With the summer heat in full swing, everyone needs a place to go to make the day a little cooler. What better way to escape the heat than with ice cream? Here we’ve rounded up the best shops in Paris to splurge on glace and gelato. We know you’ll love these spots as much as we do.
Leave it to top chef Alain Ducasse to launch a shop dedicated to “Culinary Gelato.” From flavors like fresh herbs sorbet to Peruvian chocolate ganache, this boutique near Bastille creates artistic flavors that no other place can match. There’s also an online shop for gelato as well as customizable chocolate boxes. The priority is high-quality fresh products that create a gourmet culinary experience.
Locations: 38 Rue de la Roquette, 11th
7 Rue Tardieu, 18th
Tel: +33 1 48 05 78 87
+33 9 81 32 16 19
Glace Bachir is the first place in Paris to offer 100% authentic Lebanese ice cream. It originated as a family business in the town of Bikfaya in 1936— after a lifetime of making ice cream at home, the family decided to bring it to the streets of Paris. Situated near the Centre Pompidou, Bachir has been a huge hit since it opened a few years ago, the highly Instagrammable cones drawing the crowds. With a line constantly out the door and around the block, this shop is more than worth the wait. The speciality is (clotted cream) ice cream coated with crushed pistachios. Due to high demand, there’s now a second location in Montmartre.
Location: 58 Rue Rambuteau, 3rd
Tel: +33 9 52 79 73 00
If you’re searching for the “it” factor, this is your shop. Simply put, Berthillon is an institution on the Île Saint-Louis and you can’t stroll the island without tasting it. One of the most popular ice cream stores in Paris, Berthillon is known for both unique and classic flavors, as well as an iconic atmosphere. You can accompany your ice cream with tea and pastries, and enjoy them all along the river for the best view. We personally recommend the salted butter caramel flavor.
Located: 31 Rue St.-Louis-en-l’Île, 4th
Tel: +33 1 43 54 31 61
Tailor-made ice cream in small batches, fashioned with high-quality, seasonal ingredients and in flavors developed in a laboratory… Glazed is glaces with a rock n’ roll spirit. You can get your fix at one of two boutique locations (one near the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th, and the other on the foodie street of rue des Martyrs in the 9th). Glazed is also found at top purveyors throughout the city, like the Superfrais epicerie and the Umami Cafe in the 3rd. What’s more, there’s also a Glazed food truck. At the boutiques, you can find a variety of other menu items just as exciting as their ice cream. From frozen treats to waffles, Glaces Glazed is elevating standards in Paris’s ice cream market.
Locations: 54 rue des Martyrs, 9th
19 rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 5th
Tel: +33 9 81 62 47 06
Brought to Paris in 2008, this gelato shop strives for high-quality Italian gelato made from fresh, seasonal ingredients with no additives. Think free-range eggs, the best milk, and only fruit harvested when fully ripened from Italy’s best farmers. Dedicated to the best raw materials, Grom also strives to make inclusive products such as gluten-free pastries. Grom has multiple locations offering authentic and delicious gelato to take with you around the city.
A flagship location is 81 Rue de Seine, 6th
Tel: +33 1 40 46 92 60
This ice cream shop is known for unique flavor combinations made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. In fact, the owners speak of “creations”. And you’ll want to savor them in small quantities. The boutiques have a friendly vibe; you’ll want to sit and enjoy your ice cream and maybe order some coffee on the side. Flavors like vegan ginger caramel are just one example of how La Tropicale has improved the Paris ice cream scene.
180 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 13th
7 rue de Prague, 12th
Tel: +33 1 42 16 87 27
This homey Italian shop is located in the Marais district. As well as having all homemade products, the owner Mary is one of the best parts of what makes the shop so memorable. She is charming, personable and fun. It doesn’t stop at the gelato either, as many customers rave about the pastries and hot chocolates as well.
Location; 60 Rue du Temple, 3rd
Phone: +33 9 83 89 05 05
With shops in Montmartre and the Marais, this brand is known for exciting flavors crafted for a more elevated palette. It was launched in 2015 by Olivier Ménard and Emmanuel Ryon, awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France Glacier and also pastry world champion. Une Glace à Paris showcases sophisticated flavor combinations, blending herbs and spices as well as tea and smoked elements to create a wide range. There’s sorbet as well as ice cream, created from the highest quality ingredients, from the cream to tonka beans.
16 place des Abbesses, 18th
15 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 4th
Tel: +33 1 49 96 98 33
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