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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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. Honestly, it looks like you just stepped into an episode of ‘School of Chocolate’ (only it’s not a school, it’s a creative space, and instead of amateurs, it’s Amaury Guichon).
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).
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.
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, the list is just as curated as their wine menu.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.