of one of their more sophis­ti­cat­ed ice creams: the Tsat­si­ki Crê­tois. Ok, here comes the fla­vors. Are you sit­ting down? Here they are.…greek yoghurt, cucum­ber, olive oil, mint, lemon, gar­lic. All that there is left to say is: don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. There’s usu­al­ly a line in sum­mer but it moves quickly.

ADDRESS: 4 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, in the 4th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Hôtel de Ville (line 11)

HOURS: Closed on Monday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

NUMBER: +33 1 57 40 60 35

INSTAGRAM: @reys_glaces_eternelles

JJ hings ice cream

JJ Hings prides itself in many vari­a­tions of ice cream: they come in (made dai­ly in-store) cones — both as a gela­to and a soft serve; on a stick, cov­ered in choco­late; as a sand­wich­es, between the oh-so-dain­ty fresh­ly baked whole wheat flour cook­ies… I mean, do I even have to go on? Okay, well, you’ve got clas­sic straw­ber­ry and more crazy mix­es like ‘spiced caramel’ alike to choose from, fresh, local­ly sourced ingre­di­ents and an amaz­ing French Kiwi pas­try chef that runs the place. Seri­ous­ly, do your­self a favour and don’t miss out on this gem.

ADDRESS: 5 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, in the 10th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Colonel Fabi­en (line 2)

HOURS: tem­porar­i­ly closed for winter

NEIGHBORHOODS: Canal St. Martin

INSTAGRAM: @jjhings

glaces glazed

This place is what I like to call « adults only » ice cream — and it’s not because their pri­ma­ry loca­tion is just a stone throw away from the Moulin Rouge. It is most­ly the fla­vors that do not usu­al­ly fit the kids’ taste, with ingre­di­ents includ­ing wasabi, cur­ry or spicy piment d’Espelette. Oh, and don’t for­get their names — Porn Cop, Black Sug­ar Sex Mag­ic, Coco­caine and a per­son­al favorite (though not as dirty)— High­way to Ale .

Since the com­pa­ny start­ed as a « deliv­er-only » ice cream, apart from their sta­tion­ary loca­tions, you can also stum­ble upon their food truck in var­i­ous occa­sions, look out for a grey vin­tage truck (no music though, we’re still in Paris).

ADDRESS: 19 Rue Geof­froy-Saint-Hilaire (5th arr.) 54 Rue des Mar­tyrs (9th arr.) / 43 Boule­vard Pas­teur (15th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOODS: Pan­théon / Mouf­fe­tard / Jardin des Plantes or Rue Lafayette / Roche­chouart or Mont­par­nasse

NUMBER: +33 9 81 62 47 06

INSTAGRAM: @glazed_paris

une glace à paris

The ice cream fla­vors are orig­i­nal whilst style keep­ing it classy (we are in Paris after all). Smoked choco­late and rose water. Pas­sion fruit and milk rice. Yes, you may encounter a line out­side (which to be hon­est you should be used to by now because there are many many many pop­u­lar places in Paris) but it moves briskly. You’ve been reas­sured. Don’t shy away from ask­ing for samples…who would­n’t want to try orange blos­som or lychee caramel before committing? 

 

ADDRESS: 15 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bre­ton­ner­ie, in the 4th arrondisse­ment and 16 Pl. des Abbess­es in the 18th arrondisse­ment

HOURS: Closed on Mon­day and Tuesday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais and Mont­martre

INSTAGRAM: @une_glace_a_paris

la glace alain ducasse

Alain Ducasse is a name Parisians cite under the same breath as Claude Mon­et’s, Édith Piaf’s or Coco Chanel’s and that’s because he is, by all means, an artist. Dom­i­nat­ing the Parisian’s (and beyond) haut cui­sine sphere, anything brand­ed with his name is sure to be the best of its kind. Beyond restau­rants (3 Miche­lin stars each), choco­lates and bis­cuits, now you can also indulge in his arti­san gela­to. Fla­vors vary from « stan­dard » Three Vanil­las to cheeky Grape­fruit and Ver­mouth and oh-so-French bread gela­to, they are sure to trans­port you to your hap­py place.

ADDRESS: 38 Rue de la Roquette, in the 11th arrondisse­ment amd 11 Rue des Petits Champs, in the 1st arrondisse­ment

NEIGHBORHOODS: Bastille / Arse­nal / Roquette and Palais Roy­al

INSTAGRAM: @lechoco­lata­lain­d­u­casse

grom

We all know ice cream (ehm…gelato) comes from a very spe­cif­ic place in the world. So, if you’re in Paris but still want to expe­ri­ence that authen­tic gela­to (or some­thing that comes very very close to it), this is the place. And when in Paris…(the ice cream is just as sol­id in the Paris GROM as it is in the one in Rome — oh, and you can also find them in New York). Salt­ed caramel, Gian­du­ja, Pis­ta­chio, Vanilla…and so much more to choose from. Atten­tion crunch lovers — the best wafer you’ve ever eat­en will be found in here, hands down.

