Best Ice Creams, Gelato, and Frozen Treats in Paris
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 after Berthillon. 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. Without a doubt, anyone who enjoys the occasional ice-cream, can’t miss this spot. It’s quaint and sweet (which is also seen by 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 this ice cream shop if you’re looking for those intense flavors.
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.
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. Why? Well, because they also have some shops in Rome. And when in Rome…(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.
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 products. 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.
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 fast. You’ve been reassured. Don’t shy away from asking for samples…who wouldn’t want to try orange blossom or lychee caramel.
ADDRESS: 15 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
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 discussed ‘french glacier 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 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.