There’s no denying ice cream is the taste of summer, from a refreshing peach gelato in Venice’s St Mark’s Square to a whippy 99 flake cone in London’s Hyde Park, this fabulous frozen treat comes in a myriad of flavours. We’ve eaten our way around the world, one scoop at a time to bring you the best ice cream parlours.
Gelataria la Carraia – Florence
The home of gelato – ice cream churned slower, so its denser and softer – Italy has been serving up sumptuous scoops for centuries. Needless to say, the bar for superior ice cream is set pretty high. The family-run Florentine Gelateria la Carraia, just off the Ponte alla Carraia bridge, is renowned for its ultra-smooth and creamy gelato in classic flavours like hazelnut, pistachio, cream caramel and seasonal fruits dipped in waffle cones.
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Salt & Straw – USA
Founded by cousins, Kim and Tyler, who dreamed of owning an ice cream parlour, Salt & Straw has grown from a small pushcart to three stores in Portland, LA, and San Francisco. What makes their ice cream special? Their unique, local flavours, native to each city. In Portland, you can expect wild-foraged berry sherbet and Ancient Heritage’s fresh cheese & strawberries, while in LA tempt yourself with a honey lavender or almond brittle with salted ganache cone.
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La Gelatiera – London
It may be in London, but La Gelatiera is a distinctly Italian affair whose award-winning artisan gelato and sorbet comes in myriad weird and wonderful styles. Think dark chocolate with Calabrian chili and Porcini chocolate cream. Pop into their Covent Garden parlour and you can watch the gelato being churned in their in-house lab before deciding on which one of their ultra-lickable delights you want to taste.
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N2 Extreme Gelato – Sydney
As the name suggests, Sydney’s N2 Extreme Gelato don’t do things by halves, their ice creams look almost too good to eat. From a crème brûlée-topped frozen gelato to a chocolate waffle cone oozing with vanilla gelato, warm red velvet, and cheesecake, N2 Extreme are reinventing the ice cream wheel and are unapologetically indulgent about it with their menus changing fortnightly.
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Tom’s Palette – Singapore
This Singapore emporium showcases some of the most unlikely ice-cream flavours you can imagine. Run by a husband and wife team who create a new flavour each month, Tom’s Palette serve up off-beat treats such as chocolate stout, salted egg yolk and onion ice cream alongside sorbets made from red and white wine. Expect the unexpected with a large helping of traditional flavours like salted caramel and tiramisu for the less adventurous.
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Image Credits: Main image Salt & Straw © Salt & Straw. Gelataria la Carraia © Gelataria la Carraia. Tom’s Palette © Tom’s Palette. N2 Extreme Gelato © N2 Extreme Gelato. Salt & Straw © Leela Cyd Ross. La Gelatiera © La Gelatiera.