ADDRESS: 81 Rue de Seine in the 6th arr., 96 Rue Mon­torgueil in the 2nd arr. , 19 Rue Souf­flot in the 5th arr. , 16 Rue Vieille-du-Tem­ple in the 4th arr. 

NEIGHBORHOODS: St. Ger­main des Prés , Mon­torgueil, Latin Quar­ter, le Marais

INSTAGRAM: @gromgelato

pozzetto

Ital­ian-style gela­to? Yes. But not only. As soon as you enter this unas­sum­ing navy shop, it’s like step­ping into lit­tle Italy. On your left, right, mid­dle, top, bot­tom (you get it), there’s an array of Ital­ian gas­tro­nom­i­cal treats. The dif­fer­ence between this ice cream place and oth­ers, is that you can choose the style of your cup (or cone) and pick as many fla­vors as you want…no lim­it. It goes with­out say­ing that all the ice cream is made in-house. 

ADDRESS: 39 Rue du Roi de Sicile, in the 4th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Hôtel de Ville (line 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

NUMBER: +33 1 42 77 08 64

INSTAGRAM: @pozzettoparis

la glacerie

Def­i­nite­ly on the prici­er side but worth every cent. Just walk by the window…it’s impres­sive. For a lack of bet­ter words: glazed balls (bon bons) stare at you whilst you pick from the array of fla­vors behind the bar. It’s also known to be extreme­ly aller­gy-friend­ly. All the scoops and can­dy bars (because they don’t only offer ice cream…duh) are so metic­u­lous­ly handcrafted. 

ADDRESS: 13 Rue du Tem­ple, in the 4th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Hôtel de Ville (line 11)

HOURS: Closed on Mon­day and Tuesday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

NUMBER: +33 1 55 43 91 96

INSTAGRAM: @laglacerieparis

pastelli mary gelateria

Psst…many Ital­ians say that this place has the best Ital­ian ice cream. But hey…don’t take my word for it. With a very arti­sanal vibe and cosy feel­ing, the ice cream is hand­made by, you guessed it, Mary (Maria?). Dur­ing the sum­mer time, you should obvi­ous­ly get your­self some ice cream. Dur­ing the win­ter months, get your­self a hot choco­late (and a scoop cause that nev­er hurt nobody). 

 

ADDRESS: 60 Rue du Tem­ple, in the 3rd arrondissement

MÉTRO: Ram­buteau (line 11)

HOURS: Closed on Monday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

NUMBER: +33 9 83 89 05 05

INSTAGRAM: @mary.gelateria.paris

bältis

There’s Ital­ian ice cream and French pas­tries with a Japan­ese twist. It’s no news that Paris is the hub for world­ly cuisines and cul­tures. So are you sur­prised that there is a Lebanese ice cream par­lor in the heart of Le Marais? I’m not. The shop is owned by two cousins from Lebanon but they pol­ished their ‘French ice cream norms’ with Jean-Thomas Schnei­der to come up with the per­fect bal­ance of fla­vors and tex­tures. Want an exam­ple? Atcha is a sta­ple (milk cream, orange blos­som, lenstic sap with orchid root). Well that was a mouthful. 

ADDRESS: 54 rue Tique­tonne  in the 2nd Arrondisse­ment and 27 Rue Saint-Antoine in the 4th arrondisse­ment (but feels like the 11th)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mon­torgueil and le Marais or Bastille 

NUMBER: +33 9 54 11 72 09

INSTAGRAM: @baltisparis

folderol

So what if ice cream does­n’t scream ‘Parisian’? Wine sure does. You might be won­der­ing: Yes, and? What does this have to do with any­thing? Well, feast your eyes (and taste buds) on this ice cream parlor…AND WINE BAR. The hus­band and wife duo changes up the fla­vors of their ice cream based on the sea­sons (some­thing which should not be over­looked). From apri­cot to soy-fla­vored ice cream, expect the unex­pect­ed.  Just don’t ask for wine and ice cream pair­ings — ‘we don’t do that’ was the [rather curt] response we received. While the ice cream is among the best in Paris, it’s not worth sit­ting on the side­walk with cars nip­ping at your adi­das. We rec take­away for the ice cream and only indoor seat­ing for the whole wine + ice cream deal as wine glass­es on the side­walk are not so chic. 

