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Legend has it Catherine de Medici brought Italian ice cream to Paris when she arrived in 1533. Locals and visitors alike indulge in ice cream, gelato or sorbet while strolling Paris streets and quais year-round. New shops and vendor carts pop up all the time, but no matter where, expect a long queue, especially on a mild evening. Some shops specialize in artisanal products made in small batches on the premises, but you’ll also find U.S. brands like Haagen Dazs, Baskin Robbins, and Ben & Jerry’s that are popular with Parisians who like anything American. We’re not judging; but no U.S. brands are included on this list.
Ice cream, gelato and sorbet are served in your choice of a cone, a cup or a dish, or even tucked inside a crepe.
Flavors are endless: chocolate, traditional teas (e.g., green, spice, Earl Grey), caramel, any fruit and nut you can name, flowers (lavande, fleur d’oranger), spices (vanille, menthe, and interesting combinations such creamy caramel, butter and sea salt.
Don’t overlook frozen treats from Picard, Monoprix and other grocery outlets. Picard recently introduced a line of chic et givré savory ice creams. Picard’s newest flavors include pesto, ginger, duck foie gras, and beet-balsamic vinegar, destined for kitchens of gourmet cooks looking to add a touch of originality to their dinners.
Many patisseries like Ladurée and even some boulangeries sell frozen desserts, as do some salons de thé.
GLOSSARY OF BASIC TERMS SO YOU CAN ORDER ICE CREAM
Ice cream: La glace
Sorbet: Le sorbet
Scoop: Une boule, one scoop about the size of an apricot
Two Scoops: Deux boules
Ice ream cone: Un cornet
OUR ICE CREAM EXPERT’S FAVORITES
Antonia has a very sophisticated palate; her favorites were: Amorino, Gelati d’Alberto and Tutti Sensi.
POPULAR PARIS ICE CREAM SHOPS (in alphabetical order)
Please check websites for stores with multiple locations. Call before making a special trip, some stores close without notice & posted hours can only be a suggestion. Many stay open quite late on busy evenings; some close for a week or more in August.
Amorino (22 Paris shops & growing; check website for more locations)
Tél: 01 43 26 57 46
4, rue de Buci, Paris 6th
Métro: Odeon, St-Germain-des-Prés
Berthillon (multiple stores; check website for more locations)
Still considered some of the best ice cream in Paris
Tél: 01 43 54 31 61
29-31, rue St Louis en Î’Ile, Paris 4th
Métro: 7, Pont Marie; 1, Saint Paul; 9 & 10, Cardinal Lemoine
Gelati d’Alberto (multiple stores; check website for more locations)
Rose-shaped scoops, artisanal ice cream & sorbet
Tél: 01 77 11 44 55
45, rue Mouffetard, Paris 5th
Métro: Mouffetard, Pantheon, Monge
Open 12noon-midnight daily
Deliziefollie (multiple stores; check website for more locations)
Ancient handcrafted Italian Gelato and Italian coffees, frozen desserts, yogurt, cakes
Tél: 01 40 26 06 00
7, rue Montorgeuil, Paris 1st
Métro: 4, Les Halles
Open daily 12pm-midnight
Grom (multiple stores; check website for more locations)
Many say its the best Italian gelato in Paris.
Tél: 01 40 46 92 60
81, rue de Seine, Paris 6th
Métro: 4, Saint-Germain-des-Prés 10, Mabillon
Espresso, gelato & deserts
Tél: 01 42 77 08 64
39, rue Roi de Sicile, Paris 4th
Métro: 1, St. Paul
Tutti Sensi (no website; multiple stores)
41 exotic flavors & blends of ice creams & sorbets, i.e., lychee, mascarpone, tarte tatin
Tél: 01 42 23 91 58
14, rue Norvins, Paris 18th (Montmartre/Sacre Coeur)
Open daily 10am- midnight
An assortment of others:
Tél: 01 45 48 87 65
109, rue du Bac, Paris 7th near Le Bon Marché
It Mylk (multiple stores; check website for more locations)
Gourmet ice cream & yogurt, cheesecake, milk shakes, cookies, hot chocolate
Tél: 01 48 74 05 91
50/56, rue Caumartin, 3rd floor, Paris 9th
Open daily 1-7pm
Glace & sorbet, fruit puree/coulis
Tél. : 01 42 16 87 27
180, boulevard Vincent Auriol, Paris 13th
Métro: Place d’Italie
Open Weekdays 12am-7pm; Sat 2pm-7pm
Normandy-style ice cream
Tél. 01 45 51 25 30
192, rue de Grenelle, Paris 7th
Open Tues-Sun; closed Monday
Métro: Ecole Militaire, Varenne
Mary Gelateria Naturale (no website)
Natural, no preservatives, small-batch, top quality ingredients.
1, rue Charles-François Dupuis, Paris 3rd
Métro: 11, Temple; 9, République, Filles du Calvaire
Classic French ice cream.
Tél: 01 43 43 70 17
59-61, Blvd de Reuilly, Paris 12th
Métro: 6 or 8, Daumesnil
Open 10am-8pm Tu-Th & Sun; Open 10am-10pm on Fri & Sat; Closed Mondays
Note: All information was verified at time of publication, but hours may change, stores may be added or moved….please check before setting out.
©Dali Wiederhoft 2011
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