 

ADDRESS: 10 Rue du Grand Prieuré, in the 11th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Oberkampf (line 9)

HOURS: Closed on Mon­day and Tuesday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf

NUMBER: +33 1 43 55 02 57

INSTAGRAM: @f.o.l.d.e.r.o.l

You’ve eaten so much gelato that you just can’t look at it anymore? Been there — we still got you. Below, you can find the best selection of bingsu — Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings (like fruits, syrups and everything nice). And since Paris is an evermore fan of Asian culture (who isn’t?) you don’t have to go all the way down to Chinatown for that frozen treat neither.

bonpot café

Bon­pot is the place where all the real stuff hap­pens, despite them being real­ly close to the touristy places. Here you can hide from all the walk­ing and/or shop­ping, sink into (kind of weird, but cosy) chairs and go crazy with their bibim­bap lunch box­es (tastes even bet­ter than it sounds). Before you leave to con­tin­ue on your Parisian adven­ture, step  into their salon de thé for some bing­su or taikayi — more fill­ing, cake‑y ver­sion of the for­mer. If you want the dream to last even longer, don’t hes­i­tate to check out their oth­er loca­tion at rue Mont­martre to dis­cov­er all the (new) rea­sons why we love Kore­an food

ADDRESS: 94 Rue de Riche­lieu, in the 2nd arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Bourse (line 3) or Riche­lieu — Drouot (lines 8 and 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sen­tier / Cov­ered Pas­sages / Bourse

NUMBER: +33 1 40 20 95 54 

INSTAGRAM: @bon­pot­paris

maeum

This tiny place could be eas­i­ly dis­missed by those in search for iced treats, but, boy, they would miss a trea­sure plan­et. MAEUM is indeed first and fore­most a con­cept store with Kore­an clothes and jew­el­ry, yet if you man­age to secure a spot, you know it’s your lucky day. Their bing­su fla­vors are always sea­son­al and just. so. beau­ti­ful­ly. pre­pared. Also, a big shoutout for the hand­made designs on the glass­es; the moment they start sell­ing those, we’ll be the first in line!

ADDRESS: 2 Rue de Les­digu­ières, in the 4th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Bastille (line 1, 5, 8)

HOURS: Closed Sun­day — Tuesday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais / Bastille 

INSTAGRAM: @maeumofficial

café isaka

They are first and fore­most knows as « Paris’ first deep fried ice cream », but Café Isa­ka is actu­al­ly much more than that (even though this should be enough to check them out, because, who does­n’t like a good bowl of fried n’ frozen). Cre­at­ed by world cham­pi­on ice cream mak­er, Gérard Tau­rin, this arti­san glac­erie offers a vari­ety of fla­vors inspired by Asian cui­sine — from basics such as black sesame and man­go sor­bet, to cre­ative con­cepts like white rab­bit can­dy, thai tea or azu­ki. Anoth­er plus point? The mochi ice cream, a scoop of your cho­sen fla­vor wrapped in the chewy rice coat­ing as it’s ordered.  You can always grab a ball to go, but we rec­om­mend sit­ting down and enjoy­ing ~the full expe­ri­ence~ of that panko-fried ice cream with some deli­cious toppings.

ADDRESS: 9 Rue Thérèse, in the 1st arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Pyra­mides (lines 7 and 14)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Place Vendôme / Palais Royal

NUMBER: +33 9 78 80 07 47

INSTAGRAM: @cafe_isaka

paris dabang

From the peo­ple who brought to you arguably the best kore­an café in the Latin Quar­ter, +82Paris, their younger sis­ter café is da-ban­gin’. Not only you can grab their famous bing­su, but also indulge on some beau­ti­ful cook­ies, cheese­cake, or mini cakes. In the mood for some­thing savoury? They also serve sand­wich­es with some home­made spreads. Don’t for­get a pot of amaz­ing kore­an tea! Per­fect after­noon hang­out spot right there.

ADDRESS: 6 Rue de la Folie Méri­court, in the 11th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Oberkampf (line 9)

HOURS: Closed on Mon­day and Tuesday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf / Folie-Méricourt

INSTAGRAM: @parisdabang

+82 paris

Are there good ice cream places in the South side of town? Of course there are. Known from their bing­su (shaved ice dessert made with con­densed milk), as well as oth­er Kore­an sweet treats, this place will be per­fect spot for charg­ing up your bat­ter­ies after hours of roam­ing around beau­ti­ful streets of the Latin Quar­ter. Don’t for­get to order some great cof­fee (still quite rare in Paris!) or a glass of water­mel­on juice for an addi­tion­al kick.

ADDRESS: 11bis Rue Vauquelin, in the 5th arrondisse­ment

MÉTRO: Place Mon­ge (line 7)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Latin Quar­ter

INSTAGRAM: @plus82paris